(MINEOLA, NY) April 20, 2020- Nassau County Executive Laura Curran requested that New York State delay the upcoming property tax deadline for property owners in Nassau County. Curran, in a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, requested the issuance of an executive order to suspend the May 10th deadline to pay 2019-2020 second half school district taxes to June 1, 2020. The effort, according to Curran, would provide much needed temporary relief during this period of uncertainty to residents and businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the current economic shutdown, especially as taxpayers await further aid from the federal government. Curran was also appointed by Governor Cuomo today to serve on New York’s Reimagine New York Task Force, a working group of top leaders dedicated to not just reopening the economy, but reimagining and improving state policies to reopen and make businesses and transportation better than they were before the outbreak.
“Too many taxpayers are being caught by a looming property tax deadline without having enough financial footing to make informed decisions,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I am requesting an executive order to provide some much needed temporary financial relief and peace of mind while we remain in this shutdown. Taxpayers rightly deserve an extension to file during this difficult time and should not feel threatened by late fees while the threat of the coronavirus continues to negatively impact so many jobs and livelihoods.”
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth also requested that the State issue an executive order delaying property tax payments, which was reiterated recently by the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay. Every township in Nassau County is now on board with a plan for the state to extend the deadline.
“Along with assisting the Town in this particular request, County Executive Curran has worked tirelessly to ensure that the residents of Nassau County have the resources they need and deserve, and I would like to sincerely thank her for the leadership she has demonstrated throughout this public health crisis,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.
“The ABLI is deeply concerned that Long Island’s economic future is in danger of being deconstructed by this pandemic without strong and affirmative measures. Essential to that response is the extension of the property tax payment deadline, or permitting partial payments. As executive and legislative branches negotiate the best path forward, it is important to recognize that this action will create a modest but important relief valve for property owners, especially businesses where every added day could mean the difference between survival or failure. We are encouraged by today’s announcement and urge all due speed in reaching a consensus,” said Kyle Strober, executive director, Association For a Better Long Island, a leading regional economic development advocacy group.
“A brief extension of the property tax deadline would create much needed breathing room for struggling families and businesses that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus,” said Long Island Association President Kevin Law. “While we are hopeful and pushing for aid from the federal government, any step that can be taken now to add some relief should be taken. I thank County Executive Laura Curran for advocating on behalf of our hard-hit communities.”
“We support and applaud County Executive Laura Curran’s effort to extend the property tax deadline for the local businesses and families,” said Loren Lostritto, Principal of Bethpage based Steel Equities. “The State would be doing a tremendous service to the local community by granting her request during this challenging time.”