Gov. Cuomo pushes for extension on property tax cap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Rockland County today to push for an extension of the state's expiring 2 percent cap on property taxes.

The current state legislative session will be ending soon, so Cuomo hit the road to try to sell the public on the extension.

He visited the Nyack Center in Rockland County, one of two stops in his campaign.

Cuomo and Democrats in Albany say the cap has saved New York property owners more than $7.5 billion so far. Democrats want a temporary extension, while Republicans want to make it permanent.

Either way, the teachers union president in the Clarkstown School District echoes the complaint of other educators that state mandates leave less available to meet local needs.

Educators aren't the only ones who complain about a lack of mandate reform. Local and county officials also claim the cap offers little protection for homeowners.

Cuomo contends his administration has done a lot to reduce the burden of state regulations.

The current session of the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn in about two weeks.

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