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File #: Res 0674-2004    Version: Name: Amend the Real Property Tax Law to exclude from the definition of income all unreimbursed medical and prescription drug expenses paid by a senior citizen. (A.6518)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Aging
On agenda: 11/10/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution urging the New York State Assembly to pass A.2242, which would amend the Real Property Tax Law to provide that the definition of income be offset by any unreimbursed medical and prescription drug expenses paid by a senior citizen for purposes of determining eligibility for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) benefits, and further urging the New York State Senate to introduce and pass a companion bill.
Sponsors: David I. Weprin, Gifford Miller, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Erik Martin Dilan, James F. Gennaro, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, Melinda R. Katz, John C. Liu, Michael C. Nelson, Larry B. Seabrook, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Kendall Stewart, Maria Baez, Bill De Blasio, Gale A. Brewer, Annabel Palma, Helen D. Foster, Alan J. Gerson, Eva S. Moskowitz, Robert Jackson, David Yassky, James S. Oddo, Betsy Gotbaum, Dennis P. Gallagher
Council Member Sponsors: 25
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 2/14/05, 2. Committee Report 2/16/05, 3. Hearing Transcript 2/16/05, 4. Hearing Transcript 2/14/05, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2/16/05
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
2/16/2005ADavid I. Weprin City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2005*David I. Weprin Committee on Aging Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2005*David I. Weprin Committee on Aging Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2005*David I. Weprin Committee on Aging Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/16/2005ADavid I. Weprin Committee on Aging Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/2005*David I. Weprin Committee on Aging Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/2005*David I. Weprin Committee on Aging Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2004*David I. Weprin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2004*David I. Weprin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 674-A

 

Resolution urging the New York State Assembly to pass A.2242, which would amend the Real Property Tax Law to provide that the definition of income be offset by any unreimbursed medical and prescription drug expenses paid by a senior citizen for purposes of determining eligibility for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) benefits, and further urging the New York State Senate to introduce and pass a companion bill. 

 

By Council Members Weprin, The Speaker (Council Member Miller), Comrie, Dilan, Gennaro, Gentile, James, Katz, Liu, Nelson, Seabrook, Recchia Jr., Stewart, Baez, DeBlasio, Brewer, Palma, Foster, Gerson, Moskowitz, Jackson, Oddo, The Public Advocate (Ms. Gotbaum) and Gallagher

 

 

Whereas, In 1970, the New York State Legislature and the Council of the City of New York enacted the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program, which permits income-eligible seniors who are 62 years of age and over, live in rent-regulated apartments and spend at least one-third of their incomes on rent to apply for SCRIE certificates exempting them from certain future rent increases; and

Whereas, The SCRIE program has been a vital resource for many seniors because it enables them to remain in their own apartments despite prohibitively expensive rent increases; and

Whereas, Medical treatment and prescription drug costs not covered or reimbursed by insurance represent a significant financial burden to seniors living on fixed incomes; and

Whereas, The New York State Assembly is currently considering A.2242, a bill that would amend the real property tax law sections 467-b(1)(c) and 467-c(1)(f) to provide that the definition of “income” shall be offset by any medical and prescription drug expenses which are not reimbursed or paid for by insurance; and

Whereas, The enactment of this bill would help alleviate some of the financial burdens faced by senior citizens, increase the number of seniors who will be eligible for the SCRIE program and prevent some seniors from becoming ineligible for SCRIE benefits; and

Whereas, The New York State Senate has not yet introduced a companion bill, and it is essential that both houses introduce and pass the same bill in order for the bill to become law; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Assembly to pass A.2242, which would amend the Real Property Tax Law to provide that the definition of “income” shall be offset by any unreimbursed medical and prescription drug expenses paid by a senior citizen for purposes of determining eligibility for SCRIE benefits, and further calls upon the New York State Senate to introduce and pass a companion bill.

 

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LS # 1239

February 8, 2005