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.
Photo Caption: Senator Fuschillo helps unload food which was distributed to residents in need at Roosevelt Middle School.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with Long Island Cares in Roosevelt to help families in need.
Senator Fuschillo and LI Cares employees, with assistance from Roosevelt students and staff members, distributed non-perishable items and turkeys at the Roosevelt Middle School for families in need of some assistance during difficult financial times.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick and Village of Freeport employees and volunteers at the Freeport Recreation Center to help families in need.
Senator Fuschillo joined Mayor Hardwick and Village of Freeport employees and volunteers in providing free Thanksgiving turkeys and non-perishable food to residents in need. Senator Fuschillo worked with Governor Cuomo’s office to bring turkeys to Freeport.
“Many Freeport families are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. This program is another way to lend a helping hand to these families and make these trying times a little easier for them,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is providing information to residents about how to protect themselves from charity scams following Hurricane Sandy.
“Many residents are eager to help out those in need; however criminals may use this disaster to take advantage of people’s generosity. By following a few basic steps, residents can help protect themselves from fraud and ensure that their donation goes to those in need,” said Senator Fuschillo.
Senator Fuschillo offered the following tips, which are provided by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Division of Consumer Protection, that consumers can follow to avoid charity scams:
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently welcomed Cub Scouts from Pack 696 to his Massapequa Office. The scouts, who are all 4th grade students at Birch Lane Elementary School, met with Senator Fuschillo to learn about “citizenship in the community.”
Senator Fuschillo talked to the scouts about his job as a New York State Senator, how new laws are made, and the importance of becoming involved in their community. He also listened to the scouts’ ideas for new laws and answered questions about how government works.
The scouts who met with Senator Fuschillo are Daniel Siani, Scott Friske, Jack Garofalo, J.J. Vogt, Sean Buchanan, Kieran Winthrop, and Joshua Johnson.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing Nassau and Suffolk County residents about a new program available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help residents whose homes were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents affected by Hurricane Sandy that the deadline to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance has been extended. Residents now have until February 4, 2013 to apply for the benefit, which is available to provide support to anyone who cannot work as a result of the storm and lives or works on Long Island, New York City or Westchester and Rockland Counties.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with NuHealth/Nassau Health Care Corporation, will be sponsoring a breast cancer screening program on Thursday, December 20th from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm at the Wantagh Library. The library is located at 3285 Park Avenue in Wantagh.
Appointments are necessary and will be scheduled on first-come, first-served basis. On site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.
NuHealth’s guidelines for the program are as follows:
Residents Who Work or Live on Long Island, New York City, or Westchester and Rockland Counties Can Apply
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that federal disaster unemployment assistance is available to those who are now unemployed as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide support to anyone who lost their job or income as a result of the storm and live or work on Long Island, New York City or Westchester and Rockland Counties.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents that a new $10 million emergency small business emergency loan fund has been created to provide financial assistance for businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to $25,000 immediately by going to http://www.esd.ny.gov or calling 1-855-NYS-SANDY.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that residents will be able to receive assistance with insurance issues related to Hurricane Sandy at anytime of the day or night.
The New York State Department of Financial Services’ insurance disaster assistance helpline is operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide help to those in need. Consumers can also file insurance-related complaints with the Department through the helpline.
Residents and businesses who need assistance with storm related questions or issues can call the Department of Financial Services’ helpline at 1-800-339-1759.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services has set up a Hurricane Sandy Response Center in Merrick to assist residents and business owners who were affected by the storm.
Department of Financial Services representatives will be at the Merrick Jewish Centre, located at 225 Fox Boulevard in Merrick, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm every day until further notice.
Residents and business owners who need assistance with storm-related insurance issues will be able to speak individually with a Department of Financial Services representative. The program is open to everyone.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Department of Financial Services will be setting up a help center in Massapequa Park to assist residents and business owners who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Senator Fuschillo and Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna have arranged for Department of Financial Services representatives to be at Massapequa Park Village Hall, located at 151 Front Street in Massapequa Park. Representatives will be available from Tuesday, November 13th thru Friday, November 16th between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.
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Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, and Long Island Cares announced that they will be partnering together in sponsoring a free mobile food distribution program this Saturday to help residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that New York homeowners will not have to pay potentially large hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Sandy, according to the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and Governor Cuomo.
Many Long Island homeowner insurance policies contain hurricane deductibles based on a percentage of the property’s value. These deductibles typically range from one percent to five percent of the property’s insured value. As an example, a home insured at $300,000 with a five percent deductible, the homeowner would be responsible for the first $15,000 in damages.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is providing information from the New York State Department of Financial Services about steps residents should take if they sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy.
The New York State Department of Financial Services advises residents to:
· File insurance claims with their insurers promptly and as soon as possible after losses occur. It is important to provide policy numbers and all information relevant to the loss.
· To best document losses, take photos or videos showing the extent of the losses before cleaning up damage.