Tax Relief for Nassau and Suffolk County Homeowners

“The problem has always been property taxes in the state of New York. They crush citizens.” Governor Andrew Cuomo’s declaration in his January 10th State of the State address here on Long Island certainly hit home. Long Island property taxes consistently rank among the highest in the nation, with Nassau County receiving the dubious distinction of being one of nine large counties across the United States where homeowners pay more than $10,000 a year in property taxes according to a recent report.

Of course, the reason why property taxes have always been a problem in the state of New York is that we have not had a leader willing to confront the problem head on. Governor Cuomo’s plan to reduce property taxes by requiring local governments to develop shared service plans is small and a sign that Cuomo has run out of ideas on the issue. The endorsement the plan has received from local leaders such as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and State Senator John Brooks is a slap in the face to Long Island homeowners who will undoubtedly continue to be among the highest taxed in the country come 2018.

Long Island First will fight for real tax relief for Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners. The only way to ease the tax burden on Long Island homeowners is by addressing the underlying drivers of property taxes and simplifying the tax code. To join the fight, sign up on our website and join the conversation on our facebook page.

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