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Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-District 96) has proposed a bill that would aid furloughed or unpaid employees as the government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall fight slogs on.
The legislation would allow municipalities to provide an extension for those workers to pay their local property taxes.
"It would be a 90-day extension from the time after the government is up and running and paychecks are starting to be issued to employees again," says Assemblyman Zebrowski.
County, town and village property taxes are due at the end of the month.
Officials say an estimated 16,000 federal government workers in New York are impacted by the shutdown.
Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips says he is behind the proposed legislation.
"Some people's town and county tax bills in Haverstraw can be as much as $7,000," he told News 12. "I've already spoke to our receiver of taxes…she's more than welcome to make any accommodations. The same with my board members."
Town officials say the county also has to be on board because they are the ones that go after any unpaid taxes.
Assemblyman Zebrowski hopes to get the bill passed through committee in the next week.