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Union preparing to sue over property-tax cap

The state’s largest teachers’ union is preparing a legal challenge to New York’s new property-tax cap, officials said Friday.

The union could file suit before the end of the year, said Richard C. Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers.

He said the union believes the requirement of a 60 percent “supermajority” violates constitutional “one person, one vote” protections that give every person’s vote the same weight. Additionally, he said the spending caps — coupled with the 2011-12 education spending cuts — are making it difficult if not impossible for poor school districts to provide the “sound, basic education” that schools are obligated to provide under the state constitution.

““Obviously [the law] has to be tested someplace," Iannuzzi said of the tax-cap law, arguably one of the two biggest legislative achievements of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's tenure. "It doesn’t look like it’s going to be tested in the Legislature, so I guess it’ll have to be tested in the courts.”


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