Former Gov. George Pataki, former Comptroller Carl McCall and union and business leaders will head a tax-cutting commission set up by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sources confirmed this morning.
The commission will be tasked with finding ways to cut $2 billion to $3 billion in taxes over the next few years.
Others set to be named to the panel are Denis Hughes, former president of the AFL-CIO in New York, and Heather Briccetti, president of the state Business Council. Dall Forsythe, a former budget director, will also be on the panel.
The Daily News first reported on the panel today.
The announcement comes after Cuomo has hinted privately that he will seek to cut taxes next year — when he and the Legislature seek re-election.
Cuomo is expected to tout the bi-partisan nature of the commission. Cuomo has highlighted his ability to work with Republicans and Democrats in Albany — particularly at a time when Washington is gridlocked.
Pataki is the three term Republican governor who defeated Cuomo’s father, Mario, in 1994. McCall is a former Democratic comptroller who Cuomo unsuccessfully challenged for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002.
New York has among the highest taxes in the nation and is regularly cited as having the worst business climate in the nation. Westchester has the highest property taxes in the country.
Cuomo has sought to fight New York’s high taxes by instituting a property-tax cap in 2011, and this year he announced tax-free zones for private companies that locate near college campuses.