Michael Caputo, a conservative activist in Western New York who managed the campaign of unhappy warrior Carl Paladino, was wearing his Tea Party hat today when he sent out the missive below, expressing support for Gov. Cuomo's 2 percent property tax cap proposal -- albeit qualified by a demand for broad so-called mandate relief.
Lest you forget about him, Carl, too, recently said he liked what he heard.
Dear Fellow New Yorker:
As you may already know, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a 2% cap on property taxes.
And while there are many things about which UNYTEA and the Governor disagree, we are in complete agreement on the need to cap and eventually reduce our property taxes.
Such a cap, however, will do little or no good if local governments and public schools are forced to pay for more state mandates. For example, according to the NYS Education Department, our schools must now comply with more than 150 un-funded or under funded mandates. Our counties, towns, and villages, are also forced to comply with NYS Pension requirements, the Wicks Law, health insurance mandates, and much more.
Clearly, we need both a property tax cap AND mandate relief. Last night, the Republican-controlled Senate voted the tax cap in - now we have to assure they attack mandates, too.
And that is why UNYTEA's Board of Directors has voted unanimously to endorse Governor Cuomo's proposal for a 2% cap on property taxes, but only if it is accompanied by mandate relief.
Since its inception UNYTEA has been blind to political party labels. We are loyal only to our principles: limited government, personal responsibility, and individual rights.
Please join us in the effort to limit the size of state and local government and to reign in New York State's out-of-control property taxes.
Write to the Governor, and your State Senator and Assembly person.
And tell them, we want action and we want it now!