Patchogue mayor sees property tax freeze as 'threat' to villages

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Count Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri among the Suffolk County village officials who say Gov. Andrew M. Cuomos proposal to sort-of freeze property tax rates hinders local control.

"I really believe the biggest threat to villages is the tax cap," Pontieri said recently.

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  What makes this further notable is that some Democrats have touted Pontieri as a state Senate candidate in the race to replace Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who is running for Congress.

  Cuomo has proposed giving homeowners an income-tax credit to offset property-tax increases, but municipalities must stick to a 2 percent property-tax cap and take consolidation or "shared savings" steps.

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