From the Office of Assemblyman Colin Schmitt:
BREAKING NEWS: Assemblyman Colin Schmitt Passes Bill in Assembly to Extend Property Tax Payment for Furloughed Govt. Workers. Bill Goes to Senate Next.
Albany, NY — (1/15/19) Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I,Ref-New Windsor) today in just his third day of legislative session passed his first co-sponsored bill as a Member of the State Assembly. Bill A881 that Schmitt is a prime Co-Sponsor of provides for a temporary extension of payment of real property taxes for federal employees who are currently going unpaid or are furloughed during the ongoing federal government shutdown. As a freshman Republican member of the Assembly it is historically unheard of to pass a bill so early in the term.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “I pledged that I would hit the ground running from the very beginning of my term and work in a bipartisan way to get the job done and deliver real results for our district and state. Right out of the gate I am happy to say on the third day of session I have passed a bipartisan bill.”
Schmitt continued, “This legislation provides a helping hand to local residents who are federal employees currently dealing with the longest federal government shutdown in history. The bill gives local governments the option to extend the deadline for payment of property taxes, with no penalties, until 90 days after the shutdown ends for those residents who qualify.”
“While Washington continues to play political games putting great strain on our local federal employees and their families I am happy to do my job in bipartisan fashion for the benefit of local residents. Many of the affected local families are struggling to cover basic expenses such as food and utilities while they go unpaid during the federal government shutdown. This bill would take the pressure and fear of missing a property tax payment off their minds until their pay resumes. Many of the affected residents are still working while collecting no pay. It is time for Congress to do their job and re-open the Government.”
The bill awaits action by the State Senate.
The 99th District includes to the Town of Stony Point in Rockland and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury.
Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District. Colin and his wife, Nikki, live in the Town of New Windsor.