Candidate: With Westchester Households Paying the Highest Property Taxes in the Nation Senator Should Be Leading the Charge
WHITE PLAINS – Citing the growing momentum for a cap on local property taxes, state Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to put aside her covenants with the Working Families Party and other special interests opposed to the cap, and lead an effort to enact the plan during Wednesday’s special session.
“For many Westchester families this could be the first tangible, positive development from Albany in many years,” said Cohen. “We’ve reached a crisis situation here. The growth rate of property taxes is unsustainable, especially for the elderly, working families and small businesses. Senator Oppenheimer needs to stop burying her head in the sand and support this legislation.”
Cohen noted that a similar cap passed with bipartisan support almost unanimously in New Jersey just two weeks ago, and that today Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo is headlining a rally for a cap with Nassau Republican County Executive Ed Mangano. This is not the only time Senator Oppenheimer’s views have clashed with those of the Democrats’ standard bearer. Earlier this year, Mr. Cuomo rejected the support of the scandal-plagued Working Families Party, which opposes the property tax cap, while Senator Oppenheimer accepted their endorsement.
“The momentum is growing, but this could be the last chance to provide a silver lining to this otherwise dim and cloudy session for taxpayers,” said Cohen. “I’m calling on Senator Oppenheimer to think about her constituents when she goes up to Albany, not the Working Families Party and the other special interests that oppose the cap and are backing her political campaign.”