Category Archives: Bill Gaylor

Legislator Gaylor: Last Day to File a Property Tax Assessment Grievance is April 2, 2018

Legislator C. William Gaylor III announces that the last date that Nassau County homeowners can file a property tax assessment grievance has been pushed back to April 2nd. If you are a homeowner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment on your residence you now have until April 2nd to dispute the assessed value.

 

  • For information on your specific property, please visit: LRV.nassaucountyny.gov
  • For forms and applications, please visit: www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/ARC/forms.html

 

To help homeowners learn how to file a property tax assessment grievance application, Legislator Gaylor will be hosting a Property Tax Grievance Workshop. At the workshop, a representative from the Nassau County Assessment Review Commission will show residents how to use Assessment Review’s online tools to file a challenge online or via mail. Reservations are not necessary.

 

Upcoming Property Tax Grievance Workshop in the 6th Legislative District:

Wednesday, February 14th

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Lynbrook Public Library

56 Eldert St., Lynbrook

 

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Legislator Gaylor Warns Beware Of Porch Pirates!

Keep Your Packages Safe this Holiday Season with Package Theft Prevention Tips from Legislator C. William Gaylor III and the Nassau County Police Department

 

If you have ever ordered clothing, jewelry, gifts, or any other merchandise by phone, computer, or mail chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries DO NOT require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is home to accept them. These packages, which quickly catch the eye of potential thieves, offer criminals that ‘Crime of Opportunity” they are looking for. Thieves looking to steal your packages will follow or watch for UPS, Fed Ex, US Mail, and other delivery service trucks so they can target your home after the parcels are delivered. While this type of crime usually increases around the holidays due to increased shopping, it can occur at any time throughout the year.

 

Legislator C. William Gaylor III is joining with the Nassau County Police Department to help residents protect themselves against thieves committing “crimes of opportunity” by offering the following package protection tips:

 

  • Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
  • Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door.
  • Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages.
  • Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up.
  • Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out of sight is also a good option.
  • Have your packages delivered to your workplace.
  • Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them.
  • Ask to have your packages delivered to a retail store so you can pick them up at your convenience.
  • Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a “Watchful Eye” out for your packages. If they’re willing, ask them to safeguard your packages until you return home.
  • Consider installing a visible surveillance camera and security company sign near the front door of your home.
  • If your packages do not arrive as scheduled contact the sender immediately.

 

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Legislator Gaylor Announces Mega Job Fair at Nassau Community College

Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor III has announced that Nassau County’s 10th Mega Job Fair will be held on Friday, October 27th at Nassau Community College in Garden City. Employers from across Long Island will be seeking candidates for positions including entry and middle management level, licensed professional, hospitality, health, information technology and labor union jobs.

 

There is no charge for admission and parking at Nassau Community College is free. Veterans’ admission begins an hour earlier, at 9:00 a.m., while doors for General Admission open at 10:00 a.m.

 

The Job Fair is expected to draw several thousand job seekers. It is estimated that over 3,000 people were hired from the previous 9 private sector job fairs. Nassau County remains committed to helping our residents find meaningful employment opportunities as well as helping our local businesses recruit qualified employees in a large variety of industries.

 

FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017

 

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (General Admission)
9:00 A.M. (Veterans Only Admission)

 

Nassau Community College
1 Education Drive, Building P (Gym), Garden City, NY

 

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Legislator Gaylor Invites You to Attend A Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor III would like to inform all owners of a home,condominium or cooperative apartment, that they may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year.

 

The Nassau County Department of Assessment is bringing its office operations to the public. Department of Assessment staff will be on hand to answer any questions about exemptions and accept applications on-site from homeowners wishing to file for Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans,Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability, and Home Improvement exemptions.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Elmont Public Library – 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
West Hempstead Library – 500 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 12, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Baldwin Public Library – 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin

 

Due to the recent changes with New York State’s STAR exemption program, No NEW Basic STARapplications will be accepted. Enhanced STAR applications will ONLY be processed for homeowners that were enrolled in the STAR Program prior to 1/20/15. If you would like to file a new STAR or Enhanced STAR application, please call the New York State Department of Finance:(518)-457-2036.

 

Homeowners who will be filing for an exemption can help expedite the processing of their application by bringing two (2) copies of required documentation. Applications and specific documentation requirements are available on the Department of Assessment website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/assessment.

 

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Sept. 16: Stop Throwing Out Pollutants Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Legislator C. William Gaylor III is pleased to announce that the Town of Hempstead Stop Throwing Out Pollutants Hazardous Waste Collection Program (S.T.O.P.) is coming to our area and will take place Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 8am to 3pm. The drop site is located at Valley Stream State Park in Valley Stream (Fletcher Ave. entrance).

 

The Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) Program is designed to provide area residents with a safe, environmentally sound method of disposal of the many hazardous materials found in the average home. By bringing such toxins as antifreeze, drain cleaners and pesticides on any of the scheduled S.T.O.P. collection days, you and your family can make a significant contribution to the protection of our precious groundwater supply and the preservation of our bays and estuaries. Please join with us in cleaning our homes of hazardous material and ensuring their proper collection and disposal. Together we can ensure the continued integrity of our fragile ecosystem.

 

S.T.O.P. – HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Valley Stream State Park – Fletcher Ave. & Merrick Rd.

 

When bringing items, please follow these simple guidelines: Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic bag or larger container. Make sure all caps and lids are tight. Place items securely in a box for transportation. Use newspaper or cardboard to keep items from tipping or hitting each other. Place chemicals which may react with each other in separate areas of the vehicle. Do not leave products in a hot, unventilated vehicle for an extended period of time. Do not smoke near chemical products. Wear rubber gloves when handling containers.

 

Waste from commercial establishments, schools, churches, synagogues or home businesses will not be accepted. No commercial vehicles are permitted. Please note that electronic recycling items will only be collected at E-cycle events.

 

For a list of acceptable/unacceptable S.T.O.P. recycling items, please visit: http://toh.li/sanitation-department/stop-throwing-out-pollutants.

 

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Legislator Gaylor Offers Ride-Sharing Safety Tips for Passengers

New York State recently passed a law that authorizes ride-sharing services to legally operate in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Ride-sharing services can be a valuable resource and have been in use all over the country for a number of years. As ride-sharing expands in Nassau, some have expressed safety concerns. For those using ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft, Legislator Gaylor offers the following safety tips:

 

MATCH RESERVATION INFORMATION: Ride-sharing service vendors, such as Uber and Lyft, provide the customer with a photo of the driver, license plate number and the make/ model of the car reserved. Make sure the car that arrives matches this information before getting into the car.

 

SHARE RIDE DETAILS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Most ride-sharing apps allow riders the ability to share their driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. This feature is also helpful to track your ETA and travel route.

 

CHECK THE DRIVER’S RATING:  Another feature of ride-sharing apps is a rating system that allows riders and drivers to rate each other. Don’t forget to “review” your driver on the ride-sharing vendor app. Reviews are used to rate a driver and improve the overall ride-sharing experience.

 

LOOK FOR THE COMPANY EMBLEM: New York regulations require that the ride-sharing vehicle have a removable logo, insignia or emblem inside the lower right corner (passenger side) of the front windshield.

 

AVOID RIDING IN THE FRONT SEAT: If you are riding alone, sit in the backseat. This ensures you can safely exit on either side of the vehicle and gives personal space between you and the driver.

 

DO NOT SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION: There is no need to share your phone number or other personal contact information with your driver. Riders do not have to enter their home or work address as a pick-up or drop-off point; set your destination near your real destination.

 

DO NOT GIVE CASH: Ride-sharing service drivers are prohibited by NYS law from accepting cash. Tips are handled through interaction with the vendor’s app; do not exchange cash with a driver.

 

RESERVE THROUGH THE APP: Ride-sharing service drivers are also prohibited by NYS law from soliciting street hails; rides are booked exclusively through the app. Never accept a ride from a driver claiming to be with Uber or Lyft who is soliciting rides from the street.

 

TRUST YOUR GUT: Trust your instincts and use your best judgement when riding with ride-sharing services. Stay awake, alert, and if possible, follow along with your maps app to track the route. If you have an inkling of discomfort or sense something fishy don’t get in the car.  If you are already on the road and feel you are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.

 

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Legislator Gaylor Wants to Help You Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft

Identity theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. Legislator C. William Gaylor III and the Nassau County Police Department offer several preventative tips to help you from becoming another victim of identity theft.

 

Identity theft has become a top fraud complaint and limiting your use of your personal computer may not help much because most identity thefts are taking place offline, not online — just the opposite of what many folks might think. All a thief needs is your Social Security number to commit identity theft. This crime is relatively easy to commit, but investigating and prosecuting it is complex and time-consuming. But once you know the facts and some preventive measures you can take, you can win the fight against identity theft!

 

Identity Theft Prevention Tips

 

  • Secure your social security number (SSN). Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet or write your number on your checks. Only give out your SSN when absolutely necessary.
  • Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birthdate, social security number, or bank account number) by phone, mail, or online.
  • Watch out for “shoulder surfers.” Shield the keypad when typing your passwords on computers and at ATMs.
  • Collect mail promptly. Ask the post office to put your mail on hold when you are away from home for several days.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
  • Review your receipts. Promptly compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
  • Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information.
  • Store personal information in a safe place at home and at work.
  • Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer.
  • Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily. Change your passwords if a company that you do business with has a breach of its databases
  • Order your credit report once a year and review to be certain that it doesn’t include accounts that you have not opened. Check it more frequently if you suspect someone has gained access to your account information.

 

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Legislator Gaylor Commends Town IDA for Revoking Green Acres Pilot Agreement

Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor commended the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency (IDA) for revoking the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement (PILOT) for the Green Acres Mall, which created an undue burden on Valley Stream Taxpayers.

 

“Some residents saw their property tax bill rise by over 12% as a result of this PILOT agreement,” said Legislator Gaylor. “I’d like to thank the new Town of Hempstead IDA for revoking this decision for the sake of the taxpayer.”

 

However, Legislator Gaylor warned that this was not the end of the issue. As a result of this PILOT, the Valley Stream School Districts have inappropriately collected over $3,000,000 more money from taxpayers than is required to fund their budgets. To this end, Legislator Gaylor has drafted and submitted a proposal to refund this money by the most transparent means possible, a refund check. Authorization by New York State is required to make this proposal a reality.

 

“As our representative in the Assembly and a member of the party in the majority, I’m calling on Assemblywoman Solages to introduce my legislation to return the overtaxed money to the already overburdened residents,” said Legislator Gaylor. “Revoking the PILOT agreement was just the first step. We must continue to fight until every dime is returned to the taxpayer.”

 

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Legislator Gaylor Invites You to Attend a Overdose Prevention Community Forum

You can save the life of a loved one from overdose!

 

Every day, at least one Long Islander dies from an opiate overdose. And those are only the ones we know of – the ones directly caused by heroin or prescription painkillers such as Percoset or Oxycodone. If you don’t think it can happen to someone you care about, please think again. Overdoses can happen to anyone.

 

Legislator C. William Gaylor III is sponsoring this event to teach residents what to do in case of an overdose and to help train residents how to administer the life-saving, overdose-reversal agent called Naloxone, or “NARCAN.” NARCAN is the antidote to an opioid overdose and attendees will receive a free kit.

 

Monday, February 27, 2017 • 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Rockville Centre Recreation Center – 111 N. Oceanside Rd.

 

Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your seat and free NARCAN kit, please register online at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdosetraining.

 

Please note that Social Work & OASAS CE credits are available. “Nassau County OMHCDDDS & MHA of Nassau County SW CPE is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0083. For more information visit: www.nassaucountyny.gov/overdose.

 

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Gaylor Reminds Homeowners of Many Property Tax Exemptions

Nassau County Legislator C. William Gaylor III reminds homeowners that there are a variety of tax exemptions that can help reduce your property taxes. Nassau County homeowners may be eligible for one or more of these property tax exemptions. There is no cost to the homeowner to file for any of these tax exemptions.

 

For applications and brochures, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Assessor/index.html or call 571-1500

 

NYS STAR TAX EXEMPTION SAVINGS

 

BASIC STAR EXEMPTION

STAR is the New York State School Tax Relief program that provides a partial exemption from school property taxes for owner-occupied, primary residences. The Basic STAR Exemption is for all homeowners, regardless of age, with an annual household income of $500,000 or less.

 

ENHANCED STAR EXEMPTION

The Enhanced STAR Exemption is available to senior citizen homeowners who are 65 years of age or older, during the year in which the exemption takes effect, and whose annual federal adjusted gross income does not exceed $86,000. (Senior citizens whose annual income exceeds $86,000 may still be eligible for the Basic STAR Exemption.)

 

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION SAVINGS

 

COLD WAR VETERANS EXEMPTION

The exemption provides a partial property tax exemption (as adopted by your local municipality) to veterans who served during the Cold War period. The law also provides an additional exemption to disabled veterans, equal to one-half of their service-connected disability ratings. The basic exemption is limited to 10 years, but there is no time limit for the disabled portion of this exemption. In both instances, the exemption is limited to the primary residence of the veteran, and is applicable only to general municipal taxes, not to school taxes or special district levies.

 

HOME IMPROVEMENT PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

The Home Improvement Exemption is an eight year decreasing exemption on alterations, reconstructions or improvements that increase the assessed value of a one or two-family home. For the first year of the exemption, 100 percent of the assessed value of the improvement is exempt. In the second year 87.5 percent; in the third year, 75 percent; and so on. Please refer to the brochure for list of taxable and non-taxable improvements.

 

LOW – INCOME SENIOR CITIZEN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

Senior Citizen homeowners in Nassau County age 65 or over whose incomes are $37,399 or lower are eligible to receive an exemption on their real property taxes.

 

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND LIMITED INCOMES PARTIAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

To be eligible, homeowners whose incomes are $37,399 or less must have a physical or mental impairment not due to current use of alcohol or illegal drugs. Proof of disability is required. Please refer to brochure for eligibility guidelines. Note: If your property is receiving an exemption under the Low Income Senior Citizens’ Exemption, it cannot receive this exemption.

 

PHYSICALLY DISABLED TAX REDUCTION PROGRAM FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS

The real property tax exemption granted is equal to the amount of any increase in value of property attributable to improvements made for the purpose of facilitating and accommodating the use and accessibility of the property by (a) a resident owner of the property who is physically disabled or (b) a member of the resident owner’s household who is physically disabled, if the member of the household resides on the property.

 

VETERANS REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

Qualifying applicants will receive an exemption from county and town taxes, but not from special district taxes. Applicants may also receive an exemption on school taxes if the local school district has opted in. The exemption is equal to 15% of your assessment for service during war-time and an additional 10% for service in a combat area, or for having received an Expeditionary Medal.

 

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER/AMBULANCE WORKER PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

The primary residence owned by an enrolled member of an incorporated volunteer fire company, fire department or ambulance service will be granted a partial exemption from municipal/school taxes and special ad valorem tax levies, so long as the property owner has been a member for at least five (5) years. Nassau County offers a lifetime exemption to members with over 20 years of volunteer service.

 

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 2, 2017. There is no cost to the homeowner to file for any of these tax exemptions.

 

For applications and brochures, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Assessor/index.html or call 571-1500.  Contact Legislator Gaylor’s office at: 516-571-6206, cwgaylor@nassaucountyny.gov.

 

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