The New York State Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. this week that permits Suffolk County to extend the property tax payment deadline for residents of East Hampton Town this year to protect those residents from any penalties.
A computer system error in the town’s tax receiver’s office resulted in more than 5,000 property tax bills from being sent out in time to make the January 10 payment deadline. Because many residents did not receive their tax bills on time, the town approached Assemblyman Thiele, who sponsored the legislation to extend the deadline to January 31 and waive any interest and penalties.
“I appreciate the efforts of Assemblyman Fred Thiele passing legislation to extend the penalty deadline in light of issues that occurred in the town tax receiver’s office in January,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.
The bill has passed both houses of the legislature and must be presented to the governor for his signature. Once the bill becomes law, the Suffolk County Legislature must pass a resolution adopting the provisions within 30 days.