Furloughed federal workers deserve more time to pay state property taxes: Queens lawmaker

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A bill to extend the property tax payment deadline for nearly 14,000 furloughed federal workers in New York State impacted by the government shutdown passed the Assembly on Jan. 15, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic announced.

Rozic, a co-sponsor of legislation A.881, said the bill would allow local governments to extend the payment deadline for affected federal employees, with no penalties or interest, until 90 days after the shutdown ends.

“As the federal government shutdown drags into its fourth week, it is critical that we do our part to assist those who are impacted. For anyone living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to care for their families, this loss of income and uncertainty is devastating,” said Rozic, who serves as chair of the Assembly’s Office of State-Federal Relations. 

Rozic’s support of the bill also stems from her efforts over the years in helping Queens homeowners seeking property tax relief. With the federal government shutdown affecting thousands of New Yorkers, families who are already crippled by property taxes are now facing an additional challenge to afford necessities, pay bills, and make ends meet until the government re-opens.

Towards the close of 2018, Rozic announced that she had been appointed to serve as Chair of the Office of State-Federal Relations. The state assemblywoman will be working with her colleagues to shape national trends and policies.

Passage of the bill on the second day of legislative session signals the Assembly Majority’s commitment to protecting New Yorkers from misguided policy proposals and efforts coming out of Washington, said Rozic.

“Hardworking public employees have been left to navigate looming financial burdens at the expense of President Trump’s inability to prioritize meaningful immigration reform over funding for a border wall,” said Rozic. “The Assembly majority cannot reopen the federal government, but we can help in other ways until New York’s federal employees start receiving their paychecks again.”

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