senate Bill S7057B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A1859 - Vetoed by Governor


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Dec 17, 2014 tabled
vetoed memo.530
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.641
substituted for s7057b
Jun 18, 2014 substituted by a1859b
Jun 09, 2014 amended on third reading 7057b
May 28, 2014 amended on third reading 7057a
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.641
Apr 23, 2014 referred to aging

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S7057 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1859B
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §467-b, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6592, A9205

S7057 - Bill Texts

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Relates to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities.

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BILL NUMBER:S7057

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement
program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by
senior citizens or persons with disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would require municipalities that have the senior citizen
rent increase exemption (SCRIE) and disabled rent increase exemption
(DRIE) program to conduct outreach in the community to ensure
individuals who may be eligible are aware that they can apply. This
bill would also require implementation of a mechanism for applicants
and participants to determine the status of their exemptions and would
set time limits within which the municipal agency operating the
program must respond to applicants and participants when forms are
submitted.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. This section has three main parts that would:

*Require a municipality operating the SCRIE/DRIE program to implement
a program of outreach initiatives in the community to encourage
individuals who may be eligible to apply for the program;

*Require the development of a mechanism applicants and participants
could use to determine the status of their exemptions and any forms
they have filed; and

*Set specific time limits within which the municipal agency operating
the SCRIE/DRIE program would be required to act. The agency would be
required to send an acknowledgement of the receipt of a form within
three days of receiving the form. The agency then would have thirty
days to act on the form by either approving or rejecting the form or
requesting further information. If a request for further information
were issued, the agency would have fifteen days to act on the form
once the additional information was received.

Section 2. Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:

SCRIE is an extremely important benefit for seniors and persons with
disabilities living on fixed incomes when costs are rising for
everything from housing to medications to food. Unfortunately, many
seniors and persons with disabilities who could be receiving a break
on their rent through this program do not even know it exists. It is
very important that we get the word out so that those who need the
benefit can apply.

Also, time and again we hear that applicants don't know the status of
their applications as they wait for months or send in multiple
applications in the hopes of hearing back. Participants also have
problems with their renewals being delayed and their rent in danger of
skyrocketing. A simple system to check the status of an abatement or


form filed is important to make sure things are not lost and to avoid
confusion.

One of the most egregious situations faced by applicants and
participants is waiting months to hear anything back regarding their
paperwork. Many individuals face rent increases because applications
are not processed in a timely fashion. Time restrictions are necessary
to make sure applicants and participants aren't waiting six months or
more just to find out the status of their paperwork.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.6592/2012, A.9205/2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7057

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging

AN ACT to amend the real property tax  law,  in  relation  to  outreach,
  status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program for rent-
  controlled  and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or
  persons with disabilities

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  467-b of the real property tax law is amended by
adding three new subdivisions 10, 11 and 12 to read as follows:
  10. AN ENTITY THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM  PURSUANT  TO
THIS  SECTION  SHALL  IMPLEMENT  AND  ADMINISTER A PROGRAM THAT DEVELOPS
OUTREACH INITIATIVES TO IDENTIFY INDIVIDUALS WHO  MEET  THE  ELIGIBILITY
CRITERIA  FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM WHO ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE
PROGRAM AND ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE  TAX  ABATE-
MENT  PROGRAM.    SUCH  OUTREACH  PROGRAM  MAY INCLUDE, BUT SHALL NOT BE
LIMITED TO,  MAILINGS,  ADVERTISEMENTS,  PUBLIC  SERVICE  ANNOUNCEMENTS,
LITERATURE  DISSEMINATION,  INTERNET TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL MEDIA, COMMUNITY
OUTREACH, AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER MUNICIPAL ENTITIES  AND  AGENCIES.
AN  ENTITY  THAT  ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM MAY CONSULT WITH
ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY DEEMED  PERTINENT  TO  DEVELOP  THE  OUTREACH
INITIATIVE.
  11. ANY MUNICIPALITY THAT ADOPTS A LOCAL LAW, RESOLUTION, OR ORDINANCE
PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL DEVELOP A PROGRAM TO
ALLOW APPLICANTS AND PARTICIPANTS TO ASCERTAIN THE  STATUS  OF  ANY  TAX
ABATEMENT  OR  THE STATUS OF ANY FORM THAT HAS BEEN FILED BY SUCH APPLI-
CANT OR PARTICIPANT ON THE APPLICANT OR PARTICIPANT'S BEHALF PURSUANT TO
THIS SECTION. SUCH PROGRAM  SHALL  INCLUDE  PROVISIONS  TO  ENSURE  THAT
APPLICANTS  AND  PARTICIPANTS WHOSE PRIMARY LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH, WHO
MAY HAVE COMMUNICATION RESTRICTIONS DUE TO PARTIAL OR  TOTAL  BLINDNESS,
DEAFNESS,  SPEECH  IMPEDIMENT,  OR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, AND/OR WHO LACK
ACCESS TO THE INTERNET MAY ASCERTAIN SUCH STATUS.
  12. A. WITHIN THREE  DAYS  OF  RECEIVING  ANY  FORM  FOR  APPLICATION,
RENEWAL,  OR  ADJUSTMENT  OF  ABATEMENT FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, A

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02002-01-3

S. 7057                             2

LETTER ACKNOWLEDGING RECEIPT OF SUCH FORM SHALL BE SENT  TO  THE  APPLI-
CANT. SUCH LETTER SHALL INCLUDE THE DATE THE FORM WAS RECEIVED.
  B.  WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  OF  THE RECEIPT OF AN APPLICATION OR RENEWAL
APPLICATION FROM AN APPLICANT,  THE  ENTITY  THAT  ADMINISTERS  THE  TAX
ABATEMENT  PROGRAM  SHALL APPROVE THE APPLICATION OR RENEWAL APPLICATION
FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, DENY THE APPLICATION OR RENEWAL  APPLICA-
TION  FOR  THE  TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, OR REQUEST FURTHER INFORMATION OR
DOCUMENTATION FROM THE APPLICANT. IF  A  REQUEST  IS  MADE  FOR  FURTHER
INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION, THE ENTITY THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATE-
MENT  PROGRAM SHALL HAVE FIFTEEN DAYS AFTER SUCH INFORMATION OR DOCUMEN-
TATION REQUESTED IS RECEIVED BY THE ENTITY TO EITHER APPROVE OR DENY THE
APPLICATION OR RENEWAL APPLICATION.
  C. WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF ANY FORM OTHER THAN AN APPLICATION OR RENEWAL
APPLICATION FORM FROM AN APPLICANT,  THE  ENTITY  THAT  ADMINISTERS  THE
PROGRAM SHALL ACT ON SUCH FORM.
  D.  WITHIN  THREE  DAYS  OF  APPROVING  OR REJECTING AN APPLICATION OR
RENEWAL APPLICATION PURSUANT TO  PARAGRAPH  B  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION  OR
ACTING  UPON ANY OTHER FORM PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH C OF THIS SUBDIVISION,
A WRITTEN NOTIFICATION SHALL BE SENT TO THE  INDIVIDUAL  WHO  MADE  SUCH
APPLICATION  OR  RENEWAL  APPLICATION  OR  SENT  SUCH FORM. SUCH WRITTEN
NOTIFICATION SHALL INCLUDE THE ACTION TAKEN BY THE ENTITY  ADMINISTERING
THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, THE DATE SUCH ACTION WAS TAKEN, WHAT RECOURSE
IS AVAILABLE SHOULD THE INDIVIDUAL BE DISSATISFIED WITH SUCH ACTION, AND
HOW TO PURSUE THE RECOURSE AVAILABLE.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that
the amendments to section 467-b of the real property  tax  law  made  by
section  one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section
and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

Co-Sponsors

S7057A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1859B
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §467-b, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6592, A9205

S7057A - Bill Texts

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Relates to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S7057A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement
program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by
senior citizens or persons with disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require
municipalities that have the senior citizen rent increase exemption
(SCRIE) and disabled rent increase exemption (DRIE) program to conduct
outreach in the community to ensure individuals who may be eligible
are aware that they can apply. This bill would also require
implementation of a mechanism for applicants and participants to
determine the status of their exemptions and would set time limits
with-in which the municipal agency operating the program must respond
to applicants and participants when forms are submitted.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. This section has three main parts that would:

*Require a municipality operating the SCRIE/DRIE program to implement
a program of outreach initiatives in the community to encourage
individuals who may be eligible to apply for the program;

*Require the development of a mechanism applicants and participants
could use to determine the status of their exemptions and any forms
they have filed; and

*Set specific time limits within which the municipal agency operating
the SCRIE/DRIE program would be required to act. The agency would be
required to send an acknowledgement of the receipt of a form within
three days of receiving the form. The agency then would have thirty
days to act on the form by either approving or rejecting the form or
requesting further information. If a request for further information
were issued, the agency would have fifteen days to act on the form
once the additional information was received.

Section 2. Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION: SCRIE is an extremely important benefit for seniors
and persons with disabilities living on fixed incomes when costs are
rising for everything from housing to medications to food.
Unfortunately, many seniors and persons with disabilities who could be
receiving a break on their rent through this program do not even know
it exists. It is very important that we get the word out so that those
who need the benefit can apply.

Also, time and again we hear that applicants don't know the status of
their applications as they wait for months or send in multiple
applications in the hopes of hearing back. Participants also have
problems with their renewals being delayed and their rent in danger of
skyrocketing. A simple system to check the status of an abatement or
form filed is important to make sure things are not lost and to avoid
confusion.


One of the most egregious situations faced by applicants and
participants is waiting months to hear anything back regarding their
paperwork. Many individuals face rent increases because applications
are not processed in a timely fashion. Time restrictions are necessary
to make sure applicants and participants aren't waiting six months or
more just to find out the status of their paperwork.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.6592/2012, A.9205/2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 7057--A
    Cal. No. 641

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GOLDEN, AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging -- reported
  favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second  report,
  ordered  to  a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
  its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the real property tax  law,  in  relation  to  outreach,
  status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program for rent-
  controlled  and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or
  persons with disabilities

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Section  467-b of the real property tax law is amended by
adding three new subdivisions 10, 11 and 12 to read as follows:
  10. AN ENTITY THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM  PURSUANT  TO
THIS  SECTION  SHALL  IMPLEMENT  AND  ADMINISTER A PROGRAM THAT DEVELOPS
OUTREACH INITIATIVES TO IDENTIFY INDIVIDUALS WHO  MEET  THE  ELIGIBILITY
CRITERIA  FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM WHO ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE
PROGRAM AND ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE  TAX  ABATE-
MENT  PROGRAM.    SUCH  OUTREACH  PROGRAM  MAY INCLUDE, BUT SHALL NOT BE
LIMITED TO,  MAILINGS,  ADVERTISEMENTS,  PUBLIC  SERVICE  ANNOUNCEMENTS,
LITERATURE  DISSEMINATION,  INTERNET TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL MEDIA, COMMUNITY
OUTREACH, AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER MUNICIPAL ENTITIES  AND  AGENCIES.
AN  ENTITY  THAT  ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM MAY CONSULT WITH
ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY DEEMED  PERTINENT  TO  DEVELOP  THE  OUTREACH
INITIATIVE.
  11. ANY MUNICIPALITY THAT ADOPTS A LOCAL LAW, RESOLUTION, OR ORDINANCE
PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL DEVELOP A PROGRAM TO
ALLOW APPLICANTS AND PARTICIPANTS TO ASCERTAIN THE  STATUS  OF  ANY  TAX
ABATEMENT  OR  THE STATUS OF ANY FORM THAT HAS BEEN FILED BY SUCH APPLI-
CANT OR PARTICIPANT ON THE APPLICANT OR PARTICIPANT'S BEHALF PURSUANT TO
THIS SECTION. SUCH PROGRAM  SHALL  INCLUDE  PROVISIONS  TO  ENSURE  THAT
APPLICANTS  AND  PARTICIPANTS WHOSE PRIMARY LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH, WHO
MAY HAVE COMMUNICATION RESTRICTIONS DUE TO PARTIAL OR  TOTAL  BLINDNESS,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02002-03-4

S. 7057--A                          2

DEAFNESS,  SPEECH  IMPEDIMENT,  OR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, AND/OR WHO LACK
ACCESS TO THE INTERNET MAY ASCERTAIN SUCH STATUS.
  12.  A.  WITHIN  THREE  DAYS  OF  RECEIVING  ANY FORM FOR APPLICATION,
RENEWAL, OR ADJUSTMENT OF ABATEMENT FOR THE  TAX  ABATEMENT  PROGRAM,  A
LETTER  ACKNOWLEDGING  RECEIPT  OF SUCH FORM SHALL BE SENT TO THE APPLI-
CANT. SUCH LETTER SHALL INCLUDE THE DATE THE FORM WAS RECEIVED.
  B. WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE RECEIPT  OF  AN  APPLICATION  OR  RENEWAL
APPLICATION  FROM  AN  APPLICANT,  THE  ENTITY  THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX
ABATEMENT PROGRAM SHALL APPROVE THE APPLICATION OR  RENEWAL  APPLICATION
FOR  THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, DENY THE APPLICATION OR RENEWAL APPLICA-
TION FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, OR REQUEST  FURTHER  INFORMATION  OR
DOCUMENTATION  FROM  THE  APPLICANT.  IF  A  REQUEST IS MADE FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION, THE ENTITY THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATE-
MENT PROGRAM SHALL HAVE FIFTEEN DAYS AFTER SUCH INFORMATION OR  DOCUMEN-
TATION REQUESTED IS RECEIVED BY THE ENTITY TO EITHER APPROVE OR DENY THE
APPLICATION OR RENEWAL APPLICATION.
  C.  WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF ANY FORM OTHER THAN AN APPLI-
CATION OR RENEWAL APPLICATION FORM FROM AN APPLICANT,  THE  ENTITY  THAT
ADMINISTERS THE PROGRAM SHALL ACT ON SUCH FORM.
  D.  WITHIN  THREE  DAYS  OF  APPROVING  OR REJECTING AN APPLICATION OR
RENEWAL APPLICATION PURSUANT TO  PARAGRAPH  B  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION  OR
ACTING  UPON ANY OTHER FORM PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH C OF THIS SUBDIVISION,
A WRITTEN NOTIFICATION SHALL BE SENT TO THE  INDIVIDUAL  WHO  MADE  SUCH
APPLICATION  OR  RENEWAL  APPLICATION  OR  SENT  SUCH FORM. SUCH WRITTEN
NOTIFICATION SHALL INCLUDE THE ACTION TAKEN BY THE ENTITY  ADMINISTERING
THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, THE DATE SUCH ACTION WAS TAKEN, WHAT RECOURSE
IS AVAILABLE SHOULD THE INDIVIDUAL BE DISSATISFIED WITH SUCH ACTION, AND
HOW TO PURSUE THE RECOURSE AVAILABLE.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that
the amendments to section 467-b of the real property  tax  law  made  by
section  one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section
and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

Co-Sponsors

S7057B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1859B
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §467-b, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6592, A9205

S7057B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Relates to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S7057B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement
program for rent-controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by
senior citizens or persons with disabilities

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would require municipalities that have the senior citizen rent
increase exemption (SCRIE) and disabled rent increase exemption (DRIE)
program to conduct outreach in the community to ensure individuals who
may be eligible are aware that they can apply. This bill would also
require implementation of a mechanism for applicants and participants to
determine the status of their exemptions and would set time limits with-
in which the municipal agency operating the program must respond to
applicants and participants when forms are submitted.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. This section has three main parts that would:

*Require a municipality operating the SCRIE/DRIE program to implement a
program of outreach initiatives in the community to encourage individ-
uals who may be eligible to apply for the program;

*Require the development of a mechanism applicants and participants
could use to determine the status of their exemptions and any forms they
have filed; and

*Set specific time limits within which the municipal agency operating
the SCRIE/DRIE program would be required to act. The agency would be
required to send an acknowledgement of the receipt of a form within ten
days of receiving the form. The agency then would have thirty days to
act on the form by either approving or rejecting the form or requesting
further information. If a request for further information were issued,
the agency would have fifteen days to act on the form once the addi-
tional information was received.

Section 2. Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:

SCRIE is an extremely important benefit for seniors and persons with
disabilities living on fixed incomes when costs are rising for every-
thing from housing to medications to food. Unfortunately, many seniors
and persons with disabilities who could be receiving a break on their
rent through this program do not even know it exists. It is very impor-
tant that we get the word out so that those who need the benefit can
apply.

Also, time and again we hear that applicants don't know the status of
their applications as they wait for months or send in multiple applica-
tions in the hopes of hearing back. Participants also have problems with
their renewals being delayed and their rent in danger of skyrocketing. A
simple system to check the status of an abatement or form filed is
important to make sure things are not lost and to avoid confusion.

One of the most egregious situations faced by applicants and partic-
ipants is waiting months to hear anything back regarding their paper-
work. Many individuals face rent increases because applications are not
processed in a timely fashion. Time restrictions are necessary to make
sure applicants and participants aren't waiting six months or more just
to find out the status of their paperwork.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.6592/2012, A.9205/2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 7057--B
    Cal. No. 641

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GOLDEN, AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging -- reported
  favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second  report,
  ordered  to  a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
  its place in the order of third reading -- again amended  and  ordered
  reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  real property tax law, in relation to outreach,
  status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program for rent-
  controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens  or
  persons with disabilities

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 467-b of the real property tax law  is  amended  by
adding three new subdivisions 10, 11 and 12 to read as follows:
  10.  AN  ENTITY THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM PURSUANT TO
THIS SECTION SHALL IMPLEMENT AND  ADMINISTER  A  PROGRAM  THAT  DEVELOPS
OUTREACH  INITIATIVES  TO  IDENTIFY INDIVIDUALS WHO MEET THE ELIGIBILITY
CRITERIA FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM WHO ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN  THE
PROGRAM  AND  ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE TAX ABATE-
MENT PROGRAM.   SUCH OUTREACH PROGRAM MAY  INCLUDE,  BUT  SHALL  NOT  BE
LIMITED  TO,  MAILINGS,  ADVERTISEMENTS,  PUBLIC  SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS,
LITERATURE DISSEMINATION, INTERNET TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL  MEDIA,  COMMUNITY
OUTREACH,  AND  PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER MUNICIPAL ENTITIES AND AGENCIES.
AN ENTITY THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM  MAY  CONSULT  WITH
ANY  OTHER  PERSON  OR  ENTITY  DEEMED PERTINENT TO DEVELOP THE OUTREACH
INITIATIVE.
  11. ANY MUNICIPALITY THAT ADOPTS A LOCAL LAW, RESOLUTION, OR ORDINANCE
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL DEVELOP A  PROGRAM  TO
ALLOW  APPLICANTS  AND  PARTICIPANTS  TO ASCERTAIN THE STATUS OF ANY TAX
ABATEMENT OR THE STATUS OF ANY FORM THAT HAS BEEN FILED BY  SUCH  APPLI-
CANT OR PARTICIPANT ON THE APPLICANT OR PARTICIPANT'S BEHALF PURSUANT TO
THIS  SECTION.  SUCH  PROGRAM  SHALL  INCLUDE  PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT
APPLICANTS AND PARTICIPANTS WHOSE PRIMARY LANGUAGE IS NOT  ENGLISH,  WHO
MAY  HAVE  COMMUNICATION RESTRICTIONS DUE TO PARTIAL OR TOTAL BLINDNESS,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02002-05-4

S. 7057--B                          2

DEAFNESS, SPEECH IMPEDIMENT, OR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT,  AND/OR  WHO  LACK
ACCESS TO THE INTERNET MAY ASCERTAIN SUCH STATUS.
  12. A. WITHIN TEN DAYS OF RECEIVING ANY FORM FOR APPLICATION, RENEWAL,
OR  ADJUSTMENT  OF  ABATEMENT  FOR  THE  TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, A LETTER
ACKNOWLEDGING RECEIPT OF SUCH FORM SHALL BE SENT TO THE APPLICANT.  SUCH
LETTER SHALL INCLUDE THE DATE THE FORM WAS RECEIVED.
  B.  WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  OF  THE RECEIPT OF AN APPLICATION OR RENEWAL
APPLICATION FROM AN APPLICANT,  THE  ENTITY  THAT  ADMINISTERS  THE  TAX
ABATEMENT  PROGRAM  SHALL APPROVE THE APPLICATION OR RENEWAL APPLICATION
FOR THE TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, DENY THE APPLICATION OR RENEWAL  APPLICA-
TION  FOR  THE  TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM, OR REQUEST FURTHER INFORMATION OR
DOCUMENTATION FROM THE APPLICANT. IF  A  REQUEST  IS  MADE  FOR  FURTHER
INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION, THE ENTITY THAT ADMINISTERS THE TAX ABATE-
MENT  PROGRAM SHALL HAVE FIFTEEN DAYS AFTER SUCH INFORMATION OR DOCUMEN-
TATION REQUESTED IS RECEIVED BY THE ENTITY TO EITHER APPROVE OR DENY THE
APPLICATION OR RENEWAL APPLICATION.
  C. WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF ANY FORM OTHER THAN AN  APPLI-
CATION  OR  RENEWAL  APPLICATION FORM FROM AN APPLICANT, THE ENTITY THAT
ADMINISTERS THE PROGRAM SHALL ACT ON SUCH FORM.
  D. WITHIN TEN DAYS OF APPROVING OR REJECTING AN APPLICATION OR RENEWAL
APPLICATION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH B OF THIS SUBDIVISION OR  ACTING  UPON
ANY  OTHER  FORM  PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH C OF THIS SUBDIVISION, A WRITTEN
NOTIFICATION SHALL BE SENT TO THE INDIVIDUAL WHO MADE  SUCH  APPLICATION
OR  RENEWAL  APPLICATION  OR  SENT  SUCH FORM. SUCH WRITTEN NOTIFICATION
SHALL INCLUDE THE ACTION TAKEN  BY  THE  ENTITY  ADMINISTERING  THE  TAX
ABATEMENT  PROGRAM,  THE  DATE  SUCH  ACTION WAS TAKEN, WHAT RECOURSE IS
AVAILABLE SHOULD THE INDIVIDUAL BE DISSATISFIED WITH  SUCH  ACTION,  AND
HOW TO PURSUE THE RECOURSE AVAILABLE.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that
the amendments to section 467-b of the real property  tax  law  made  by
section  one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section
and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

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