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Lindenhurst loosens tax break for seniors

The Village of Lindenhurst has passed legislation increasing eligibility for senior citizens to receive a reduction in village taxes.

After a public hearing last week during which several seniors spoke out in favor of the change, the village board unanimously passed the measure.

Under the law, which uses state guidelines, residents who are 65 and older can receive a reduction on their village taxes. The system uses a sliding scale of 5 percent to 50 percent. Under the new law, seniors who have an income of $29,000 or less can get up to 50 percent off their village taxes, while those with an income of up to $37,400 can earn up to 5 percent off. The previous income requirements were $21,500 and $29,000, respectively.

Those wishing to apply can get forms from Village Hall, officials said.

The village board also approved the appointment of Thomas Hennessey to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Hennessey, appointed to a five-year term, replaces Roseanne Chiaino, whose term expired. The other members of the board are Pat Pichichero, Eric Landau, Darrel Kost and David Curry.

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