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I DO NOT Support Overriding the Tax Cap!

  I OPPOSE Overriding the Tax Cap! We should not be adopting a budget that is unfair to tax payers.   What is the Real Property Tax Cap? With some exceptions, the State’s Property Tax Cap limits the amount local governments and most school districts can increase the tax levy (the total amount of property taxes billed) to the lower of two percent or the rate of inflation. (Individual property tax bills are based on various factors, and they may increase more than two percent.) Local governments, citizens and the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) play important roles in the process. Local governments, libraries, schools (except New York City) and fire districts must report to OSC: the information necessary to calculate their tax levy limit; and, whether they plan to stay within the Tax Cap. Local government boards must pass a local law or resolution by at least a 60 percent vote to override the Tax Cap. Counties, cities and villages are already subject to a con

100 Days in Office!

April 9, 2024, marks my 100th day in office as 2nd Ward City Councilmember. I hit the ground running and wanted to share highlights from the first 100 days! I sponsored the resolution that amended the parking regulation regarding overnight parking. This resolution amended the current ordinance giving the mayor the authority to adjust the overnight parking regulations. This is for when nice weather allows for more on-street parking, like neighboring municipalities. I have donated $350 to organizations with the “Chris Fisher Gives Back Campaign.” This was a campaign promise to “pay it forward,” and it’s making a positive impact in the city. I have demanded accountability of taxpayer money by auditing expenditures and doing one simple thing….Asking Questions! I refuse to “rubber stamp” resolutions just because “that’s the way it’s always been.” I voted no on 4% pay raises for the highest salary earners on the city payroll. (These salaries are mostly six-figure incomes.) The mayor

The "Chris Fisher Gives Back" Program

The “Chris Fisher Gives Back Campaign” was created by Chris Fisher as a campaign promise to give back to the community. In November 2023, Chris Fisher was elected second ward city councilmember. True to his word, Chris implemented this program to giveaway $50 of his salary each council meeting to an organization that is doing good in the community. Chris is a supporter of small business and charitable organizations, so this is a positive way to give back. “I’m a big believer in giving. I’m making a positive contribution to the community while teaching my daughter about compassion. There is nothing more rewarding than service to one’s community.” ~ Chris Fisher  

Promise Made… Promise Kept!

  On the campaign trail I promised the following: “Adjust the parking regulations so the overnight parking ban does not take effect on October 1st or last until March 31st when the weather is projected to be warm enough to allow for on-street parking.” At the March 19, 2024 Council Meeting, Resolution Number Two was sponsored by me and was passed unanimously by the council. This will allow the mayor to end the parking restriction early or extend the on-street parking later “based upon weather conditions and/or the needs of the City.” This is what team work and a unified council can do for our city! Promise Made… Promise Kept!

What is a DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative)?

  Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Governor Hochul has made downtown revitalization a central component of the State’s economic development policy. The DRI and NY Forward will accelerate and expand New York’s downtown revitalization. NY’s downtowns are the heart and soul of our regions. Utilizing the Department of State’s plan-then-act strategy, the synergy between the DRI and NY Forward connects the renaissance of magnet cities with the revitalization of smaller downtowns – creating greater opportunities for New York residents, businesses and visitors.  New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is a cornerstone of the State's economic development program. The DRI transforms downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and economic and housing diversity. These compact, walkable downtowns are a key ingredient to helping New York State rebuild its economy fr