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December 21, 2013

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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.

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Automated calls urge homeowners to sign up for STAR

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.

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