Category Archives: Town of Hempstead

Town Announces Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture with Alex Konstantyn

Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture with Alex Konstantyn


Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 7 PM
Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse, Clubhouse Road, Merrick


Alex was born in 1937 in Varenz, Poland. In 1941, the fear of the Nazis forced his family from their home, seeking refuge in the countryside. After his father was poisoned by a farmer, their survival depended on his mother having to contend with two powerful enemies, the Nazis and hunger. Near the end of the German occupation, they were sheltered by a Polish landowner. After the war, his mother remarried, and they moved to Israel. Alex finished high school and spent 2 ½ years in the Israeli army before reuniting with his family in the United States. Following graduation and the Jewish Theological Seminary, he dedicated his life to Jewish education. Retiring in 2009 from his position as Principal of the East Meadow Jewish Center, he and his wife live on Long Island, blessed with two children and eight grandchildren.


Limited to 150 people. Free admission. First come, first served. Tickets required.  Download the ticket request form here.


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Clavin Releases Video on How to Grieve Assessments to Help Homeowners ‘Beat the Clock’

After Nassau extended its deadline for the filing of Property Tax Challenges to April 2nd, residents have been scrambling to “beat the clock” and get their property tax assessment challenges filed with the county. In an effort to assist homeowners, many who have expressed a desire for greater clarity on the assessment process, including property tax challenges, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin has produced a “how-to” video that takes residents through a step-by-step tutorial on grieving assessments. Clavin emphasized that homeowners should take advantage of the extra time provided for challenging their assessment, urging neighbors to view his video and file their grievances immediately. The original property tax deadline had been March 1st, prior to the county granting the filing extension to April 2nd. Clavin was joined by his colleagues in government Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr.

“I am happy that the Nassau County Executive has granted an extension of the deadline in which to challenge property tax assessments,” stated Clavin. “I encourage homeowners to take advantage of the extended deadline, visit our town’s website to view my instructional video and file your property tax grievance before April 2nd.”


The Receiver called the extended deadline “very important” in light of feedback that he has been receiving from the public at the over 30 taxpayer forums that he has hosted. Clavin observed that there has been widespread confusion over the property tax challenge deadline on the part of property owners who have attended the seminars. Further, homeowners have questions about the county’s assessment system, the grievance process, options and strategies with regard to pursuing assessment challenges in successive years, as well as the County Executive’s proposed assessment updates.


“Throughout my series of taxpayer seminars, it has become increasingly clear that widespread confusion exists about Nassau’s Assessment System, the county’s plan to update assessments, the extended deadline for challenging property taxes, as well as options and strategies of which homeowners should be aware,” said Clavin. “I have used the taxpayer forums to answer as many questions as possible on the issue of assessments, and the posting of this new “how-to” video on challenging assessments will help walk people through the tax grievance process. Among other things, the video will help resolve questions neighbors may have regarding how to go about challenging their assessments.”


Residents who would like to view the video guide to challenging assessments can visit the town’s website at The video can also be viewed on the Receiver of Taxes’ YouTube channel. Clavin encourages homeowners to call his office at 538-1500 and the Nassau County Department of Assessment at 571-1500 with questions regarding assessment challenges.


“Homeowners have a ‘golden opportunity’ to challenge their assessment as a result of the extended deadline, and I encourage neighbors to follow the video guide to grieving property taxes now,” commented Sweeney. Dunne agreed with his fellow councilmember remarking, “This how-to video guide is clear and easy to follow; I commend the Receiver for helping homeowners challenge their assessment.”


Clavin is continuing to host taxpayer seminars, as residents are still unaware of the deadline extension for filing a property tax challenge. What’s more, the Receiver observed that many homeowners were unclear over the county’s planned assessment update initiative and its prospective impact on property tax grievances. On the heels of a major news report that pointed out substantial property tax assessment inequities among similar homes in the same neighborhoods, Clavin indicated that neighbors need more information on assessment grievance options and strategies to ensure the greatest benefit. In specific, those who challenge assessments annually have, as a group, benefitted from lower assessments and taxes than neighbors who have not challenged their assessments or only challenged every few years, as opposed to annually. Finally, the Receiver also noted that many property owners are surprised to learn that assessment challenges do not require the services of a professional grievance firm.


“The combination of holding more taxpayer forums and releasing the video on challenging assessments constitute a strong effort to help homeowners deal with a very complex issue that is in a state of flux,” said Clavin. “Nassau County’s assessment system is broken, but Hempstead Town is continuing to help neighbors to challenge their assessments and lower their taxes.”


For a full listing of Clavin’s upcoming taxpayer forums, visit the Receiver’s page on Hempstead Town’s website


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King Sweeney, Town Board Members Condemn Nassau County’s Million-Dollar Little League Fee Hike

Members of the Hempstead Town Board condemned the decision by Nassau County to abandon its long-standing policy of waiving usage fees for little league organizations, calling the move a massive and unaffordable fee hike on that will decimate Little Leagues and cause participation to fall due to increased costs on league families.


“Nassau County’s decision to unilaterally impose over a million dollars in fees on little leagues is an affront to hard working taxpayers across Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead. Little leagues are at the very essence of community cohesion all across our nation. They bring families and neighbors together and provide young kids the opportunity to compete and make lifelong friendships – while being kept active in a healthy activity and away from drugs,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney.


As reported in Newsday, the decision by the County administration, pursuant to a memorandum from the administration justifying the suspension of all fee waivers for ballfield usage as a way to help solve the County’s fiscal crisis, would represent approximately one million dollars in fees that will charged to little leagues. As of March 1st, the Seaford Little League received a bill for $16,000 from the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums.


“The idea that Nassau County thinks it can solve its financial problems on the backs of hardworking men and women who volunteer their time to run little leagues is the height of absurdity,” stated Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “What the County is doing here is passing its financial problems on to the little leagues, who will have no choice but to pass those costs on to their membership,” said Councilman Edward Ambrosino. Councilman Dennis Dunne added, “This will mean fewer kids on the teams and leagues taking their operations elsewhere.”


The imposition of these mandatory fees would add to the burden on Nassau County taxpayers, already widely reported as paying the highest taxes and fees in the nation. Indeed, these fees were imposed unilaterally and without any warning or input from league officials. Town Board members also questioned the impact of this policy on children in underprivileged communities at a time when the opioid crisis has reached new heights.


“As a former NYPD Detective, I know firsthand the importance of providing activities for our youth as a way to stay off the streets, away from drugs, and build their future. Undercutting our little leagues in this way will only make our streets less safe in Nassau County,” stated Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “The solution here is not for Nassau County to pass the buck on to league families. I join with my colleagues on condemning this outrageous plan,” said Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. “We call upon the County Executive to do the right thing and rescind this ill-conceived policy. Our kids deserve to have the opportunity to play baseball and softball that’s affordable for all the people of Nassau County,” added Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.


The Councilmembers further noted that Hempstead Town continues to be a little league-friendly township, welcoming league organizations from across the municipality to play in Town parks while waiving most fees for their use of fields, lighting and equipment.


“The Town of Hempstead will not stand idly by while Nassau County decimates our community little leagues with this latest short-sighted money grab. If the County Executive does not act to stand behind these leagues, we will,” concluded Councilwoman King Sweeney.


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Councilman D’esposito Shines Light on Women-Owned Businesses

Tours Council District in Honor of Women’s History Month


Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito is touring communities in his district recognizing women business owners as part of his initiative to spotlight outstanding women during Women’s History Month. March is Women’s History Month and highlights the contributions of women to events in history and society.


“I am proud to recognize women business owners for their significant contributions to local commerce – the lifeblood of our communities here in the Town of Hempstead,” stated Councilman D’Esposito. “These women demonstrate leadership coupled with a passion for their business as well as good old-fashioned hard work, and they deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments.”


According to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), more than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. In addition, one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.


“Small business ownership is the backbone of our local communities, contribute to our local economy and, quite often owners live in nearby communities,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “Women-owned businesses are becoming a familiar fixture in our downtowns and it is important to shop local to support our small businesses and our neighbors as well.”


On Saturday, March 3rd, Councilman D’Esposito visited women-owned businesses within his district including:


  • Doris the Florist, owned by Doris Graitzer, 233 Long Beach Road, Island Park
  • Turn of the Screw Books and Wine owned by Carol Hoenig and Peggy Zieron, 110 N. Park Avenue, Rockville Centre
  • Jilian Circus owned by Jillian Weston, 219 Merrick Road, Oceanside
  • Emile’s Candies owned Jackie Brown, 229 Merrick Road, Oceanside
  • Dance Express owned by Jaime Azcona, 1032 Broadway, Woodmere
  • The Pampered Professional owned by Bonnie Seidler, Kami Feldman, Kerri Weiss and Shaun Cohn, 1208 Station Plaza, Hewlett
  • The Sweet Peace Specialty Cakes owned by Allison Shapiro Winterton, 26A Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook
  • Sweet & Savory Café owned by Antoinette Burrows, 821 Merrick Road, Baldwin
  • Villa Maria owned by Maria Zaino, 81 Main Street, East Rockaway
  • Tap to Pointe Dance Center, Inc. owned by Sara DeGennaro, 75 Church Street, Malverne
  • Renewable Recycling Inc. owned by Christine Kiourtsis, 3419 Hampton Road, Oceanside


“In celebration of all women who have forged a path for future generations of women, I am honored to spotlight these exceptional women business owners,” concluded D’Esposito. “Their businesses serve as great models for our next generation of entrepreneurs.” For more information on Councilman D’Esposito’s tour, please visit his Facebook page and his Twitter account @ANTHONYDESPO.


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Hempstead Town Pulls the Plug on Unlicensed Plumbers Working Off Others’ Licenses

Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and members of the Town Board  announced that they would be proposing new legislation that would dissuade master plumbers from sharing their licenses with those who have not gone through the Town’s vigorous testing process. Councilwoman King Sweeney was joined at the announcement by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Ed Ambrosino and Councilman Dennis Dunne as well as Town of Hempstead Building Department Commissioner John Rottkamp, Art Gipson, business agent of Local 200 Plumbers Union, along with members of Local 200, and Joseph Cornetta, Long Island Chapter President of the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Association and members of the PHCC.


“Just as you wouldn’t go to a doctor who doesn’t have his or her medical license, you shouldn’t use a plumber who doesn’t have a valid plumbing license,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “They may have a general idea of what they are doing but they can do shoddy work without fear of losing their license. Our proposal will prevent this by imposing severe repercussions on master plumbers who share their licenses.”


The new legislation would penalize the master plumber who signs off on plumbing work they have not completed. The Town has become aware of situations where a plumber who is not licensed with the Town of Hempstead, or who does not work for a plumber who is, would have a licensed master plumber put their name on a permit. The master plumber would then meet the Town’s plumbing inspector at the site as though they completed the work. Under this new legislation, a master plumber who helps perpetrate this type of fraud would now be subject to license suspension or revocation by the building commissioner. This suspension or revocation would be after a hearing of the Plumbers Examining Board, where the board determines the charges are legitimate. In addition to the license suspension or revocation, the building commissioner may also impose civil penalties of at least $3,000 per offense.


“By creating this legislation, we are now taking away the financial incentive of a master plumber to share their license and instead making it a real risk,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.


In order to receive a master plumbers license in the Town of Hempstead, the applicant must pass a test which they are only eligible to take after they have worked under a licensed plumber for at least seven years. The test is comprised of three parts, including a practical portion, in which members of the plumbers examining board watch them complete certain tasks.


Plumbers who are not licensed may not have the same abilities as those who are licensed and have been tested. In addition, they may use inferior materials, are not insured and may take shortcuts to get the job done.


“We want to be sure that if a plumber is doing work on your home, they know what they are doing,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne.


“Additionally, if an unlicensed plumber gets hurt on your property or does damage to your property while working, you as the homeowner may be liable because they do not have the proper insurance coverage,” noted Councilman Ambrosino.


There are currently 760 licensed plumbers in the Town of Hempstead who meet all the criteria set by Town Code.


“Professions requiring a license include teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses and also plumbers. Under no circumstance is it acceptable to lend a license regardless of profession. As the plumber protects the health of the Nation we should all thank Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and the Town of Hempstead for taking these safety measures,” said Art Gipson, Business Agent for Plumber’s Local Union #200.


“The Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Long Island and plumber’s unions are united with Councilwoman King Sweeny to fix this problem of unscrupulous contractors and plumbers who have been “lending out” their licenses to unqualified, underqualified or improperly licensed individuals, putting homeowners, property owners, and commercial buildings at risk. This proposed bill is a very important step toward resolving this issue, here in the Town of Hempstead. We believe that, once passed, it will be the model and the standard that will be adopted by towns and villages across Nassau and Suffolk counties,” said Joseph Cornetta, President, Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Long Island.


Councilwoman King Sweeney announced that on March 6th the board would call the hearing to consider this new legislation on April 10th.


“This is truly a public safety issue,” concluded Councilwoman King Sweeney. “We have safety regulations in place for plumbers for a reason and we want to be sure our residents are protected by these guidelines. This legislation will do that.”


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Councilman D’Esposito Decries Hate Graffiti

Joins with Jewish Leaders and Police Department to Seek Public’s Help


Councilman Anthony D’Esposito was joined by local Jewish leaders, members of the Oceanside Jewish War Veterans and an Oceanside homeowner who was the victim of hate graffiti, as he called for the public’s help in tracking down the vandal.


On Wednesday, February 21st, a homeowner came out of a Lincoln Avenue home to discover a swastika spray painted on the sidewalk, according to police reports.


“Graffiti on its own is a huge problem here on Long Island, but the graffiti that was found in Oceanside yesterday is criminal,” said D’Esposito. “Our township is home to many World War II veterans and others who endured the horror of Nazi death camps. Swastikas have no place in a free, democratic society.”


The Councilman asked anyone who had any information about the graffiti to please contact the Nassau County Police Department and report it. “I am imploring the public to please share any tips you may have,” added D’Esposito. “Do not try to protect this person. They need to understand that this type of hate speech is not a joke. It is completely unacceptable.”


Police asked anyone with information about the graffiti to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-8477. All calls will remain confidential.


“There is no place for hatred and bigotry of this sort in our Township,” concluded D’Esposito.


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Clavin & Council Members Fight to Protect Cold War Veterans Exemption

Receiver Crafts Legislation, Proposes Permanent Property Tax Break


As the clock ticks on a key property tax break for Cold War-era veterans, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., along with the Hempstead Town Board’s other councilmembers, have announced their support for a measure that would extend the important exemption for these heroic homeowners living in America’s largest township. Clavin crafted the legislation, which would eliminate a 10-year “sunset” clause for the exemption, and make permanent the property tax break for Cold War-era veterans. Clavin asked for King Sweeney and Dunne to sponsor the bill at an upcoming Town Board meeting. Also joining Clavin at a press conference on the proposal were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.


Clavin and the councilmembers joined with local veterans at the Levittown VFW Post No. 9592 to voice their support for the legislation that would eliminate the 10-year “sunset” provision that applies to the Cold War Veteran property tax break, which provides for up to a 15 percent reduction for eligible recipients.


New York State law had limited the Cold War Veterans Exemption to 10 years, until Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation authorizing local jurisdictions to grant the exemption permanently as long as the veteran or the unremarried surviving spouse remains a homeowner. Currently, there are 1,500 recipients of the Cold War Veterans Exemption in the Town of Hempstead.


“When it comes to showing our appreciation for American heroes, there is no expiration date,” Clavin said. “That’s why it’s crucial that our Town Board acts now to protect this key property tax break for homeowners who bravely served our nation during the Cold War era.”


“The veterans of the Cold War era are heroes who protected our nation during a critical period in our nation’s history,” King Sweeney said. “We want them to know that their efforts are not forgotten in Hempstead Town, and we’re here today to give our support to protecting this well-deserved tax break.”


In addition to his “call of duty” as town councilman, Dunne is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served during the Vietnam War. He also serves as president of the Levittown/Island Trees Veterans Council.


“Our Cold War veterans deserve to be treated with the same respect as those who served in other major American military operations,” Dunne said. “By providing them with this important exemption, we’re saluting our township’s brave men and women for protecting our nation and our freedoms during the Cold War.”


The Cold War Veterans Exemption was originally passed by the Town of Hempstead in April of 2008. Without legislation to extend the property tax break, recipients of the Cold War Veterans Tax exemption would lose it after a 10-year period.


“Our veterans deserve every benefit that we can afford them in recognition of their selfless service to our nation,” said Goosby. Added Ambrosino, “My dad was a proud veteran, and this legislation would pay tribute to his memory while providing real tax relief to our veteran homeowners.”


“I am devoted to all of our veterans who, just like my dad, put the safety and freedom of our residents ahead of their own safety,” stated Blakeman. “When it comes to supporting our veterans and providing them with important tax benefits, I will always be a strong and vocal advocate,” added D’Esposito.


Veterans who could be eligible for the tax break include those who served in active military, naval or air service of the United States between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991 and their surviving spouses who have not remarried and maintain their primary residences within the Town of Hempstead.


For full eligibility requirements and an application, call the Nassau County Department of Assessment at (516) 571-1500. Applications and instructions can also be attained at the Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes webpage at


“Look forward to permanently enacting this critically important exemption, with all of my colleagues, for Cold War era veterans who own a home,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us – as a town – to serve our veterans, just as they have served our nation.”


King Sweeney and Dunne announced that they will present the legislation at the next Town Board meeting on February 20th and call for a vote on a public hearing to be scheduled for the March 6th session.


“We are keeping our Cold War-era veterans in mind as many are struggling to make ends meet while maintaining their lives and homes here on Long Island,” King Sweeney said. “I want to thank our Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin for being proactive and presenting this critical piece of legislation to assist our Cold War veterans who live in the Town of Hempstead,” Dunne added.


“I’m proud to be joined today by our veterans to announce this important legislation to extend an important benefit to hundreds of Cold War veterans across America’s largest township,” Clavin said. “I am confident our Town Board will support this crucial bill that could make permanent this property tax exemption for our veterans.”


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Clavin Helps Residents Who Prepaid 2018 Property Taxes Avoid Getting Double Billed by Their Mortgage Company

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin is urging residents who prepaid their 2018 property taxes and normally pay through mortgage escrow accounts to contact their mortgage servicer immediately to assure that their accounts are reconciled and up to date to reflect the most recent tax payments. Most importantly, Clavin pressed homeowners to act in order to make sure that they are not double billed or impacted by costly bank errors.


The Receiver explained that residents who notify their mortgage providers about their tax prepayment will learn how to ensure that their accounts and monthly payments are accurate and up to date, while protecting themselves from the prospect of being overbilled or making unnecessary payments.


“If you contact your mortgage provider as soon as possible to inform them of your tax prepayment, you’re doing yourself a favor by preventing potential issues such as double billing or other errors related to your account,” Clavin said. “By taking the initiative to reconcile your account with your financial institution, you will save yourself headaches down the road.”


Nearly 10,000 residents rushed to the Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes office to prepay their property taxes before December 31, 2017. When the Governor’s Executive Order – issued the Friday before Christmas Day – directed localities to accommodate the prepayment of 2018 property taxes, taxpayers had very little time to act. The Governor’s Order was issued in response to the overhaul of the federal tax code, which imposes a $10,000 cap on the deduction of property taxes and other expenses starting in 2018. By prepaying April 2018 school taxes and/or 2018 general taxes by December 31, 2017, people could potentially deduct the payments from their 2017 tax returns (property owners must meet eligibility requirements).


Clavin responded to the Governor’s Order by opening the office for extended and weekend hours through December 31st. The Receiver continually urged residents to consult with their tax professionals before prepaying taxes. Clavin also encouraged taxpayers with mortgage escrow accounts to inform their banks or financial institutions about the prepayment, and is now urging them to act immediately if they have not yet done so.


For residents who do contact their mortgage servicers, Clavin urges them to have their tax payment receipts handy, along with a recent mortgage statement if available. The Receiver also noted that each bank or financial institution will differ in their verification methods, likely requesting a copy of your tax payment receipt. Once banks verify tax prepayments, they may deal with the issue in a variety of ways, which can include an adjustment of monthly payments or escrow accounts, depending on the financial institution.


“Be sure to have your tax receipt and mortgage documentation on hand when you call to prevent any misunderstanding or delays,” Clavin added. “Do not rely on the advice of friends or family, you must speak with your mortgage servicer directly because they all have different standards and regulations.”


Clavin offered valuable information for homeowners who experience difficulty in dealing with their bank or mortgage holder. Specifically, those residents who are not satisfied with their lender’s efforts with respect to reconciling property tax prepayments with monthly mortgage amounts or escrow accounts, should contact the New York State Department of Financial Services at (800) 342-3736. The department’s website can be found at


The Receiver also offered a helpful checklist for those homeowners who prepaid their 2018 property taxes and want to reconcile accounts with their mortgage holder:


Call your bank NOW!

Have your property tax receipt handy.

Have a recent mortgage statement in hand when calling your bank.

Have your bank respond in writing to your inquiry so you have a permanent record.

Reconcile your prepayment with bank records to ensure accuracy.

Have concerns? Call the NYS Department of Financial Services at (800) 342-3736.


Those who prepaid their taxes in late December were issued a temporary tax receipt, and should be receiving a regular receipt via mail in the coming days and weeks. While the Receiver of Taxes Office cannot answer questions related to mortgages or escrow payments, the staff is available to assist regarding your payment of school and general taxes by calling (516) 538-1500 or by visiting the tax office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead) during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).


“It would be fair to assume that your bank will not be contacting you anytime soon other than to sell you a product or service, and the last thing I want to see is a taxpayer struggling to pay bills due to a bank’s clerical errors or a lack of communication,” Clavin said. “Make a New Year’s resolution and save some stress by picking up a phone with your tax receipt in hand and contact your mortgage provider today.”


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Pay April 2018 School Taxes Now and Deduct Taxes on 2017 Return

Coping with the Federal Tax Code Overhaul, Clavin Urges Homeowners to Pay April 2018 School Taxes Now and Deduct Taxes on 2017 Return


As Congress wrestles with a major overhaul of the Federal Tax Code, which may eliminate or cap deductions for expenses such as property taxes, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin is urging property owners to expedite certain property tax payments in order to take advantage of property tax deductions before a new tax code is enacted. In specific, homeowners who pay their second half school taxes before January 1, 2018 may be eligible to deduct the payment for federal income tax purposes on their 2017 returns. The second half taxes are due on April 1, 2018; however, if property owners wait until the due date to make payments, they will likely not be able to deduct the full amount of property taxes under the federal tax code being hammered out in Washington. Also joining Clavin at today’s press conference were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilmembers Ed Ambrosino, Bruce Blakeman, Erin King Sweeney, Anthony D’Esposito and Dennis Dunne, Sr.


“The proposed federal tax overhaul will adversely impact many people in our area, and I am focused on finding any possible way to help local taxpayers,” said Clavin. “Many homeowners may be able to take deductions on their school taxes that are due in April of 2018 by paying them by December 31st of this year.”


School taxes are collected twice each year, once in October and again in April. Some homeowners have called Clavin’s office, expressing an interest in paying the April school property taxes prior to the end of this year in order to be able to deduct the payment. Clavin has consulted with tax professionals who indicate that property owners who fall below the Alternative Minimum Tax threshold may qualify to deduct their second half school tax payment on their 2017 income tax return if it is paid prior to the end of 2017. The Receiver did emphasize that individuals should consult with their tax professional to determine if they meet eligibility requirements.


“Don’t miss your opportunity to maximize your tax deductions,” said Clavin. “I urge homeowners to consult with their tax professionals to determine if they can reduce their income tax burden by paying their April school tax bill before December 31st of this year.”


“The new federal tax code could negatively impact our residents, and these valuable tips give our taxpayers one more opportunity to benefit from the current tax code before it expires,” Goosby said. “We encourage residents to consult their tax professionals to determine if it will be beneficial to pay school taxes before the end of this year,” Ambrosino added.


“Time is running out on the current federal tax code, and this is one way that our taxpayers could potentially benefit before it expires,” Blakeman said. “By paying your next tax bill by December 31st, you could deduct a portion of your property taxes that may not be deductible under the new federal tax code,” King Sweeney said.


While many taxpayers may elect to pay their second half school taxes (April school taxes) in the 2017 year, property owners will NOT be able to pay their 2018 general property taxes prior to the January 1, 2018 due date. In specific, Nassau County’s Administrative Code expressly prohibits the payment of general taxes in the year prior to the one in which they are due. The County’s Administrative Code states (in part) that general taxes “…shall be due and payable on the first day of January, and the remaining and final one-half of such taxes on real estate shall be due and payable on the first day of July…”


Clavin has staff prepared to answer questions about hours of operation, payment locations, payment options (cash, e-Check, credit card, check) and other issues related to the early payment of second half school taxes (staff will not be able to advise property owners on income tax questions, including eligibility for deductions).”


“Our knowledgeable Receiver of Taxes office staff is prepared and ready to accept school property tax payments before the New Year for neighbors who want to deduct them on their 2017 tax returns,” D’Esposito said. “Take this advice, speak with your tax professional, and consider paying your school bill by December 31st to benefit from the current tax code before it’s replaced by new regulations,” Dunne added.


“Now is the time to consider your options when it comes to making an early payment of your April 2018 school taxes,” concluded Clavin. “Speak to your tax professional today to determine if you are eligible to make an early payment of second half school taxes or any other possible payments, and deduct the amount on your 2017 income taxes.”


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Clavin Warns Residents: Challenge Assessments or Risk Tax Increases to Pay for Neighbor’s Assessment Reductions

If you have not regularly challenged your assessments, your taxes have likely increased to pay for the assessment reductions of homeowners who have successfully grieved their assessments. In fact, a recent Newsday report cited a $1.7 billion shift in taxes from property owners who won assessment challenges filed since the county’s assessment overhaul began in 2010 to those who did not successfully challenge their assessments. In response to this unfair shift in the property tax burden, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin is holding 20 taxpayer forums focused on helping homeowners to challenge their property tax assessments.


“Nassau County, not the Town of Hempstead, sets your property tax assessments,” stated Clavin. “But, we can help homeowners avoid becoming victims of the county’s unfair and inequitable assessment system by educating property owners on the importance of challenging assessments routinely. What’s more, I am hosting 20 taxpayer seminars focused on demonstrating precisely how property owners may go about challenging their assessments.”


Earlier this year, a Newsday report uncovered unequal treatment among those who challenged their property tax assessments regularly in Nassau and those who did not. Further, the report even uncovered disparate treatment among those who did challenge on an ongoing basis. In fact, some homes that were the subject of regular challenges were deemed ineligible for what amounted to assessment reductions of 5 to 9 percent annually under the county’s “Carry Forward” provision. Unfortunately, the criteria of eligibility appear to change frequently, and the changes have not been shared with the public.


If your home is deemed ineligible, it will receive a new appraisal and a valuation readjustment that takes into account the neighborhood’s real estate market. Since most Long Island neighborhoods have been increasing in value, the new valuation is often higher, resulting in the same percent reduction from a higher price. By not challenging your home’s assessment, Nassau County will continue to take advantage of uninformed homeowners.


“Remember, your assessment can only be lowered as the result of a challenge, it can never be raised,” said Clavin.


“A few things are abundantly clear when it comes to Nassau’s assessment system,” announced Clavin. “The system is broken, it is rife with inequity, and many homeowners have been penalized with higher taxes to pay for the assessment reductions of neighbors who have challenged their assessments. One more thing is clear…Nassau has been secretive about the eligibility criteria for the ‘Carry Forward’ of assessment reductions, resulting in tax inequity even among those who have challenged assessments.”


Clavin noted that Nassau County’s broken assessment system makes it more important than ever for homeowners to challenge their assessments every year. He indicated that while challenging your assessment every year will not correct the underlying inequities in the system or guarantee a fair valuation, it is the best protection available when it comes to protecting your home from over assessment and property owners from unwarranted property tax increases.


“While Nassau’s inequitable assessment system needs a genuine overhaul based upon regularly updated market based valuations, homeowners need to take steps to protect themselves, to the extent possible, through challenging their property tax assessments each and every year,” said Clavin. “I encourage residents to attend one of my taxpayer forums to learn how to grieve their taxes.”


The free taxpayer forums have a strong focus on sharing “how to” information on challenging assessments. Outlining a step-by-step process on filing the grievance, the seminars will also offer information on property tax exemptions and other important information for property owners.


The Receiver of Taxes will be holding free taxpayer forums at the following locations:


· December 5 – 12:15 PM, Garden City Public Library, 60 Seventh St., Garden City

· December 7 – 7 PM, Valley Stream Village Hall, 123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream

· January 4 – 1 PM, Wantagh Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh

· January 8 – 2 PM, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont

· January 8 – 7 PM, Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside

· January 10 – 7 PM, Malverne Public Library, 61 St. Thomas Pl. Malverne

· January 12 – 1 PM, Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick

· January 16 – 7 PM, Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Ave., Floral Park

· January 18 – 7 PM, Levittown Library, 1 Blue Grass Lane, Levittown

· January 22 – 7 PM, Garden City Public Library, 60 Seventh St., Garden City

· January 25 – 7 PM, Island Park Library, 176 Long Beach Rd., Island Park

· January 26 – 2 PM, Oceanside Public Library, 390 Davison Ave., Oceanside

· January 30 – 7 PM, Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin

· January 31 – 6:30 PM, Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport

· February 1 – 7 PM, Bellmore Public Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore

· February 5 – 1 PM, East Meadow Public Library, 1186 Front St., East Meadow

· February 6 – 2 PM, Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin

· February 8 – 7 PM, Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead

· February 9, 1 PM, Bellmore Public Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore

· February 13 – 2 PM, Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square

· February 15 – 1 PM & 7 PM, West Hempstead Library, 500 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead


“Nassau County’s property tax assessment system is flawed and out of control,” concluded Clavin. “It is time to take action by informing our residents on how they can fight back. Come on down to one of my free taxpayer forums, together we can take steps to protect ourselves from being victimized by unwarranted tax increases that are the result of an inequitable assessment system.”


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