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Letter: Property Tax Savings Available

If you haven’t already heard, Nassau County has opted into a state program to offer property tax savings to homeowners whose homes suffered a decrease in value resulting from Superstorm Sandy.  The program is called the NYS Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Program.  

Through this program, Nassau County will adjust, retroactively, the property assessment to account for losses in value due to Sandy for the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 tax years.  Eligible homeowners will receive either a check reimbursing them for taxes already paid or a credit on taxes yet to be paid.   

 

The amount of a tax refund, credit or assessment reduction will depend upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) damage assessment determination and/or inspections that were conducted by the Department of

Assessment based on bills paid to licensed contractors or paid homeowner insurance claims.

 

Property owners whose real property suffered damage because of Sandy must submit a “Property Damage Review Form” AND a cost-breakdown of damage completed by a licensed contractor or insurance company with the Nassau County

Department of Assessment by January 21, 2014.  Homeowners who filed a “Property Damage Review Form” with the Nassau County Department of Assessment will not have to resubmit any additional paperwork unless asked to do so by the

County.  If residents have additional cost information that was not submitted with their original application, it should be submitted to the Department of Assessment immediately at 240 Old Country Road in Mineola. Homeowners who have yet to report structural damages caused by Superstorm Sandy may be asked to submit a property damage review form that is being prepared by the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS). Applications can be requested by calling the Assessment Department at 516-571-1500 or they can be downloaded by visiting the Assessment Department’s website (www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Assessor/index.html).

 

The deadline to apply for property tax relief is January 21, 2014.  Please submit all applications as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this program.

 

Rich Nicolello

 

Nassau County Legislator 

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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