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Mangano, Bellone praise Cuomo tax cut plan

The Suffolk and Nassau county executives joined a Long Island business group Thursday to praise Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plans to lower taxes.

At a news conference in Melville, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, called Cuomo’s tax cut plan “good news for all our residents” that would help businesses and set state spending on the right track.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, said, “We are incredibly excited about the governor’s proposal.” He predicted it would put more money into the hands of residents.

Long Island Association president Kevin Law predicted that the tax proposals, which include incentives for local governments to freeze property taxes and the elimination of a utility tax, would come under fire when Cuomo, a Democrat, announces his budget Tuesday.

“There will be some pressure from others not to reduce taxes, but to spend money,” Law said. “We want to show local support — that makes the region more competitive and also eliminates the burden on residents and businesses here.”

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