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Additional Assessment Relief Authorized for Sandy Victims

Legislation has been adopted to authorize assessment relief for nearly 3,000 properties impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The Town of Hempstead is now a “participating municipality” in the Superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act, a New York State program, which provides assessment relief for residents whose homes suffered at least 50 percent damage.

The town has also exercised a local option, which will authorize assessment relief for 2,927 properties located in Hempstead Town that have at least 10 percent damage, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This legislation is retroactive to the day prior to Superstorm Sandy (Oct. 28, 2012).

“Our residents who were slammed by Sandy have already suffered enough as a result of the damage from the storm,” Town Supervisor Kate Murray said. “They should not have to now pay full taxes on homes in which they are unable to live or whose values have been significantly decreased as a result of the Superstorm.”

The TOH does not assess the property...that's done by Nassau County. Accordingly, any loss in a home’s value would be determined by the County Assessor. Residents who believe their homes have decreased in value as a result of Hurricane Sandy damage must complete the form by clicking here.

The deadline for making a formal written request to the Nassau County Assessor for assessment adjustment is Jan. 21, 2014.


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