Wyandanch, NY – A resolution sponsored by Legislator Jason Richberg establishing procedures for the county’s hardship property tax redemption process in times of crisis was approved in a bi-partisan effort by the Suffolk County Legislature at their general meeting on June 9.
When Suffolk County takes a tax deed due to unpaid taxes, residents are given an opportunity to redeem their property provided that all arrears, interest, fees and penalties are paid and required documentation is submitted. The hardship application process, known as a 215 Redemption, provides a 60-day window for application completion. This legislation extends that timeframe by 30 days during a disaster declaration for Suffolk County issued by the President, Governor or County Executive. The additional 30 days would compensate for delays that may occur following an unpaid disaster declaration.
“For residents already struggling to keep their homes, 30 days can make a world of difference,” said Legislator Richberg. “This extension affords homeowners enough time to complete the application process by enabling them to obtain documentation which, because of the COVID crisis, was delayed beyond their control. In many cases, this means the difference between losing and retaining their homes.”
The legislation was co-sponsored by Legislators Rudy Sunderman (R-Mastic), Samuel Gonzalez (D-Brentwood) and Anthony Piccirillo (R-Holbrook).
“During these difficult times when many residents are already burdened with economic hardships, it is important that we provide some sort of relief to those already struggling through the 215 redemption process,” said Legislator Sunderman. “By providing an additional 30 days during a time of crisis to submit documentation, we are protecting our vulnerable residents from losing their homes, while also avoiding the escalation of further strains on our economy.”
“This legislation provides a necessary 30-day reprieve for our residents who are navigating the 215 Redemption process during these uncertain and challenging times,” said Legislator Gonzalez. "I am honored to be a co-sponsor of this timely and indispensable piece of legislation with my esteemed colleague, Legislator Jason Richberg.”
“In times of crisis it is important that we work together in a bi-partisan fashion to help our constituents in need,” said Legislator Piccirillo. “I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation with Legislator Richberg.”