May 07, 2009 — Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders say they will try to curb the growth of property taxes. The Democratic governor says high taxes are driving people out of New York. Paterson is seeking ideas from Assembly and Senate leaders that can become law this session, which ends in late June. But Republicans wondered why the governor is addressing property taxes NOW - after the budget is complete, including $10 billion in added spending, taxes and fees and the elimination of school property tax rebate checks.