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PLEASE NOTE*

The Mansion at Crawford Park will be closed for renovation starting February 2018. Please be advised that portions of the grounds may have construction materials and safety fencing. Crawford Park's grounds and its newly renovated pavilion, playground, and sensory garden will remain open. Visitors are welcome!

Please contact the Supervisors Office for options to utilize the grassy areas at the park for your events! 

          For Reservations
           
Please Contact:

Town of Rye Supervisors Office,
222 Grace Church St.
Port Chester NY 10573

Brenda Valentine
Phone: (914) 939-3006
Fax: (914) 939-1465
Email: BValentine@TownofRyeNY.com

Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm                                         

Deeds

The Assessment Office does not prepare deeds.  You need to retain an attorney to have a deed prepared or modified.  We cannot change, add or delete an owner's name from our records unless there is a recorded deed evidencing that change.

As a service to the taxpayers, the Town has made a diligent attempt to maintain and preserve deeds, some of which date back to the 1600’s.

Copies of deeds may be available and can be provided to the owner of the property ONLY for a fee of $.25 per page.  Please note that we may or may not have some of the older historic deeds.

For all others, copies of deeds may be obtained through:

Westchester County Clerk's Office
Land Records Division
110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 995-3080

The County Clerk's website indicates:

To search for a land document, visit Westchester Records Online to determine whether the document you are searching for is recorded in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk.  If the document is recorded in our office and you wish to obtain a copy of it, you can pay a daily user fee to view it online, visit our office, or request a copy of the document  by mail.

2018 Off Season Event Calendar

IN THE NEWS...

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 Department of Tax & Finance (NYDTF).  Please check out the new NYS STAR guidelines at:

NYDTF STAR EXEMPTION PROGRAM

For questions, please call the NYDTF phone number is 518-457-2036.

In addition, if you applied for the STAR or Enhanced STAR Exemption with the Assessment Office between May 2, 2015 and May 1, 2016, you will be receiving a letter before the end of June indicating what you need to do.  

Click here for a printable copy of this NYS pamphlet and for more information/eligibility requirements.

The New York State Tax Conundrum

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The New York State School Tax Conundrum by Robert Bick, Fair & Equitable Magazine November 2015​We made it to late summer.The shock created by last September's school tax bill has long ago faded behind bountiful gardens and gorgeous  summertime sunsets. Yet since September,there are a few historical absolutes: the shadows grow longer,the nights are getting cooler, some professional football player will refuse  to report to training camp because of a higher salary request, and  Assessors in New York State are swamped with phone calls regarding the latest school tax bill.In New York, people often call the local assessor's office to discuss "taxes."  Most towns in New York (there are approximately 950) have tax receivers/collectors, yet the vast majority of taxpayers go directly to the assessor for tax-related questions.  Ironically, New York State does not acknowledge the term t.ax assessor.The function is merely called assessor, and most assessors make it their business to be accountable regarding the property tax process, with all its vast, odd and cumbersome nuances.  So the question, "Why are the school taxes so high in upstate New York"? is endlessly asked and begs to be answered.This article attempts to shed some light on the various factors contributing to the high taxes for schools in New York State and then proposes a solution...For the full article please click on this link:  The NYS School Tax Conundrum

Check out these trends in National House Prices

Important Note About Filing a Grievance

Grievance Day is June 21, 2016.  If you are filing a , Grievance Form/Complaint on Assessment RP-524 you need to file a paper copy with the Assessment Office. Due to the nature and volume of paperwork, faxed and emailed copies are NOT ACCEPTED.  We trust you understand and we appreciate your cooperation.The assessment office requires only 1 copy of the completed Grievance Form.  If you would like your own copy to be date stamped/received, please provide an additional copy for your records.  If you are sending a copy by U.S. mail, it must be officially postmarked on or before June 21, 2016.Also, if you are bringing a copy with you to the Grievance Day hearing and you wish to retain a date stamped copy for yourself, you must bring your own copy.  Copiers are not available during the evening session from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  The BAR (Board of Assessment Review) will hear grievances on June 21, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.

The Lower Hudson Valley Real Estate Market Gains Momentum...

According to the June 28, 2015, Journal News article entitled, "Real Estate Market:  Lower Hudson Valley is on the Rise," for parts of the lower hudson valley region the real estate market has been "hot" at certain price levels.  Recent real estate sales have included bidding wars, all cash deals, and crowded open houses. According to Arthur Scinta of Houlihan Lawrence, ""It's the best market we've had since 2007, both in price and the velocity of sales."For the complete article, go to:  Real Estate Market:  Lower Hudson Valley is on the Rise

‍The State of the Local Real Estate Market...

Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors published their end of year 2015 Hudson Valley Real Estate Report which includes the following articles:

~ Hudson Valley Home Sales Reach Pre-Recession Levels

~ Strong Economy Boosting Outlook for Westchester Office Market

Click here for the article