(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - The Nassau County Legislature’s Minority Caucus has introduced legislation that will deliver much-needed tax relief to income-eligible senior and disabled homeowners in Nassau County.
Filed this week, the measures would nearly double the maximum income eligibility level for the Senior Citizens and Persons with Limited Incomes and Disabilities property tax exemptions by increasing the caps for both to $58,400. Previously, eligibility was capped at just $37,400. That changed on Monday, Aug. 8 when Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a measure, spearheaded locally by New York State Assemblywomen Michaelle Solages and Judy Griffin, that raises the maximum income eligibility cap and gives municipalities like Nassau County the opportunity to opt in.
“Our region’s high cost of living can make it tremendously challenging for seniors and disabled homeowners to make ends meet,” Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D - Lawrence), who co-introduced the Senior Citizens Homeowners Exemption legislation, said. “By making the Senior Citizens and Persons with Limited Incomes and Disabilities property tax exemptions available to more homeowners, we are providing vital support for our most financially vulnerable residents.”
“As a lawmaker, I am committed to doing everything in my power to make it easier for senior citizens and disabled homeowners who are living on a fixed income to stay on Long Island and in the communities where they have established deep roots and relationships throughout their lives,” Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé (D - Freeport), who co-introduced the Senior Citizens Property Exemption legislation, said. “We should immediately take full advantage of this opportunity to deliver meaningful tax relief to thousands of Nassau County homeowners.”
“Fundamental fairness for our most financially vulnerable residents should never be a partisan issue,” said Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D - Freeport), who led the Caucus in introducing the legislation to expand access to the Persons with Limited Incomes and Disabilities Property Tax Exemption Program. “I urge my colleagues to join with us and quickly enact these proposals so that Nassau County can begin delivering tax relief to deserving homeowners right away.”
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