Monthly Archives: October 2013

REAL PROPERTY REVALUATIONS – REALITY AND MYTH

October 6, 2013 Real property assessments, and especially property revaluations, are a hot topic.  Unfortunately both topics are largely misunderstood.  In this article I will present “facts” to hopefully eliminate some of the confusion.  Some readers may be surprised by … Continue reading

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THE POLITICS OF REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

Why are real property taxes are so high? That is a complex question with many partially accurate answers.  One popular but simplistic answer is that there are too many tax real property tax “exemptions.”  Here are some pertinent facts on … Continue reading

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ALL ABOUT POLITICS

Feb. 24, 2013 On February 25th the County Legislature we will consider a resolution seeking the repeal of the recently enacted NY SAFE (Gun) Act.  I have received more comments on this than any other issue in recent years.  I … Continue reading

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NYS PROPOSED 2013 BUDGET IMPACT

Jan. 27, 2013 Over the past 10 days I have received over 100 pages of printed materials dealing with the Governor’s State of the State Address and his proposed 2013 State Budget.  Although local governments have no vote on the … Continue reading

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ANOTHER BAD IDEA FROM NYS

Jan. 13, 2013 Last week Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver proposed a new law requiring early voting in New York State.  Both touted this as an important reform to the voting process.   Their plan would require 14 days … Continue reading

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NEW OPPORTUNITIES – NEW CHALLENGES

In my opinion the biggest challenges that Allegany County faces, come from the Federal and State governments.  We could manage our financial affairs just fine if they would leave us alone.  Unfortunately both the Federal and State governments are determined … Continue reading

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