Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos today is applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewed push for a property tax cap and is touting the Republican-led Senate’s Jan. 31 approval of the measure.

Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008 to respond to the state’s property tax crisis, and New Yorkers everywhere continue to demand it. While I applaud the Governor for his continued leadership, it’s important that he utilize the bully pulpit to challenge the Assembly to act.

Skelos has been hesitant to negotiate a compromised cap, fearing it would be “watered down” by the Democratic-led Assembly. Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, has said he may introduce an alternative measure, including one that may exempt pensions, debt and an expiration date.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office quickly shot down the notion that the cap could expire, however. Cuomo is speaking today in Syracuse to push for the cap, along with gay marriage and an ethics bill — the kickoff of his “People First” tour.

Here’s the full statement from Skelos:

Today, Governor Cuomo begins a statewide tour in support of his
legislation to enact a hard property tax cap in New York. The Governor is
right – – soaring property taxes are driving middle-class families out of
their homes and forcing businesses to flee the state.

That’s why the State Senate overwhelmingly passed the Governor’s
property tax cap bill earlier this year, and why we’re working so hard to
provide New Yorkers with meaningful relief. If the Assembly leadership is
serious about controlling property taxes, they will join us in passing the
Governor’s bill.

Senate Republicans first passed a property tax cap in 2008 to respond
to the state’s property tax crisis, and New Yorkers everywhere continue to
demand it. While I applaud the Governor for his continued leadership, it’s
important that he utilize the bully pulpit to challenge the Assembly to
act.