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Seniors Deserve Property Tax Break

Last week Senator Felder (D – Brooklyn) joined forces with Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I –  Brooklyn) to pass legislation aimed at easing the tax burdens of the senior community.

Senate Bill S1074 increases the maximum income eligibility levels for real property tax exemptions for seniors for the first time since 1994. This legislation will allow seniors to receive increased relief from their local real property taxes.

“Our senior citizens play such a vital role in our communities,” said Senator Felder. “It is only right that we help ease their financial burdens by expanding eligibility for tax exemptions.”

June 2, 2015

Tougher Sentencing Laws for Violent Criminals

Dear Neighbor,

In November of 2009, 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua was brutally murdered along with her mother, Helen Buchel, in their home.

The perpetrator was John Edward Brown, a violent convicted felon who had been released from prison early after serving only 2 ½ years for assaulting his infant daughter in 2003. Brown had been put on parole just months before he committed the murders. We have a responsibility to keep our communities safe and these tragic deaths underscore the need for tougher penalties for violent offenders.

May 19, 2015

Senator Felder Calls Upon NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to Repair City's Streets

In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Felder demanded that the City  move swiftly to repair its streets to ensure the safety of New Yorkers. To date, more than 300,000 potholes have been reported to the Department of Transportation.

“The safety of our citizens is at stake,” Senator Felder stressed. “We are headed into the summer when more people will be out for their daily run, bike ride, or family outing. The City must hire outside contractors to get the work done immediately. Mayor de Blasio specifically allocated money for pothole repairs in his budget. It is time to actually use that money for its intended purpose.”

May 18, 2015

Senator Simcha Felder's Statement Congratulating Newly Elected Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

“I congratulate Senator John Flanagan on being elected Senate Majority Leader” said Senator Felder. “As Chair of the NYC Education sub-committee I had the privilege of working with Senator Flanagan on passing the Education Investment Tax Credit in the Senate, securing funding for school transportation, and helping parents secure special education for their children. Senator Flanagan has a proven track record of supporting our community, and I know that as Majority Leader he will continue to fight for our needs.”

May 12, 2015

Felder: NYC Must Stop Body Snatchers

Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), together with Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz of Queens, is calling on Mayor de Blasio to prevent the release of unclaimed bodies without prior written authorization by the deceased person or their next of kin.

April 27, 2015

Senator Felder's Statement Applauding Councilman Greenfield and NYC Council for School Safety Legislation

"I commend Councilman David Greenfield and his colleagues in the New York City Council for proposing Introduction 65 to ensure the safety of non-public school children. Safety is a growing concern in every community, and all parents deserve to have peace of mind knowing that their children will be protected. We must do everything possible to keep all children safe."

April 16, 2015


Credit card scammers are continuously coming up with new ways to steal your information.

This new scam is particularly devious because the scammers actually provide YOU with information about your credit card, leading you to believe that they are a legitimate caller.

April 16, 2015

Senator Felder Bringing EITC Petitions to the New York State Assembly

Today, Senator Felder, who has been fighting tirelessly for the needs of New York's tuition paying parents personally brought thousands of petitions in support of the Education Investment Tax Credit to both the Governor and New York State Assembly. These petitions were sent in by tuition paying parents throughout the State of New York as part of Senator Felder's efforts to ensure that the Assembly and Governor keep their promise and include EITC in the 2015-2016 budget.

March 24, 2015

PETITION: The Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) Online Petition

The Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) is an important bill that allocates $150 million for education scholarships, half of which benefits tuition paying parents, while the other half is allocated toward additional resources and programming for public schools. This is a direct benefit to you, our parents, who work hard every day to provide your children with quality education.

On January 21, 2015, this legislation was passed in the Senate. However, in order for the EITC to become law the Assembly and the Governor must act now!

Media resources

March 10, 2015

Education Investment Incentives Act Briefing Materials

On Monday, February 23rd,  Senator Felder  was joined by Senator Marty Golden, Jim Cultrara Co-chair for the New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools, and Jay Bove, Esq. to discuss the benefits of the Education Investment Incentives Act (EIIA, or Tuition Tax Credit) at a workshop for school administrators and principals.

Below is a copy of the slides, memo, and FAQ sheet that were handed out at the workshop.

Slides demonstrating the benefits of the EIIA

Memo regarding the EIIA

Frequently Asked Questions

March 3, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio thanks Senator Felder during the Joint Budget Local Government Hearing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thanking Senator Felder for making it easier for parents with special needs children get the help they need.

February 25, 2015

New York City Rent Freeze Program (“SCRIE”)

Freeze Your Rent!! 

You may qualify for the NYC Rent Freeze Program if you meet both of these requirements:

Rent an apartment that is rent regulated (rent controlled or rent stabilized) hotel stabilized or Mitchell-Lama) and;
You are 62 or older or have a disability.

For more information, and to get help applying, call Senator Simcha Felder’s District Office at 718-253-2015

February 25, 2015

“Enhanced” STAR

The deadline to submit applications for the “Enhanced” STAR exemptions is fast approaching!! If you own your primary residence, turn 65 years of age at any time during 2015, and meet income requirements, you may qualify for the “Enhanced” STAR school property tax exemption. Regardless of when you turn 65 this year, you must apply before the application deadline to receive the enhanced savings. 

To find out if you qualify, or to request an application, call Senator Felder’s District Office at 718-253-2015 by March 10th.

February 25, 2015
February 25, 2015


This past Monday, I was proud to discuss the Education Investment Incentives Act alongside my colleague Senator Marty Golden, at a briefing for Administrators and Principals in Brooklyn.


February 24, 2015

Felder: HeartShare Grants Still Available to Help Pay for Heating Expenses

New Yorkers are currently experiencing a near-record cold snap. Nightly temperatures have been in the low single-digits, and people are being encouraged to stay indoors to avoid the frigid conditions. In the 17th District, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is helping residents stay warm by offering assistance with heating costs, which may be higher this year because of the extreme winter.

“Sadly, so many New Yorkers have trouble paying the high heating costs during the winter months,” said Senator Felder. “Each year, there are tragic stories of home fires and deaths as a result of people using candles or stoves as a substitute for heat. These tragedies can be avoided thanks to programs like HeartShare, and I encourage anyone who needs help to call my office.”

February 18, 2015

Senator Felder Hosts Pre-K For All

Senator Simcha FelderHosts Pre-K For AllTues. August 12thandWed. August 20th2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.1412 Avenue J on the 2nd floor.

Children who attend free, full-day, high-quality Pre-K learn to problem solve, ask questions, and work together.  Children born in 2010 are still eligible to apply.For more information contact us: 718-253-2015

Pre-K For All Flyer

August 7, 2014

Senator Felder's session remarks on S.7691

S.7691: The special education bill.

June 10, 2014


Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has taken the lead as the prime Senate sponsor of a bill which streamlines the process of special education placements and requires a more expeditious placement and tuition reimbursement process for private schools. The bill will be introduced this week in the Senate and is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn).

May 29, 2014