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1/14/2021 - Lupinacci’s Automatic 2021 Renewal Process for Senior/Disability Low Income Exemptions Passes

The Huntington Town Board held its January 12, 2021 meeting remotely and broadcast meeting audio and video live, establishing the automatic renewal of the Senior/Disability Low Income Exemptions for 2021 and applying for $25 billion in grant funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. 

 

The Town Board established procedures allowing the automatic renewal of the Senior/Disability Low Income Exemptions for applicants who received these real property tax exemptions in 2020; those who received the exemption in 2020 will receive the same exemption in 2021 automatically without an application, as long as their eligibility for these exemptions is maintained. 

 

“We are thankful the State heard our pleas to allow the Town to create this automatic renewal process for the Senior/Disability Low Income Exemptions in 2021, eliminating the burdensome, in-person renewal process for our most vulnerable residents,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. 

 

In early December 2020, Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci joined with his fellow Suffolk County Supervisor colleagues in urging Governor Cuomo to intervene on behalf of municipalities across the State to assist those most in need allowing for the creation of an automatic renewal process for Senior/Disability Low Income Exemptions for 2021. The New York State COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020, enacted on December 28, 2020, provided for the renewal of such exemptions. 

 

If the applicant believes their income has changed, making them eligible for a greater benefit, they can request a new application from the Assessor, which will not be required to be filed in person. Applicants may call the Assessor’s Office at (631) 351-3226 or email AssessorInfo@huntingtonny.gov to request a new application, which can also be downloaded on the Town website at huntingtonny.gov/tax-exemptions

 

The Assessor may require a renewal application to be filed if she has reason to believe that an owner who qualified in 2020 may have since changed his or her primary residence, added another owner to the deed, transferred the property to a new owner, or died. 

 

The Town Board also authorized the Supervisor to apply for and receive grant funding from the recently announced Emergency Rental Assistance Program from the United States Department of the Treasury; the Town of Huntington is eligible, as a government with a population over 200,000, to apply for $25 billion in available grant funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to assist those who are unable to pay their rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The Town Board scheduled public hearings for the Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM to consider: 

 

  • Authorizing various actions be taken upon certain properties designated as blighted in accordance with Chapter 156, Article VII, §156-60 (Blighted Property). 
  • Authorizing the Supervisor to execute license agreements with various sports related organizations for the use of Town facilities. 
  • The increase and improvement of facilities of the Dix Hills Water District, in the Town of Huntington, in the County of Suffolk, New York, pursuant to Section 202-b of the Town Law, consisting of construction and implementation of wellhead treatment improvements for Well No. 5-1, at the estimated maximum cost of $6,000,000. 

 

In other action, the Town Board: 

 

  • Authorized the Town to apply for grant funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to hire an architect qualified in historic preservation to prepare a plan to guide a historically sensitive restoration of the Peter Crippen House on a new site.  
  • Authorized the installation of four art panels on the Heckscher Park fence, by Michael Bartalos who was selected by the Public Arts Advisory Committee, for a project funded last January (2020) with $30,000 in EOSPA Park Improvement funds and an additional $3,600 to be secured from the privately-funded Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute, Inc. 
  • Amended the Affordable Housing code to prohibit Town of Huntington Community Development Agency (CDA) employees and certain Town Employees involved in any decisions related to developments for which Affordable Housing Lotteries are conducted, from participating in the Affordable Housing Lotteries administered by the CDA. 
  • Enacted parking restrictions and prohibited turns to ensure traffic safety for students, drivers and pedestrians on Laurel Hill Road in Northport as a result of lengthy work in coordination with Northport High School officials. 
  • Authorized the Supervisor to team with Ecogy Energy (Prime Applicant), Brookhaven National Lab, Stony Brook University and Pacific Northwest National Lab to apply for Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Connected Communities (CC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) committing the Town of Huntington Community Microgrid Facilities to be used as a Connected Communities Demonstration Project. 
  • Approved the issuance of a Certificate of Approval in a Historic District for 400 Park Avenue, Huntington in the Old Huntington Green Historic District: the application involves a large vacant parcel of land on the corner of intersecting thoroughfares, Main Street and Park Avenue, and the proposed building and use of the land are legally permitted in the district; the proposed building, with proposed features such as gable roofs, separated (non-single paned) windows, brick chimneys being the tallest points, and aspects with different heights and setbacks from the street reducing the appearance of size, is compatible with the special character and the architectural, engineering, cultural, historic and aesthetic interest and value of the property and the surrounding historic district; the proposed building is appropriate to the property, surrounding properties and neighborhood in terms of design, character and scale, and is visually compatible with the other buildings in the immediate neighborhood, utilizing textures, materials and colors of the facade and roof as to be in proportion and harmonious with other buildings in the vicinity; the architecture is compatible with that of the historical period, and the current plans meet the condition contained in Town Board Resolution 2018-424, that the architecture of any proposed buildings appear residential in nature. 
  • Appointed Michelle K. McCarthy, Esq. of Huntington Station, as a member of the Board of Ethics; McCarthy is a Senior Staff Attorney for the Suffolk County Legal Aid Society's Children's Law Bureau, prior to that she served as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society's District Court Bureau; McCarthy's community involvement includes her service on the Cohalan Cares Advisory Board, Secretary of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 4, Huntington, and as a Trustee of the Huntington Lawyers Club. 
  • Reappointed John Posillico as Chairperson and appointed Richard McGrath as Vice Chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) through December 31, 2021. 
  • Reappointed Paul Ehrlich as Chairperson and Robert J. Bontempi, Jr. as Vice Chairperson of the Planning Board through December 31, 2021. 
  • Reappointed Ken Christensen and Lourdes Pena (terms exp. 2023) and appointed David Pinkowitz (term exp. 2022) as members of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board. 

 

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