Patty Ritchie

WAMC News
7:51 am
Wed October 23, 2013

NY Law Caps Agricultural Assessment Hikes

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law to cap agricultural land assessment increases at two percent a year.

Cuomo says the measure is meant to keep farmers on their land by protecting them from "unsustainable" tax hikes.

State officials say Tuesday the base assessment value for agricultural land has nearly doubled over the past seven years, leading to high property tax increases.

The previous cap was 10 percent. About 25 percent of New York's land is used in agriculture.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie - "Grown in New York"

New York State senator Patty Ritchie leads a press conference for the "Grown in New York" plan on Tuesday, March 5.
Credit Office of NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie

Several New York state Senators gathered this morning at the capitol in Albany to introduce a package of legislation they say would strengthen the state’s agricultural industry.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Senator Patty Ritchie, Republican of the 48th district and chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee about the "Grown in New York" plan.

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