Don Clavin’s Legislation Boosts Property Tax Break for Cold War Veterans

Hempstead Town Receiver Don Clavin’s legislation to boost the Cold War Veterans Property Tax Exemption has been approved. Thanks to the backing of Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., and their fellow Hempstead Town Council Members, nearly 1,800 of the Town of Hempstead’s Cold War Veterans will now receive the maximum exemption allowed by the state of New York.

Cold War Veterans who served in active military, navy or air service of the United States between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991 and their surviving spouses who have not remarried and maintain their primary residences within the Town of Hempstead are eligible for the exemption.

This is the second time in a span of a little over a year that Don Clavin proposed local legislation to enhance the property tax break for Cold War Veterans. In 2018 Clavin’s legislation to remove the exemption’s 10-year sunset clause and make it permanent for the town’s Cold War Veterans was also approved by the Hempstead Town Council Members. The Receiver then decided to research further to see if there were any other ways to improve the exemption for Cold War veterans.

“Our Cold War veterans bravely served during what was pivotal period in American history,” Clavin said. “I felt that we needed to do everything we could to ensure that they were getting the best property tax break possible. We achieved that by making the exemption permanent and increasing the benefit to the maximum allowed by the state. I’ll continue to work hard to ensure that veterans are receiving the benefits and services that they deserve.”

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Don Clavin