Rozic Announces STAR Exemption Workshop

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

While many homeowners may be familiar with the basic School Tax Relief Program exemption, new legislation is
requiring all homeowners to re-register with the New York State Tax Dept. in order to receive the exemption going
forward.

To assist with this process, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Hillcrest) will host a workshop and registration drive on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from the State Dept. of Taxation and Finance and the City Dept. of Finance will be on hand for a brief presentation on the program.

Previously, homeowners who were registered for the STAR exemption did not have to re-register each year. The initial registration was all that was required. New legislation requires that all homeowners will have to do a one-time re-registration this year, in order to continue receiving the benefits for 2014 and onward.

The legislation is meant to cut down on rampant fraud in the system that could wind up costing millions of dollars.
The only ones who do not have to re-register are senior citizens who receive the Enhanced STAR exemption.

“With new registration procedures in place, I urge homeowners to learn the new requirements and register as quickly as possible – my office will be here to help with any questions,” Rozic said. “Protecting the STAR program from fraud allows these savings to continue to help families keep more money in their pockets.”

The workshop was announced at a homeowner town hall that Rozic held along with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens). City and State agencies, community groups and financial institutions made an appearance at the Armenian Church of Holy Martyrs in Bayside to answer questions from the local residents.

“I am glad that there are many agencies and their representatives to assist the community on these issues,” Michael Feiner, president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, said.

The workshop will take place at Rozic’s district office, located at 159-16 Union Tpke., Flushing. To RSVP, call (718) 820-0241 or email RozicN@assembly.state.nyc.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.