Former Gov. David Paterson took some swipes today at Senate Democrats for not passing a property-tax cap when they were in the majority in 2010, saying the failure to do so cost them their majority in the November 2010 elections.
The Senate in August 2010 passed 52-7 the governor’s tax-cap bill.
Paterson sounded like he was focused on the June budget extender bill. Then, Paterson made a last-minute push to include tax cap, along with controversial revenue raisers such as selling wine in grocery stores and allowing state university campuses to set their own tuition rates.
Neither the Senate or Assembly took up that package.
Paterson said the failure of Senate Democrats to get the property-tax cap approved in the budget was their downfall.
“The Senate Democrats, then for some reason, passed a budget with the Republicans that didn’t have a property-tax cap in it – which made me know at that moment they would lose the majority,” Paterson said on Fred Dicker’s radio show this morning.
Paterson, in fact, was the one who backed off his strong pledge to call a special session of the Legislature in October 2010 to address a property-tax cap. Instead, he wrote a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seeking assurance that a cap would be addressed next year when a new governor took office.
It was: Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed a tougher 2 percent tax cap in June 2011.