One of the main budget battles now appears to be the fight over whether to restore STAR property-tax rebate checks to seniors in the budget.
Sen. Andrea-Stewart Cousins, D-Yonkers, said “restoring the senior STAR rebate program, which I believe is a critical component that must be included in the final budget agreement.”
Her Senate Democratic colleagues also called for property-tax relief in the budget, which is carrying a $9.2 billion deficit.
Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, pointed out how Westchester County has the highest property taxes in the country and how upstate counties have the highest taxes as a percentage of home value.
“Enough is enough. New Yorkers are being priced out of their homes, and the Senate Majority is committed to providing New Yorkers with meaningful relief. The costs of inaction are simply too high,” Sampson said in a statement.
Updated: Senate Republicans offered this response.
“Andrea Stewart Cousins cannot hide from the fact that she was the deciding vote to take away $47 million in STAR property tax rebate checks from seniors and every homeowner in her district,” said Mark Hansen, spokesman for the Senate Republican conference.