2017-03-29 / Front Page

De Blasio Spells Out Plan For A New Mansion Tax To Astoria Seniors

BY JOYCE VETERE MILOWSKI AND DAN MILLER

Mayor Bill de Blasio explains how his proposed Mansion Tax will raise millions of dollars to subsidize rents for low-income seniors in New York at HANAC Harmony JVL Innovative Senior Center in Astoria, and urges attendees to contact their state lawmakers to support tax that will. Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESMayor Bill de Blasio explains how his proposed Mansion Tax will raise millions of dollars to subsidize rents for low-income seniors in New York at HANAC Harmony JVL Innovative Senior Center in Astoria, and urges attendees to contact their state lawmakers to support tax that will. Photos by Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESMayor Bill de Blasio visited seniors at the HANAC Harmony JVL Innovative Senior Center in Astoria to drum up support for his proposed Mansion Tax that would raise the real estate transfer tax to 2.5% on sales of real estate in excess of $2 million. The mayor pointed out that the money raised from this tax would subsidize the rent for up to 25,000 low-income senior citizens.

Currently, home sales of more than $1 million are taxed by 1 percent. This law is about to expire, and the mayor wants to extend and raise it to provide the support he feels is needed to help low-income seniors. 

 “We are asking for some basic tax fairness from the wealthiest New Yorkers,” said the mayor in his effort to help low-income seniors to be able to afford their rent.

The mayor asked the 300-plus seniors who packed the meeting and lunch area rooms to hear him speak at the March 23rd event, where he asked them to contact their state law makers to bring this legislation to a vote for the governor to sign.

John Kaiteria, COO and Executive Director of HANAC, Inc. said of the mayor, “This mayor has done more to help seniors than any other mayor I have known in my 50 years providing social services to our city’s seniors and less fortunate in the borough of Queens.”

Mayor de Blasio remained after the meeting to meet and greet everyone at the center who wanted to speak with him. He continued to take photos on the street with seniors and staff from the center before driving off to his next press conference to spread the word about his Mansion Tax.

HANAC was founded in 1972 in Astoria to address the needs of new Greek immigrants living in this Queens community. HANAC, the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee, has become one of the city’s largest and most successful social service agencies affecting the lives of more than 30,000 individuals through their myriad of programs and services for diverse and multi-ethnic communities in four out of the five boroughs of New York City.

HANAC is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested can contact Jose Batista by calling 718-396-5002.

 

 

 

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