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On The Campaign Trail: Bob Cohen Talks Westchester Taxes

State Senate candidate presented his unfunded mandate relief plan for Westchester taxpayers on the steps of the Bronxville Library.

With Mayor Mary C. Marvin of Bronxville and Chris Atayan, a member of the Bronxville School Board on hand, state Senate candidate Bob Cohen was in Bronxville this morning to set out a plan to rid Westchester taxpayers of what he calls "burdensome unfunded state mandates."

"Westchester will be forced to dramatically raise taxes if the trend continues of eight out of every 10 Westchester tax dollars having to go towards some thing Albany makes up pay for," stated , who passionately declared that this trend must be fixed before things get even worse.

In municipalities like Bronxville, where unfunded mandates have created a situation that Mayor Marvin calls a "crisis" and "an unsustainable situation," she applauded Cohen's desire to tackle what she calls the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

"I truly look forward to working with Bob Cohen to gain control of Albany's out of control spending for the sake of Westchester taxpayers," stated Marvin who also pointed out that this year alone, the Village of Bronxville sent over $3 million to Albany and only received about $64K back in direct State aid.

"School districts should, like consumers, shop around for the best prices, buying supplies in bulk the way consumers would do at a Costco or Sams Club," added Cohen, "right now, districts are restricted from working together and are forced to use preferred vendors, which only adds to costs."

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Believing that the property tax load on Westchester families has reached an unbearable state, Cohen also points out that many municipalities' discretionary dollars are being as he says, "confiscated in larger and larger chunks by state mandates,".

Other points of action Cohen laid out as his mandate relief plan were:

  • Have the state take over local costs and the administration of Medicaid
  • Allow providers to opt-out of federally optional Medicaid services
  • Save money on printing and postage by electronic recording and storage of documents by county clerks, school districts and state agencies
  • Allow municipalities and school districts to post official notices via the Internet

"It's time we go from nice talk to action in Albany and for every mandate they propose, Albany should be sending a check for proper funding of that mandate," said Cohen.

Joyce King August 07, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Cohen is doing an amazing job. It is so nice to hear of a politician doing what is right by the PEOPLE, and making decisions based on our well-being. Hopefully Cohen is elected to the Senate so we can see similar tax cuts on the federal level!
Ben Sterling August 07, 2012 at 01:21 PM
It really is ridiculous what Albany is doing by restricting local areas from trying cost saving measures while at the same time wasting taxpayers' dollars. We need new leadership. Good job Bob Cohen and Mayor Marvin.
Libby Reid August 07, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Albany is ridiculous, and Cohen seems to actually have the guts to change that. Lattimer will just keep up the spending, keep up the taxes, keep up the idiocy that it seems to be our state senate.
Rhett August 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Thank You Mr. Cohen for standing up for the taxpayers, too bad we can't say the same thing about tax-happy Latimer.
Aidan August 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Cohen all the way. The liberals have ruined this state.
Bobby Z August 08, 2012 at 03:12 PM
We need to gain control back of Albany and Cohen is the one that can help accomplish this.
Stuy Guy August 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM
What baloney comments from GOP Senate staffers. Cohen is the hand-pciked choice of the Republican Senate Majority that has run that chamber for 70+ years. Cuomo is changing Albany, not the Senate GOP. The Amen Chorus that chimed in toi support Cohen is all about P O W E R ... which they want to keep. lotsa jobs in the Senate at stake. George Latimer has been one of the finest public officials in Westchester. Cohen will spend $2 million to drown him in a sea of negatives. The only question is whether people will see through the empty suit that Cohen is despite his money. Latimer smokes him in intellect and understanding. Watch the debates...if Cohen doesn't avoid them like the plague.
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