Addabbo Sponsors Senior Bills
City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., has called on Governor George Pataki to sign into law two bills recently passed by the state legislature that would allow the city to increase the income eligibility levels for the Senior Citizens Homeowners Exemption (SCHE) program and decrease the required proportion of income to be paid toward rent for residents of rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments.
Council Resolution No. 984 cosponsored by Addabbo and passed by the Council supports and calls on the governor to sign legislative bills A. 8930 and S. 5592 passed by the senate and assembly which would increase the SCHE income eligibility levels by $2,500 from an annual household income of $21,500 to $24,000.
Under the bills passed a senior citizen with an annual income of $24,000 or less would qualify for the maximum tax exemption of 50%. Households with incomes over $24,000 and under $32,400 would qualify for exemptions of between 5 and 45 percent.
The Councilman said that raising the annual income qualification levels for SCHE would ease the burden of property taxes for a greater number of senior beneficiaries and raising the annual income eligibility for SCHE would provide seniors with additional assistance to ensure that they are able to maintain ownership of their homes.
Councilman Addabbo has also cosponsored Council Resolution No. 993 which calls on the state legislature to pass A. 6198 and S. 2677 which would amend the Real Property Tax Law (RPTL) to decrease the required proportion of income to be paid toward rent from one-third to one-fourth for residents of rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments to qualify for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. The resolution also calls on the state legislature to enact legislation which would amend the RPTL to decrease the required proportion of income to be paid toward rent from one-third to one-fourth for residents of Mitchell-Lama apartments to qualify for the SCRIE program.
Addabbo noted that many senior citizens in New York City have limited incomes and are subject to high rents and rent increases yet do not meet the one-third requirement for SCRIE.
Councilman Addabbo said," The enactment of this legislation would assist many more of the city’s low-income senior citizens to afford their housing accommodations as well as other necessary living costs."
In an effort to prevent violence in the workplace Councilman Addabbo has cosponsored Council Resolution No. 983. The resolution notes that city public employees may be at risk of violence in the workplace as a result of hazardous working conditions and the failure to properly protect workers from unnecessary and preventable incidents at work.
The resolutions go on to state that strengthening policies regarding workplace violence would help to better inform employers and employees about maintaining a secure worksite.