Rozic Statement on New Law Expanding Homeowners’ Property Tax Exemption Benefits

July 26, 2017

Queens, NY – In response to the Governor signing into law legislation (A7463) that would raise the maximum income threshold for the Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE) and

Disability Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE) programs, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) issued the following statement:

“With housing costs in New York City steadily rising, I have fought every year in Albany to preserve and improve the rights of homeowners. I am glad to announce that legislation I co-sponsored that would expand SCHE and DHE benefits for senior and disabled homeowners has been signed into law. With the expansion of this benefit, I am confident that more of our seniors will be able to stay in the communities they have long called home.”

SCHE and DHE are property tax exemption programs for senior citizens and disabled New Yorkers who own one, two, or three family homes, condominiums, or cooperative apartments. The Rozic-backed bill raises the maximum annual income threshold from $37,400 to $58,400 and would apply to all applications received at the start of this year. The bill was signed into law on July 25, 2017 and will take effect immediately.

Rozic has long been vocal on the need to improve the City’s property tax system overall. Similar to events she has organized in the past, Rozic will soon host the City Department of Finance (DOF) in her Flushing district office for a series of office hours that would allow residents to connect directly with DOF staff on any questions or concerns. In the interim, residents who would like to enroll in either of the programs can call 212-291-HOME (4663) or Rozic’s office at 718-820-0241.