Congratulations to Manhattan Beach’s Richie Talyor on getting promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department. We are very proud of you!
Night Out Against Crime 31st Anniversary – Free Event
Bringing the community and law enforcement together in a festive occasion!
Tuesday, August 5th
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
At the 61st Precinct
Coney lsland Avenue and Avenue W
MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP
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.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
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
73 years of service to the community continues
REAL ESTATE TAXES have changed in Manhattan Beach as a result of Superstorm Sandy
AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF FINANCEWILL DISCUSS THE METHODS USED TO DETERMINE HOW NEW ASSESSED VALUES DID OR DID NOT APPEAR ON YOUR RECENT STATEMENT AND WHY
Answers to these and other questions will be responded to by representatives of the
NYC Department of Finance
Wednesday, June 25th
Everyone is Welcome to Attend
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 NYC.gov/finance
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!!
PROVIDED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO ALL FROM THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP
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.
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
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND
Manhattan Beach Community Group-73 years of service to our 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.