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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > October 2008 > Mayor Brown Announces NYS STAR Exemption For Homeowners

Mayor Brown Announces NYS STAR Exemption For Homeowners

Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications

Also discusses record number of homes saved at this year’s In Rem Sale

Mayor Brown today announced that over 8,668 eligible city homeowners could save a total of $3,279,000 by filing for a New York State STAR exemption.  The application for this exemption will be mailed by the city to all potentially eligible homeowners, and could save each homeowner qualifying for the Basic STAR exemption up to $378.40 on property taxes, and up to $716.50 for those who qualify for the Enhanced STAR exemption. 

“The STAR exemption is something that can make a difference in the bank accounts of many of our city residents who must pay their mortgages, property taxes and other bills,” said Mayor Brown.  “Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of this exemption and their eligibility to receive it.  My Administration is trying to get the word out to these people, and help them save some of their hard earned money.”

The application deadline for the NYS STAR exemption is December 1, 2008.  Applications, along with proof of residency, must be returned to the City of Buffalo Exemption Office by December 1st.  The city this week will be mailing a letter and STAR exemption form to the eligible homeowners. For more information, homeowners may call the Exemption Office at 851-4373.

In addition to the STAR exemption announcement, Mayor Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo and partnering agencies this year helped a record number of homeowners save their homes.  With a total number of 2,931 properties on this year’s auction list, approximately 1,035 have been removed, compared to 441 in 2007, and 280 in 2006. 

Through the In Rem, 671 properties have been sold, which generated $3,843,900 to the city.

Also, to date, approximately 1,574 properties have been adjourned and 216 have been struck to the city.

“Through the annual In Rem, my Administration’s first goal was to help residents retain their homes and we’ve made great strides by increasing the amount of homeowners able to keep their homes by 73% from the amount that retained their homes two years ago,” said Mayor Brown. “In accomplishing this important outcome, I thank the members of the city’s Law Department and the Department of Assessment and Taxation for their diligence in doing everything they could to help our city’s residents. I also thank representatives of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Erie County Emergency Assistance Housing Office, Westside Neighborhood Housing Services, the Buffalo Urban League and Administrative Judge Sharon Townsend and Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka for supporting the process of providing payment plans to our residents.”