Democratic Legislators Respond To Gov. Cuomo's State Of State Address

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Democratic legislators commended Governor Cuomo's State of the State address. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Four Democratic members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators commended Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address and his pledge to further tax relief for New York’s residents and business owners in a press release.

His $2 billion plan to freeze property taxes for two years and then limit property taxes to annual household incomes met with approval from Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) and others.

“Gov. Cuomo's focus on creating greater prosperity across the state has been the cornerstone of his efforts since taking office, and it is obvious that he is continuing in this direction. I applaud his leadership and resolve.” said Borgia in a statement.

That proposal was announced along with a number of reductions in business taxes for companies, including upstate manufacturing firms.

Also mentioned by the governor were the new tax-free zones near college campuses, a program that was approved by the Legislature and went into effect on Jan. 1.

Gov. Cuomo’s continuing focus on critical infrastructure needs, like the new Tappan Zee bridge project, is helping to spur job creation as well, Borgia noted in the release.

The four Democratic legislators, including MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson), also said they were pleased that Cuomo proposed to fight property tax increases through the consolidation of services among municipalities, school districts and government-related agencies.

“The smart way to save money now for taxpayers is to look for ways to reduce the redundant delivery of services and programs across our communities,” said Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) in a statement.

Employing new technologies in the classroom, fighting disparities in school resources and providing full-day Pre-Kindergarten statewide were initiatives mentioned in today’s address that “show our governor is serious about giving our youth the learning and support they need to better themselves and our communities,” said Alfreda \Williams (D-Greenburgh) in a statement.

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