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Mr. Robert B. McKeon

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Director

Phone: (845) ***-****  
Local Address:  New York , United States
Company Description: The Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess (TREND) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy group, educating and organizing on issues surrounding property tax...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Steering Committee
    Red Hook
  • Ethics Board Member
    Red Hook
138 Total References
Web References
Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess • Contact TREND
www.trendny.org, 1 Oct 2015 [cached]
Robert McKeon , Director - (845) 399-4582
Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess.HOME
www.trendny.org, 30 Mar 2015 [cached]
Robert McKeon, the Director of TREND NY and Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of Fiscal Policy Institute, are disappointed that the budget does not include a circuit breaker for property tax relief.
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"When you look at it, very little has changed in New York," added Robert McKeon, who said the middle class income tax savings that came with the millionaires tax were negligible given the high property taxes.
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"The problem with the property tax is that there is no limit to how much you can pay," said Robert McKeon, 47, a cattle farmer and co-founder of the Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess. He pays $10,000 a year in property taxes, more than 10 percent of his income, Mr. McKeon said.
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January 4, 2009 Op Ed by Robert McKeon
While analysis and reactions from Gov.
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" said TREND Director Robert McKeon. "The truth is that a traditional tax cap will at best curb future increases, while a circuit breaker would provide immediate relief to many taxpayers and insure New Yorkers against unreasonable levels in the future. Taxpayers want a more equitable system of taxation, not just controlled spending. A circuit breaker could accomplish that. " McKeon added that the survey results confirm the testimony given to the Governor's Commission during the course of the many hearings.
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By Robert McKeon • June 8, 2008
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TREND DIrector, Robert McKeon, was asked to present at the Governor's Property Tax Commission in Albany.
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PRESENTER: Robert McKeon
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by Robert McKeon, Thursday, January 17, 2008
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By Robert McKeon - October 15, 2007
Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess • News
www.trendny.org, 22 July 2008 [cached]
" said TREND Director Robert McKeon. "The truth is that a traditional tax cap will at best curb future increases, while a circuit breaker would provide immediate relief to many taxpayers and insure New Yorkers against unreasonable levels in the future. Taxpayers want a more equitable system of taxation, not just controlled spending. A circuit breaker could accomplish that. " McKeon added that the survey results confirm the testimony given to the Governor's Commission during the course of the many hearings.
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By Robert McKeon • June 8, 2008
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TREND DIrector, Robert McKeon, was asked to present at the Governor's Property Tax Commission in Albany.
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PRESENTER: Robert McKeon
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by Robert McKeon, Thursday, January 17, 2008
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By Robert McKeon - October 15, 2007
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by Robert McKeon, March 31, 2007
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The Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess (TREND) announced today that its' founding director Vicky Perry will step down and be replaced by Robert McKeon, a well-known Hudson Valley farmland and open space activist and current deputy director of the group.
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"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity," said McKeon. "There is a tremendous amount of work to do before this issue gets adequately addressed. Already we have seen post-election Albany return to band-aid modest tax relief discussions instead of real tax reform. McKeon thanked Perry for her work in its formation..
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"Just about everyone knows Robert as the "go to" guy in the region if something needs to get done. He has the respect of the public and officials of all party affiliations, because they know he genuinely cares about people and has an incredible command of the issues. It's why communities throughout New York are constantly asking him to come and speak".
McKeon indicated that the group is evolving in a new direction for the new year.
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Deputy director Robert McKeon of TREND offered a fantastic contribution to the Bill Martin show broadcast in Westchester. Mr. McKeon shattered the illusion that new subdivisions reduce taxes on everybody else. His report that new construction actually increased taxes on the rest of us was very convincing.
"I think that underscores the fact ...
www.dailyfreeman.com, 4 Mar 2012 [cached]
"I think that underscores the fact that the tax cap never really was the solution," said Robert McKeon, a Red Hook resident and director of Tax Relief Effort of Northern Dutchess.
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McKeon, of Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess (TREND), said he doesn't fault towns for exceeding the property tax cap.
"I think the municipalities each needed to decide which was best for the community," he said.
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"If somebody can't afford their taxes today, then a weak tool like a tax cap isn't going to help them afford their taxes tomorrow," McKeon said.
Caucus selects Robert McKeon | Red Hook Democrats
www.redhookdems.com, 4 Sept 2008 [cached]
Caucus selects Robert McKeon September 4, 2008
Leader in Tax Reform and Farmland Preservation will seek Town Board Seat
By unanimous vote at Thursday night's Red Hook Democratic Caucus, Robert McKeon was nominated to run for an open Town Board seat on the Democratic line in the November 4th general election.
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McKeon spoke of his joy of raising a family in Red Hook and his wish to help others share the same opportunity before a rising cost of living pushes them out. "I grew up in the projects in the Bronx and I know what its like to struggle. I feel lucky that here in Red Hook my family and I have found a better life. What I work for is to give every family in Red Hook that same opportunity."
McKeon, who last year came within 17 votes of winning the race for Red Hook Town Supervisor, has over the last year become an acknowledged leader of New York's growing tax reform movement. Earlier this year, members of the Governor's tax team asked McKeon to make a presentation on tax caps to the NYS Property Tax Relief Commission.
As director of the Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess (www.trendny.org), McKeon is organizing voters throughout New York to advance the so-called circuit breaker, a tax cap based on income. McKeon believes tax fairness is the real issue. "Working families continue to pay an increasing share of the overall tax burden, while the very wealthy have seen their income tax rates cut in half over the last 30 years. This is not fair and we need to change that."
Republican Red Hook business leader Susan Simon spoke in support of McKeon saying, "Robert has an uncanny knack for identifying what is and isn't working.
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Named a Hudson Valley Hero in 2007 by Scenic Hudson, McKeon has helped introduce new tax-saving land preservation efforts in Red Hook and throughout the state. As the chairman of Red Hook's Agriculture and Open Space Committee, McKeon works to promote the local agricultural industry. "Farmers are doing more of what they used to do, selling their locally grown produce elsewhere and bringing those dollars back into the community to circulate," McKeon told the audience "Here in Red Hook, we need to become more self-sustaining and leave no one behind."
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McKeon is well- known and well respected by officials on the state and county level, according to Dutchess County Legislator Tom Mansfield. "Here's a man, who as a private citizen has spearheaded a series of groundbreaking programs, while becoming the go-to guy for officials who need advice on issues from tax reform to land use and environmental bills. His work has become the role model for other communities throughout the county and we'd be lucky to have him in office."
Town Board member Micki Strawinski sees McKeon as a necessary catalyst to getting Red Hook working again.
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