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Sen. Young named of STAR exemption error

March 8, 2013

ALBANY — Twelve years after purchasing an Albany-area condo, a paperwork error has caught up to Chautauqua County’s state Senator....

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Dukkman

Mar-08-13 6:47 AM

Gee, I'm surprised, another "honest mistake" by a politician. Sorry because they were caught.

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jain4animals

Mar-08-13 7:09 AM

Oh! Okay, the husband did it and she knew nothing.

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judeye

Mar-08-13 7:13 AM

If the star program follows a residence even after sold, that needs to be fully investigated. Gosh how many other homes are getting this deduction that do not deserve it? Is this common practice? I know I had to APPLY for the star, it was not a given.

How many of us could just tell the IRS or State that we "made a mistake" and took deductions that we were not entitled to?

In any event, glad to see she is willing to pay the fines and repay all the money that she got that she was not entitled to.

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Cassadaga14718

Mar-08-13 7:18 AM

Wonder how Andy Goodell got ahold of this information.

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bulldog10

Mar-08-13 7:29 AM

When it comes to money there is no such thing as an "honest mistake".

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Taxpayer

Mar-08-13 7:38 AM

Didn't Nancy Naples use the same excuse in Erie County?

The Observer should contact Kevin Muldowney for a statement. Isn’t he the paid representative for Cathy Young?

Very disappointed; where can we find an honest politician?

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Christopher

Mar-08-13 8:21 AM

I keep telling people, right or left, Democrat or Republican, they're ALL the same. No matter what they provide to you, their constituents, it's nothing to what they provide themselves. What they provide to you, is only enough to continue getting elected to continue to provide for themselves. That's politics in America, at almost all levels.

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HaveANiceDay

Mar-08-13 8:22 AM

Guarantee.....Young will be re-elected next time she runs for state senate. We are sheep and vote like idiots!!!!!! We have nobody to blame for our problems but ourselves. Obama was voted in. Boehner was voted in, Higgins was voted in, Young was voted in. Never blame a politician. Blame the idiots that continue to vote for them.

NEVER VOTE INCUMBENT!!!!! ALWAYS VOTE CHALLENGER!!!!

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rdnewt

Mar-08-13 9:11 AM

Re-read the below portion of the article. It was a screw up on the part of the Assessors office. If Cathy's husband handled the bills when they came in, and just paid them without examining them, then there is no fault of her's. This is a blatant slam piece pushed by the downstate Dems to attack Cathy on her gun control stance.

"I have researched the STAR exemption on the property in the Town of North Greenbush and found that the exemption was on the property prior to your purchasing it," Harkin wrote.

Young said that claiming both properties under the program is an honest mistake, one she was unaware of until recently.

Harkin went on to say in his email to Young that the assessor had sent a STAR application to the North Greenbush address; however it was returned to the post office. The assessor then never removed the exemption from the property.

"While a careful reading of the School Tax bill would have revealed this fact it appears there was no affirmative

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Christopher

Mar-08-13 9:16 AM

I agree with the opinion that this is relatively nothing. In the grand scheme of things in Albany, hiding lawsuits and paying out 6 figure settlements, assaults, fraud, this is nothing. The worst have all been NYC representatives, and we have no influence there. Whether this was an accident or not, well, who's to say?

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Christopher

Mar-08-13 9:18 AM

RDnewt, I'll bet you'd have a totally different opinion if this same situation was applied to any Democrat, especially one who voted for New York's "Safe Act".

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kcw007

Mar-08-13 9:19 AM

It was the responsibilty of the town assessor to automatically/immediately remove the exemption at the very moment that his office was informed by the county that the property had changed hands. Obviously he knew of the change of ownership, or he wouldn't have sent out the new application. Moreover, when the new application was subsequntly returned without being completed he yet another opportunity to make certain that the exemption was withdrawn, but he didn't act AGAIN. Most tax bills contain the warning that if you pay for listed charges that really don't apply to your property, the assessor isn't responsible for the error on the bill even though his office made up the bill; "too bad, so sad." On the other hand does the property owner some some sort of moral responsibilty to research the listed charges to make certain that they are paying everything they're suppose to? You're also morally liable if you blindly trust the assessor's office?

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rumblefish

Mar-08-13 10:23 AM

star provides an exemption on the first $30 thousand,with that in mind what is the value of the condo to only warrant a pay back of $200 a year plus penalty?

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commentor

Mar-08-13 11:00 AM

Give it a rest Democrats!!! If all of the cheating and abuse was fished out for politicians this would be like spitting in the Ocean.

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proconserv

Mar-08-13 11:14 AM

Hey Democraps, check out the latest headline...an honest mistake, and not 100% her fault. Can't say the same for the rest of the politicians that are actually corrupt.

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PhilJulian

Mar-08-13 11:29 AM

I don't believe it wwas an honest mistake but when have you ever seen an honest politician. Generally speaking, Ms. Reed does a good job but lacks aggression on the subject of municipal mergers. Who can blame her for trying to reduce her tax burden?

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PhilJulian

Mar-08-13 11:32 AM

correction - Ms. Young.

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rumblefish

Mar-08-13 11:38 AM

added information on star,if new applicant is under 65 only have to file once,till applicant reaches the age of 65,then it's yearly,so Young's explanation has a odd twist to what the truth is,don't you think

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Captain

Mar-08-13 12:38 PM

EVERYONE knows the STAR exemption applies ONLY to primary residences. The exemption is subtracted from the property's total tax bill, and is clearly listed. Blaming it on her hubby's ignorance is just too easy, not to mention entirely irrelevant.

Just another example of special treatment for people with influence and/or power.

btw: I LOVED the Andy Goodell comment. Is he eyeballing Young's seat?

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joew

Mar-08-13 12:46 PM

Rumblefish-the amount(already disbursed)was in excess of 4K. Phil-I do believe it an honest mistake as there was no active filing on that property. Christopher-not all politicians are crooks.

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jain4animals

Mar-10-13 10:20 AM

If they're so careless that they didn't notice the star exemption on their tax bill, maybe their income tax should be audited for things they "didn't notice". I'd love to see that get by the IRS.

Honest mistake? Most citizens realize how serious the law is about taxes, how did the Young's not realize? And if they didn't, how can Cathy Young lead us if she can't even decipher her own property tax bill?

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