The two Democrats running for Town Board said Monday that the town should amend a property tax exemption to support recruiting efforts at fire departments and ambulance squads.
A law passed by the State Legislature cuts the number of years volunteers must serve to qualify for a 10 percent property tax reduction, from five years to two.
In recent years, fire departments and ambulance squads have reported increasing difficulty recruiting volunteers.
The State Department of Taxation and Finance says, “It is important to note that, if your taxing jurisdiction has been offering a similar exemption for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers under one of the pre-existing statutes (i.e., current RPTL § 466-a through § 466-k), it must adopt a local law, ordinance or resolution to conform to the new Statewide exemption statute no later than December 9, 2025 (i.e., three years from the effective date of Chapter 670; see subdivision 8 of the newly-enacted § 466-a). On that date, all of the “old” exemption statutes will be repealed.”
Don McKay and Jen Hebert say the town must act.
“The law states municipalities have roughly three years to enact an amendment,” Don McKay said. “Let’s get this done as soon as possible to assist our dedicated volunteers.”
Republicans Collecting Flags
The Huntington Republican Committee is inviting town residents to bring their retired American flags to the Huntington GOP office, located at 690 New York Avenue in Huntington. Flag collection began Monday and will continue until July 1.
Flags that have been worn out, frayed, torn or soiled can be placed in a dropoff bin at the Huntington GOP office. According to the U.S. Flag Code, when the flag is “in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display,” it is recommended that the flag be “destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
Wine and Cheese Reception
Republican Town Board candidate Brooke Lupinacci will be honored with a wine and cheese backyard reception May 19.
Democrat Jen Hebert has her formal campaign kickoff Tuesday at Industry Lounge and Gallery.