‘Recognizes hardships’ many families & businesses face as result of COVID-19 pandemic
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S.8122-B/ A.10241-A) authorizing local governments to extend the deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15, 2020, in recognition of the hardships many families and businesses continue to face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"New Yorkers and businesses all across the state have suffered both personal and economic hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic," Cuomo said. "Extending the deadline for filing property tax abatements to July 15 will help provide these individuals and businesses with some much-needed assistance to help recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic as we begin to enter a new normal."
New York State Sen. Leroy Comrie said, "I am grateful that Gov. Cuomo has signed Senate bill 8122-B into law; this is a common-sense, fiscally responsible and fundamentally fair proposal that will benefit the greater good. As New Yorkers summon their incredible strength to recover, we must make certain that our government is a proactive and understanding partner that provides difference-making tools and effective assistance. By working with my Assembly co-sponsor Alicia Hyndman, our legislative leaders and colleagues, we are ensuring that all New Yorkers have an extended opportunity to apply and recertify for important property tax abatement programs will provide a stable safeguard for our hardworking families, seniors and homeowners."
Assembly member Alicia Hyndman said, "The property tax legislation I've introduced and passed in the Assembly is important to homeowners and those alike across my community of District 29 and the state of New York. As the state reopens, many are still feeling the financial impacts of COVID-19 and deserve some relief at minimum. This bill will ensure that no property owner misses out on a real property tax abatement or exemption on their 2021-2022 assessment due to the pandemic by extending all deadlines for the filing of applications and renewal applications for real property tax abatement or exemption program to be extended to July 15, 2020, at the discretion of local authorities. It also allows for an appeal procedure for appeals regarding denial of exemption or abatement in relation to applications submitted in accordance with the deadline extension of July 15, 2020."