Zephyr Teachout says she’d roll back property-tax cap

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s primary challenger on Friday said she would move to roll back one of Cuomo’s top initiatives from his first term: the state’s property-tax cap.

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 2.18.07 PMSpeaking on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout said she isn’t in favor of the cap, which limits the annual growth in property taxes to the lower of 2 percent or the rate of inflation, with various exceptions.

The tax cap was one of the first major policy programs implemented by Cuomo and the state Legislature in 2011, not long after Cuomo first took office. It’s currently the subject of a lawsuit by the New York State United Teachers union, which challenges whether requiring 60 percent of a voting body to override the cap is unconstitutional.

“I oppose the property-tax cap,” Teachout said.

Host Susan Arbetter followed up: “So you would roll out the Common Core, APPR (the state’s current teacher-evaluation system) and the tax cap?”

“Yeah, there are some differences between me and Andrew Cuomo,” Teachout said. “I’m a really traditional Democrat, which means that when I see the crisis — and we have a crisis of jobs and a crisis of infrastructure funding and we have a crisis in our schools — and when I see these things, I’m an FDR Democrat. I think we have to reinvest, reinvest in our infrastructure, reinvest in our public schools.”

Teachout will face off with Cuomo on Tuesday in a Democratic primary election, along with activist and comedian Randy Credico.

(Associated Press file photo)

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  1. Mt.Kisco resident on

    She’s got my vote!!!

    New York has the worst roads and after the winter we have had the same pot holes on our state roads are not fixed. But, the roads leading to Cuomo’s house in Mt. Kisco are paved nicely. Go figure!