New Yorkers pay highest local taxes. Gee, ya think? Wonder what Sen. George Maziarz will have to say about this ... let me guess, it's all Sheldon Silver's fault, right? Please note the last sentence in the story: "A spokesperson for Gov. George Pataki was not immediately available for comment." Of course, it's not ALL Pataki's fault ... and Silver is HARDLY without blame. But you'd think that a state has a Republican governor and a Republican senate would have lower taxes. That is a Republican principle, isn't it? Or is this all Mario Cuomo's fault?