State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) announced today that within this week’s State Senate 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, there will be much needed tax relief for New York’s Senior Citizens.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R, C, I-Amherst) and Senator Zeldin introduced this legislation (S.6286) in January and have been actively advocating on its behalf since. On February 29, 2012, the Senate’s Aging Committee unanimously passed their bill to restore the STAR Rebate Check for seniors.
“The return of the STAR Rebate will give struggling seniors on fixed incomes a little breathing room,” said Senator Zeldin. “The Rebate Check should not have been repealed in 2009 and it is important that we bring it back to provide property tax relief to seniors who need it most.”
East Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) toured the East Islip Public Library this past Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Senator Zeldin and his colleagues in the State Senate Majority were successful in securing additional aid for public libraries on Long Island during this year’s Legislative Session.
Senator Zeldin (2nd from left) is pictured here with (from left to right): Library Director Guy Edwards, Library Trustee Stanley Sadowski, Jr., and Library Trustee Joseph Montouri, Jr.
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.