Issues: STAR (School Tax Relief Program)

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INFORMS NASSAU RESIDENTS THAT PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 1ST

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing Nassau residents that Nassau County has extended the deadline to apply for New York State’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program and other property tax exemptions in Nassau County. According to Nassau County, residents now have until April 1st to apply for the property tax exemptions.

     The STAR program works in two parts:

     • Basic STAR is available to all New Yorkers who own and live in their own home, condominium, or cooperative apartment whose adjusted gross income does not exceed $500,000, regardless of age.

January 10, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS TOWN OF BABYLON RESIDENTS THAT PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FILING PERIOD NOW UNDERWAY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Town of Babylon residents that the filing period to apply for New York State’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program and other property tax exemptions in the Town of Babylon is currently underway. The filing period runs through March 1st.

     "Eligible homeowners can save hundreds of dollars on their school taxes through New York State’s STAR program,” said Senator Fuschillo. “Additionally, the Town of Babylon offers other exemptions which could provide further savings to homeowners. Residents who have not already applied for STAR or other property tax exemptions should not miss the opportunity to obtain valuable tax savings.”

January 8, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS NASSAU RESIDENTS THAT PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FILING PERIOD IS UNDERWAY

Residents Have Until January 2nd to Apply for STAR & Other Property Tax Exemptions

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding Nassau County residents that the County is currently accepting applications for New York State’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program and other property tax exemptions. Applications must be filed by January 2nd.

     The STAR program works in two parts:

     • Basic STAR is available to all New Yorkers who own and live in their own home, condominium, or cooperative apartment whose adjusted gross income does not exceed $500,000, regardless of age.

November 29, 2012
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Senator David Carlucci Joins with Rockland Homeowners to Restore their STAR Rebate Check

NEW CITY, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today joined with scores of Rockland County homeowners who demanded a full restoration of the STAR Rebate Check to help working class families across New York State.

October 25, 2012
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Property Tax Exemption Workshop

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) in partnership with County Executive Ed Mangano and Mayor James Altadonna will be sponsoring a Property Tax Exemption Workshop on Friday, October 19th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Massapequa Park Village Hall. 

     Exemption specialists from the Nassau County Department of Assessment will be equipped with computers linked to the county’s database, and property tax exemption applications for Basic STAR, Enhanced STAR, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, veterans, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians will be processed. County staffers will also provide assistance and answer any questions residents have about these exemptions. 

October 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS TO SAVE ON SCHOOL TAXES THROUGH NEW YORK STATE’S STAR PROGRAM

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Nassau County residents to take advantage of New York State’s STAR program and other tax exemptions to help save money on their property taxes.

     "Eligible homeowners can save hundreds of dollars on their school taxes through New York State’s STAR program,” said Senator Fuschillo. “Additionally, Nassau County offers other exemptions which could provide further savings to homeowners. Residents who haven’t already applied for STAR or other property tax exemptions shouldn’t pass up the chance to obtain valuable tax savings.”

     The STAR program works in two parts:

September 7, 2012
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ON THE RECORD: SENATOR RITCHIE DISCUSSES IDEAS FOR MANDATE RELIEF

Senator Patty Ritchie was interviewd on WRVO Public Radio on her idea to provide additional mandate relief for local taxpayers by addressing the problem of state prisoners currently being held in local county jails.

Senator Ritchie has written to the Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision to ask that he use underfilled state prisons, such as the Watertown Correctional Facility at Dry Hill, to hold state parole violators who are being housed in overstocked county jails in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

September 7, 2012
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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SENIOR YEARS

From picnics to parades, this summer I have had the privilege of meeting a number of our region’s senior citizens at events throughout Central and Northern New York.

At these events, one thing stood out.  Many of our area’s senior citizens are in their prime—still living very active lifestyles. 

August 31, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Triple-Crown of Tax Relief

There certainly must have been a lot of disappointment in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes as thoroughbred racehorse and Triple-Crown favorite, “I’ll Have Another,” showed signs of tendonitis and was scratched. I imagine it must have wreaked a fair amount of havoc on the sport, but I think most notable was the widespread, collective let-down that people experienced. Maybe we fall victim to so much press hype but I think it has something more to do with human nature. People love a winner, especially one that overcomes the odds, indisputably, three times over.

June 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS MAKING IT EASIER TO OBTAIN STAR EXEMPTIONS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to simplify the process for senior citizens and other qualifying homeowners to apply for and receive their STAR property tax exemption.  Legislation (S1924), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), would eliminate the requirement that senior citizens reapply for the STAR property tax exemption every year.

June 11, 2012
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Senate Passes Bills Making it Easier to Obtain STAR Exemptions

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to simplify the process for senior citizens and other qualifying homeowners to apply for and receive their STAR property tax exemption.   Legislation (S1924), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), would eliminate the requirement that senior citizens reapply for the STAR property tax exemption every year.

June 11, 2012
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Senate Votes to Restore STAR Rebate Checks

Senator Martins Co-Sponsors Bill

Senator Jack M. Martins co-sponsored a bill (S.7447) to restore the STAR property tax rebate check program. The bill would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

$202 Million in Property Tax Relief For Seniors;$1.2 Billion for Middle Class Families in ’13-14

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 7, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Votes to Restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate Program

State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced Senate approval today of legislation he co-sponsored to restore the Middle Class STAR Rebate check program.

This program was originally designed to give relief to overtaxed property owners. Unfortunately, the property tax rebate was repealed in 2009 under the leadership of the former NYC based Senate Democratic Majority. This is an important program that gives help to homeowners who are struggling to pay local property taxes. With homeowners experiencing difficulty with their finances because of the troubled state of our economy, it is more important than ever to re-instate the STAR Rebate Program.

June 6, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

SENATE PASSES BILL TO RESTORE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS$202 Million in Property Tax Relief For Seniors;$1.2 Billion for Middle Class Families in ’13-14    The New York State Senate passed legislation that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 6, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would restore the STAR property tax rebate program. The bill (S7447) would provide $202 million in property tax relief to senior citizens in the 2012-13 school year and $1.2 billion in property tax relief to middle class families starting in 2013-14.

June 6, 2012
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