A Statement by NYSAC President Anthony J. Picente, Jr. regarding legislation linking Upstate Sales Taxes to NYC Rent Control
Today, we learn that the New York State Assembly has introduced legislation to link the renewal of Long Island and Upstate New York tax extensions to rent control and other NYC specific issues. Since sales tax revenues are shared, this move effects hundreds of municipalities and their residents, none of which have any stake in, or influence over, the current stalemate in the State Capital. Holding upstate communities, who are not involved in these negotiations, hostage to an issue we have no stake in sets a bad precedent and we urge that this be rejected.
We hereby urge all legislators to oppose this measure, decouple these issues, and pass legislation (S5321/A2387) that would block the Legislature from holding county sales tax bills hostage in the future.
The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.