Tax Rally Set for Friday in Huntington; Town Notes Its Collection Role

A rally in Huntington to protest taxes planned for Friday has brought a response from town officials.

The group, Concerned Citizens of Huntington, planned the rally for Friday at noon at the site of the former Chase bank on Gerard and New York Avenue, which the town designated last week as site for drive-up payment of taxes. The town owns the lot, which plans to turn it into a municipal parking lot.

‘We will not watch the demise of our local economy through unfair taxation. We can’t survive if they can’t survive.” And “No revenue, no taxes due!” the group wrote on a poster promoting the rally.

The Town of Huntington describes its role as  ‘the vessel through which property taxes are collected, including those from other taxing districts, including fire, school, police and county taxes, which the Town does not control.”

The town noted in its response that in March and April, Supervisor Chad A.  Lupinacci and other town supervisors, in addition to Huntington colleagues, asked Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and County Executive Steve Bellone to extend the tax payment deadline to Aug.1 with no penalties but the local leaders say they have received no response other than a request to direct all residents to call the 311 hotline.

On the issue of reopening, it is not the Town of Huntington that closed businesses; that was the sole decision of the governor,” the town  wrote. “The town is looking forward to the reopening of our economy in a manner that does not contribute to the spread of the Coronavirus; that will take careful coordination between local businesses, the Town and other levels of government, in which the Town is already a proactive, willing and optimistic participant.”
 
Lupinacci has introduced a resolution for Tuesday’s Town Board meeting to create a Huntington Small Business Economic Recovery Task Force, comprised of local business leaders, to promote collaboration between Town government and small businesses to develop ideas that will help accelerate the local economic recovery.
 
Town officials noted that protesters “should have no problem” if they remain on the sidewalk by the lot and maintain social distancing protocols. No foot traffic is allowed in the lot.

 

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