Cuomo seeks quick deal to cap property tax growth

By the Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking a quick deal to cap the growth of local property taxes, one of his top campaign issues.

He's also braced for a formidable fight from public employee unions, health care interests and others seeking to protect their jobs and the level of services they provide, often as the major employer in local economies.

On Sunday, a day after his low-key inauguration, Cuomo was in his office working on an emergency plan to reduce the size of government. It's expected to be a major element Wednesday in his State of the State address, which will reveal the broad plans of his budget proposal due Feb. 1.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Nassau County Republican, said he wants to work with Democrat Cuomo to get a property tax cap done early in the session.

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