Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today joined with Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto in announcing plans to allow property owners victimized by Superstorm Sandy to receive a property tax refund or credit.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau County will adjust, retroactively, any property tax assessment to account for losses in value due to Superstorm Sandy. For those homeowners who were devastated by the storm and are still struggling to restore their homes, this necessary property tax relief measure is long overdue.”
County Executive Mangano lobbied for the bill and is grateful Governor Cuomo took the initiative to protect taxpayers and municipalities. On October 22nd, Governor Cuomo signed a “Superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act” which allows counties to “opt-in” to this program. Homeowners who filed a “Property Damage Review Form” with the 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).
“Many south shore neighbors were devastated by Hurricane Sandy,” stated Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “I want to thank County Executive Ed Mangano for championing state legislation that will provide property tax relief to homeowners whose houses were devastated by the Superstorm. By reducing the tax burdens of those who own storm-damaged houses, we are helping them to focus on the difficult task of rebuilding their houses and their lives.”
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.
“I am proud to stand with my allies in government in announcing this new measure which will help those residents still working to seek much-needed relief as they rebuild their homes,” Supervisor Venditto said. “The Town of Oyster Bay has been committed to doing everything within our power to help those homeowners impacted by Sandy and we understand the hardship so many of our residents have experienced. This new legislation greatly echoes that effort.”
Superstorm Sandy-affected homeowners are urged to contact the Department of Assessment immediately at (516) 571-1500 to ensure that they are registered for and will receive the property tax relief that they deserve.