GOVERNOR IMPLEMENTS BONACIC PROPOSAL ON FLOOD AID

 

    In the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, State Senator John Bonacic proposed three  initiatives to help flood victims:


     


    *          Reducing the taxes of flood victims who suffered extensive property damage as a result of the disasters; and


    *          Covering the local share of disaster relief (typically 12.5% of the public infrastructure repair/replacement costs); and


    *          Partial payments for school taxes instead of requiring them to be paid by the end of last September.


     


    The first of those, granting a local option property tax reduction to victims of the disasters, was


    implemented by the Legislature and Governor in December.  This week, Governor Cuomo


    implemented the second of those proposals, to cover the local share of disaster relief.   “On


    September 2, we put forward three proposals to help those impacted by the disasters and to help


    the property taxpayers who would have to pay for a local share of  public repair costs


    necessitated by the disasters.  I am pleased with the Governor’s response and leadership here to


    generally implement them,” Senator Bonacic said.


     


    Picking up the typical local share will save property taxpayers in the four counties Senator


    Bonacic represents more than $15 million.  


     
























    COUNTY


    Estimated Cost of Recovery Projects


    Local Share (to be covered by State)


    Delaware


    $31,705,692


    $3,963,212


    Orange


    $55,650,079


    $6,956,260


    Sullivan


    $3,698,124


    $462,265


    Ulster


    $30,029,238


    $3,753,655


     


    Ulster County Legislator Craig Lopez applauded the latest action of the State.  “Prioritizing


    flood clean up – especially in areas such as hard hit Ulster Heights Road, is important.  Now that


    the State has again stepped up, we need to re-double our efforts locally to address the remaining


    flood clean up issues so people can continue their recovery.”


     


    In December, the Legislature approved Senator Bonacic’s proposal to allow localities to reduce


    property taxes for those whose properties were damaged by the flood.   Governor Cuomo also, in


    September, in partial support of Bonacic’s third proposal, granted a limited, interest free


    extension (at local option) to school property taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Irene and


    Tropical Storm Lee.


     


    Bonacic applauded the Governor’s leadership in flood recovery.  “By working together  in a bi-


    partisan way, we are addressing the key issues for every part of the State.”


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