The devastation left by Hurricane Sandy has turned lives upside down in Hempstead Town and across the region. Hundreds of thousands remain without power, and many are looking to rebuild their homes destroyed by floods, downed trees and power lines. With the school property tax deadline approaching on November 13th, a number of struggling residents in America’s largest township have expressed concern about paying their taxes on time.
In light of these many life-changing events and the daunting challenges ahead, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin contacted Governor Andrew Cuomo to request an extension of the tax deadline from the November 13th date.
“Paying property taxes is unpleasant, but cleaning up from this catastrophe is tragic and heartbreaking,” Murray said. “On behalf of our residents, we are respectfully asking the Governor to extend the upcoming property tax deadline.”
“A property tax deadline within days of one of Long Island’s worst natural disasters is an oppressive burden for those who are facing some of the most serious challenges of their lives,” Clavin said. “We have been inundated with letters, e-mails and phone calls from taxpayers requesting an extension of the tax payment deadline.”
Supervisor Murray and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin also thanked Senator Kemp Hannon for approaching the Governor’s office in support of the tax deadline extension.
A number of taxpayers have relayed their concerns to the Receiver of Taxes’ office. One local resident was prepared to pay his taxes with a check in hand, but his financial institution was unresponsive to requests to transfer the proper funds for payment. Other residents have detailed their health and financial challenges. In fact, some taxpayers have been unable to return to their homes to access checkbooks and other financial records. Finally, one homeowner observed that the mailbox in which she deposited her payment was washed away in the storm.
“As Long Islanders clean up from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, many have a long road ahead as they rebuild their homes and restore normalcy to their lives,” Murray said. “We hope the Governor will respond to our request to give our residents a little more time to pay their taxes so they can get their lives back in order.”