Mayors support tax cap extension

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MIDDLETOWN – Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano announced his support for the proposed deal between the governor and legislative leaders to extend the property tax cap.
The mayor said on Tuesday that Governor Cuomo’s tax cap “is a success – it’s reduced the frightening growth of property taxes across the state, controlling local government spending and saving New York families billions of dollars over the last several years.”
DeStefano said that “keeping New York affordable is critical to keeping New Yorkers here.”
The mayor said Middletown has met the tap cap each year.
“I can say that the cap has forced local leaders to make tough decisions as they relate to spending and increasing the local property tax burden.”
DeStefano said municipal officials have “a responsibility to do more with less.
Also endorsing the plan is Village of Wappingers Falls Mayor Matthew
Alexander, who said the governor “has demonstrated the fiscal responsibility
that New Yorkers deserve from their state and local government.”
Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy Wednesday said keeping New York affordable
“is essential to ensuring that both the current generaion and the
next generation of New Yorkers can afford to live and continue to invest
in this state.” She said the tax cap “has saved families across
New York State thousands of hard-earned dollars – money the families can
use for everyday expenses and to invest in their future.”
Alexander, DeStefano, Kennedy and Cuomo are all Democrats.