Bill S6853-2009

Relates to requiring renewal notices for applications under the SCRIE program

Requires the appropriate rent control agency or administrative agency to send a notice of required renewal to each head of household currently receiving an exemption under the SCRIE program 90 days prior to the application renewal date.

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Actions

  • Jun 16, 2010: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 16, 2010: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 16, 2010: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 3, 2010: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 2, 2010: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 1, 2010: 1ST REPORT CAL.688
  • Mar 22, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 16, 2010: REFERRED TO AGING

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Aging - Mar 22, 2010
Ayes (10): Diaz, Oppenheimer, Kruger, Stavisky, Savino, Serrano, Addabbo, Golden, Flanagan, LaValle
Ayes W/R (2): Ranzenhofer, Farley

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S6853

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation to renewal notices for applications under the SCRIE program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To put in place a reminder mechanism for renewal for senior citizens enrolled in the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section 1 amends subdivision 4 of section 467-b of the real property tax law, as amended by chapter 651 of the laws of 1988 to require that the appropriate rent control agency or administrative agency shall send a notice of required renewal to each head of household receiving SCRIE via US Mail no less than 90 days prior to expiration.

Section 2 of the bill amends subdivision 4 of section 467-6 of the real property tax law, as amended by chapter 689 of the laws of 1972 to require that the appropriate rent control agency or administrative agency shall send a notice of required renewal to each head of household receiving SCRIE via US Mail no less than 90 days prior to expiration.

Section 3 provides for an effective date.

JUSTIFICATION : The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program provides much needed assistance to senior citizens in New York City by supplementing their Rent payments, thereby keeping them in their homes and out of nursing homes. When this program was initially instituted it was administered by the New York City Department for the Aging. The administration of the SCRIE program has been transferred to the Finance Department, which does not have the capacity to assist seniors in the application and renewal process for this program. As a result many recipients have missed their renewal deadlines and have been forced to endure reapplication processes and in some cases a suspension of benefits.

This bill is designed to make the renewal process simpler by putting in place a mechanism to remind eligible seniors to renew their benefits before they expire.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the State of New York.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect 90 days after it shall have become law: provided that the amendments to section 467-b of the real property tax law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such section pursuant to section 17 of chapter 576 of the laws of 1974, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6853 IN SENATE February 16, 2010 ___________
Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the real property tax law, in relation to renewal notices for applications under the SCRIE program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 467-b of the real property tax law, as amended by chapter 651 of the laws of 1988, is amended to read as follows: 4. The head of the household must apply every two years to the appro- priate rent control agency or administrative agency for a tax abatement certificate on a form prescribed by said agency. A tax abatement certif- icate setting forth an amount not in excess of the increase in maximum rent or legal regulated rent for the taxable period or such other amount as shall be determined under subdivision three of this section shall be issued by said agency to each head of the household who is found to be eligible under this section on or before the last date prescribed by law for the payment of the taxes or the first installment thereof of any municipal corporation which has granted an abatement of taxes. Copies of such certificate shall be issued to the owner of the real property containing the dwelling unit of the head of the household and to the collecting officer charged with the duty of collecting the taxes of each municipal corporation which has granted the abatement of taxes author- ized by this section. THE APPROPRIATE RENT CONTROL AGENCY OR ADMINIS- TRATIVE AGENCY SHALL SEND A NOTICE OF REQUIRED RENEWAL TO EACH HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD CURRENTLY RECEIVING AN EXEMPTION UNDER THIS SECTION VIA UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO THEIR PRIMARY RESIDENCE NO LESS THAN NINETY DAYS PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION RENEWAL DATE. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 467-b of the real property tax law, as added by chapter 689 of the laws of 1972, is amended to read as follows: 4. The head of the household must apply each year to the appropriate rent control agency for a tax abatement certificate on a form prescribed by said agency. A tax abatement certificate setting forth an amount not in excess of the increase in maximum rent for the taxable period shall
be issued by said agency to each head of the household who is found to be eligible under this section on or before the last date prescribed by law for the payment of the taxes or the first installment thereof of any city, town or village which has granted an abatement of taxes. Copies of such certificate shall be issued to the owner of the real property containing the dwelling unit of the head of the household and to the collecting officer charged with the duty of collecting the taxes of each city, town or village which has granted the abatement of taxes author- ized by this section. THE APPROPRIATE RENT CONTROL AGENCY OR ADMINIS- TRATIVE AGENCY SHALL SEND A NOTICE OF REQUIRED RENEWAL TO EACH HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD CURRENTLY RECEIVING AN EXEMPTION UNDER THIS SECTION VIA UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO THEIR PRIMARY RESIDENCE NO LESS THAN NINETY DAYS PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION RENEWAL DATE. S 3. This act shall take effect ninety days after it shall have become a law; provided that the amendments to section 467-b of the real proper- ty tax law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expi- ration and reversion of such section pursuant to section 17 of chapter 576 of the laws of 1974, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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