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State Tax Department is delinquent issuing rebates

Sen. Kennedy's office

It could take months before homeowners receive their property-tax rebate checks from Albany. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports,  a local state lawmaker is working to resolve the issue. 

Homeowners across New York have not received their property-tax rebate checks. And that's not sitting well with State Sen. Timothy Kennedy. The South Buffalo Democrat says the rebates should have been mailed out in February and he's fired off a letter to the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance.

"What we need to do at the end of the day is clarify this for the general public. Help individuals that are counting on that rebate to get that rebate as expeditiously as possible. Find out what transpired within the Department of Taxation and Finance to cause this delay. And make sure that it never happens again," Kennedy said.   

And it's apparently not a money problem - because Kennedy says the funds were budgeted. He says it's a bureaucratic delay and he's urging the tax commissioner to issue the rebate checks in a timely manner.