Irondequoit, N.Y.--Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his statewide tour celebrating passage of property tax cap legislation with a trip to Irondequoit Wednesday.
The law has exceptions, but generally limits property tax growth by local governments to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.
Cuomo called it the crown jewel of an agenda that also includes an on-time budget and passage of a gay marriage measure.
A ceremonial signing took place on the lawn of Mike and Amanda Ostrander, a young couple who live in Irondequoit.
"Mike and Amanda live there. It is their house, it is not an ATM machine for government, it really isn't," said Cuomo.
When asked about recent criticism from school district officials who feel the cap will harm education, Cuomo said that the law allows for some growth in taxes.
"What government has to realize is it can't just continually raise taxes because the taxpayers can't pay it anymore. People are leaving the state, businesses are leaving the state," said Cuomo.