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State Assembly hopes to tackle property taxes, affordable housing issues with proposed budget

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Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark

The New York State Assembly introduced on Tuesday its 2015-2016 proposed budget, which seeks to fight various social issues, including the affordable housing crisis, homelessness and high property taxes.

Calling it the “Families First” budget, the Democrat-led Assembly proposed a $150.7 billion budget, which targets improvements in education, child care, the minimum wage, and health and human services.

The proposal also contains a property tax “circuit breaker” that will give homeowners relief by basing property taxes on household incomes instead of values of their homes.

If enacted, it would be the first property tax reduction in recent years, according to Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. With values quickly rising throughout burgeoning neighborhoods in Queens, Rozic hopes the property tax relief will help families with higher housing expenses.

“Queens families have been crippled by sky-high property taxes and rents for far too long,” Rozic said. “It’s time for families to pay based on what they can afford and not their property’s value.”

The “circuit breaker” tax relief would also extend to renters by tying a portion of annual rent to household income.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a “circuit breaker” tax credit that would provide about $1.7 billion in rebates for homeowners whose property taxes are above six percent of their incomes in his proposal earlier in the year.

The Assembly’s budget also targets $254.5 million for affordable housing, including $100 million for assistance to help homeowners in foreclosure. An additional $310 million will be allocated toward housing preservation and rehabilitation programs, and $36.5 million for homeless prevention.

The state legislative bodies have about three weeks to meet the April 1 budget deadline.


Fresh Meadows building housing Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s office selling for $14.6M

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Photo courtesy of Massey Knakal Realty Services 

The mixed-use office building in Fresh Meadows housing Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s district office is selling for $14.6 million.

The building, located at 159-16 Union Turnpike, was built in 2008 and features a modern glass façade. It has a combination of retail and office tenants, including the local politician, who wasn’t initially aware the building was listed, but confirmed to The Courier that her office has no intention on moving.

Benton Management, LLC, which partially owns the building according to city records, purchased the land for $2.5 million in 2007, before the building’s construction.

The three-story building has 37,814 square feet of space, and is fully-leased with six retail units and 11 office spaces, according to Massey Knakal Realty Services, which is listing the property.

Current tenants may see rent increases from potential buyers.

“There is a tremendous opportunity to add significant value by increasing the rents which are currently on average at 50 percent market value,” said Stephen Preuss of Massey Knakal. “Additionally, the asset is being offered well below replacement cost.”


Fresh Meadows residents, pols worry about sinking street

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Residents and politicians are complaining about a cracked and sinking street in Fresh Meadows and are calling for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to repair it.

The middle of 179th Street between Union Turnpike and 75th Avenue has sunk a few inches after underground support for the roadway collapsed, which residents have been complaining about since last May.

Local politicians and civic leaders said the issue is getting worse and it creates a problem for pedestrians and drivers. Councilman Rory Lancman and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic will hold a press conference Monday to rally the DEP to fix it.

“DEP needs to figure out what’s going on in a timely matter, and homeowners shouldn’t be penalized,” Rozic said. “The DEP needs to take responsibility.”

Cars driving on the street avoid the noticeable dip in the road and vehicles are parked at a slanted angle, the Courier observed during a recent trip to the site.

The city agency has examined the collapse and found that its sewer line underneath the road is not the problem, but it may be a leak from a resident’s private sewer line that caused the issue, Community Board 8 District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide said at a recent meeting. The DEP is currently trying to find the source of the problem.

“DEP has not identified any issues with the city’s water or sewer infrastructure and we have also investigated a number of private water and sewer service lines,” a spokesperson for the agency said. “There are also a number of private lines we have not been able to gain access to. Once we identify the source of the cave-in we will ensure repairs are made and the street is repaired.”

The DEP has made quick fixes to the sinking street in the past, but residents are upset that they have had to deal with the problem for so long. During the press conference elected officials are expected to urge the DEP to find a long-term solution.

“We want things to happen sooner [rather] than later, and it took a long time for it to [get] to this point,” Adam-Ovide said.