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“Our state budget app gives New York taxpayers a handy tool for tracking how the state raises and spends their money,” said E.J. McMahon, the Empire Center’s president. “It will be useful to anyone who wants to analyze budget trends and choices in the run-up to the next Executive Budget presentation in January.”
Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly general audience on Dec. 4 at the Vatican.
Calling him “The People’s Pope,” Time magazine on Wednesday named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.
“For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year,” Time said in its announcement.
“What makes this pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church,” Time said in its cover story.
Property taxes would be frozen for two years, several million New Yorkers could get income tax breaks to offset property taxes, and relief would come to corporations and the estates of dead millionaires.
Those are among the recommendations from a state commission that likely previews what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will propose in his 2014 budget plan next month.
Business groups and some lawmakers hailed the proposals, while left-leaning critics called them unaffordable, ill-targeted toward the wealthy and corporations, and likely to leave less money for public schools.
The proposals would total $2 billion in additional tax breaks three years from now, though state officials could not say how much tax relief might be envisioned for 2014 – an election year for Cuomo and all members of the Legislature and a year when the state is supposed to be facing a near $2 billion deficit.
The Buffalo Medical Group is growing larger. Buffalo Otolaryngology Group, a small 45-year-old specialty practice, has joined the Buffalo Medical Group. Now there are 113 physicians in Buffalo Medical Group’s cadre.
Its four doctors, Steven H. Buck, Stephen R. Sobie, Keun Y. Lee and Gustavo Diaz-Reyes, will merge with the Buffalo Medical Group’s existing ear, nose and throat medical staff, which includes Drs. Peter A. Campione, Gerald R. Jeyapalan and Robert W. Williams.
Buffalo Otolaryngology Group’s Williamsville office at 1020 Youngs Road will remain open and become a Buffalo Medical Group satellite office.
In Amherst, according to the Buffalo News, billionaire Stephen Ross, who is even richer than Jacobs with a net worth of $4.4 billion wants public assistance for an apartment building he owns. For thirty years Ross’s property located at 285 Pepper Tree Drive in Amherst has received a break on taxes. Thirty years is a long time, but not long enough for Ross as he wants another thirty year tax break.
Ross is the founder of a company called Related Housing Companies and he ranks #286 on Forbes richest 400 people. Ross owns the Miami Dolphins football team and recently donated $200 million to the University of Michigan.
Related’s web site describes the company as:
“Today, Related owns and operates a premier portfolio of high quality assets valued at over $15 billion. With offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Abu Dhabi, San Paolo and Shanghai, Related manages an operating portfolio that includes luxury residential, affordable and workforce apartments, commercial, retail and mixed-use developments.”
Without a tax break Billionaire Ross would pay $67,484.50 in town/county taxes in 2013 for his property assessed at $4.7 million and $106,408 for school taxes. Instead Ross pays $23,118.10 in town/county taxes and pays $0 in school tax. Ross is receiving a tax break of $150,774.50 in 2013 and has received a tax break every year for thirty years.
MJ Peterson has also been receiving a thirty year tax break on their apartment complex located at 501-511 Robin and 910-937 Robin, which they also want to extend for another thirty years. Without a tax break MJ Peterson would pay $52,424 in town/county taxes in 2013 for 501-511 Robin assessed at $3.5 million and $66,573.90 in school taxes. Instead MJ Peterson pays $19,105.70 in town/county taxes and $0 in school tax. MJ Peterson is receiving a tax break of $99,892.20 per year and has received a break every year for thirty years.
Without a tax break MJ Peterson would pay $54,207 in town/county taxes in 2013 for 910-937 Robin assessed at $3.6 million and $69,530.40 in school taxes. Instead MJ Peterson pays $19,409.10 in town/county taxes and $0 in school tax. MJ Peterson is receiving a tax break of $104,328.30 per year and has received a break every year for thirty years.
Between the three properties the town/county and school district are losing $354,995 in 2013 alone. For thirty years Ross and MJ Peterson have received tax breaks which have allowed them to pay $0 for school taxes. Meanwhile I and every other property owner pays thousands of dollars in school taxes. Enough already, the Amherst Town Board should deny the request for another thirty year tax abatement to Ross and MJ Peterson.
What do you think?
Jim Tricoli: Amhersttimes.com — I brought up the same problem in Town Hall. It’s clear as glass. This group demonstrates how the rich get richer. They will make $3.4 million in profits over this 30 year period.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a new schedule of Congress on Your Corner stops in Western New York. Congress on Your Corner provides satellite office hours, at locations throughout the district, for residents to gain assistance with federal issues
“We work hard to be accessible and provide that link between the public and federal agencies,” said Congressman Higgins. “While we can always be reached through telephone, email and at the district offices, this program provides opportunities for residents to interact with your Congressional office closer to your home.”
Friday, December 13 – 10:30am – 12:30pm
Friends of the Elderly
118 E. Utica Avenue, Buffalo
Wednesday, December 18 – 10:00am – Noon
Amherst Senior Center
370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst
Monday, December 23 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Martha Mitchell Community Center
175 Oakmont Avenue, Buffalo
During Congress on Your Corner, residents have the opportunity to talk directly with someone from Congressman Higgins’ office about issues related to Social Security, the Veteran’s Administration, passport issues, federal student loans, the Small Business Administration, or any other federal matters they may need assistance with.
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Do we need another right in our Bill of Rights? The right to be free from surveillance?
The National Security Agency isn’t the only government entity secretly collecting data from people’s cellphones. Local police are increasingly scooping it up, too.
Armed with new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police agencies are capturing information about thousands of cellphone users at a time, whether they are targets of an investigation or not, according to public records obtained by USA TODAY and Gannett newspapers and TV stations.