Jacobson And Skoufis Bill Signed Into Law

NEWBURGH – Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson (D-104) and State Senator James Skoufis (D-39) have announced that Governor Kathy Hochul has signed their bill authorizing a hotel/motel tax in the City of Newburgh.

The new law authorizes the City of Newburgh to impose a hotel/motel tax up to five percent of the daily rate. The tax would also apply to “bed and breakfast” and tourist facilities but would not apply to a permanent resident of a hotel or motel.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the City of Newburgh to raise revenue which in nearly all cases will not be paid by a City resident,” said Jacobson. “It will also facilitate the regulation of bed and breakfast facilities which local residents have been calling for.”

“Newburgh has become a magnet for visitors, especially weekenders from the city. By allowing Newburgh to levy a modest tax on overnight guests, the community can better cover the expenses associated with this tourism that are currently being absorbed by overburdened local taxpayers.” said Skoufis.

Mayor Torrance Harvey thanked Asssemblymember Jacobson and Senator Skoufis for their “rapid response to the request by the City of Newburgh which was made earlier this year and for passing this much needed legislation so quickly.” The bill was signed into law on July 21st.

Jacobson and Skoufis passed similar legislation for the Town of Newburgh in 2020.

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