This week Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis celebrated along with Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz and Assemblyman Michael Reilly, her colleagues from both sides of the aisle, both of whom have served in the US military, after every dollar of funding was restored to veterans’ programs in New York State following Governor Cuomo’s proposed $4.8 million cut to veteran services.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref-Brooklyn, Staten Island) is calling out Gov. Cuomo who has sent last 48 hours celebrating a statewide property tax cap that prohibits municipalities from increasing their property tax levies by more than 2% annually and accused him of misleading New York City residents and media to believe the city of 8.6 million is protected. The provision passed in the State Budget does not include New York City which has been hammered by a cumulative 44% increase over the past five years and is expected to be increased again by Mayor de Blasio and the City Council in June.
On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo took to Twitter to proudly stated, “I said we would not have a State Budget that did not include a permanent property 2% cap on property taxes. I’m proud to say we delivered for New York homeowners in the FY2020 State Budget. #2019JusticeAgenda.”
And, on March 19, Governor Cuomo threatened to not sign a budget unless it included a cap. “The highest tax in the state is the property tax and it is a killer,” Governor Cuomo said. “We want to reduce economic pressure on families by making sure government is not aggravating the problem with increased expenses. We’re going to cut your state income tax and we’re going to cap your property taxes so you know it’s not going higher than 2 percent. And I will tell you this as sure as I am before you today: if we do not have the permanent property tax cap in that state budget, this hand will never sign that state budget until it’s in there.
The Assemblywoman launched a petition garnering thousands of signatures across New York City in support of the tax cap that is a driving force behind a fleeing middle class, a sharp rise in unaffordable rents and the blight of empty storefronts in neighborhoods across New York City. She also proposed an amendment on the Assembly floor during the State Budget vote that would have added New York City to the permanent tax cap. The measure was inexplicably rejected by the Majority Conference – largely comprised of representatives from the New York City region who have also complained about the unaffordability and high cost of living.
“Property taxes in New York City have increased 44 percent over the past five years under our tax-and-spend Mayor de Blasio and will continue to raise the cost of living in the city for renters and homeowners alike. Without the protections of a tax cap, residents will continue to see the property tax levy rise 6, 7 or even 8 percent annually and those who rent will see the cost passed on to them. This is the number one reason New York City has become so unaffordable driving out our working class and we deserve the same protection of a cap that other municipalities enjoy,” said Malliotakis.