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Orleans Legislature: Ease property taxes by attracting more sales tax revenue

Orleans Legislature: Ease property taxes by attracting more sales tax revenue

Editorial By Tom Rivers, Orleans Hub http://www.orleanshub.com

2 January 2014

Orleans County officials have done a marvelous job reducing the cost of government in recent years, cutting about 40 positions, combining some departments, making some leadership positions part-time and even pushing to sell off assets.

If you believe less government should be the goal, then our County Legislature deserves to be commended.

Sales tax formula hurts Orleans County’s 4 villages

Sales tax formula hurts Orleans County’s 4 villages

Orleans County uses formula to direct sales tax away from municipalities that need it most.

"It would be easy to blame the local village officials for the high tax rates, but it’s really the fault of the county for sharing so little of the sales tax."

New York State STAR Exemption - Registration Required

New York State STAR Exemption - Registration Required

ALBANY, NY - New York State Department of taxation and Finance has announced a new initiative that changes the way homeowners apply for the basic STAR Tax Exemption. The Tax Department as of August 26th, 2013 and confirmed by the department in a written statement, has mailed out 550,000 STAR registration letters to Homeowners in 17 Western Region Counties. These counties include; Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. Including this most recent mailing, the total outreach is 2.6 million homeowners.

Schumer Says He’ll Fight to Restore Funds for Rural Hospitals

Schumer Says He’ll Fight to Restore Funds for Rural Hospitals

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By Tom Rivers trivers@batavianews.com | Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:00 am

ALBION — Since 1988 the federal government has directed some funds from Medicare to rural hospitals, money that allows small-town hospitals to afford new technology and pay employees to deliver health services.

But an impasse in Congress caused the funds to expire after Sept. 30. If Congress doesn’t reinstate the funding, Orleans Community Health would be out $416,000 next year, while Wyoming County Community Health System would lose $628,500. The Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville would be cut $744,000.

Funding Obtained for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Funding Obtained for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

A Statement Released by the Office of Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (D-26th District)

WESTERN NEW YORK – Today, Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) announced $1.4 million in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants awarded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  Recipients such as the Research Foundation of SUNY-Buffalo State College will use the funds to address invasive species in New York State. 

“The Great Lakes is an underappreciated regional and national asset which contributes significantly to our economy and environment,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Caucus.  “According to the Brookings Institution, Buffalo alone would see economic gains between $600 million to $1.1 billion if the Great Lakes are restored.  Investments like these move us closer to that goal.”

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

Three years ago, a New York public school custodian, returning from his coffee break, was hit by an underinsured driver while crossing the street and left permanently disabled. He was in a training program and on his way to becoming a chief custodian but instead was left disabled, requiring significant physical therapy to even walk again.  While he thought the insurance he purchased would provide some financial relief for the fact he could no longer perform his job, he was left high and dry.

President Praises Slaughter for Work to End Insider Trading in Congress

President Praises Slaughter for Work to End Insider Trading in Congress

A Statement Released by the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Obama: “I know how proud she is to see this bill she championed finally become law.”

Slaughter: “Today marks a milestone in this country’s long fight to become a more perfect union.”

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today celebrated a major legislative accomplishment as President Barack Obama praised her six years of work to outlaw insider trading in Congress. Today as he signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act into law at the White House he said,

“I want to recognize Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and wish her a speedy recovery. She broke her leg yesterday so she can’t be here in person, but she’ll be okay. She first introduced the STOCK Act in 2006 and I know how proud she is to see this bill that she championed finally become law.”