The Case for a Cap by E.J. McMahon | | Reports

A broad, tight cap on local property taxes is a central element of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s agenda for making New York State more affordable and competitive. The governor’s tax cap has passed in the state Senate with strong bipartisan support. Its fate will ultimately be decided in the state Assembly.

Testimony: Mandate Relief by E.J. McMahon | | Testimony

I want to begin today by commending the state Senate for its passage last month of Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap bill. In years to come, the Jan. 31 vote may be seen as a turning point, a historic first step towards lasting relief for New York’s taxpayers.

Public Payroll Watch by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo pointed out at last week's budget presentation that New York school districts would find it easier to deal with a proposed cut in state school aid if they froze wages for teachers and administrators.  But given the attitude of most te...

Cuomo’s Nassau Test by E.J. McMahon | | New York Post

The challenges confronting Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo won’t be limited to closing a state budget gap now estimated at between $9 billion and $11 billion. Cuomo and the Legislature will also need to respond to growing fiscal distress among New York’s local governments.

2009-10 NYS County, Municipal Payrolls Posted Online Press Releases

The names and salaries of 186,223 people who worked for New York’s county, city, town and village governments in 2009-10 today were posted in a searchable database at, the transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Property Taxes: The Case for a Cap by Tim Hoefer | | Reports

Governor David Paterson has proposed legislation to implement a cap on school property tax levies in New York State. His original tax cap bill was passed by the state Senate in August 2008, but died in the state Assembly. Paterson's latest tax cap proposal was submitted to the Legislature on July 30, 2010.