New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed an executive order authorizing local governments to lift the requirement for in-person renewal of property tax exemptions for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
The governor said that with the winter spike in COVID cases, allowing local governments to lift the requirement in person can protect the health of those thousands of people in vulnerable populations while continuing to provide tax breaks to those who need it most.
The ordinance also gives the Senate and the State Assembly discretion to meet remotely until Jan. 15 and allows public bodies to meet remotely. The content of the meetings has yet to be made public.
Finally, the executive order allows certified clinical labs to use out-of-state facilities to process COVID-19 tests from New York residents in an effort to help manage the huge increase in demand for testing.