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12/10/2020 - Lupinacci, Suffolk Supervisors Urge Cuomo to Cut Red Tape for Senior/Disability Low Income Exemption Renewals

Huntington – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci issued a statement on a letter he, along with the Suffolk County Supervisors Association, sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 8 requesting an Executive Order creating an automatic renewal process to relieve the burden for taxpayers qualifying for the Senior/Disability Low Income Exemptions. 


Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci posted the letter to the governor and announced on social media: 


“This week, I joined with my fellow Suffolk County Supervisor colleagues in urging Governor Cuomo to intervene on behalf of municipalities cross the State to assist those most in need in the form of an Executive Order creating an automatic Senior/Disability Low Income Exemption renewal for this year before the deadline of March 1st, 2021. 


“Our seniors and disabled are bearing the brunt of the new status quo in the COVID-19 era. The last thing our vulnerable residents need to worry about is the red tape associated with renewing their Senior/Disability Low Income Exemptions. 


“An Executive Order from the Governor, granting a local option to dispense with the traditional renewal process and create an automatic renewal, would bring some real much-needed relief. A similar mechanism was successfully put in place for the Enhanced STAR Exemption after we requested it earlier this year, so the framework for such a change already exists. 


“We believe our plea represents a growing trend among municipalities and we hope that the Governor can sense the urgency regarding this matter. We deeply care about all those we serve, and we believe that this effort in some small way will help the entire State move forward.” 


Town of Huntington Assessor Lisa Leonick added, “The Assessors’ Office strives to make the exemption process as seamless as possible. Now, as we face these challenging times, we are even more driven to assist those that are highly compromised. We hope that the Governor will hear our voices.” 


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