Plattsburgh post office extends package-pickup hours today until 5 p.m.
PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh post office will stay open until 5 p.m. today so customers have extra time to pick up packages.
Retail hours at the post office, located at 10 Miller St., will remain the same — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The extra hours are for package pick-up only,” a press release said.
The U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations, it said.
ALBANY — Automatic telephone calls are reminding New York state homeowners that time is running out to sign up for the Basic STAR property tax exemption.
“The deadline of December 31, 2013 is quickly approaching,” warned State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox in a media release.
“We’re reaching out to hundreds of thousands of homeowners who haven’t registered with a simple message — act soon to avoid losing this valuable benefit.”
The calls will deliver this short, prerecorded reminder to homeowners who have not yet registered: “Our records indicate you may lose your Basic STAR property tax exemption because you have not yet registered with the Tax Department. STAR can save you hundreds of dollars on your school tax bill. Please take four minutes and register today at www.tax.ny.gov, or, if you don’t have Internet access, call us at (518) 457-2036.”
More than 2 million homeowners have registered for Basic STAR. An additional 620,000 have not registered.
Statewide, the average homeowner saves $700 as a result of the exemption.
The Basic STAR exemption is available on the primary residence of homeowners with incomes under $500,000.
Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not impacted by the new registration program.
To register, visit www.tax.ny.gov or call 457-2036. Extended STAR Hotline hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, for holiday recess.
The school will also be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Recess.
The administrative office’s hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23; Thursday, Dec. 26; Friday, Dec. 27; and Monday, Dec. 30.
Effective Thursday, Jan. 2, the hours will return to the regular schedule of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
WILLSBORO — Willsboro Central School is accepting nominations for its 2014 Wall of Distinction.
The award is designed to recognize individuals who have made a significant impact to the school or achieved outstanding contributions to society as a former student.
Applications are available by calling the school at 963-4456 or visiting the web site www.willsborocsd.org and will be available until January 15, 2014.
LAKE PLACID — High Peaks Resort has chosen the St. Lawrence NYSARC as the winner of its third-annual Spring For Hope initiative, based on its commitment and service in the community for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
The St. Lawrence County nonprofit’s prize comprises two nights’ accommodations (up to 133 rooms) at the resort, free meeting space (up to 10,000 square feet), free audiovisual and support services and 50 percent reduction in all related catering for three days in April 2014.
“This gift will give us the opportunity to offer a much needed educational conference for staff and family members who care for people with developmental disabilities,” NYSARC’s CEO Daphne Pickert said in a news release.
AUSABLE — The AuSable Town Council will hold a special meeting and any other business that may come before the board at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the Town Hall, 111 AuSable St., Keeseville.
The purpose is to discuss repair or purchase of equipment.
The meeting is open to all.
Champlain Fire Commission votes to buy tanker chassis
CHAMPLAIN — The Champlain Fire District has tagged $130,000 for the chassis for a new tanker truck.
Expenditure of the funds is subject to permissive referendum, which means residents of the district can petition to have a public vote held on the measure.
The Board of Fire Commissioners voted at a recent special meeting to spend the money, which would come from its apparatus reserve fund.