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Schumer pushing for plan to ensure veterans get their benefits

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Schumer pushing for plan to ensure veterans get their benefits
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FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- New York veterans may not be utilizing all the benefits they're eligible for, including significant property tax reductions.

Senator Charles Schumer says under New York State law, veterans could receive up to a 35 percent property tax reduction if they apply for it. On Wednesday, he was in Frankfort to announce a new plan to ensure that veterans get the assistance they deserve.

The plan includes asking the Department of Defense to provide an application for this tax reduction benefit to all New York residents who are being discharged. And Schumer says he'll ask the Internet Trade Association to put information about the benefit on all veteran websites.

Finally, the plan would require the DoD to send the names and addresses of all discharged veterans to their local county clerks.

"If they get us the information of veterans who are retiring and leaving the service and staying in this area, get us the information, we will pass it out," said Middleville VFW Commander Leslie Crossett.

The deadline to apply for this property tax reduction is March 1st. Contact one of your local veterans organizations to find out more. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP