New Yorkers Applaud Free Tax Help as Filing Deadline of April 15 ApproachesGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today joined with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), New York State agencies and numerous local organizations statewide to encourage low and middle-income taxpayers to take advantage of free services to prepare and file their income taxes as the filing deadline of April 15th approaches.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available to individuals and families with an annual income of $51,000 or less. Taxpayers can have their federal and state taxes prepared and filed for free by IRS-certified volunteers at these locations.
Dear Neighbors,Working in a bipartisan fashion, we have enacted an on-time State Budget. While that’s good news, the even better news is that it is a soundly balanced, fiscally responsible budget that will control spending, cut taxes and keep New York State moving in the right direction. From the start of the budget negotiation process, my main objective was simple -- to help put money back into your pocket so that you can more easily balance your family’s household budget. Another key objective was helping our small businesses, in order to strengthen our economy and create new jobs in our community.The new budget achieves both of these important goals.
Over $100,000 in FEMA-Approved Funds To Brightwaters for Superstorm Sandy Clean-Up Costs
New York State has provided $118,954 to the Village of Brightwaters in Suffolk County for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Town following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The Village of Brightwaters experienced severely damaged trees and other vegetation, leaving approximately 1,821 cubic yards of debris on village roads and right of ways. The Village responded by combining village personnel, equipment and some outside contracts. Contracts were used for debris clean-up, tree removal, garbage and landscape removal and movement of debris to disposal location.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. The bill (S752), is in response to the significant number of recent vehicle crashes – often fatal - that involve individuals who knowingly or under the influence of alcohol or drugs drove the wrong way on highways and other roads. “Tragedies have occurred throughout the state because individuals took irresponsible risks before or while driving,” Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “Senator Fuschillo’s bill recognizes the seriousness of the actions of drivers who intentionally drive recklessly and strengthens the penalties accordingly.”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, (S.3047) sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), that would ensure timely payment of state income tax refunds. The bill requires the state to pay tax refunds within 30 days of the receipt of a taxpayer’s return, unless there is a discrepancy in the return. “If taxpayers who do the right thing and file on time, the state should do the right thing and get the refunds out the door in a timely fashion,” said Senator Marcellino. “It shouldn’t take up to eight weeks to get your money back. I think the state can do better and this legislation would make sure that they do.”
Thousands of homeowners across New York have been directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. The devastation wrought by these storms was unlike anything New York has seen in recent history. While FEMA, the State of New York and other disaster relief agencies stepped in immediately following the storm to provide public and private recovery assistance to homeowners in need of help, the State worked to secure Congressional approval of additional federal aid to meet the substantial need. The program outlined here is subject to federal approval.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible. The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.
The New York State Senate today acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud. Legislation (S.2942) makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.
State Senate Coalition Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate were joined by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget.
A Senate Republican Blueprint for a Fiscally Responsible Approach to Job Creation Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican conference today announced a bold and sweeping job creation plan to improve New York’s business climate so it not only keeps up with other states, but surpasses them. Among other things, the “Senate Republican Blueprint for Jobs: ReThink. ReVitalize. ReBuild.” would cut taxes for one million small businesses and reduce energy costs for every business and residential ratepayer in New York, saving them $2.5 billion.
Adelphi University Breast Cancer Program and Funding for Rape Crisis Centers among Those Targeted for ReductionSenate Coalition Members today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget.Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today.Under the Executive Budget proposal, the Governor recommended shifting funding for 16 women’s health and wellness programs into six discretionary “pools,” and then subjected those
Calls for public hearings to enhance safety and protect Constitutional RightsAlbany, New York – Senator Phil Boyle today cosponsored legislation (S.3948) to repeal and replace the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act). The New York SAFE Act was signed into law last month after Governor Cuomo issued a message of necessity leading to an immediate vote by the State Legislature, bypassing the traditional three-day waiting period.
Attached please find the bill summary for The Second Amendment Protection Act (S.3948) to amend or repeal those sections of the NY SAFE Act that are of questionable legality or which present practical problems for mental health officials or law enforcement and those sections that impose an unfunded mandate on local governments.
Five of New York’s largest banks and mortgage servicers will have representatives available to offer one-on-one help to homeowners seeking the release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement funds at the Department of Financial Services’ Disaster Assistance Centers from Monday, March 4 through Saturday, March 9.The program is designed to help homeowners complete steps needed to have their banks endorse their insurance settlement checks, which are often written jointly to homeowners and their banks or servicers. Bank representatives will also be able to help people who are struggling to make their mortgage payments.
Residents of thirteen declared counties, including Suffolk County, may apply for FEMA disaster assistance through March 29, 2013.
The deadline for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties to register for FEMA assistance has been extended to March 29, 2013. The previous deadline was February 27, 2013. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.
The Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays. “While many claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy have been closed, the Department of Financial Services is still getting many complaints from New Yorkers whose claims have not been resolved,” Governor Cuomo said. “These new regulations will push insurers to move those claims as quickly as possible so people can repair their homes and get back to their lives.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Center that was in the Lindenhurst Memorial Library has closed and will reopen on Tuesday, February 26,2013 at:New Location:The Copiague Memorial Public Library50 Deauville Blvd., Copaigue, NY(631) 691-1111Hours:9:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday9:00AM to 3:00PM SaturdayDirections:From Lindenhurst, take Montauk Highway heading west; turn right onto Deauville Blvd. The library is located east of Broadway (Route 110) and west of Great neck Road.
More Than $1.2 Billion In Principal Reductions For NYS Homeowners In First Ten Months Of ProgramMore Than 21,500 Families Statewide Reap Benefits Across All CategoriesFollowing the release of the second official report on the implementation of the National Mortgage Settlement today, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman noted encouraging progress on behalf of New York State homeowners. The report, which was issued today by the settlement’s national monitor showed that over $1.8 billion in consumer relief has been delivered to New York homeowners since March of 2012.