Taxpayer Resistance Given Voice by Like-minded Politicians
(L-R): County Board Legislator (R-C-I)-8th District) Tom Bock, Somers Republican Committee Chairman James Chisholm, NYS Assemblyman and Senate candidate Greg Ball, Somers resident, Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy, and County Board Legislator (R-4th District) Greg Kane celebrate a victory over the ‘Condo Tax’ (S.1706-A) at the Elephant Hotel Somers Town Hall on July 6th.
Somers, NY — Senate Bill S.1706-A, known colloquially as “the condo tax,’ has reportedly been withdrawn by its sponsor, NY State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer after immense pressure from Westchester residents who called and wrote to express their opposition to the bill.
“Chalk one up for the good guys,” quipped Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), who represents Northern Westchester and was the only state legislator in Westchester to vote against the Assembly version of the bill, A.4588-A. “This proves that being an effective legislator is all about reaching out to your constituents at the grassroots level. I sent a letter to the condo owners in my district to help call and write Senator Oppenheimer to work to defeat this bill, and the response was overwhelming. I'm glad that the measure is now dead on arrival in the Senate.”
The bill would have changed how condominiums are assessed for property taxation, and drew criticism from both condo owners and good government groups, who criticized how the now-defunct proposal circumvented the state legislature’s home rule policy by limiting the bill to “counties with a population of more than nine hundred twenty-three thousand but less than nine hundred twenty four thousand” thus singling out Westchester, rather than naming it specifically, which would have required consent from local legislators.
“While I am overjoyed by our success, we must remain vigilant that this proposal does not creep back in some other form under the guise of some other bill,” Ball warned.