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Hempstead Town Board plans to extend vets' tax exemption

Hempstead Town Hall is seen in an undated

Hempstead Town Hall is seen in an undated photo. Credit: Google

Hempstead Town Board members are planning to extend a tax exemption for Cold War-era veterans who served in the military between the end of World War II and the end of the Gulf War. 

Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and town board members proposed a new law to be voted on March 6 to eliminate a sunset provision for a tax deduction of up to 15 percent for veterans.

The Cold War Veterans Exemption ran out in New York after 10 years until Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law for local governments to make the tax exemptions permanent as long as at least the surviving spouse is a homeowner. Hempstead has 1,500 Cold War-era veterans who receive the exemption, town officials said.

“When it comes to showing our appreciation for American heroes, there is no expiration date,” Clavin said in a statement.

The town’s tax exemption was first passed in April 2008 for veterans who served between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991. The tax exemption applies to spouses who have not remarried and live primarily in Hempstead.

The measure was backed by council members Erin King Sweeney, Dennis Dunne and Anthony D’Esposito.

“Our Cold War veterans deserve to be treated with the same respect as those who served in other major American military operations,” Dunne said in a statement.

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