From the Desk of the Executive Director Brian Sampson

What’s Inside

  • A Message from Brian Sampson
  • Property Tax Cap Agreement Announced*
  • University at Buffalo Presents UB 2020 Proposal at Albany Summit*
  • Senate Confirms Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services*
  • Governor Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance for Spring Floods*
  • Attorney General, Comptroller to Work Together on Public Integrity Cases*
  • Democrat Wins Special Election in 26th CD*
  • Coming Up*
  • Unshackle Upstate in the News*

* Content only available to Unshackle Army members.

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A Message from Brian Sampson

Our fight for a property tax cap continues!  On Tuesday, I attended a press conference with Gov. Cuomo and the Legislative Leaders announcing a tentative agreement on a 2-percent property tax cap bill.

While this is certainly great news for the taxpayers across this state, and a direct result of your assistance in helping Unshackle Upstate push this issue, our work is far from over.  We at Unshackle Upstate will continue to work in our communities and in Albany to ensure that a property tax cap bill is signed into law.

We are very close to seeing this critical taxpayer protection become a reality, but we can’t let up in our efforts until the bill is signed into law.

Join our Tax Cap Fight!

Our opponents are trying to derail the agreement on a property tax cap through paid media campaigns, newspaper editorials and lobbying efforts.

Let’s be clear: these groups are fighting for more spending and higher taxes to pay for it.

New York’s taxpayers and businesses shouldn’t tolerate any further delay on this critical issue.

Please ask your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join with us in calling on legislators to enact the long-overdue property tax cap.

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

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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