ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has enlisted one of his predecessors to look for ways to cut taxes for businesses and middle class New Yorkers.
On Wednesday, the governor named former Gov. George Pataki and former state Comptroller Carl McCall as co-chairmen of a Tax Relief Commission. Cuomo, a Democrat, said he went to former Pataki, a Republican, partly to keep politics out of the process. Pataki joked that when he got the call from Cuomo he thought at first it was a wrong number. McCall was also the challenger to Pataki during the 2002 Gubernatorial election.
The Tax Relief Commission is in addition to the Governor’s efforts to streamline New York’s tax code to make the state more affordable and competitive, ultimately creating jobs and helping grow the economy. The new Tax Relief Commission will collaborate with the Tax Reform and Fairness Commission, launched last December to conduct a comprehensive review of the State’s taxation policy, including corporate, sales and personal income taxation and make recommendations to improve and simplify the current tax system.
The commission is to report to Cuomo by Dec. 6 so that he can include its recommendations in next year’s state budget.