(MINEOLA, N.Y.) – Following advocacy by the members of the Minority Caucus, the Nassau County Legislature today voted to extend the deadline for residents to file assessment challenges with Nassau County’s Assessment Review Commission (ARC) to Saturday, April 30.
Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D - Freeport), who first urged County Executive Bruce Blakeman to extend the deadline in a Jan. 31 letter, said the decision is a victory for taxpayers who are still hurting from the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his letter, Minority Leader Abrahams argued that the extension is necessary due to the “myriad of economic challenges that have been caused by COVID-19 and the ongoing disruption to the housing market because of the pandemic.” As a result, the caucus concluded that “an extension to the filing deadline, similar to the extensions provided in previous years and even predating the pandemic, was necessary.
Prior to today’s action, the deadline to file assessment challenges was Tuesday, March 1. Furthermore, during today's debate on the item, Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello stated that the extension was necessary because Notices of Tentative Assessed Value were not mailed to property owners in a timely manner.
“Today’s action is a victory for taxpayers who are continuing to struggle with economic impacts caused by the pandemic,” Minority Leader Abrahams said. “We are glad that the County Executive and the Majority heeded our call to ensure that property owners have every opportunity to robustly exercise their rights.”