Republican comptroller candidate Harry Wilson took some swings at Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli over whether DiNapoli—who Wilson has labeled “Albany Tom”—supports a property-tax cap.
Wilson went so far as to point out that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio support tax caps. So does Gov. David Paterson, but the Democratic-led Assembly has rejected a tax cap even though it has passed several times in the Senate.
Cuomo started running television ads this week in support of his cap proposal.
Here’s more on the whole property-tax-cap debate—which was the second installment of the ongoing property-tax series by Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
DiNapoli spokesman Dennis Tompkins said DiNapoli has long backed a tax cap and wants a circuit breaker, which would tie property taxes to household incomes. Here’s his response.
“Comptroller DiNapoli supports a property tax cap. His audits and reports have identified the need to control both state and local government spending. New Yorkers cannot afford endless tax increases.
Comptroller DiNapoli supports Attorney General Cuomo’s tax cap proposal and he strongly believes that an expanded “circuit breaker” must be an integral part of any property tax cap plan. The state must also evaluate the costs it pushes down to local governments.”