Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel Announces Legislation That Strengthens Programs for Seniors and the Disabled

May 9, 2012
Great Neck, New York – Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel announced that the New York State Assembly passed several measures she supported which will strengthen the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and the Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE). Both programs offer eligible tenants an exemption from rent increases and apartment owners credit against real estate taxes.

“Seniors and those with disabilities on fixed incomes cannot afford rent increases. This legislation will help our seniors and neighbors with disabilities stay in the communities that they love and that they’ve helped build,” said Assemblywoman Schimel.

Included in this legislation are measures that require municipalities that have the SCRIE program to conduct outreach, respond to applicants in a timely fashion, provide assistance in community settings, and ensure that individuals who have difficulty speaking or understanding English have a fair opportunity to participate in the program. Moreover, it requires that individuals receiving benefits under the DRIE program are seamlessly transitioned to the SCRIE program upon reaching the 62 years of age.