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September 19, 2018

Ritchie Urges Homeowners To ‘Join The Fight’ For Star Rebates

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties to join her fight to restore STAR rebate checks and help bring relief to overtaxed Central and Northern New Yorkers.

“New York’s property taxes are too high, and while we’ve taken stops to stop the runaway increases that threaten the ability of many New Yorkers—especially senior homeowners—to keep and stay in their homes, including passing the tough Property Tax Cap law, we still need to do more to bring property tax relief,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Taking away the STAR rebates, which gave real relief and cash in their pockets to overtaxed homeowners, was a big mistake, and one that I’ve been working to correct since I became a Senator last year,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Now, I need taxpayers to join me in this fight and convince the Assembly that restoring STAR rebates is the right thing to do right now.”

Senator Ritchie has created an online petition on her website – www.ritchie.nysenate.gov – where overtaxed homeowners can register their support for restoring the STAR rebates.

Earlier this month, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill (S.7447) that restores STAR rebates to homeowners in two phases: first, for senior homeowners, and for all homeowners in 2014. But the Assembly won’t vote on that plan, or an earlier proposal that would have restored STAR rebates as part of the 2012-13 state budget.

Senator Ritchie was a driving force in creation of both plans, and she’s also sponsored other bipartisan legislation to improve the STAR program, make it easier for homeowners to qualify for property tax relief, including:

S.134A – Allows physically disabled widow or widower to continue to receive Enhanced STAR benefits (Passed Senate);

S.1920 – Directs the state to create a simplified STAR application form for senior homeowners (Passed Senate);

S.2998 – Allows local governments to freeze property taxes for homeowners aged 70+ (Passed Senate);

S.4338A – Reinstates STAR rebates for all homeowners in 2013;

S.6286 – Reinstates STAR rebates in 2012.

S.7447 – Two-year phase-in of STAR rebates (Passed Senate)

Before it was cancelled in 2009 – part of a package of tax increases that were the largest in New York’s history – the STAR property tax rebate program delivered checks averaging up to $529 to homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

The petition to restore STAR rebates can be found on Senator Ritchie’s website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov

31 Responses “Ritchie Urges Homeowners To ‘Join The Fight’ For Star Rebates”

  1. Blair Roethel
    June 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Thank you Senator Richie for fighting to Reinstate STAR rebates for home owners.

  2. Linda Anagnostopoulos
    June 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I fully agree the program should be restored

  3. June 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you Patty, I fully agree the program be restored…..

  4. K Jenack
    June 20, 2012 at 6:17 am


  5. June 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I want My Star Rebate

  6. June 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I Want My STAR Rebate

  7. Raymond C. Olmsted
    June 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Keep up the good work Patty

  8. Raymond C. Olmsted
    June 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Keep up the good work Patty ! Thanks.

  9. Patricia Stanton
    June 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I Want My Star Rebate

  10. Larry Eddy
    June 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I agree. We need the STAR REBATE back now!

  11. ben haggard
    June 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    please reinsate the star property tax rebate

  12. Chuck Chase
    June 22, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I wnt my star rebate back now

  13. Carl D. Olson
    June 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

    “I Want My STAR Rebate.”

  14. Robert M. Wilder
    June 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Please reinstate the Star Rebate program.

  15. Ronald
    June 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    ” I Want My Star Rebate.”

  16. David Hubbard
    June 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I want my STAR Rebate.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm


  18. Richard Wood
    June 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm


  19. virginia l colvin - kent hofer
    June 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    We want our Star Rebate!

  20. Paul Broadhurst
    June 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I want my STAR REBATE

  21. Robert Fallows
    June 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I do want to have the STAR rebate program to be restored and continued in the future.

  22. June 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I would like a tax rebate!

  23. Ann Matthie
    June 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I want my Star rebate

    June 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm


  25. victoria earl
    June 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I Want My Star Rebate

  26. Daniel Earl
    June 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I want my star rebate – thanks Patty

  27. June 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Philip H. & Lois J. Fake on June 23, 2012 at 1130 am posted
    We want our Star Program.
    Thanks Patti Ritchie for all you do.

  28. Elizabeth Fritz
    June 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm


  29. william kimber
    June 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Keep the star rebate program

    June 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm


  31. David Johnson
    November 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    yes i want it

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