Local Government

Local Government 07.06.23

Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This report is an example of my commitment to keeping Schodack residents informed about town government news and community events.

The Town Board accepted the audit reports performed and submitted by the Town Comptroller for the Building Department funds and Town Clerk funds for 2022. The audit showed orderly records management, which is a testament to our department heads and staff.

During June, the Town Board approved the hiring of employees for the Schodack Summer Youth and Recreation Program. This program provides our youth with meaningful summer work experience and helps them develop the workforce and leadership skills necessary to succeed in their future career endeavors. The Town Board also appointed James Hallenbeck and Anthony Gullo as part-time police officers.

The Town of Schodack Police Department is currently seeking candidates for a part-time Police Clerk. This is a provisional position pending passing the next available Civil Service exam. For more information, visit schodack.org and click the links for Human Resources and Employment Opportunities.

Our annual Document Shredder Day will be held on Saturday, July 22 at Town Hall from 9 AM to 12 PM. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to have their confidential documents safely shredded at no cost (3 box max per household).

Household Hazardous Waste Day for Schodack residents will be held on Saturday, July 29 by appointment only at the Schodack Highway Garage. Once registered, you will be emailed your time slot a few days before the event. To view a list of accepted items and to register for the event, visit schodack.org and click the links for Transfer Station and Household Hazardous Waste Day 2023. 

Congratulations to the 2023 graduates of Maple Hill High School and Columbia High School. Work hard, believe in yourself and follow your dreams.

Tracey Rex, Schodack Town Board

Deadline to Claim 2019 Tax Refund is Approaching

Some taxpayers are entitled to an income tax refund and unaware there is a time deadline to claim the payment. The deadline to claim an income tax refund is generally three (3) years from the date the return was originally due. The deadline to a claim a refund payment on the 2019 federal income tax return is July 17, 2023.

The IRS estimates that more than 80,000 New Yorkers are still due a 2019 refund. The average (median) potential refund for these New Yorkers is estimated to be $945. For some low- and moderate-income workers, this refund could be even higher due to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For 2019, the credit was worth as much as $6,557 for eligible taxpayers. 

If you have not yet filed a 2019 federal income tax return (Form 1040) and are seeking a refund payment, you will need to file before the deadline. You can find copies of past years’ forms on the IRS website: www.irs.gov. If you no longer have the documents (W-2’s, Form 1099’s) needed to prepare the return, you can get copies using the Get Transcript Online tool on the site. 

If you have questions about this or other income tax issues, the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) may be able to help. The Clinic’s services are free of charge. You can call the LASNNY Legal Line at (833) 628-0087 and ask for our LITC. The Clinic does not generally provide tax preparation services.

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