Earlier this week, I joined my colleagues in the Nassau County Legislature in passing legislation to reduce the number of years that eligible volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers need to serve before qualifying for a partial tax exemption on their county portion of their property taxes. Instead of needing five years to qualify, they will now only need two years. This legislative bill took effect immediately. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements is encouraged to file an application with the Nassau County Department of Assessment. Forms and further information regarding tax filing dates and eligibility can be found under the Assessment section of the Nassau County website by CLICKING HERE. In addition, the Department of Assessment can be reached at: 516-571-1500, if you’d like to call with any questions.
Local municipalities, such as Towns and Villages, would need to opt into this change to allow the same exemption to be applied to their portion of your property taxes.
Our firefighters and EMTs put their lives on the line every time they answer a call. I was very happy to cast my vote to approve this legislation as a way for Nassau County to recognize and reward these brave men and women for their dedicated service. The partial real property tax exemption should also help with recruitment to keep our fire departments strong in protecting our communities.
On another important matter, as part of my ongoing opposition to Governor Hochul’s ill-conceived high-density housing plan for Long Island, I have started a petition calling on the Governor to abandon her proposal. You can sign my petition by CLICKING HERE. You can also say NO! by calling the Governor’s office at 518-474-8390.
One final item that may be of interest to you is that there is a Job Fair and Open House, specifically geared towards veterans, that will be held on March 8th and 9th at the Northport VA Medical Center in building 9, Room 227. Jobs in a variety of positions as well as other services available to veterans will be included. This event will be held both days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Northport VA is located at 79 Middleville Rd. in Northport. Please see the flyer below for additional information.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts and ideas you may have with respect to the County or on any particular issue that you think I may be able to assist you with. You may contact me at (516) 571-6214 or by email at LSchaefer@NassauCountyNY.gov
Laura M. Schaefer
Legislator, District 14