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Cuomo on Pataki float to cut personal income tax: No

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is not interested in tinkering with the state’s personal income tax rates, shooting down a trial balloon that former Gov. George Pataki will press a Cuomo tax advisory panel on which he sits to lower personal income taxes for all New Yorkers, including millionaires.

Instead, Cuomo said he wants to find ways to reduce the burden property taxes in 2014. “It’s the most oppressive tax that New Yorkers pay, so that’s why we’re going to focus on that,’’ Cuomo told reporters this morning in a telephone conference call.

Cuomo named Pataki, along with former state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, to an advisory panel to make recommendations on cutting taxes, asking that they especially concentrate on property and business taxes.

“You put people on a commission, they can talk about whatever they want to talk about,’’ Cuomo said.

During the early part of his administration, Pataki in the mid-1990s made cutting New York’s personal income tax rates a top priority, so it is no surprise, as the Wall Street Journal reported today, that the former Republican governor would want to take the state there again.

The governor made his comments after announcing an increase of $4.5 million in state aid to 46 emergency food providers around the state; the funding comes after a federal reduction this month in money to the government’s main food assistance program for poor people, a move that cost $300 million for New Yorkers.

In a subsequent question and answer with reporters, Cuomo also shot down a New York Post story reporting that New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie told Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino that he would support him if he ran against Democrat Cuomo next year. Christie is the new chairman of the Republican Governor's Association, which pumps millions into targeted gubernatorial races. Cuomo said he talked to Christie this morning “who told me the exact opposite.”

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Tom Precious

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