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Gov. Cuomo's tax relief commission recommended a package of tax reductions costing $2 billion over three years. Much of its tax-cutting attention went to the suburbs and upstate, including a two-year property tax freeze that would apply to residents outside the city. There were proposals to help renters in the city, but details were sparse. Another proposal included lowering the corporate tax rate to 7.1 percent from 6.5 percent. The Assembly leader signaled some opposition to the plan, saying the state should focus on providing money for public education.

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The City Council approves a law, named in memory of a 4-year-old girl struck and killed by an SUV fleeing from police, that will require more detailed reporting of emergency response times. By Chester Soria. READ MORE

PLUS — Council approves lobbying reform ... As well as Kingsbridge Armory plan for ice-skating rink.

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