Updated 05/11/2011 05:50 AM
Property tax cap remains hot-button issue
It was a busy day for Governor Cuomo as he kicked off his "People First" tour. On the agenda, putting a property tax cap in place. But not everyone thinks it's a good idea. Capital Tonight's Mike Whittemore has more from the state Capitol in Albany.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting added pressure on the Legislature to pass a bill that limits annual property tax increases to two percent. Meanwhile, the rhetoric also became heated in Albany when the issue caused protesters to nearly come to blows.
The dueling rallies ended peacefully, with both sides agreeing to disagree, shaking hands and walking away.
However, it's not so simple for the governor and legislative leaders. The Republican-controlled Senate has already passed the governor's bill and the Democratic-controlled Assembly plans to introduce a bill with some exemptions.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has said he doesn't want to negotiate any changes to the bill because it would "water it down."
At the first stop on his "People First" tour in Syracuse, the governor called that "Albany speak" and said the Senate could be doing more so a compromise can be reached.
"Well, that is obviously not accurate, right? That's Albany speak, right? That's, I passed a bill, the other person didn't pass a bill, the Senate, the Assembly. When the people of the State of New York have a property tax cap, then they will have done their job, right? There is no interim measures. If the tax cap passes and people have tax relief, then government will have done its job. If the tax cap doesn't pass, government will have failed. It's that simple," Cuomo said.
The property taxe cap is just one of three priorities he wants to see accomplished by the end of June. He has also dispersed his cabinet across the state to promote an ethics bill and same-sex marriage bill.