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Vet Tax Breaks Up For Discussion

Residents in the Mineola School District may or may not need to pony up more in taxes as a result of a proposed exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being met with this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks based on whether or not they are a veteran, saw combat or suffered a disability. It’s possible to qualify for all three.

 

While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.  

 

Members of the Mineola School District Board of Education would have to approve the exemption during a public hearing, but no hearing has been confirmed. If they elect to deny the exemption, a hearing is not needed.

 

“I have quite a bit of [literature] on that,” Mineola School Board President Artie Barnett said. “It has been recommended to the school boards to hold off until they can rectify some language in the law. If we were to grant an exemption, there was no way out of it or to adjust it afterwards.” 

 

Mineola resident Sal Thomas, who served in Iraq in 2004-05, is in favor of the exemption.

 

“I think it’s such a challenge with the cost of living, especially in Long Island,” he said. “With this exemption, it would greatly help veterans who want to come back to where they grew up and raise a family.”

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Nagler said the tax tiers can cause changes in alloted exemptions.

 

“Every tier changes the dollar amount,” he said. “It’s a bigger exemption if you were in combat or are a Gold Star parent (lost someone in combat). There’s a lot of pieces to it that can change the number.”

 

Any impact to school taxes as a result of the exemption, would need to be picked up by non-veteran taxpayers. As a result, residents who are ineligible for this tax exemption, will need to pay more per household. District officials said they could not release numbers because the school board did not officially discuss it in a hearing.

 

The state deadline to enact the exemption for this tax season is March 15.

 

“We’ve definitely been having some internal discussions on it,” Barnett said.


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


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