taxes en Astorino the underdog in the governor's race <p></p><p>Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, faces a steep challenge. He’s 30 points behind the well-known incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the polls, and has only a fraction of Cuomo’s record $33 million campaign war chest. &nbsp;</p><p>Astorino is a Republican in a state where Democrats now dominate and independents, not registered in either major party, are gaining ground. But the 47-year-old married father of three says he’s used to being a long shot.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55748 at Astorino the underdog in the governor's race East Syracuse voting on future of police department <p></p><p>The village of East Syracuse is deciding this evening whether it can afford to continue staffing a fulltime police force.</p><p>In October 2012, residents of the village voted down the idea of dissolving its police force and merging it with that of neighboring DeWitt. But since that vote, taxes for residents have shot up 22 percent and the town board again approved the measure this spring.</p><p>For Janini&nbsp;Puliatti, having more eyes watching over the village is worth the expense.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:02:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54368 at What upstate NY needs to do to stay relevant in global economy <p></p><p><em>The chairman of the worldwide accounting firm PWC, formerly called Pricewaterhouse Coopers, has roots right here in central New York. Bob Moritz is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and visited the campus last week to speak about the global economy. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Moritz about how those trends apply to the economic situation in upstate New York.</em></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:59:12 +0000 Catherine Loper 53868 at What upstate NY needs to do to stay relevant in global economy Dispute ends budget meeting <p></p><p>The next several days will be crucial ones in Albany for negotiations on the state budget.&nbsp;Tensions ran high at a closed-door meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the expense of the rest of the state.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:48:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53062 at Dispute ends budget meeting Utica City School District discusses layoffs to help balance budget <p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:46:35 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52928 at Utica City School District discusses layoffs to help balance budget Gillibrand wants higher tax write-off for child care <p></p><p>Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to double the tax write-off for child care expenses, saying it will benefit working mothers and families.</p><p>Right now 35 percent of a child’s daycare – or up to about $1,000 – can be written off on annual tax filings. Gillibrand’s bill would raise that to half of the expenses, or $3,000. She says making child care more affordable will allow more parents to work full time and bring home more money.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:39:44 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52528 at Gillibrand wants higher tax write-off for child care Pre-K funding fight fuels upstate-downstate divide <p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:25:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51369 at Pre-K funding fight fuels upstate-downstate divide Poll intensifies Cuomo-deBlasio debate over pre-K funding <p></p><h1>A new poll finds that New Yorkers statewide favor Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to fund pre-kindergarten over New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s proposal.</h1><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Quinnipiac poll</a> finds that the majority of New Yorkers prefer Cuomo’s plan to finance expanded pre-K through state funds, than favor deBlasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy to get the money.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:16:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51298 at Union activists protest governor's budget plan <p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51234 at Union activists protest governor's budget plan Pro-school funding rally draws hundreds to state Capitol <p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:48:57 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49944 at Pro-school funding rally draws hundreds to state Capitol Cuomo tax cut plan reduces business and property taxes <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:06:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49565 at Cuomo tax cut plan reduces business and property taxes Taxes likely to top agenda for governor, state legislature <p></p><p>One of the top issues of the 2014 legislative session will be taxes. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to cut taxes, some -- including New York City Mayor elect Bill de Blasio -- want to raise them.&nbsp;</p><p>In a year where Cuomo and all 213 of the state’s legislative seats are up for reelection, it’s not a big surprise that the legislative session would focus on tax cuts.</p><p>Cuomo appointed two tax commissions to study the issue, but even before they were finished, he was already signaling his intentions.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:06:22 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49231 at Brewers ask Rep. Maffei for reduction in federal taxes <p></p><p>Some New York craft brewers are asking their local congressman to reduce the federal taxes on their beer so they can continue to grow.</p><p>The number of craft brewers in the state has risen to more than 140 in the past two decades as demand for more flavorful beers has grown. A handful of brewers met with Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei Monday at Empire Brewery in Syracuse. They had two main requests.</p><p>A reduction in the federal excise tax will help them expand, Mark Rubenstein, owner of Middle Ages Brewery, said.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:23:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47675 at Brewers ask Rep. Maffei for reduction in federal taxes Cuomo setting the stage for tax cuts <p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:21:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45653 at Study finds New York analyzing tax dollar usage well <p>New York has been labeled a "leading" state for effective use of cost-benefit analysis in a new study from the Pew-MacArthur Results First initiative. That means New York is doing a better job of making sure tax dollars are spent well, than other states.</p><p>Cost benefit analysis is determining the return on an investment. In this case&nbsp; it's determining how much the taxpayer benefits from each public dollar spent.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:45:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41817 at Study finds New York analyzing tax dollar usage well Gov. Cuomo talks tax returns, or lack thereof <p>While many New Yorkers who filed their income tax returns have already received a refund from the state, there are others, mainly those who filed their returns on paper, whose refund has not arrived yet.</p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week the reason for the delay is not due to an oversight, but rather because of a backlog of tax returns to sort through.</p><p>"Ninety-six or 97 percent of the refunds have been already sent out and the tax department is working on the remaining three percent," Cuomo said. "It's just a volume issue that they're working through."</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:14:40 +0000 Gino Geruntino 40805 at Senate passes bill forcing landlords to pay taxes <p>The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would authorize public welfare officials to withhold rent from landlords who have not paid their real estate taxes.<br><br>In many cases, publicly funded subsidies meant to help families pay their rent are paid directly to landlords through social services programs. In October, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that two landlords received more than $400,000 in government aid for rent while neglecting to pay over a million dollars in property taxes to the city.<br> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:30:37 +0000 Julie Alderman 39822 at Ag advocates applaud movement on tighter farmland assessment cap <p>Agriculture advocates are welcoming progress on state legislation that would slow rising property taxes for farmers. The Senate passed a bill last week that tightens the cap on farmland assessment increases. Yesterday, that measure also passed out of the Assembly's Agriculture Committee.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:50:50 +0000 Joanna Richards 38986 at Ag advocates applaud movement on tighter farmland assessment cap Cuomo seeks help from local leaders to pass tax free zone plan <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked local government leaders from around upstate New York help him convince the legislature to approve his tax free zone plan.<br>&nbsp;<br>Cuomo wants to create tax free zones for new businesses who locate at state-run and some private college campuses around the state. All taxes, even for employees, would be waved for a decade. The governor says he may even increase the plan to 20 other state-run sites. Wed, 29 May 2013 12:51:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38611 at Cuomo seeks help from local leaders to pass tax free zone plan Cuomo's 'Tax-Free Zones' proposal draws mixed reviews <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state promoting a plan to allow new businesses to go tax-free for up to a decade if they locate near a State University of New York campus.&nbsp; The plan, which is yet to be drafted into bill form, has raised some questions.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:53:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38503 at Cuomo's 'Tax-Free Zones' proposal draws mixed reviews Mayor Miner wants Hotel Syracuse redeveloped - one way or another <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city isn't giving up on the latest proposal to renovate the Hotel Syracuse. A plan for the city to take over the tax delinquent property stalled last week when, Financitech, which holds the mortgage on the hotel, paid back taxes at the last minute. Fri, 17 May 2013 20:18:16 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38035 at New York state legislature passes budget <p>The state legislature is finished voting on a $141.3 billion state budget, with the Assembly completing it's work shortly before midnight on Thursday. The final passage occurred one week past lawmakers’ s self-imposed deadline, but three days before the spending plan was actually due to be finished.&nbsp; Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:58:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35485 at DiNapoli says Syracuse's finances suffer from "systemic problems" <p>New York State's financial overseer is warning Syracuse's finances face "systemic problems." Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:02:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 33648 at Cuomo proposes third lean budget <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $142 billion state budget, that includes federal aid for post Superstorm Sandy recovery, and closes a $1.3 billion dollar budget gap. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:31:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32253 at Cuomo proposes third lean budget Cuomo proposes budget with "no new taxes" <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $137 billion state budget Tuesday afternoon. In a speech in Albany before state legislators, he presented his plan to increase spending by about two percent. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:41:09 +0000 Catherine Loper 32226 at Tax season may bring changes and surprises next year <p>There could be some surprises for taxpayers in 2013. Many of them may find themselves with a bigger tax bill next year. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:06:25 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31093 at Tax season may bring changes and surprises next year Gillibrand says she's optimistic fiscal cliff can be avoided <p>Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is optimistic that the President Barack Obama and leadership of the House of Representatives will cut a deal to prevent the so-called "fiscal cliff."&nbsp; New York's junior senator predicted there would be progress soon during a visit to Syracuse Friday. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:46:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30578 at Schumer: compromise is key to avoiding fiscal cliff <p>The focus in Washington, D.C. is now on the so-called "fiscal cliff," which describes the automatic budget cuts and tax hikes that are scheduled to go into effect at the end of the year if Congress and the president don't come to an agreement to reduce the deficit.&nbsp; Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is among those saying that the election was a mandate for compromise. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:24:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 29010 at Schumer on tax rate compromises: "You can't do three things at once" <p>U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is skeptical about the latest compromise being discussed in Washington to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Schumer expects a deal to be done by the end of the year, but says he won't support what's under discussion now.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:07:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 27381 at State comptroller predicts Wall Street profits up in volatile economic climate <p>Profits on Wall Street are going to be up this year, according to a new report from the New York state comptroller, but are still below their pre-recession highs. The report also finds fewer job losses in the securities industry, and many economic uncertainties ahead. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:39:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 27275 at