Property Tax Message From Our President


73 years of service to the Community
June 27, 2014


Message from the President:

For the record, since January or February, we had been trying to get speakers from the NYC Department of Finance to attend and speak at one of our monthly meetings.  Due to their full schedule, they were unable to attend any of our meetings until Wednesday, June 25th. 

In May Governor Cuomo signed legislation to allow partial abatement of property taxes for certain properties that were damaged by Sandy and that have since been repaired. 

The law states:  To qualify for the tax relief, the property must meet the following criteria:

*  The assessed value of the property for fiscal year 2014 must have been reduced from the assessed value for fiscal year 2013 as a result of physical damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
*  The assessed value of the property must have increased for fiscal year 2015 from its assessed value for fiscal year 2014 as a result of rebuilding or improvements.
*  The assessed value of the property for fiscal year 2015 must be greater than the assessed value for fiscal year 2013 before the storm.

There is no application for this abatement.  The abatement will be given automatically to properties that qualify based on your previous and current assessments.  Please note that there is no appeal process.

To say that the above noted information is confusing, is an understatement.  There were 97 Manhattan Beach homeowners in attendance at our meeting and with the exception of two residents NO ONE received an abatement!  Further, the representatives from the Department of Finance were asked to explain the fact that since Sandy our property values decreased, yet our taxes increased!!  How and where does the “abatement” enter this situation?  Why did the overwhelming number of homeowners in Manhattan Beach not receive an abatement?  The representatives from the Department of Finance were unable to present an explanation that was understandable!

We were told that in order to receive the abatement, we had to file an application.  What application?  Finance did not have a response.  No one in the audience received an application, no one knew where this so-called application was–or who created it—or if it existed.  Further, we do not know how this application fits into the statement on the Finance Dept website that states as above:   “There is no application for this abatement.  The abatement will be given automatically to properties that qualify based on your previous and current assessments.  Please note that there is no appeals process.” 

How wonderful!!!  The Governor signs legislation providing relief for Sandy victims, makes grand gestures to those who have been and are still trying to recover from the disaster in their homes and communities –  and the legislation seemingly does not apply to the vast majority of residents of Manhattan Beach!!  Something is amiss!!!

What you can do:  for those who attended the meeting and gave the Finance speakers telephone numbers and/or email addresses, please let us know what help you received and how long it took to receive that help—or if there was no response.

In the meanwhile, we will speak with our local elected representatives and continue to look into this matter.  There appears to be an unfairness in play here.  We intend to make every effort to get answers to the questions we all have, to the assertions made, and to the inconsistencies and ambiguities we heard last evening.

Judy Baron

Fireworks July 4th





Fourth of July Show Launched in Collaboration with Mayor de Blasio and Parks Department, with Support from Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, BP Adams, CM Treyger


What:                                   July 4th Fireworks Spectacular in Coney Island


When:                                 Friday, July 4th at 9:45


Where:                                Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk near Steeplechase Pier


Who:    The Alliance for Coney Island in collaboration with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation with support from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Borough President Eric Adams, Councilman Mark Treyger and I Love NY, New York State’s Division of Tourism and Good Humor Ice Cream

Next MBCG Meeting This Wednesday, June 25th, 8 PM at PS 195


73 years of service to the community continues



REAL ESTATE TAXES have changed in Manhattan Beach as a result of Superstorm Sandy





Answers to these and other questions will be responded to by representatives of the

NYC Department of Finance


Wednesday, June 25th

8 P.M.

P.S. 195



Everyone is Welcome to Attend

Property Tax Abatement Info From Councilman Deutsch

If you recall, the Manhattan Beach Community Group demanded a reduction in property taxes after Sandy and the City hearing our plea reduced property taxes for those homeowners affected by Sandy.

The following information was provided to the Manhattan Beach Community Group by Councilman Chaim Deutch’s office.
Dated:  May 30, 2014 3:49 PM

Already signed by Governor Cuomo, Approved by the City Council yesterday.  Enacted — awaiting the Mayor’s signature.

The NY City Council approved and Governor Cuomo signed a new law (A.9578-A / S.7257-A)  allowing for a partial abatement of property taxes for certain properties that were damaged by Sandy and that have since been repaired.  The law will proved relief to New York City residents affected by the storm and whose property tax bill in City Fiscal Year 2015 is greater than the corresponding tax liability from Fiscal Year 2013.

The legislation just signed into law states that in order to receive tax relief, the property must meet the following criteria:

1)  The Department of Finance reduced the assessed valuation of the building on your property for FY (fiscal year) 2014 from what it had been in FY 2013 as a result of damage caused by Sandy.

2) The Department of Finance then increased the assessed valuation of the building on your property for FY 2015 from its assessed valuation of FY 2014; and

3) The assessed valuation of the building on your property for FY 2105 now exceeds the valuation of the building on your property from what it was in FY 2013;

The abatement will appear on impacted homeowners’ July 2015 property tax bills.

If you have a question call 311 or visit the NYC Department of Finance website at

Better yet…the Finance Department has indicated that they will speak at our June 25th meeting and hopefully, they will be able to explain how this new law will apply to you!!


SHOPPING ALERT From the 61st Police Precinct

Shopping Alert


While overall crime is down throughout the city, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings. Leaving your valuables unattended in a shopping cart is never a good idea.   

Next time you are using a shopping cart, remember the following safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surrounding at all times.
  • Report anyone who appears to be acting suspiciously.
  • Never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.
  • When possible shop without a purse.  Use your pockets to hold cash, debit/credit cards, driver’s license, keys, etc.
  • If you must shop with a purse, consider securing it using cart’s child safety straps.
  • You may also want to carry your own clamp in your purse, such as a Carabineer, to hook it directly to the shopping cart. It only takes a second to secure and is worth the effort.

REMINDER- Our Next Meeting Is This Wednesday, May 21st, 8PM

The Manhattan Beach Community Group was made aware of a meeting with the Finance Department to be held on the same evening as our meeting, noted below.      IN ORDER FOR EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERY MEETING OF IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY, WE ANNOUNCE THAT THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND THE JUNE 25th MEETING OF THE MBCG AND RESPOND TO THE SAME HOME OWNERS QUESTIONS! 

 OUR NEXT MEETING Is JUNE 21st Wednesday 8 PM




                             HAVE NO PLACE ANYWHERE!!!


But they did appear as hate graffiti–in Manhattan Beach on Sunday morning, May 4th on Exeter Street!!


At the next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group, we will discuss issues of bias and intolerance with: 

Captain John Chell, 61st Precinct NYPD

Alexander Gurevich, Esq., Office of the Brooklyn District Attorney



How does the police department handle these crimes?

What punishment is meted out to criminals involved?


Wednesday, May 21st, 8 PM, P.S. 195


Updates:  Traffic Committee Proposals–Build it Back—NY Rising Final Money Allocation to Manhattan Beach



Manhattan Beach Community Group-73 years of service to our    community

Anti-Semitism Has No Place In Manhattan Beach

To the Manhattan Beach Community, 

It is with great sadness and disgust that I send this message to you.  

Early Sunday morning, on Exeter Street, several homes and properties were spray painted with anti-semetic hateful messages along with swastikas. 

We have been in contact with Councilman Deutsch and the police department.  

There is zero tolerance for this type of behavior in any community, anywhere! 

The events took place after midnight.  We urge you to do several things: 
            1.  be vigilant—if you see something—say something—call 911 even if you think the action you see might be innocent. 

            2.  if you have a surveillance camera on your property—make sure it is operative. 

            3.  if you happen to have footage on your camera that might look suspicious, please call 911 and ask for the Hate Crimes Task Force. 

We learned about this situation from a member of the community and our Police Liaison took immediate steps to speak with the 61st Precinct, we also spoke directly with Councilman Deutsch who has already taken an active involvement in what has happened. 

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be actively involved in helping to pursue the people involved in this hateful crime.  

Judy Baron,

OUTRAGE, Another Death on Oriental Blvd

On Saturday around 3 PM there was a collision between a motorcyclist and a car that resulted in the subsequent death of the motorcyclist.  The details I have include the fact that pedestrians, a father and two children, were also taken to a hospital by ambulance.  I was given this information by people who were at the scene immediately after the accident took place.

I am told that the car was making a right hand turn from Oriental Blvd onto Beaumont Street and the motorcyclist was doing the same thing…making the turn…with both vehicles coming in contact with one another.  It is not clear if the car was on the “zebra stripes” or where the motorcyclist was.

Speaking for the Manhattan Beach Community Group and having been called Saturday to the accident scene, I am sickened by these events.  I don’t know the cause of this particular accident; however, more attention must be paid to Oriental Boulevard and Shore Boulevard where speeding is rampant and reckless driving is a constant.  There are thousands of all kinds of motor vehicles that use these streets and not only are motorists at risk, but pedestrians are in danger as well.

 It is time for the Department of Transportation to stop their “studies” and their “talk,” and to recognize the daily dangers on these boulevards and do something!!!

The Manhattan Beach Community Group Traffic Committee has already taken steps to remedy this situation.

Judy Baron, President,
Manhattan Beach Community Group

Next Meeting April 23rd, 8 PM, PS 195

You are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group this Wednesday, April  23rd,  8PM at PS 195 on Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach.

Our guest Speaker will be our State Senator Marty Golden.

This is you opportunity to speak and be heard about:

How the NYS Budget affects you?

Will Your property taxes go up?

Is the Legislature allotting more funds for “Sandy” damaged communities?

Please make every effort to attend and let our State Senator know how he can help you.

Summer Youth Jobs From Councilman Deutsch


Councilman Chaim Deutsch Advocates

For Summer Youth Employment Opportunities

BROOKLYN, NY: New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) strongly urges parents and guardians who have young adults without summer plans to apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The Summer Youth Employment Program provides young people who live in New York City with paid summer employment during the months of July and August.


“The Summer Youth Employment Program provides an incredible opportunity for anyone 14 to 24 years old to build upon their skills and obtain a meaningful work experience” said Councilman Chaim Deutsch.

Currently, SYEP applicants are chosen through a lottery system. Because of this, hundreds of children are never fortunate enough to be included in this program. Councilman Deutsch is currently working with city officials to make this valuable program available to everyone who is eligible. “Every summer, many young adults spend their time in an unproductive fashion which occasionally, may lead them into trouble” said Councilman Deutsch. “We must eliminate this needless strain on our society and create more opportunities for our precious youth to grow; they are the future of our great city”. 

Employees work in a variety of entry-level positions at the following:

  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Summer Camps
  • Non-Profits
  • Small Businesses
  • Law Firms
  • Museums
  • Sports Enterprises
  • Retail Organizations                    

In addition to work experience, SYEP provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Any New York City resident between the ages of 14 and 24 may apply for this program online at or at a community-based organization during the application period. The application period is open from now until Friday, April 25, 2014.