From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall


February 19, 2017


I would like to highlight an issue that may affect many residents: tax exemption status. It is that time of year again, time for exemption renewals to be sent out. The assessment office is sending out renewal applications to all enhanced STAR applicants from prior years, as well as applicants of the RPTL 467 senior exemptions. These applications are being sent out with instruction information and all required dates. Deadline applications are due on or before May 1, 2018. Additionally, May 1 is what is known as Taxable Status Date, which requires all exemption applications to be submitted as well as any demolitions of real estate to be completed to valuation changes. The assessment office asks that all renewals are carefully reviewed and that all required documents be submitted in a timely manner to avoid a loss of eligibility.


Exemptions offer modest to significant relief from real estate taxes.  Enhanced STAR and Basic STAR offer relief on school taxes, whereas a Veterans exemption offers relief from General Town and County taxes and in some cases, school taxes. The Senior 467 Exemption is the most comprehensive and can offer a sliding scale reduction based on income of up to 50% from all forms of real estate taxes.


As with all applications for exemption from taxes, there are rules.  All Senior exemptions require proof of age, and an income component, with amounts varying based on the application provided. The Enhanced STAR income total is $86,000 based on 2016 Federal Income Tax returns.  The Senior 467 exemption is $37,399 based on 2017 income data. This exemption is based on gross income from all sources and not net income, IE: social security income counts.


New homeowners, or those seeking STAR for the first time, must now apply to the state at or call (518) 457-2036. The Harrison Assessors Office is available for questions, Monday to Friday from 9AM to 5PM.  The office can be reached by calling (914) 670-3060.  No applications will be accepted unless complete, as audits by the State of New York have become commonplace.


Congratulations to the Harrison High School Girls Varsity Basketball team. The team captured the League Championship, for the first time in school history, and has advanced to the Section 1 Class A Quarterfinal game. Good luck to the players and coaches and I urge our community to come out and support the team. The Quarterfinal game will be played at HOME on Thursday, February 22 at 5pm against Nanuet. 


The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, February March 2nd. I will be at Emilio’s Ristorante located at 1 Colonial Place in Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.