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.