Issues: Property Tax

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #1: The Right Route For Government

Happy New Year!

My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.

Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.

State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.

This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.

January 2, 2014
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Monthly Column: New Senate report out with a focus on cutting taxes

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

This year’s State Budget continued middle-class tax rates at their lowest levels in 60 years, reduced taxes for small businesses under the personal income tax, and cut the corporate tax rate for manufacturers.  These positive initiatives began the process of chipping away at the State’s high tax burden.  New York’s last place finish, measured in business tax climate, needs to change.

 

Improving this ranking is critical to New York’s long-term economic growth.  That is why I am pleased to announce a new State Senate report with a focus on cutting taxes has been released.

 

December 18, 2013
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Regarding the New York State Tax Relief Commission Report

“I’m committed to making New York a more attractive place to live and work, so I welcome the Commission’s ideas on how best to accomplish that through tax relief.
“I, along with my colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference, have long advocated for a reduction in property taxes for individuals as well as a lowering of taxes on business. It’s encouraging to see this group echo that philosophy.”
“While I appreciate the Commission’s recommendations, I believe we can – and we should – go further.

December 17, 2013
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New Senate report recommends tax reform

A State Senate report is out with a focus on cutting taxes.  The new report calls for New York's personal income taxes, business taxes, and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified, and reduced.  Overall, the recommendations in the report will help to ensure a brighter, stronger and more prosperous economy for Western New York.

Click here to view the report.

December 16, 2013
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Seward: Governor’s New York State Tax Relief Commission Report Is Step In Right Direction

ONEONTA, 12/10/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on recommendations offered by the governor’s tax relief commission:

“Broad-based tax relief measures, that will make New York more economically competitive and ease the tax burden on hardworking individuals and families, are at the top of my priority list for 2014.

December 10, 2013
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The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act

HIGHLIGHTS:

Unfunded mandates cost New Yorkers $4 billion a year in additional costs to local governments and schools.
This is a leading contributor to the crushing burden of property taxes that New Yorkers pay.
The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act (S.4094-2013 – read the full Act here) requires the legislature to take a stand on the issue and repeal some of these mandates.

 

What are unfunded mandates?

December 9, 2013
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RITCHIE CALLS ON TAX DEPT. TO HOLD ‘STAR’ REGISTRATION EVENTS IN CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

One in Four Upstate Homeowners Still Need to Reapply 

With just weeks remaining until the deadline to reapply for the Basic STAR program, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to host registration events in the region she represents. 

According to recent reports, the Tax Department has scheduled a new round of seven STAR registration events—all taking place in major cities along the Thruway and downstate and none being hosted in St. Lawrence, Oswego and Jefferson Counties. 

According to the most recent numbers released by the Tax Department, roughly 16,000 homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties still need to reapply for the program.  As of November 26th, 75 percent of homeowners in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have re-registered and 72 percent of those eligible have re-registered in Jefferson County. 

December 2, 2013
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CASHING IN ON “STAR” SAVINGS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

How does hundreds of extra dollars in your pocket each year sound?  If you’re a homeowner, that’s what you could be receiving through the state’s STAR program, which provides 2.6 million homeowners in New York State—including nearly 85,000 in our region—with savings on their school property tax bills each year.

Recently, dozens of people in the Central and Northern New York region  re-registered for this money saving program through my STAR workshops, held in Watertown, Gouveruer and Pulaski.  Made possible with the help of local assessors, these events were aimed at helping those who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the benefit, as a new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current enrollees to reapply.  The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.  Married couples with multiple residences are only eligible to receive one Basic STAR exemption.

I’ve been working hard to spread the word about re-registering for this money-saving program, and as a result, more than 1,100 homeowners have clicked through my website to reapply online for Basic STAR.  Currently, according to state officials, more than 20,000 Basic STAR enrollees in our region still need to re-register.  I’m hopeful that 100 percent of program participants will reenroll by the December 31st deadline. 

November 18, 2013
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Consumer Alert: Governor Cuomo Warns New Yorkers About Deceptive STAR Program Solicitations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advised taxpayers to beware of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption – when homeowners can apply for free.

New homeowners have received letters offering to enroll them in the STAR Program for a substantial fee equivalent to the full amount of the taxpayers’ first year savings – which averages $700 statewide and can be as high as $3,000 for senior citizens in the Lower Hudson Valley and on Long Island. An example of these letters can be viewed here.

November 7, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST STAR WORKSHOPS IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NY THIS WEEK

***CLICK HERE TO RE-REGISTER FOR STAR NOW*** 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding homeowners that she will host “STAR Workshops” in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties this week, aimed at helping those who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the program. 

As a result of Senator Ritchie’s recent efforts to encourage re-registration in the STAR program, more than 1,100 homeowners have clicked through her website to apply online and through her first workshop—held in Jefferson County—dozens of others received assistance completing their applications. 

A new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the STAR program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register for the benefit, which saves the average household hundreds of dollars annually. The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

November 4, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST JEFFERSON COUNTY ‘STAR’ WORKSHOP MONDAY

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that she will host her Jefferson County ‘STAR’ workshop on Monday, October 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Watertown High School. 

The workshop is the first of three being held in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties, aimed at helping the more than 20,000 homeowners who currently receive Basic STAR re-register for the program.

A new state law aimed at streamlining administration of the STAR program, and also helping to prevent fraud, requires current Basic STAR enrollees to re-register for the benefit, which saves the average household $700 annually. The requirement does not affect senior homeowners who are enrolled in Enhanced STAR.

October 27, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST ‘STAR’ WORKSHOPS

Joining Forces with Assessors to Remind More than 20,000 CNY, NNY Homeowners They Still Need to Re-Register for Property Tax Savings

State Senator Patty Ritchie and local assessors are joining forces to help homeowners meet a requirement to re-register for the “Basic STAR” property tax savings program—and find information about other property tax discounts for which they also may qualify.

October 21, 2013
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New video highlights Basic STAR registration process for keeping tax savings

Senator George Maziarz has just released a short video explaining how Basic STAR recipients can go about keeping their Basic STAR exemption.  This exemption helps reduce the cost of school property taxes.

This year, Basic STAR recipients must complete a one-time Basic STAR re-registration to confirm their eligibility and continue receiving the discount.  The re-registration requirement is intended to reduce fraud abuse of taxpayer dollars.

 

October 17, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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State Grant Will Bring Technology To Roxbury Central, Community-At-Large

ROXBURY, 10/11/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a $100,000 state grant to assist Roxbury Central School with construction of the Numann Technology Center. 

“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with Roxbury Central School to ensure that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.” 

October 11, 2013
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Flood Victims Deserve Property Tax Break

HERKIMER, 10/08/13 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) today announced introduction of special legislation to assist Mohawk Valley property owners recovering from flooding during the summer of 2013. 

October 8, 2013
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Seward Sends Funding To Margaretville Central School

ONEONTA, 09/30/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $25,000 to assist Margaretville Central School with budgetary needs. 

“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with Margaretville Central School in ensuring that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.” 

September 30, 2013
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Important STAR Program Information from Senator Flanagan

Important information if you receive the Basic STAR property tax savings from New York State

All homeowners who are enrolled in the Basic STAR program must re-register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) by the end of this year in order to continue getting the STAR exemption for 2014 and beyond. This re-registration is part of a new effort to eliminate fraud and protect property taxpayers.

September 30, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS WORKSHOPS IN BELLMORE & MERRICK

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring two Property Tax Exemption Workshops in Bellmore and Merrick. 

     The workshops will be held on:

     • Friday, October 11th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Bellmore Library (2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore).

     • Friday, October 25th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Merrick Library (2279 Merrick Avenue, Merrick)

September 24, 2013
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