Assembly votes to stop STAR rebate checks after errors and delays

The state Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation that would stop the state from sending checks to new homeowners to cover a portion of their school-property-tax bill. The bill is a response to ongoing problems with the STAR rebate checks arriving late to homeowners who had to pay their school taxes last fall.

“We should provide homeowners with property-tax relief in the most convenient form possible; not create unnecessary hardships for hardworking families,” Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, Rockland County, said in a statement.

The measure now heads to the Republican-led Senate, where it has picked up support from some GOP suburban members, including Terrence Murphy of the Hudson Valley and Rich Funke of the Rochester area.

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