Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, is applauding Tuesday's signing of the 2 percent agricultural assessment cap approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This legislation, which Ceretto voted to pass in June, caps agricultural assessments at 2 percent, which will help reduce costs for New York's family farms.
Family farm assessments are now capped in the same way that property taxes provide tax relief to homeowners. Ceretto's camp said this tax relief for family farms is a good step toward enabling New York's farming economy to thrive.
"Family farms cried out for tax relief and, today, we finally delivered for them. This legislation is good news for family farms that have been overburdened with high assessments," Ceretto said. "I will continue to work with Gov. Cuomo and our legislative leaders to improve conditions for family farms so that they can grow and create jobs for hard-working New Yorkers."
For the third consecutive year, Ceretto was named to the Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends for his vote on this and other legislation, and his advocacy on behalf of New York's family farms. Ceretto has received this honor all three years he has been in office.