State Focus: New York - State To Permit Tax Breaks For Emergency Volunteers

Albany, NY - As local ambulance and fire departments struggle to recruit and retain volunteers in the face of rising housing costs and a stagnant economy, the New York State Legislature passed a bill last week that would authorize local governments to grant a 10% property tax deduction to emergency volunteers. Homeowners must have at least five years' experience as a volunteer to be eligible for the tax break.In the Assembly, where the measure was introduced by Assemblyman Steve Levy (D-Sayville), the bill passed overwhelmingly by a 142-1 margin. An assemblyman from upstate New York, Jacob Gunther (D-Sullivan), cast the lone dissenting vote.Kate Abdoo, Gunther's legislative director, said...

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