Westchester Council of Legislators extends property tax exemption for elderly and disabled

County Legislator David Tubiolo, with seniors

Raises the maximum income limit to improve homeowner affordability

The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted unanimously to enact the Senior
Citizens and Disabled Home Owner’s Tax Exemption at their meeting held on Monday evening.
The new law expands income eligibility for property tax exemptions by increasing the maximum annual household limit from $29,000 to $50,000.

Amendment to current local law is direct result of series of tax relief bills signed by Governor
Kathy Hochul on August 8, 2022, allowing local municipalities to raise eligibility criteria
(S.3085A/A.3956A). Eligibility for this exemption is limited to property owners in Westchester County who are
either a disabled person or a person aged 65 or over. The purpose of the law is to allow
more residents the opportunity to age in place within their current communities, especially for those with a fixed job
incomes, maintaining affordability during a period of record inflation.

Legislator Vedat Gashi, chairman of the budget and appropriations committee and lead sponsor of the bill,
said: “We wasted no time in signing up for the new tax exemption guidelines as it is our duty to help as many people as possible. With this expansion, previously excluded people will for the first time be able to
benefit from this tax relief and not have to worry about losing their loved one’s prize
quarters.”

Lawmaker David Tubiolo said: “Our seniors have worked their whole lives without asking too much. All
they always wanted was the opportunity to support their families and contribute to their communities. We need to do our part to look after our seniors in return and make sure they get all the support they need to make Westchester their forever home.

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