From the Desk of the Executive Director Brian Sampson

What’s Inside

  • A Message from Brian Sampson

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  • Governor Reaches Agreement on New Contract with First Public Employee Union*
  • Senate Confirms Burke, Beardon*
  • Assembly Approves Rent Control Measures; Calls for Tax Cap Grow*
  • Polls Show Support for Governor, Support for Action on Major Issues*
  • Top Assembly Aid to Leave*
  • DiNapoli Critical of Local Development Corporations*
  • Moliarno to Run for Dutchess County Executive*
  • Report Calls for Investment in New York State Biopharmaceutical Industry*
  • Hevesi Sentenced to Prison for Pension Fund Corruption*
  • Coming Up*

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A Message from Brian Sampson

Following the resounding budget victory for the taxpayers and job creators of this state, our hard work and efforts continue on many of the “non budgetary” items that remain open in Albany.  Unshackle Upstate’s top priority continues to be the enactment of Gov. Cuomo’s 2% Property Tax Cap legislation.  On Tuesday, April 12, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and representatives from key pro-tax cap organizations – including Unshackle Upstate – called on the Assembly Majority to pass the 2-percent tax cap bill during a press conference at the State Capitol. You can watch the news conference here. In the coming weeks, we will be increasing our grassroots and advocacy efforts on the property tax cap issue, so please stay tuned!  In addition to Unshackle Upstate’s focus on the property tax cap, we continue to meet with the Legislature and representatives from the Governor’s office on mandate relief and economic development issues.

The Legislature is on recess for the next two weeks, and is scheduled to return to session on Monday, May 2.

Join the Fight for a 2% Property Tax Cap!

With the completion of the state budget, we now have a tremendous opportunity to build on the positive momentum generated and it’s imperative that we continue to focus on many of the “non budget” proposals necessary to making New York State a better place for the taxpayers and businesses that reside here.  We need the Assembly to take immediate action to enact a two-percent property tax cap bill (A.3982 Silver).  We cannot do this alone and need you to continue to contact your local Assembly members in Albany to tell them that you support the tax cap.  We cannot afford any further delays and uncertainty on these issues, and we need you to recruit your family, friends and neighbors to join our efforts.

Click here to send your pro-tax cap message directly to the Assembly.

Support Unshackle Upstate

We need your help!  Unshackle Upstate continues to fight for Upstate’s taxpayers and job creators and for a New York State with lower taxes, lower spending, reduced mandates and reduced state debt. Our efforts to revive the Upstate economy and promote private sector job growth would be impossible without your support. Whether it’s $50 or $500, your contribution will enable us to amplify our voice in Albany and help fight back against well-funded interests that are committed to maintaining the status quo.  Only by working together, can we change New York and make it a better place to live and work.

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