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Weekly Report for August 30, 2018

Cuomo and Nixon hold first and only debate before Sept. 13 primary
Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon participated in their first and only Democratic gubernatorial debate on Wednesday at Hofstra University on Long Island. Main topics of the debate included, single-payer health care, funding for the MTA, campaign finance reform, among others. Candidates also looked to take the offensive by criticizing their opponent on a variety of personal and political issues. Watch the hour-long debate here

IRS moves to block NY plan to skirt SALT deduction cap
The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance warning that the charitable workarounds that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut approved following the new federal cap on deductions for state and local taxes aren’t acceptable to the federal government. The Treasury rules provide some leeway for states that provide credits of 15 percent or less of the donation amount. In those cases, taxpayers can deduct the full charitable contribution on their federal taxes. New York provides an 85 percent state credit. Read more here

New law in NYC requiring smoking policy from landlords
New York City adopted a new law, in effect starting August 28, 2018, which requires owners of residential buildings with three or more units, as well as co-op and condo buildings, to adopt an official smoking policy. Under the new law, residential buildings must post their policy in a common space and share it with prospective tenants. The law does not mandate that buildings become smoke-free. Find information on the new policy disclosure law here

Spectrum News/Siena College Poll: Brindisi, Rep. Tenney in virtual tie
Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney is in a statistical tie with her Democratic opponent Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, according to a Spectrum News/Siena College poll released on August 29. The poll found Brindisi leading Tenney 46 percent to 44 percent. Tenney is running for a second term in a House district that stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier. Read more here.

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