While Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is going full steam ahead with his plan for a tax increase, the conversation taking place at the state level is the polar opposite, as the governor and his tax commission are talking about what taxes to cut, and by how much.
Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a tax relief commission headed by former Republican Governor George Pataki and former Democratic state Comptroller Carl Mccall.
They were charged with reviewing ways to ease the property tax and business tax burdens in the state, but Pataki also wants to include the personal income tax, known as PIT.
"They can talk about whatever they want to talk about on the commission, but I am interested in property tax reform and business tax reform as we go forward," Cuomo said.
"George Pataki, as soon as he was elected governor in 1994, cut personal income taxes dramatically for everyone. It's his most important accomplishment, at least as far as he's concerned," said Greg David of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. "So why should anybody be surprised that that's what he wants?"
In late 2011, Cuomo reached a deal with the legislature to raise income taxes on high-income earners while enacting tax cuts for the vast majority of New Yorkers. It was renewed as part of the 2013 budget.
"We just finished the personal income tax review last year," Cuomo said. "We re-did the PIT code, and that was fun, and it was fascinating, but I don't really need to do it again this year."
Republicans in the state Senate have presented their own tax-cutting proposal, but the conversation does not include Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's plan for a tax increase.
"It's the most amazing thing there is," David said. "He wins election as mayor of New York promising to raise income taxes, and the governor, who holds the final decision, says, 'No, we're in the business of cutting taxes.'"
De Blasio said that he is getting support for his plan from other state leaders, including from state Senate co-leader Jeff Klein.
"I think if you look carefully, more and more people who matter are talking about why this is the right direction to go in."
The tax commission is expected to report to the governor in early December, but the earliest any changes could be made would be January, when lawmakers return to Albany for the legislative session. However, any tinkering of the tax code is expected to be included as part of the state budget, which is due April 1.