Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Cuomo Introduces New Pataki-McCall Led Commission At Manhattanville

Former Gov. George Pataki, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and former Comptroller H. Carl McCallGov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of the New York State Tax Relief Commission that will be chaired by former Gov. George E. Pataki and former Comptroller H. Carl McCall Wednesday at Manhattanville College.

While Pataki, R., and McCall, D., ran against each other for governor in 2002, Cuomo expects each commissioner to do what is best for the state and its people. He said that it is good to have different opinions working together and coming to agreement.

“We’ve seen the alternative in Washington,” Cuomo said.

Pataki decided to join the commission because he loves the state, believes government should work for people, and he wants to help get tax-relief for people, though he did joke that he thought Cuomo dialed the wrong number at first.

McCall said he wanted to be part of the commission because it is critical for the state to lower taxes even more and help provide security to the residents.

The first responsibility for the commission will be to look at reducing state property taxes, which bring in $51 billion from individuals and $17 billion from businesses annually, Cuomo said. The state also has three of the four highest property tax paying counties in the country, he said.

“Compared to the rest of the country they are a gross burden,” he said.

The commission will also be reviewing all taxes that are burdensome to businesses and to middle class, working families.

The other members of the commission include Denis Hughes, former president of the AFL-CIO in the state, Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York, Dall Forsythe, former budget director for the state, former U.S. Rep. Jack Quinn, Jim Wetzler, director at Deloitte, and Bill Rudin, senior advisor at Brown & Weinraub.