In New York State, under certain criteria, real property may be exempt from taxation.  Most exemptions are partial exemptions.  An exemption reduces one's assessment before the school, town, county, and/or village tax rate is applied to calculate the taxes on a property.  Certain exemptions (like STAR) only apply to school taxes, while others apply to the town, county, and/or village taxes.  

For a helpful overview of exemptions, please visit the NYS Tax Department 4-minute video, entitled "About Property Tax Exemptions" (see link).

The various exemptions have specific eligibility and documentation requirements.  Some of the most common exemptions are noted below. Links to additional exemptions are provided on the right.

STAR Exemption (School Taxes ONLY)

The new face of STAR for new applicants (for 2016+)...  

Are you a new STAR applicant?  If so, you need to APPLY for the NYS STAR Credit with New York State Department of Tax & Finance (NYSDTF).

Click here for NYSDTF STAR Exemption Program Information

For questions call 518-457-2036.

In New York State, under certain criteria, real property may be exempt from taxation.  Most exemptions are partial exemptions.  An exemption reduces one's assessment before the school, town, county, and/or village tax rate is applied to calculate the taxes on a property.  Certain exemptions (like STAR) only apply to school taxes, while others apply to the town, county, and/or village taxes.  

For a helpful overview of exemptions, please visit the NYS Tax Department 4-minute video, entitled "About Property Tax Exemptions" (see link).

The various exemptions have specific eligibility and documentation requirements.  Some of the most common exemptions are noted below. Links to additional exemptions are provided on the right.

STAR Exemption (School Taxes ONLY)

The new face of STAR for new applicants (for 2016+)...  

Are you a new STAR applicant?  If so, you need to APPLY for the NYS STAR Credit with New York State Department of Tax & Finance (NYSDTF).

Click here for NYSDTF STAR Exemption Program Information

For questions call 518-457-2036.

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Westchester County EAP Program -   (914) 995-6070

NYSHIP Medical Health Insurance -   (877) 769-7447

Shelter Point Vision Insurance -          (800) 365-4999 or (516) 829-8100

1. Twilight Concert Series -

All Concerts are held in the south pavilion, with lots of room for sitting outdoors on the lawn or beach.  They start at 7:30pm and end about 9:00pm.  Concerts are normally held rain or shine, except in heavy thunderstorms.  There are two rain dates scheduled, if needed. 

Date                                             Concert

Tuesday, June 18                  M62's Band                            

Tuesday, June 25                  Fab Forward

Tuesday, July 2                     Scott Wenzel Big Band

Tuesday, July 9                     Urban Coyotes

Tuesday, July 16                   Billy and the Showmen

Tuesday, July 23                   The Derivatives

Tuesday, July 30                   Rain date*

Tuesday, Aug 6                     Angelo Rubino Band

Tuesday, Aug 13                   Rain date*

 2. Jazz by the Sound–

This 4 part concert series is new to Rye Town Park for the 2019 season! We are excited to be working with local booking agent Matt Garrison who books local artists to play in Rye and surrounding communities.  The concerts will take place on 4 Thursday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  With two rain dates available. The dates are July 11, 18, 25 and August  Picnicking is welcomed! Regular parking rates apply. Concerts are free!

3. Children’s Storytime Program -

The staff of the Rye Free Reading Room will be leading young children and their caregivers in a fun and educational series of reading, games and other activities on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am to 10:15am, from July 9 through August 27.  Each program provides participants very interactive things to do.  The programs will be held rain or shine. 

Sessions will be held at the South Pavilion. Event is free but normal parking fees apply.

4. Outdoor Family Magic Show and Outdoor Movie -

The performances will be held on the lawn at the hill by the north beach entrance and snack bar building.

The family-oriented magic show will start at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 17 and run about 45 minutes. 

5. Shakespeare In The Park- 'Much Ado about Nothing'

The Shakespeare in the Park , will be held on the lawn by the small pavilion. Lawnchair Theatre company will present performances on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.  Shows start at 6:30pm and end about 9:00pm.

6. Sand Castle Building Festival –  

This festival started in 2018!  We are thrilled to utilize our beautiful beach and waterfront for a popular summer activity – building sandcastles!  We suggest everyone to bring:  Sunblock, water, towels, and sculpting tools!  We want to see your most creative sculpture, castle, and design! This festival is on Saturday, July 20th from 10:00am – Noon.  Check in begins at 9:30am.  UPDATE** Please plan accordingly as the weather is predicted to be very hot and humid this weekend. Please use your judgement when coming to the festival as you will be in the sun.  Umbrellas or tents will be allowed.

 

7.  October Fall Festival –

The very BELOVED fall festival will be back for the third year in a row!  This festival was started in 2017.
The festival features – a LIVE band, petting zoo, food trucks, face painting,pumpkin painting, a pumpkin patch, bouncy castles, a HAY RIDE! And much much more!  If you are a vendor and would like to get involved in this festival, please contact ssumma@townofryeny.com.   This festival begins at 11am and ends at 3:00pm.  Parking is free and the fee is$10 per child, adults are free.  The date is Saturday, October 19th.  No rain date is scheduled for this event, it is held rain or shine so please use your judgement as the date approaches.

 

Pavilion Rental Fees:

  • $250.00 Security Deposit (Refundable 3-4 weeks after event, pending no damage to the property)
  • $400.00 for (5) hours
  • $80.00 per additional hour
  • $75.00 for kitchen use
  • $25.00 for ice machine use

Field Usage Fee: (Soccer Field, Ball Field)

  • 30.00 per hour

Use of Tents

  • You are allowed to use a tent on the grounds during your event
  • Renter is responsible to rent tent from an outside company, Crawford Park does not provide tents
  • $200.00 Fee
  • Insurance certificate required
  • 20x20 or larger is acceptable
  • *Please ask us where tents are permitted on the grounds*

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The park is open to the public, however, facilities may only be rented by residents. Residents include: Port Chester (10573), Rye Brook (10573) and Rye Neck (10543)
  • Public Bathrooms are on premise, and are available to use during your event
  • Garbage bins are provided, but renter is responsible for all set up and clean up
  • All vendors (caterers, performers, equipment suppliers, food trucks, etc.) are required to submit a Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • If you plan to serve any form of alcohol (wine, beer, liquor), you must obtain an alcohol permit and insurance
  • If you are a non-profit organization please ask us about the rates
  • We do allow bouncy castles and other inflateable houses
  • Food Trucks are allowed on premise but must be cleared during your reservation process
  • We do not hold rain dates, it is the renters responsibility to watch the forecast and plan accordingly
Enhanced STAR Exemption for Age 65+ (School Taxes ONLY)
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Once granted, this exemption MUST be renewed every year because of the income requirement.  This office sends renewals forms by the end of December OR please consider the Optional Income Verification Program outlined below.  For "new" Enhanced STAR applicants, renewals starting in 2017 will have to be coordinated with New York State.  

Optional Income Verification Program

  • Seniors who wish to continue receiving Enhanced STAR in future years without having to reapply and submit copies of their tax returns every year are invited to sign up for the Star Income Verification Program.
  • This program is only available to Seniors who file a NYS income tax return, from which the NYS Tax Department will verify income.
  • Once eligibility is determined the Assessment Department will be notified by the state.  Normally, by the end of year, our office will send you a postcard to let you know of approval status.
  • If NYS determines that you are ineligible, you will be notified accordingly.
  • If you do not receive any correspondence from our office by early February, it is still your responsibility to verify your status with our office.  You will then be informed if any further action is necessary.
  • The May 1st DEADLINE applies to this program, as well.
  • Click here for the STAR Income Verification Program Application
Senior Citizens with Limited Income Exemption (Town, County, Village & School Taxes)
  • You must own your primary residence for at least 1 year prior to May 1st. 
  • You must be 65 years of age on or before May 1st.  If your birthday is after May 1st, you will have to apply for the following year.
  • In addition to the signed and dated application (see link), you must submit a copy of your driver's license or birth certificate (to verify your age) and the appropriate tax return (preferably federal 1040), a copy of your End of Year Social Security Statement, any and ALL copies of all 1099's used to prepare a tax return, and any and ALL year end IRA account statements.  ALL NON-TAXABLE INCOME (such as tax free interest, non taxable railroad & NYS pensions, non taxable disability income, etc.) MUST ALSO BE INCLUDED.
  •  TOTAL income (including social security) of all owners/spouses cannot exceed $37,399 (this amount is subject to change should the town/county adopt new income limits).
  • If qualified for this Senior Citizen Exemption, you will automatically receive the Enhanced STAR exemption, as well.
  • If you apply by May 1st (and are approved) you will see a reduction in your taxes starting with your  town/county tax bill in April of the following year.  

Once granted by the Assessment Office, this exemption MUST be renewed every year because of the income requirement.  This office sends renewals forms by the end of January.

VETERANS EXEMPTIONS (City, County & School Taxes [if school district has adopted])
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  • Requirements for both the Alternative Veterans and Cold War Veterans Exemptions are similar.
  • Property must be your primary residence.
  • Eligible to veterans and un-remarried surviving spouses of veterans.

As proof of service, you need to provide a copy of your DD-214.  

If you cannot locate, see link or write to:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Please note that active military personnel and reservists are not eligible.

Alternative Veterans

Served during and honorably discharged from a designated time of war or during a Congressional approved combat conflict (received a medal of honor).

Designated Periods of War:

  • Persian Gulf conflict (8/2/90 - present)
  • Vietnam War (2/28/61 - 5/7/75)
  • Korean War (6/27/50 - 1/31/55)
  • World War II (12/7/41 - 12/31/46)

Eligible for the school veteran's exemption.

Cold War

Served during and honorably discharged during the defined Cold War Period (9/2/1945 to 12/26/1991) not during a "designated period of war" noted above.

Once granted, this exemption does not need to be renewed.

NOT eligible for the school veteran's exemption.

Please refer to the application form (see links) for all of the specific details and requirements.

Veterans Exemption in the News

Journal News Tax Watch:  New Law Authorizes School Districts to Give Veterans Property Tax Exemptions

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