Bellone and Blakeman Announce Gasoline Local Sales Tax Cap

Elected officials in Suffolk and Nassau counties have joined forces to ease the sales tax burden on residents while at the gas pump.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (D) met with Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman (R), Suffolk Legislative Speaker Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst) and other local county officials at a press conference in Hauppauge on Tuesday after the Suffolk and Nassau legislatures. unanimously passed emergency laws.

Resolutions in both counties allow for a partial gasoline sales tax holiday, reducing the tax on any amount over $3 a gallon. The law will come into effect on June 1 and end on December 31. Nassau lawmakers passed the bill Monday night, and Suffolk lawmakers followed suit Tuesday morning.

McCaffrey said it was done at “lightning speed” as Suffolk officials worked closely with Blakeman. “It’s a regional problem,” McCaffrey said. “It doesn’t change when you cross the county line.”

Bellone said residents are feeling the effects of rising prices, especially at the gas pump. He said regular gas cost less than $3 a year ago and is now over $4.

He thanked the NYS Legislature and Governor Kathy Hochul (D) for taking action at the state level. The recent state budget includes a roughly half reduction in the state gasoline tax from June 1 through December 31.

“It won’t solve everyone’s problem, but it will put some money back in people’s pockets,” Bellone said. “It will give people the feeling – and this is also important – that the government is acting.”

In a statement, Suffolk lawmaker Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) said she knows the hardships many families face due to rising petrol prices.

“While another round of high gas prices only further underscores the need to ditch fossil fuels and continue our transition to electric vehicles, a sales tax is an incredibly regressive tax,” said Hahn. “It affects the poor much more than the non-poor. I know what it’s like to struggle, to rely on waitress advice to feed my young daughter, to have a $20 a week gas price hike blow my family’s budget. I went there when I was a single mother. This temporary tax cut is intended to help families who are struggling today.