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Hawley faults NYC state legislators for blocking bills to help vets, homeowners

Posted 19 June 2018 at 11:44 am

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) today criticized New York City politicians on the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee for blocking a number of bills that would ease the tax burden on veterans and small businesses and increase the amount of funding that smaller municipalities receive.

“It is truly disappointing that some of our downstate colleagues do not share our priorities of making life easier for our nation’s heroes, our veterans, and starting to change the narrative of New York state as the tax capital of the country,” Hawley said. “These are common-sense bills, many of which have bipartisan support, which New York City politicians will not even allow to reach the floor for a debate and discussion. In the waning days of session, I will continue to fight for our veterans, homeowners, small-businesses and seniors against misguided priorities coming from Assembly leadership.”

A complete list of bills that were blocked is as follows:

• A.6558: Extends the period during which Genesee County is authorized to impose a county recording tax on certain mortgage obligations until November 1, 2019.

• A.8040: Relates to enhanced aid and incentives for municipalities.

• A.1740: Relates to exempting cranes from the petroleum business tax.

• A.1783: Provides a tax credit in the amount of certain fees charged in connection with loans under the federal home loan guarantee program to National Guard and reserve veterans.

• A.1559: Creates a tax exemption for leasing of certain aircraft used for flight schools.

• A.1682: Relates to creating a local food and products sourcing tax credit.

• A.1693-a: Creates a wage tax credit for employers who employ New York National Guard men and women, reservists, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.

• A.1561: Prohibits the transfer of unexpended moneys from funds receiving moneys from a dedicated fee into any other fund.

• A.1565: Exempts veterans 85 years of age and older from the obligation to pay New York state income tax.

• A.1616: Exempts compensation for active military service from inclusion in a resident’s adjusted gross income under certain circumstances.

• A.1617: Prohibits the New York state Department of Taxation and Finance from charging a fee for applications for a certificate of registration pursuant to a re-registration program.

• A.1645: Relates to compensation of certain district attorneys; requires the state to reimburse the counties for the entire cost of any increase in the annual salary of a district attorney due to an increase in the annual salary of a justice of the Supreme Court or a county judge; appropriates $1,600,000.

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