Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Prison Sentence For Attorney Who Ran Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the sentencing of licensed attorney Theresa Sanders, 56, of Fabius, New York, to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison. Sanders pleaded guilty earlier this year for her role in a million-dollar mortgage fraud ring that operated in the Syracuse area for years, preying upon both first-time home buyers and institutional lenders.

NYS Tax Department Reminds Property Owners to Check Assessments Ahead of May 26th Grievance...

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded all property owners - including homeowners and businesses - to check their assessments for accuracy. The deadline to contest your property assessment, also known as "Grievance Day," is May 26th in most communities

Senate Passes Bill Making the Property Tax Cap Permanent, Saving Taxpayers Billions of Dollars

The New York State Senate today acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent. The bill (S5597), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs


New York City-based nonprofit organization The Doe Fund were joined by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and development partners today to announce plans for a new 60-unit development located at 1420 Crotona Park East in The Bronx. The soon-to-be constructed eight-story development will include a total of 60 supportive, affordable housing units of which, 36 apartments will be reserved for clients of the city’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA).

Senate Passes Bill Making the Property Tax Cap Permanent, Saving Taxpayers Billions of Dollars...

The bill (S5597), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.

Congressmen Collins and Swalwell Re-Introduce the Bipartisan Main Street Revival Act

The Main Street Revival Act allows qualifying small businesses to elect to defer paying payroll taxes during their first year in operation. The deferred taxes would then be paid in installments over the subsequent four years.

Statement from Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for NYC, on Proposed...

New York City is alone in imposing a local commercial rent tax – a 6% tax on rents for Manhattan office and retail space that are already the most expensive and heavily taxed properties in the country. The city lost more than 100,000 middle wage jobs between 2008 and 2013, and the high cost of office space is a primary reason. If the City Council wants to help save those jobs, it should eliminate the commercial rent tax for all employers. Job-saving tax relief cannot be for just ‘small’ businesses.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Court Judgment Against Brooklyn & Florida Law Firms For Running Fraudulent...

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today obtained a default judgment in New York County Supreme Court against two law firms and their lead attorney for participating in a fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme. The judgment ordered Litvin Law Firm; Litvin, Torrens & Associates, PLLC; and the firms’ principal attorney Gennady Litvin to immediately halt their illegal business practices, including preying upon financially vulnerable consumers by claiming to provide a comprehensive legal services plan that would allow consumers to avoid foreclosure

Senate Passes Avella Bill Expanding Green Homes Tax Credit

State Senator Tony Avella announced today that his bill that would allow homeowners to apply for a “green buildings tax credit” unanimously passed the Senate.

Reed: Victory for Landowners and Property Rights Advocates

Tom Reed applauds tonight’s House passage of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, H.R. 1732, which protects landowners from intrusive government and ensures the protection of personal property.

Mayor de Blasio Calls for Sweeping Overhaul of Tax Benefits to Spur More Affordable...

Mayor Bill de Blasio today proposed a sweeping overhaul of a tax program to spur a new wave of affordable housing in New York City and stem the housing crisis that is making it so difficult for New Yorkers to make ends meet.

Empire State Development Announces Request for Proposals for Purchase and Redevelopment of Mount McGregor...

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced it will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of approximately 325 acres of the former Mount McGregor Correctional Facility located in Wilton, New York. Mount McGregor closed in July 2014 as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to save New York taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by consolidating the state’s correctional facilities based on a declining inmate population

Mangano Helps Homeowners File For Property Tax Relief

As part of his continued efforts to help residents reduce their tax burden, County Executive Edward P. Mangano has arranged to bring the Department of Assessment office operations to libraries and community meeting halls throughout Nassau to assist homeowners with filing for their property tax exemptions

NY State Appellate Court Hears Arguments in Case against NYC Department of Buildings for...

The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division heard oral arguments on Thursday in the Mechanical Contractors V. NYCDOB, Case No. 13-10093, regarding controversy over whether the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has the legal authority to ignore Building Code requirements when buildings are constructed modularly. This includes the largest Lego-style modular construction project in North America located at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards (now rebranded as Pacific Park), a 32-story, 363 unit residential building.

Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Property Owners Impacted by...

City legislation provides long-term financial relief for property owners who experienced significant increases in property taxes, part of de Blasio Administration’s Sandy recovery overhaul

Reps. Garrett, Maloney Introduce the Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act of...

H.R. 1982 would reaffirm and clarify key protections for ordinary investors that were put in place when Congress passed and amended the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA). In particular, the bill aims to properly shield innocent individual investors who have already been defrauded and financially devastated


Near the site of a recent “swatting” attack on Park Avenue in Rochester, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced legislation to crack down on an alarming new nationwide crime trend called “swatting” that has recently emerged as a problem in Rochester. Schumer explained that “swatting” is an incident in which a fake phone call is made in an effort to have police SWAT teams respond to an unsuspecting resident’s home. Schumer said these false alerts are not only terrifying residents, but they are also costing law enforcement departments thousands of dollars and putting at risk both first responders and innocent bystanders.

Rangel Floor Statement Opposing Repeal of Estate Tax

Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who represents the 13th Congressional District of New York that includes Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 1105, which would repeal the Estate Tax. Below is the transcript of his remarks

Tax Week Legislation Provides Relief to Family Farms, Small Businesses

Currently, if an individual’s assets exceed the specified federal exemption amount at his or her death, these assets are taxed at a rate of 40% before they can be passed on to surviving family members. For Central New Yorkers, these “assets” are often a small business or family farm – and a death tax bill only makes a family’s loss even more devastating.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Proposes Fiscal Year 2016 Executive Budget City to Provide Largest...

Yonkers Property Owners to Receive Tax Rebates from New York State as City Stays Within 2% Tax Cap for Fourth Consecutive Year YONKERS, NY -...

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Tribeca Developer Over Unregistered Real Estate Securities

Developer Peter Moore Disregarded Martin Act Requirements While Blatantly Marketing Investments In TriBeCa Loft Building Settlement Bars Moore From the Real Estate Securities Industry For Six Months. Schneiderman: Promoters Of Real Estate Investments Need To Follow The Rules And If They Don’t, They Will Be Held Accountable.

Reps. Nadler, Lowey and Israel Call for Tax Equity for Cities with High Cost...

Today, close to our nation’s annual tax day, New York Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Nita Lowey and Steve Israel announced the re-introduction of the Tax Equity Act, a forward-thinking piece of tax legislation designed to adjust federal tax brackets to reflect the actual cost of living in major metropolitan areas.

Lowey, Nadler, and Israel Call for Tax Equity for Areas with High Cost of...

The lawmakers represent districts which, respectively, span the counties of Westchester and Rockland, New York City, and Long Island, and are home to constituents who both pay higher taxes and contend with higher basic living costs than most Americans.

NYS Tax Department Highlights Additional Free Tax Assistance in The Bronx

High numbers of Bronx taxpayers are paying tax preparers rather than using free options.

Governor Cuomo Announces Designation of 12 Brownfield Opportunity Areas

The Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program helps local communities establish revitalization strategies that return dormant and blighted areas into productive areas to spur economic development.

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Governor Cuomo Announces $7.6 Million Community Restoration Fund Program to Help...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state's new $7.6 million Community Restoration Fund has purchased the mortgages for 398 homes in a strategic effort to bring owners in targeted communities out of foreclosure and keep the homes from abandonment through renovation and resale where necessary. This approach is part of the Governor's overall strategy to support homeowners, stabilize neighborhoods and prevent Zombie properties across New York State

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Total Household Debt Increases, Driven by Mortgage, Auto and Credit Card...

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today issued its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit,which reported that total household debt increased by $114 billion (0.9%) to $12.84 trillion in the second quarter of 2017. There were modest increases in mortgage, auto and credit card debt (increasing by 0.7%, 2% and 2.6% respectively), no change to student loan debt and a modest decline in balances on home equity lines of credit (decreasing by 0.9%).