TONIGHT – Mr. Smith isn’t going to Washington, but NYS Minority Leader Brian Kob is going to Westchester. Westchester desperately needs his help, because it has the highest property taxes in the USA. A public forum and information meeting organ
ized by BEST4NY, “Solving New York’s Unfunded Mandate Crisis,” will take place tonight, Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the “Little Theatre,” at Fox Lane Middle School, Route 172, Bedford, NY 10506. THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA ARE INVITED. Speakers will be:
- Brian Kolb (Canandaigua), New York State Assembly Minority Leader;
- George Oros, Chief of Staff for Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino; and
- Mary Foster, Mayor -City of Peekskill, Member of Mayoral Task Force on Mandate and Property Tax Relief of the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM); and
- Lisa Davis, Executive Director, Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association
In NYCOM’s Mandate and Property Tax Task Force report, “You Can’t Cap What You Can’t Control,” former NYCOM President, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, said, “Local governments throughout our state are facing an imminent crisis that has been years in the making…These mandates are insatiable in their appetite for property taxes and…threaten the sustainability of our local governments, communities and state.”
“Years in the making”? Translation? For years the NYS Legislature has ignored repeated, reasoned requests for mandate relief by Mayors, Supervisors, Town and School Board Members, County Executives and County Legislators. For years – NYS Senators and Legislators charged their uncontrolled, spiraling spending to the property tax credit cards of overburdened taxpayers who are forced to spend less for their needs to cover the Legislators’ excesses – a credit card on somebody else’s account that the Legislators issued to themselves. For years – NYS Legislators have dispersed and camouflaged their overspending in county, school, and town budgets, but how many of them attend county, school, or town public hearings on those budgets to explain and defend the spending lines attributable to their actions? For years, NYS Senators’ and Assemblymen’s have evaded accountability for pacmen-like budgetary spending lines which gobble up ever increasing portions of county, school, town budgets and force layoffs of teachers/staff and local service cuts.
At the Town of Bedford’s 9/20/11 public hearing about overriding the tax cap, Deputy Supervisor Peter Chryssos said, “…the state has an accumulated deficit of 45 billion dollars. The same people who year after year handed us increases in…taxes are now telling us that we have to be more responsible…[and] how to manage our money. This is nothing but a shell game…Impossible…I find the hubris at the state level… just unconscionable…they don’t have the courage to come and face you…”
Want to help long-suffering local elected officials and local taxpayers now? Want to help solve this crisis right now? REVIEW AND SIGN BEST4NY’S BIPARTISAN ONLINE MANDATE RELIEF PETITION and partner with 1300+ other New Yorkers and county/town/school elected officials who have signed already. Anonymous signatures are permitted.