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June 9, 2013

The Tax-Free NY proposal unveiled last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be called Empire Zone 2.0....

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Jun-10-13 10:19 AM

This type of plan as well as the predecessor plan that set up IDAs, EDCs and gave Sciocetti and Bray the platform and opportunity to STEAL $3 MILLION OF OUR MONEY is what led to the erosion of out r tax base. We have no business in the area, who has been part of this system paying taxes. They don't create new jobs, nn checks and balances to make sure ANY jobs are created, and most, at the end of their 10 year PILOT, simply find a new state, with new incentives and relocate and start all over. These programs do not work, never did, never will

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Jun-10-13 7:23 AM

annarodac, What rock have you been living under for the last 20 plus years. When businesses come here they get many tax breaks and in many cases they don't pay property and school taxes, they are allowed to pay what is known as PILOT payment in lieu of taxes and these payments are much less than the taxes would be and this kind of deal normally lasts 10 years and then most businesses leave the area. What I would rather see is that the businesses pay their taxes and the tax breaks go to helping the working poor and the seniors who live on fixed incomes so they could continue to keep their homes.

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Jun-09-13 4:51 PM

The real problem is when businesses come to this area they see the property taxes and run. No one is addressing this problem.

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Jun-09-13 12:34 PM

Awesome article. We need real solutions not gimmicks.

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Jun-09-13 10:46 AM

Yup best article I've read in a long time, except the one about that monster brook trout on the front page today...

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Jun-09-13 9:40 AM

Another not so well thought out plan in a long line of not thought out plans here in NYS. Even if this was a good plan the benefits would be minimal. It would not actually attract new business as they would tout but simply shuffle existing businesses to locations closer to schools. It has to be a small cog in a much larger plan that benefits someone involved... felony, corruption or stupidity?

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Jun-09-13 7:30 AM

First the banks.Then the insurance companies/Wall Street.Know small/mid sized business...When the*****is the working middle class New Yorker getting their break????

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Jun-09-13 7:28 AM

Firts the banks and insyrance companies know small /mid level businesses.When are the MIDDLE WORKING CLASS NEW YORKER getting their break??TERRIBLE plan Mario..JR!!!!!

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Jun-09-13 7:27 AM

Probably one of the best editorials I have ever read. Who ever wrote this deserves an award.

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