Cuomo’s Bill Cleared the Senate and Split the Republicans

ALBANY—One notable detail about the results of the State Senate’s debate on Andrew Cuomo’s government consolidation bill late yesterday was the final vote tally: the measure passed 46-16.
Several Republicans–including Minority Leader Dean Skelos–voted against the legislation. It has been touted as a way to lower property taxes, particularly in suburban areas.
“We obviously have supported efforts to reduce property taxes, but we had a number of concerns about this bill including that fire districts were not exempted, that library districts were not exempted and he wanted to see a detailed cost-benefit analysis by the state comptroller to give an idea by how much money could be saved by this,” said Skelos spokesman Scott Reif.