Mayor John T. McDonald III of the City of Cohoes has recently been appointed to serve on NYCOM’s “Mayoral Task Force on Mandate Relief.” Mayor Sam Teresi of the City of Jamestown, President of the Conference of Mayors, made the appointment.
“Talk of imposing a property tax cap in New York has failed to focus on relief from state mandates, which is the essential element to controlling property taxes,” observed Mayor Teresi. “A property tax cap without relief from state mandates is a fool’s errand, since you can’t cap what you can’t control. Mayor McDonald keenly understands the danger state mandates pose to the fiscal well-being of Cohoes and all of New York. I look forward to his insights and input on this critically important issue.”
“This Task Force has been established at a time when local governments are facing unprecedented fiscal challenges noted Peter A Baynes NYCOM Executive Director Rapidly rising costs largely beyond a mayor’s control such as pensions and health insurance are devouring municipal budgets and threatening the capacity of local governments to continue to provide essential services On top of that already limited non-property tax revenues are stagnant or in decline and state aid meant to provide municipal property tax relief the AIM program has been cut.”
"It is an honor to be appointed to this statewide task force with my colleagues in office. I look forward to forging ahead with prioritizing those mandates that need implementation and action as a property tax cap is considered. Taxpayers continue to struggle during these bleak economic times as do municipal budgets which affect local property taxes and services. As a former President of NYCOM, I am keenly aware of the challenges being faced by local elected officials and I am anxious to get to work to put together a plan that the incoming Governor can consider and meld into the public’s agenda of lowering property taxes," said Mayor McDonald.
The mission of NYCOM’s Task Force on Mandate Relief is to develop and recommend, by the end of the year, a significant set of mandate relief proposals that must be adopted by the State Legislature prior to enacting any form of a property tax cap. These recommendations will focus on the state mandates that are the key culprits in obstructing local officials’ efforts to control spending and property taxes. In addition to sharing the Task Force report with state legislators and their leadership, it will also serve as NYCOM’s briefing document for the incoming Governor, transition team and administration.
NYCOM represents city and village governments in New York State and has 585 members and has been in existence since 1910.