Legislation Sponsored by Goldfeder to Protect Seniors and Those with Disabilities Passes the Assembly

This legislation will enhance the property tax exemption program for seniors and the disabled
May 14, 2012
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced the Assembly passed several measures he sponsored to strengthen the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program and the Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program. Through these programs, eligible residents are exempt from rent increases and the owners of the apartments are given a credit toward their real estate taxes that would equal the rent increase they would have received from these tenants.

“Seniors and those with disabilities on fixed incomes often cannot afford rent hikes,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “By enhancing these programs, we can enable more New Yorkers to stay in their homes.”

Included in the package of bills that Assemblyman Goldfeder helped pass are measures that would:

  • require municipalities that have the SCRIE program to conduct outreach within the community to increase awareness and require municipal agencies operating the program to respond to applicants within a set time (A.9205);
  • require that forms and assistance be made available in community settings to applicants and participants who are eligible for the SCRIE program (A.9204);
  • require municipalities that have the SCRIE program to ensure that individuals who have difficulty speaking or understanding English would have a fair opportunity to participate in the SCRIE program (A.9213); and
  • require municipalities that have the SCRIE program to make sure that individuals receiving benefits under the Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program’s eligibility are transitioned to the SCRIE program seamlessly upon reaching the appropriate age (A.9223-A).

“This package of legislation helps notify and educate senior citizens and people with disabilities about the availability, benefits and requirements of the SCRIE and DRIE programs,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “These bills help ensure that applications are processed quickly, so that seniors and those in our community with disabilities can begin to save as soon as possible.”

Those interested in applying for either program can do so by calling my office at 718-945-9550 or emailing me at goldfederp@assembly.state.ny.us , Assemblyman Goldfeder added.