From the NY Times:
By a 37 to 10 vote, the New York City Council on Monday called on the State Legislature to raise the city’s share of the sales tax to 4.5 percent from 4 percent, a move that is expected to raise $518 million in the fiscal year that starts next month and help alleviate some of the city’s mounting fiscal pressures.
If Albany goes along with the proposal, which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has described as essential, the sales tax in the five boroughs would rise to 8.875 percent from 8.375 percent. (The state’s sales tax is 4 percent, and the city, as part of the area served by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, pays a Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District surcharge of 0.375 percent.)
The bill also ends the sales-tax exemption on distribution of energy bought from energy service companies, but maintains the exemption on clothing and footwear under $110.