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Berne-Knox-Westerlo CSD: Closing Early 1:30p, No PM Pre-K, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCES, No PM Actvty, No Y's Time After School No Budget Advisory MeetingBurnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD: Open, No PM BOCES, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Regular DismissalCOARC Adult Transportation: Open, No Transportation, Open, No Transportation, Staff reportCairo-Durham CSD: Closing Early 10:45a, Elem 11:45a, MS/HS 10:45a, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCESCanajoharie CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, No PM Pre-K, No PM BOCES, No PM ActivitiesCatskill CSD: Closing Early, Elem 12:30p, MS/HS 11:30a, No PM Pre-K, No After School Events, No Late BusCatskill Mt. Christian Academy: ClosedChatham CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, Elem/HS 11:45a, MS 11:30a, Chatham Central School closing early No afterschool activitiesChatham Kids Club: Closed, no afterschool todayChurch of the Covenant: Closing Early 2:15p, There will not be any curch meetings tonight. Meetings will be rescheduled., Do to the inclement weather there will be no meetings at the church this evening.Circle of Friends (Ravena): Closing Early 12:30p, Greene County Children OnlyCobleskill-Richmondville CSD: Closing Early 12:15p, No After-School Programs, No PM Activities, Radez & HS: 12:15 pm Golding & Ryder: 12:27 pmDominican Retreat and Conf Ctr: Closed, Interfaith Dinner canceled tonughtFonda-Fultonville CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, No PM ActivitiesFort Plain CSD: Closing Early 11:45a, Elem 11:45a, HS 11:30aGalway CSD: Closing Early 2:15p, No After-School Programs, No PM Activities, No Afternoon Y Care ProgramGrand Gorge Head Start: ClosedGreene County Transit: ClosedGreenville CSD: Closing Early, Elem 11:30a, MS/HS 11:47a, No PM Actvty, No After School EventsHunter-Tannersville CSD: Closing Early, Elem 1:45p, MS/HS 1:30p, No PM BOCES, No PM Activities, No After School EventsIchabod Crane (Kinderhook) CSD: Closing Early 1:45p, MS/HS 12:45pJohnstown City SD: Open, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Regular DismissalLansingburgh CSD: Open, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Regular DismissalLexington Center Fulton Co ARC: Closing Early Noon, Dismissing 2 hours earlyMiddleburgh CSD: Closing Early, Elem 12:30p, HS 12:15p, No PM Pre-K, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCES, No PM Activities, No After School EventsMohonasen CSD: Open, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM Activities, No After School Events, Reg Dismissal, No Adult EdMountain Road School: Closing Early Noon, Elem NoonMrs. Puddle Duck's Childcare: Closing Early 2pMyers Education Center: Open, evening CTE Open House canceled & rescheduled for Jan. 24New Lebanon CSD: Closing Early 10:30a, Elem 11:45a, HS 10:30a, No After School EventsOnteora CSD: Closing Early 10:45a, Elem 11:45a, MS/HS 10:45aOppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville SD: Closing Early, Elem 11:30a, JH/HS 11:50a, No PM BOCES, No After School Events, FREEZING RAIN ADVISORYRoxbury CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No After-School Programs, No PM Actvty, Reg DismissalSchenevus CSD: Closing Early 11:45aSchoharie CSD: Closing Early 11:30aSchoharie Career and Technical Scho: Closing Early 11:30a, No PM BOCESSchonowe Preschool: Delayed Until 9a, Preschool open on time Infant room opening at 9amSharon Springs CSD: Closing Early 11:30aUlster-Greene ARC (Catskill): Open, No TransportationUlster-Greene ARC (Kingston): Open, No Transportation, Training Center is closed.Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD: Closing Early 11:30a, No After School EventsWorcester CSD: Closing Early 12:30p, No PM Pre-K, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM BOCES, No PM Actvty, No After School Events

STAR recipients told to be patient

STAR recipients told to be patient

Assessors around the region were swamped Tuesday with calls and visits from residents trying to foll

Don’t try to re-submit STAR tax exemption forms just yet.

Assessors around the region were swamped Tuesday with calls and visits from residents trying to follow a law proposed in the state Legislature’s budget bills.

If passed, the law will require every homeowner to register for the STAR exemption again by April 2014. The goal is to weed out fraudulent applications — homeowners are only allowed to get the tax break on their primary residence, but some people are getting it on two or more homes.

However, the proposal has not yet been voted into law. And if it passes, it’s not clear how residents will re-register. Filing personal income taxes might be all that’s required, meaning almost everyone will have satisfied the law by April 15 without taking any special action.

Assessors said they have no idea how the state wants them to gather STAR exemption registrations, and they can’t collect any registrations yet.

“Give it a couple more days, weeks. Let us sort it out,” said Rotterdam town Assessor John Macejka Jr.

He’s hoping the state Department of Taxation and Finance will be able to do the bulk of the registration work.

“They have started doing that,” he said, noting that he got information from the department about double-dippers when they filed their taxes this year. “They might see if they can do some kind of mass, electronic checking of who should be getting the STAR and who shouldn’t.”

If everyone must re-register in person, it could cause significant problems.

“We don’t want to go through what we did 13 years ago, when they implemented [an amendment to] this. That was lines out the door,” Macejka said.

In the city of Amsterdam, Assessor Calvin Cline calculated that it would cost at least $7,200 to mail the applications to every STAR-eligible resident and collect the data.

“That’s an unfunded mandate. That’s another area in which I take exception — especially with a governor who pledged a year or two ago to reduce unfunded mandates,” Cline said.

Once all the data is turned in, his assistant would have to enter it all into a database — which he calculated would take nearly seven weeks if she spent six hours of every seven-hour day on the task.

“I think whatever cost-benefit analysis was considered by the state may not have taken into consideration that municipalities like mine have already purged duplicate STAR exemptions,” he said. “How many can be left?”

Schenectady also recently investigated and purged duplicate STAR exemptions. City Assessor Tina Dimitriadis told residents not to worry about re-registering for now.

“No law has been passed yet,” she said. “They do not have to do anything yet.”

She advised residents to wait until September.

Other assessors were preparing for a quicker turnaround — but not until the law is passed.

“As soon as we learn more, we will probably make some sort of announcement, once we know how people will be affected,” said Saratoga Springs Assistant Assessor Tony Popolizio.

In Glenville, the message was the same.

“It could change tomorrow,” said town Assessor Carol Corbett. “It’s not law yet.”

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