Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to cut taxes and he's putting one of the state's former governors in charge.
Republican George Pataki was named Wednesday morning as co-chair of a special tax-cutting commission, along with former Comptroller Carl McCall.
The commission will be tasked with finding ways to cut $2 billion-$3 billion in taxes over the next few years.
"Property taxes are the number one tax in the state. They're the number one tax on business. They're bigger than the income tax. And we are way out of pace with the rest of the country in terms of property tax in terms of dollars and percentage," said Cuomo, D-New York.
Cuomo touted earlier efforts to cap property taxes and reduce income tax rates. He wants the commission to look for ways to simplify the tax code.