STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6037 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY February 21, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Aging AN ACT to amend the real property tax law, in relation to outreach, status and time limits relating to the tax abatement program for rent- controlled and rent-regulated property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 467-b of the real property tax law is amended by 2 adding three new subdivisions 11, 12 and 13 to read as follows: 3 11. An entity that administers the tax abatement program pursuant to 4 this section shall implement and administer a program that develops 5 outreach initiatives to identify individuals who meet the eligibility 6 criteria for the tax abatement program who are not participating in the 7 program and ensure that they have information regarding the tax abate- 8 ment program. Such outreach program may include, but shall not be 9 limited to, mailings, advertisements, public service announcements, 10 literature dissemination, internet technology, social media, community 11 outreach, and partnerships with other municipal entities and agencies. 12 An entity that administers the tax abatement program may consult with 13 any other person or entity deemed pertinent to develop the outreach 14 initiative. 15 12. Any municipality that adopts a local law, resolution, or ordinance 16 pursuant to subdivision two of this section shall develop a program to 17 allow applicants and participants to ascertain the status of any tax 18 abatement or the status of any form that has been filed by such appli- 19 cant or participant on the applicant or participant's behalf pursuant to 20 this section. Such program shall include provisions to ensure that 21 applicants and participants whose primary language is not English, who 22 may have communication restrictions due to partial or total blindness, EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06951-01-7A. 6037 2 1 deafness, speech impediment, or cognitive impairment, and/or who lack 2 access to the internet may ascertain such status. 3 13. a. Within ten days of receiving any form for application, renewal, 4 or adjustment of abatement for the tax abatement program, a letter 5 acknowledging receipt of such form shall be sent to the applicant. Such 6 letter shall include the date the form was received. 7 b. Within thirty days of the receipt of an application or renewal 8 application from an applicant, the entity that administers the tax 9 abatement program shall approve the application or renewal application 10 for the tax abatement program, deny the application or renewal applica- 11 tion for the tax abatement program, or request further information or 12 documentation from the applicant. If a request is made for further 13 information or documentation, the entity that administers the tax abate- 14 ment program shall have fifteen days after such information or documen- 15 tation requested is received by the entity to either approve or deny the 16 application or renewal application. 17 c. Within thirty days of the receipt of any form other than an appli- 18 cation or renewal application form from an applicant, the entity that 19 administers the program shall act on such form. 20 d. Within ten days of approving or rejecting an application or renewal 21 application pursuant to paragraph b of this subdivision or acting upon 22 any other form pursuant to paragraph c of this subdivision, a written 23 notification shall be sent to the individual who made such application 24 or renewal application or sent such form. Such written notification 25 shall include the action taken by the entity administering the tax 26 abatement program, the date such action was taken, what recourse is 27 available should the individual be dissatisfied with such action, and 28 how to pursue the recourse available. 29 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately, provided, however, that 30 the amendments to section 467-b of the real property tax law made by 31 section one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section 32 and shall be deemed to expire therewith.