Cuomo Seeks Help from Local Gov't Leaders to Pass Tax-Free Zone Plan

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Governor Cuomo asked local government leaders from around upstate New York to help him convince the legislature to approve his tax free zone plan.

Cuomo wants to create tax free zones for new businesses that locate at state-run and some private college campuses around the state. All taxes, including for employees, would be waived for a decade.  The governor said he may even increase the plan to 20 other state-run sites. But he told local government leaders gathered at the Capitol Tuesday that he needs their help to ultimately convince the legislature to agree to the proposal.

“We’re going to have to make our case and make it forcefully,” said Cuomo, who said he believes it is “eminently doable."

Legislative leaders have not yet committed to the plan.