High court to take up North Hempstead-Nassau FIT fight

The Fashion Institute of Technology on West 27th The Fashion Institute of Technology on West 27th Street in Manhattan figures in a tax dispute between North Hempstead Town and Nassau County. This photo is from June 18, 2012. Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

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A long-running tax dispute between the Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County is among the cases New York’s highest court will hear at the start of its 2014-15 session.

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On Sept. 10, its second day in session, the Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on whether the county or the town must pay a share of the tuition for local students who attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. At stake is about $1 million in annual payments.

A midlevel court in 2013 sided with the county, but said the county legislature must formally adopt a resolution before imposing charges on the town. The outcome could impact other Nassau towns as well.

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