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MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 11, 2013:
SENATOR O’BRIEN STANDS UP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS’ TAX RELIEF
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Yesterday, Senator Ted O’Brien continued his advocacy on behalf of seniors and taxpayers, voting for legislation that will simplify and shorten the renewal application for senior citizens already receiving a School Tax Assessment Relief (STAR) tax exemption. “The STAR exemption is vital to reducing the property tax burden on the middle class and enabling our seniors to stay in their homes,” Senator O'Brien said. “Seniors who have already qualified for STAR should not be forced to once again go through the complex, burdensome application process. I am proud to support this legislation to make property tax relief more accessible to the seniors of the 55th Senate District and throughout New York State.” Senate bill S.2937 will now require the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to prepare a simplified, shortform STAR application for senior citizens. This bill will eliminate the lengthy process that many property owners go through each year even though their household’s eligibility information remains the same. Among the many positive effects of the bill is that the time saved on excessive paperwork will also reduce costs for the state. -30Sen. O’Brien represents the 55th district in the Senate, which is made up of the eastern half of Monroe County and the western half of Ontario County, including much of the city of Rochester. Media contact: Thomas J. Morrisey Communications Director office: (585) 218-0034 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org