Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Monday, 01 February 2010 10:57
Like him or not, Tom Suozzi worked to champion property tax reform. Long Islanders had someone from here bringing their frustration to a statewide bipartisan commission on the reduction of property taxes, which he chaired. You’ll read the basics of his report findings in Take Us to Your Leader this week on Page 3. Being such a volatile issue, he became a self-proclaimed victim of the tax revolt he was hoping to lead, suffering from angry taxpayers who wanted to express their emotions locally. And many schools don’t like some of the ideas that arose - primarily property tax caps.
But now, in a new era, North Shore Schools and their lobbying advisor from the NY State School Boards Association concur with the bipartisan report that impossible costs and harmful laws are coming from the state level to hurt local schools or wallets. They see an answer in a bill to lower school costs and taxes that comes from a senator in Westchester. It is very significant for a board of education to seek to influence such major changes. If there is a solution in the legislation reform for which they are lobbying, North Shore, Nassau and the whole state should join them -- or else ask what happens without change.