Gov. Cuomo talks taxes on Long Island

HEMPSEAD - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) brought his "People First Tour" to Long Island today.

The governor has been traveling around the state talking about taxes and gay marriage.

Cuomo brought his message to Hofstra University and zeroed in on his stalled proposal for a cap on property taxes.

"Student enrollment has gone down 4 percent, spending has gone up 120 percent; number of teachers has gone up about 10 percent, the number of supervisors has gone up 34 percent," Cuomo said.

The governor said the best way to rein in spending is through a 2-percent property tax cap. It was passed by the state Senate months ago, but has not yet been introduced in the Assembly. Cuomo urged the crowd at Hofstra University to put pressure on their Assembly members to pass the bill.

He is also pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriage and is calling for state ethics reform.

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