Issues: STAR (School Tax Relief Program)

Senator Valesky Warns Public About Rebate Tax Scammers

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky today warned the public about reports of scammers attempting to illegally obtain personal information under the guise of confirming their eligibility for a state tax rebate.

“We are aware that scammers are targeting Central New York,” Senator Valesky said. “I urge everyone to be vigilant, to make sure their family and friends are aware of the scam, and to report any incidents to the Attorney General.”

October 1, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, AND LEGISLATOR WALKER HELP RESIDENTS APPLY FOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rose Marie Walker recently sponsored a property tax exemptions workshop at the Hicksville Library to help local residents save on their property taxes. 

     Specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment met one-on-one with homeowners to answer questions about New York State’s STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, as well as other property tax exemptions offered by Nassau County. Residents were also able to file applications for property tax exemptions on site. 

August 18, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, AND LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO HELP RESIDENTS APPLY FOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rich Nicolello recently sponsored a property tax exemptions workshop to help local residents save on their property taxes. The program was held at the Shelter Rock Library in Albertson. 

     Specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment met one-on-one with homeowners to answer questions about New York State’s STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, as well as other property tax exemptions offered by Nassau County. Residents were also able to file applications for property tax exemptions on site.

August 1, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, & LEGISLATOR WALKER TO SPONSOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS WORKSHOP IN HICKSVILLE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rose Marie Walker will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemptions Workshops in Hicksville. The workshop will be held on Friday, August 15th from 1-3 pm at the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville). 

     At the program, tax exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will provide assistance, answer questions, and help residents file for the following property tax exemptions:

     · Basic STAR

     · Enhanced STAR

     · Senior Citizens

     · Veterans and Cold War Veterans

July 30, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, & LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO TO SPONSOR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS WORKSHOPS IN ALBERTSON & NEW HYDE PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Richard Nicolello will be sponsoring two Property Tax Exemptions Workshops in Albertson and New Hyde Park. 

     The workshops will be held on: 

     • Thursday, July 31st from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Shelter Rock Library (165 Searingtown Road, Albertson).

     • Thursday, August 7th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Hillside Library (155 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park)

     At both programs, tax exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will provide assistance, answer questions, and help residents file for the following property tax exemptions:

July 22, 2014
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Property Tax Exemptions Workshop- Hicksville

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rose Marie Walker will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemptions Workshops in Hicksville. The workshop will be held on Friday, August 15th from 1-3 pm at the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville). 

     At the program, tax exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will provide assistance, answer questions, and help residents file for the following property tax exemptions:

     • Basic STAR

     • Enhanced STAR

     • Senior Citizens

     • Veterans and Cold War Veterans

August 15, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Property Tax Exemptions Workshops-New Hyde Park

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Richard Nicolello will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemptions Workshop in New Hyde Park.

     The workshops will be held on Thursday, August 7th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Hillside Library (155 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park)

     At both programs, tax exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will provide assistance, answer questions, and help residents file for the following property tax exemptions:

     • Basic STAR

     • Enhanced STAR

     • Senior Citizens

     • Veterans and Cold War Veterans

August 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Property Tax Exemptions Workshops-Albertson

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Richard Nicolello will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemptions Workshop in Albertson.

     The workshops will be held on Thursday, July 31st from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Shelter Rock Library (165 Searingtown Road, Albertson).

     At the program, tax exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will provide assistance, answer questions, and help residents file for the following property tax exemptions:

     • Basic STAR

     • Enhanced STAR

     • Senior Citizens

     • Veterans and Cold War Veterans

July 31, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS: SENATE PASSES BILL SIMPLIFYING APPLICATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS RENEWING ENHANCED STAR TAX EXEMPTION

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption. Senator Martins cosponsored the legislation (S2937) with Senator Kemp Hannon (R-6th Senate District). 

     “Enhanced STAR provides valuable property tax savings to eligible senior citizens. Creating a simplified renewal application form will make it easier for seniors to take advantage of property tax savings to which they are entitled,” said Senator Martins.

May 6, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill Simplifying Application for Senior Citizens Renewing Enhanced STAR Tax Exemption

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2937), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau), that would create a shorter, simplified renewal application for senior citizens who already receive an Enhanced STAR tax exemption.  “I’m trying to make the renewal process easier and simpler for the Enhanced STAR, which is for our lower-income senior citizens,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “For those who are not already enrolled in the State’s automatic renewal program, this bill provides for a simplified renewal application.” 

May 5, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #15: Budget Delivers on Tax Relief

I voted for this year’s state budget because it will provide more than $10 billion in tax relief for families and job creators, while creating no new taxes or fees.

This budget sets aside a record $3.4 billion to fully fund our state School Tax Relief Program (STAR) and Enhanced STAR for the benefit of middle-class families and seniors.

This budget also includes a $1.5 billion property tax freeze program that will help 2.8 million homeowners, including 1.7 million upstate. It rewards municipalities and school districts who hold the line on tax increases by sending property tax rebate checks to their residents.

April 10, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #14: Explaining My 'Yes' Vote on the Budget

My colleagues and I have just passed a $138 billion state budget. It’s our fourth consecutive year we’ve delivered a spending plan on time, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in nearly four decades.

There’s a lot in this budget that will impact those of us living in Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties. Instead of trying to explain it all in this column, I’m going to devote the next several weeks to detailing how certain parts are going to affect us, for better or worse.

First, I’d like to explain my votes.

I was recently asked: “Why do you vote for a budget that has bad stuff in it?”

April 3, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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2014-15 Budget Provides Almost $5 Billion in Property Tax Relief

New York’s hardworking families will see substantial property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program -- $3.4 billion -- and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.

March 31, 2014
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Kennedy and Ryan Urge Homeowners to Re-Register for Basic Star Exemption to Save Hundreds on Taxes

Homeowners Required to Re-Register for Basic STAR Exemption by December 31 – Lawmakers Urge WNY Homeowners to Register for Important School Tax Exemption with Deadline Just Two Weeks Away.

Officials from NYS Department of Taxation and Finance have Expressed Concerns about Buffalo’s Lower Rates of Re-Registration.

Kennedy and Ryan to WNY Homeowners: No Reason to Wait. Process to Re-Register is Quick and Easy.

December 16, 2013
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NYS TAX DEPARTMENT ADDS NORTH COUNTRY STOP TO ‘STAR’ REGISTRATION EVENT SCHEDULE

December 18th Workshop Held in Response to Ritchie Request

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance has agreed to her request to host a STAR registration event in the region she represents. 

Recently, the Tax Department scheduled a new round of STAR registration workshops—all taking place in major cities along the Thruway and downstate, with no events scheduled in Jefferson, St. Lawrence or Oswego Counties. In response, Senator Ritchie wrote to Commissioner Mattox, requesting that a workshop be held in the area. You can read the letter here.

“There are roughly more than 14,000 homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties who still need to reapply for this very important program,” said Senator Ritchie.

“There is still a lot of outreach that needs to be done to make sure property owners re-register for Basic STAR by the December 31st deadline, and I’m pleased that the Tax Department will be aiding in that effort by hosting a workshop in our region.”

December 12, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Urges State to Extend Registration Deadline for Star Property Tax Exemption

New York, NY— Alarmed by reports of low Basic STAR registration rates by New York City homeowners, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter to New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox on Wednesday urging him to extend the December 31, 2013 registration deadline and to continue outreach efforts to ensure all eligible homeowners – including thousands of co-op and condo owners in Senator Hoylman’s district – are registered. The 2013-2014 state budget grants Commissioner Mattox the authority to set the final deadline for registration, so long as it is no later than April 1, 2014. 

December 11, 2013
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STAR Re-Registration Assistance Event

According to state officials, more than 175,000 homeowners on Long Island have yet to re-register for their Basic STAR tax exemption, with the deadline of December 31st approaching.  To assist those who need additional help, state employees will be at the Perry Duryea State Office Building, located at 250 Veterans Highway in Hauppauge, from 9 am to 5 pm today through Friday to help homeowners re-register for Ba

December 2, 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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