How to Contest your Queens Property Taxes and(or) Building Classification
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by George Herrera, Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

One issue that we see a lot here in Queens is a property tax assessment that doesn’t match the legal use of the building, or, an assessed value that is actually higher than the market value of the home. For example, we meet with a lot of homeowners who are being taxed as a two family, but the property is a legal one family. Or, one time we sold a legal three family that was being taxed as a four family, and as a result, the taxes were almost double what they should have been. In any case, if you find yourself in a situation like this, you may want to contest your tax assessment in order to grieve your taxes, or you can request an update to make sure your property is properly classified. Below we have outlined the necessary steps you will have to take if you are in a similar situation.

 

If you believe that your Notice of Property Value (NOPV) has Wrong Information

You can file an appeal with the NYC Tax Commission – The NYC Tax Commission is an independent agency. They can reduce your property’s assessment, change it’s tax class, and(or) adjust exemptions.

NOTE:

Before filing with the tax commission, be sure to review your Notice of Property Value (NOPV) and check if it has a line called Effective Market Value because you’ll need to prove that your current market value is less than the effective market value in order to win your Tax Commission appeal. It’s also important to know that there is a deadline to file your appeal.

The deadline to file is typically March 1st for Class 2 (Coop and Condo, 3, & 4 properties. Deadline for Class 1 (1-3 Family) properties is typically March 15th.

 

If you disagree with the estimated market value or building classification:

 

You can have the Department of Finance review your property’s description, or, you can bring the errors to their attention by filing a Request for Review. You can access your property’s description online at: http://nycprop.nyc.gov/nycproperty/nynav/jsp/selectbbl.jsp

There is also a deadline for filing a Request for Review. Deadline for Class 1 (1-3 Family) & Class 2 (Coop and Condo) properties is March 17th, and deadline for Class 4 properties is April 1st.

NOTE:

Filing a Request for Review is not a substitute for appealing your assessed value with the tax commission.

If there is old or wrong information on your Notice of Property Value (NOPV):

 

You can ask the Department of Finance to correct the information by filing a “Request to Update”.

Again, their is a deadline to file a Request to Update, deadline for Class 1 (1-3 Family), Class 2 (Coop and Condo), and Class 4 properties is April 1st.

Blog and Site courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera with the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.

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Shamrocks, Royal Renovations pick up two victories
May 25, 2016 | 162 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heroes Basketball League pictures week of May 16 to May 20
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17 & Under BCAC Shamrocks 50 Nationwide Cleaners 34 BCAC Shamrocks pulled away in the second quarter to take a 27-15 lead into halftime. The high scorers for BCAC Shamrocks were Tim Moran and John Moran with 10 points each. For Nationwide Cleaners, the high scorer was Jonathan Daniels with nine points. Jack Mullaly helped in the win with great defense. Royal Renovations 43 Nationwide Cleaners 17 Royal Renovations played tough defense and pulled away at the end of the first quarter. The high scorers for Royal Renovations were Kamil Wojtowicz with 19 points and Oscar Filinkowski with nine. The high scorer for Nationwide Cleaners was Alexander Pena with seven points. Nadeem Alamair also contributed to the win with great passing. Team Dab 37 Jellyfam 28 Team Dab only led by eight at halftime, but finally pulled away for good in the fourth quarter. The high scorers for Team Dab were Jonathan Ruiz with 24 points and Carlo Alyando with five. For Jellyfam, the high scorer was Josh Ikioda with 13 points. Justin Donovan helped in the win with outstanding rebounding. (Nikolas Anders) Phenom NYC 49 JellyFam 23 The high scorers for Phenom NYC were Omar Jagamaleddine with 12 points and Daniel Piszczatowski with nine. The high scorer for JellyFam was Josh Ikioda with 13 points. Phenom NYC built a lead with great ball movement and lock-down defense, holding the advantage throughout the game. Tyrelle Scott contributed to the winning effort with fantastic rebounding. Flushing Express 37 Crazed Dogs 30 The high scorers for Flushing Express were Tom Leuthner with 19 points and Anthony Gagliano with seven. The high scorers for Crazed Dogs were Tom K. with eight points and Nick M. with six. It was a tight game until Flushing Express pulled away in the last quarter with clutch free-throw shooting. Michael Hon also contributed to the winning effort with several assists. BCAC Shamrocks 33 Flushing Express 29 In a game that was decided in the final minute, BCAC Shamrocks caught up to Flushing Express in the fourth quarter for the win. The high scorers for BCAC Shamrocks were Michael Lynch with 10 points and John Moran with nine. The high scorers for Flushing Express were Tom Luthner with 12 points and Max Tockarshewsky with six. Anthony Markle also contributed in the winning effort with great passing. (Michelle Filipkowska) Royal Renovation 36 Phenom NYC 32 The high scorers for Royal Renovation were Nino with 17 points and Khalid with eight. The high scorer for Phenom NYC was Omar with 10 points. (Sabrina DiBenedetto) 14 & Under Tranquility Pro 40 Hoop Dreams 23 The high scorers for Tranquility Pro were JC Medina with 15 points and Diogo Arias with eight. For Hoop Dreams, the high scorer was Justin Dibra with six points. Matthew Bianchi had multiple steals and several assists for Tranquility Pro. (Oscar Filipkowski) Paint Folks 49 IHM 35 The high scorers for Paint Folks were Alexander Pena with 21 points and Nino Radoncic with 12. The high scorer for Immaculate Heart of Mary was Liam Greene with eight points. Kelechi O. played great defense for Paint Folks. (Nikolas Anders) Hoop Dreams 51 Navillus 14 The high scorers for Hoop Dreams were Jonathan Rodriguez with 22 points and Cole Conlin with 13. The high scorer for Navillus was Siobhain Cole with eight points. Justin Dibra also contributed to the winning effort with great rebounding and 10 points. (Ryan Anne Flannery) 12 & Under IHM 34 Navillus 17 Immaculate Heart of Mary held a slim 11-8 halftime lead, but pulled away in the third quarter. The high scorers for Immaculate Heart of Mary were Randy Veerapen with 11 points and Louis Santanelli with six. The high scorer for Navillus was Joey Martinez with six points. Roberto Ward helped in the win with great passing and defense. (Oscar Filipkowski) Holy Trinity 26 Veterans Worldwide 19 The high scorers for Holy Trinity were Nicholas Loukopoulos with 8 points and Constantine Maminakis with 8 points. The high scorers for Veterans Worldwide were Max Somershaf with nine points and Ashton Khoorchand with eightpoints. It was a very close game until Holy Trinity pulled away and scored many points, keeping them in the lead. Queens Finest 48 Professional Mortgage 4 Queens Finest pulled away from the start of the game and never trailed. The high scorers for Queens Finest were Brandon Gomez and Matthew Guevara with 14 points each. The high scorer for Professional Mortgage Solutions was Sebastian Cuellar with two points. Jack Vasquez also contributed in the win with great rebounding. (Sarah McHugh) Veterans Worldwide 34 Professional Mortgage 14 The high scores for Veterans Worldwide Maintenance were Michael Allers with seven points and Aston with six. The high scorer for Professional Mortgage Solutions was Tyler with 11 points. (Sabrina DiBenedetto) NY Future 30 Holy Trinity 12 The high scorers for NY Future were Matty Cantor with 11 points and Isael Gonzales with six. The high scorer for Holy Trinity was Nicholas Loukopoulos with two points. Marcus Lercado also contributed to the winning effort with solid rebounding and three points of his own. (Ryan Anne Flannery)
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Can the Dark Knight rise again?
by John Jastremski
May 25, 2016 | 146 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of my favorite lines in “The Dark Knight” is right at the end of the movie in a heart-to-heart conversation between Batman and Commissioner Gordon. As Gotham City is once again saved by the Dark Knight despite the fact that golden boy District Attorney Harvey Dent has been turned to the dark side, Batman reminds Gordon, “you either die a hero or live long enough see yourself become the villain.” The Mets' Dark Knight, Matt Harvey, the poster boy of the Mets renaissance, the pitcher who started it all with his call up in the 2012 season, has seen himself become the villain. The turn of events in just one calendar year is simply mind boggling. Less than six months ago, Matt Harvey was on the mound in Game 5 of the World Series. He was dominating the Kansas City Royals, the crowd was chanting his name and he received one of the loudest ovations in the history of Citi Field when he ran out to start the top half of the 9th inning. Matt Harvey could do no wrong in the eyes of pretty much every Mets fan on the planet. All of a sudden, the 2016 season changed all of that. Thursday, the same pitcher who received standing ovation after standing ovation was booed off the mound at Citi Field after the worst start of his professional career. Matt Harvey is no longer the dominant ace pitcher leading the Mets rotation. He’s turned into a pitcher who has lost his way. The confidence is gone, the swagger is gone, the endurance and stamina are M.I.A. His performance in 2016 has been simply unacceptable. Forget about the ace of the staff, two months into 2016 Matt Harvey has easily been the worst starter in the Mets rotation. A 3-6 record with an ERA of 5.77 is not worthy of being nicknamed “The Dark Knight” of New York. I think “The Joker” would be more appropriate with those numbers. Everyone including yours truly has tried to speculate about why Matt Harvey hasn’t performed like the dominant pitcher we’ve seen over the last couple of years. How did this happen? Some mention the after effects of Tommy John surgery, but I’m not willing to buy that. Harvey last year was as strong as a bull in his first year off the surgery, plus he’s three years removed from the surgery already. I think it’s fair to draw a direct correlation between Harvey’s inability to go deep into a game with the fact that he’s put on some serious weight over the last few seasons and looks totally out of shape. Surely, Matt Harvey pitched well at a hefty weight last season, but he doesn’t look like the same guy doing ESPN The Body magazine shoots. I don’t think many ladies are clamoring to see Matt Harvey shirtless these days unless they’re dying for a good beer gut. It also doesn’t help Matt Harvey that he enjoys being the center of attention. Whether it’s hanging out with Victoria Secret models, venturing to every Knick and Ranger game known to man and being a story in Page Six is all well and good when you’re pitching well. Nobody cares about Matt Harvey’s social life when the performance is there. When it’s not, some want to point to his extracurricular activities as a distraction to his performance on the field. Now it’s up to Matt Harvey to change the narrative once again. The boo birds will turn around with a couple of good starts, but it will be fascinating to see how Harvey handles the next few weeks. To get to where they want to go, the Mets will need The Dark Knight to rise once again. Will the real Matt Harvey please stand up? You can listen to me this Sunday from 1 to 6 a.m. & Monday from 2 to 6 a.m. on WFAN Sports Radio 66/101.9 FM, and Monday evening 6 to 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Radio.
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Toussaint’s ‘royal’ finish to career at Christ the King
by Bryan Fonseca
May 25, 2016 | 276 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The average high school commute is somewhere around 30-35 minutes or so for students. The average work commute isn’t too far removed, about a 25-30 minute trip. Dominique Toussaint made a two-hour trip from her Staten Island home to Christ the King High School every day for four years. She’s now leaving the Middle Village landmark having won several coveted awards, including Miss Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year for New York State. “I take my helicopter, you know, they fly me over then I jump down from my parachute,” Toussaint joked of her travel to school. “Of course it wears me out, I’m tired every morning. One time I was in the Dean’s office just sitting under a couch and I ended up falling asleep for a good hour; I was taking a full nap in the Dean’s office! I’m always tired, but it’s worth it.” The 5-foot-10 guard originally wanted to play for the St. Peter’s girls’ team in her home borough, but the school closed down in 2011. As she began to look outside of Staten Island, she eventually found the famed Christ the King institution. “It has a great balance of academics and athletics, and their athletic program, I think it’s the best in the city,” she said. “I did a rubric sheet of doing like academics, location, the basketball program and it just beat everybody, so I’m like ‘yeah, this is the school!” Christ the King girls basketball head coach Bob Mackey referred to Toussaint as one of the hardest-working kids they’ve ever had in the program. Mackey cited former Royals Tina Charles, Sue Bird and Chamique Holdsclaw as stars early on, whereas Toussaint became one over time in spite of her early troubles, which nearly resulted in a premature departure from CTK. “When Sue Bird walked into the door she was a star, it was a matter of just keeping that work ethic,” Mackey said. “Tina Charles was a star as a sophomore in high school and was therefore anointed as the basketball player in New York City. Dominique wasn’t. Dominique came in as a freshman and we had some injuries. She got moved up all because she was so athletic; she struggled (as a freshman). “Sophomore year, a little better – still wasn’t showing signs of what we all thought she was going to do,” coach Mackey continued. “Her parents were frustrated with her lack of effort. Dominique was told ‘well, if you’re not going to work you should transfer, you should probably go back to Staten Island because you’re just not getting it.’” Toussaint remained at King, and stepped up to the challenge, putting forth a season for the ages. Toussaint won Queens Player of the Year, and was a First Team All-State selection. As a junior she averaged 21.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while aiding CTK to the state Federation “AA” finals. Before her senior season, Toussaint committed to the University of Virginia. She cites the school’s “beautiful” campus and facilities, as well as their high standard of academics as reasons for choosing UVA, where she says she’ll likely pursue a degree in business. “Why wait if you know what school you want to go to without a doubt? I wouldn’t want to keep other schools waiting around,” she said of her early decision. “I don’t want to waste their money going on visits to go see their school just so they could feed me. I knew what school I wanted to go to toward the end of the summer, and I just let everyone know. “I feel like the academics match Ivy League schools,” she continued. “I just want to be able to say I have a Virginia degree because I know it’ll mean something. Sometimes I feel like basketball is a means for me to get a college education, and I could have a little fun while I do it.” Last summer before Toussaint committed to UVA, coach Mackey went to watch her play, as a spectator, at Nike Nationals. The shut-down defender had an impressive showing, and made improvements in the all-around facets of her game, which caught the attention of legendary UConn head coach Geno Auriemma. “Geno’s line to me was, ‘your girl put on quite a show in there, I think we might have to get serious and talk,’” Mackey said. “I talked to her parents and I talked to her and asked ‘what do you want to do?’ she said ‘I’m comfortable where I am,’ (I said) ‘okay, great, but it’s Geno, it’s Connecticut.’ “They never offered but he really liked the way she played and that was quite a statement when you hear the top coach in women’s college basketball say that,” he added. “You hope everybody does well in college, I think she’s going to do very well at Virginia.” The path to eminence rarely comes easy. Toussaint’s junior year proved to be an excellent one, which raised the expectation level of everyone for her forthcoming senior year. “Starting my senior year, it was a struggle, I wanted to quit. I thought ‘I cannot do this,’” Toussaint said. “The beginning of senior year was really hard, it’s always really hard right after you do really well because you have to try to keep it up.” While winning Miss Basketball (NY), Gatorade Player of the Year (NY), and NYSSWA Class “AA” Player of the Year, Toussaint averaged nearly 20 points, close to seven rebounds, and well over three assists per contest. Toward the end of her senior season, Toussaint earned the prestigious honor of representing Christ the King and New York City in the Jordan Brand Classic. In the game she scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds as her Team East squad fell 100-94 to Team West. “I was so nervous it was ridiculous. Those girls already played the McDonald’s All-American Game, they all know each other, and I’m the one out, that’s how I felt the first day,” she said of her time at Jordan Brand. “I just started practicing with them, I felt part of the group. I felt like I could play with them, I felt like I could’ve been one of the best ones there. It just helped me with my mindset knowing that there are other people just as good as I was and I just had to keep working.” From May 28-30, Toussaint will be one of 27 athletes in training camp at the Team USA U18 National Team Trials, where 12 players will be selected to represent USA at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in July. The former Royal had also participated in the U16 and U17 trials in previous years. “You have to work your hardest preparing for it, and once you go there you work your hardest to play to try to get a spot,” she said of her Team USA experience. “Just getting invited alone to go try out is an accomplishment in itself. I’m just going to try and do my best and whatever happens happens.” With her ties to Team USA, competing at Jordan Brand, her commitment as a full-time student-athlete for one of the premier schools in the area, and not to mention a daily two-hour commute, one would imagine how strenuous it is to balance everything out, especially when you’re also the best player in your state. “I’m not great at it, but I have people to help me,” Toussaint said. “Mackey, my coach, I have teachers here, they know how hard it is. My parents definitely help me, they’re my managers basically. “Everybody just pitches in and helps me out, it’s not just me doing the hard work,” she said. With her high school graduation drawing near, the Cavalier-to-be reflected on what she’ll miss most about her time at King. “I’m going to miss everybody saying hi to me,” she said. “I know that’s weird, but I walk in the hallways and I feel like everybody just knows who I am. It’s just comforting, it’s home, I’m going to miss the people here. I hope it grows into the same at Virginia, but I can’t predict the future. “I’m not That’s So Raven,” she said with a laugh.

Follow Bryan Fonseca on Twitter at @BryanFonsecaNY.
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