From the Desk of the Executive Director Brian Sampson

What’s Inside

  • A Message from Brian Sampson
  • Governor Cuomo Announces SAGE Commission Members*
  • State Court System Lays Off Employees*
  • Comptroller DiNapoli Again Proposes Budget Reforms*
  • DiNapoli Hires Former State Democratic Chair*
  • Attorney General’s Office Argues Before High Court for Authority to Sue Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions*
  • Commission on Judicial Conduct Releases Annual Report*
  • Coming Up*
  • Unshackle Upstate in the News*

* Content only available to Unshackle Army members.

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A Message from Brian Sampson

With the State Legislature in recess until Monday, May 2, we will continue to focus on our #1 priority – the enactment of Gov. Cuomo’s 2% Property Tax Cap legislation.  However, we cannot do this alone and greatly need your help in making the property tax cap a reality.

Unshackle Upstate is organizing a Property Tax Cap Lobby Day for May 17, 2011.  The intent of the day is to continue to put pressure on members of the State Assembly to pass the Governor’s Program bill as the Senate did earlier this year.  We hope that you, your friends and colleagues will consider joining us in Albany on May 17th.  Registration for the event is easy and can be done by clicking here.

Join Our Tax Cap Fight!

In addition to our event on May 17, we continue to ask that you contact your local Assemblymember to tell them that you support the Governor’s 2% Property Tax Cap bill.  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 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.

Click here to contribute to Unshackle Upstate’s efforts.

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