Friday, July 20, 2018

Long Island Tours to Go On

Things to Do About Long Island

From shorebirds, cormorants, cardinals and majestic ospreys to hawks and falcons, Long Island has close to 500 species of birds and is a favorite for birdwatchers. Various sanctuaries dot the landscape on this beautiful island interspaced with wildlife refuges and a few floral parks.

If walking around does not agree with you, cruise through the scenic environment of Stony Brook. 27-passenger pontoon boat cruises through the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 90-minute tour. An onboard naturalist describes the wildlife and flora you’ll see.


For the physical fitness fans, available are various bike tours to take you through beautiful routes and get you working out too. From the Mattituck Guided Farm and Wine Country Bike Tour offered by East End Bike Tours to the endurance Montauk and Shelter Island Overnight Bike Tour which comes as part of a package by Gotham Bicycle Tours.


For those who are more adventurous, their tours of the iconic island that can be carried out on foot, car, boats or even helicopters. The tours are not just picturesque; they come loaded with different aspects. History, architecture, nature, and culture come together on Long Island to create the perfect holiday getaway whether you are a local or from out of town.

For the children, the island is home to Adventure Land Amusement Park, or you can tour Deep Hollow Ranch where you get to visit on horseback the serene beaches or go on fun wagon tours.


Ranked among the world's Top 10 Wine regions, Long Island plays host to various wineries, and there packages that will let you see up close how good wine is made. The hotels in Long Island are highly rated, and for the avid traveler, the allure of Long Island is more than just its fame.


For the more refined, Heckscher Museum of Art and the Parrish Art Museum are a must visit, these carry not only history but the pieces on display are breathtaking. You can visit the Montauk Lighthouse, one of the most famous, where you get magnificent views of the ocean. Even the golfer can polish his game while on holiday at the Bethpage State Park which is home to a championship golf course.

Let us know if any of these outside / indoor tours and fun spark any interest! We want to know if you go on any. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fun Summer Kid Crafts

In the summertime, it can often be difficult to come up with things to do outside. These crafts you can do in the shade outside or in the home with the cool AC. Have fun with it!

With a few basic ingredients, you can make a homemade puffy paint for your kids to play with all day long. 


Puffy Paints
  • All you need is one cup of flour, three teaspoons of baking powder, one teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it liquid like pancake batter. 
  • Mix this solution and place the puffy liquid in four separate bags and put a rubber band on each one. 
  • Use food coloring in each bag and mix them up. 
  • Then, cut off a tiny hole in the other side of the bag and paint away. 


Flubber / Slime

Have you ever wanted to make your own flubber? All you'll need is:

  • 3/4 of a cup of cold water
  • One cup of Elmer's glue
  • Some liquid food coloring
  • Half a cup of hot water
  • Teaspoon of borax


Once you have all the ingredients, you mix the cold water, glue, and food coloring together before, set it aside in a bowl. Then, you mix together the hot water and borax in its own bowl. Once the borax has dissolved, slowly add the glue mixture to the first bowl and mix it well. Afterward, pour off any excess water that may have found its way into the mixture. Once that's done, you'll be ready to play with your new flubber/slime.


Puppets


If neither of those options seems appealing to your kids, you can always try making your own paper bag puppets!

For this, all you need is a paper bag, construction paper, a glue stick, and scissors. With paper bad puppets, there is an endless range fo what your kids can do with the backs. Use the construction paper as teeth, eyes, arms, wings, legs, however they want, this is all about using your imagination.


We hope you pick one of these as a fun to do option with the kiddos during this summer. Let us know if you have any other fun crafting topics you'd like to see us cover. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where is the Summer Fun in Long Island?

Now that summer is fully here, kids are out of school, and the temperatures are looking to shine on the brighter side, let’s take a look at what is going on around Long Island for the summer of 2018.




Learn to Surf on Long Island -

Have you ever been interested in learning how to ride the waves and cruise with the ocean? Now is your chance. Get out there and grab a board. There are multiple places in LI to learn how to handle the waves. The name of the shops is Skudin Surf, Bunger Surf Shop, Island Surf School, Natures Shapes, SURFLUCA. Here is a website to check out to see each of their prices and locations. Get out there and get fit! It’s also a great summer workout. https://www.longisland.com/news/06-22-14/learn-to-surf-on-long-island.html

Star Gazing -

Nothing like being outside during the summer night. Why not enjoy some stargazing while you’re out? Here are some observatories and parks that currently host stargazing spots. Star gazing gives people an opportunity to reflect and be contemplative about the beauty of nature and the many wonders and mysteries that our universe holds. Take relaxing night outside and enjoy your summer!

Skydiving -

Ever jumped out of a plane and had the ultimate rush from this activity? Now is your chance! Skydive with South Shore aka Skydive Long Island! You have the option to go tandem skydiving, learn from the best before you take to the skies on your own. You actually have to if you ever do want to go on your own. So learn from the best! Take a few lessons this summer and get this one checked off your bucket list already!

Berry Picking -

Ok, so maybe skydiving isn’t your scene, maybe surfing is too much for you, and maybe you’re not a night owl to go outside and see the stars late at night. Here is the pick for you! You can visit these select farms and hang around, take a stroll, and pick your own berries! Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries! You can’t simply grab them from the bush, you will be instructed how to farm these berries properly.


We hope these picks are something you might find interesting. Happy summer Long Island from your friends here at PTRC! We hope you are having a great summer. Let us know if you end up doing any of these things here through Long Island. We would love to hear about your summer adventures.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bagels of Long Island and Where to Find Them

New York is a very special place, it’s one of the places in the world that host the absolute best bagel selections. Let’s take a look at a world of delicious eats. If you’re allergic to gluten, we are sorry! It’s just so delicious though!


Bagel Boss of Hicksville/Plainview -

Bagel boss has every kind of bagel you could imagine. From Cinnamon Raisin and Egg Onion to Honey Whole Wheat. They also carry a full line of bakery goods: croissants, cookies, apple turnovers, Danish, Linzer tarts, rainbow cookies, and much more.




See more on Bagel Boss’ website!


Wally's Bagels of North Babylon -


In 1991 Mr. and Mrs. Wally opened up this business, even though they are not the current forefront owners, it still is run by the family. Bagel types they have are plain, everything, sesame, salt, whole wheat, egg onion, pumpernickel rye, and so on! Wally's also has an assortment of fresh pastries as well to combine with your breakfast.


You can get your breakfast sandwiches on bagels of course, but you also have the option of a roll or bread. Who are we kidding, get it on a bagel of course! Check out this breakfast sandwich from these guys.
 
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See and learn more about Wally’s over on their site. Check out their menu and see more. https://www.wallysbagels.com/

Stuff a Bagel of Farmingdale -


For over 29 years, Stuff A Bagel has been serving the community of Farmingdale amazing dishes. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can swing in for a quality meal and service. Stuff A Bagel bagels are boiled and bakes the old-fashioned way, the family recipe.

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner you’ll have a variety to choose from.

Breakfast sandwiches: ham, egg, cheese on a bagel. Or get ham, bacon, sausage, 2 eggs, cheese on a bagel. Even go for an omelet sandwich.

Lunchtime, get an overstuffed bagel sandwich. Which can be a BLT, grilled cheese with bacon, pastrami melt, bbq chicken sandwich, and much more.




Learn more about Stuff a Bagel by visiting their site today.

We hope we were able to point you in the direction of a new bagel place, have any of you heard about any of these locations? Let us know on Facebook.    

Monday, June 18, 2018

BBQ Places to Eat


Now that summer is approaching, let’s look at some of the coolest places to eat via Trip Advisor throughout Long Island during summer time. Nothing says summertime like being outdoors and being near a grill. Today’s coolest places to eat, BBQ style.



Biscuits & Barbeque

At 85 reviews, sitting at an overall 4.5, we have Biscuits & Barbeque. Located at: 106 E 2nd St, Mineola, NY 11501-3505.

Located in Mineola, this restaurant based off of Authentic Louisiana Southern BBQ. It has entrés such as smoked BBQ Rubs, BBQ pulled pork, chicken friend beefsteak. Not to mention, this location also hosts a various selection of Po Boys. Check out their website to learn more about their menu option.  http://biscuitsandbarbeque.com

Bobbique

With 116 reviews, at an overall 4.0, located at 70 W Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772-3002
+1 631-447-7744, Bobbique. 

In Patchogue, REAL PIT BARBECUE.  Established June of 2006, Bobbique takes on Southern Barbecue on Long Island. This Southern Pride Pit smokes up to about 700 pounds of meat at a time. Low temps and rotisserie action gives them the perfect smoke. They host BBQ chicken wings, freshly baked jumbo pretzels, BBQ shrimp salads, BBQ chopped brisket sandwiches, pulled pork, full slabs, and much more.

Learn more by visiting their site. This has nothing to do with the food, but they get 5 stars for their killer website.  http://www.bobbique.com/

Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint

With 150, 4.0 reviews, this location of 4847 Merrick Rd, Massapequa Park, NY 11762-3804, is Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint.

A quote from Smokin’ Al himself, “From the Carolinas to Georgia. Tennessee. Kansas City, Florida, California, and Texas, I have come to understand what real barbecue is all about.” Since their 2003 opening in Bay Shore, they have had over 2 million customers. From fried pickles, pork belly ends, to BBQ Shrimp, BBQ sandwiches, quarter pounder burgers, and RIBS RIBS RIBS!, this place has it. Learn more about this location on their site.  http://www.smokinals.com/

We hope you pick one of these locations for your next meal. Let us know how it goes. Get out there are try some new BBQ. If you believe we have missed a location to highlight, let us know and we can highlight it next time!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Local June Events in Long Island

If you would like to take some time outside or see something indoors, there are plenty of things to do around Long Island this summer. 

Here are some local up and coming events here around Long Island for the month of June!

Art Show, 17th Annual

Local artists will have their nautical pieces on display in the Keepers Quarters at the Lighthouse! Opening reception will be held on June 22nd through to July 16th, from 6pm and on. Learn more about this event by visiting here. 

Singin' In The Rain

This show has been extended through to July 8th! Experience the glamour of Hollywood's golden age with a performance of Singin' In The Rain! Check out more information here about show times. 

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA  

This option is on the pricier side and more of a nice date than family night, from May 17 - July 1st, catch the show of VOLTA. A story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Adventurous spirits mix acrobats and action sports. Visit their page to learn more about this performance.

Stress Relief Saturday

June 30th, 3pm to 430pm, there will be a class at Connetquot Public Library. Join in for a session of relaxing music and motivational music. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here about this event. 

If there are any events you'd like us to talk about or highlight for the people of Long Island, leave us a comment on Facebook so we can share with our audience!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Outings With The Family


Summer is approaching and we have put together a few places for you and or your family to go and visit nearby.


Montauk Lighthouse, Montauk State Park –

Authorized by President George Washinton in 1792, this is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. As a National Historic Landmark, it is understandably one of the most popular destinations (and picture spots) on Long Island. Paired with the expansive scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s hard to beat. When visiting, you are able to climb to the top, walk the park or visit the museum, which is located in the 1860 keepers’ house.
https://montauklighthouse.com/

Adventureland-

A place for the family, Adventureland has been Long Island's amusement park since 1962. The park offers rides, attractions, games, and more. Located 30 minutes east of New York City, at 2245 Broad Hollow Rd. in Farmingdale, New York Adventureland has something for everyone. Download their Adventureland app or visit the site to learn more about the park. https://adventureland.us/

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington-

If you or the family are wanting to go to an indoors location, check our the Heckscher Museum of Art. The museum’s permanent collection includes 15-20th century American and European paintings. Visitors have the option to visit and listen in on lectures and events. Be sure to check their site to learn more about their current exhibitions. http://www.heckscher.org/

The Long Island Aquarium-


For another indoor event, take a trip to the Long Island Aquarium. In River, this massive coral reef display, shark tank, and year-round sea lion show attract many visitors. There are chances for up-close and personal experiences with touch tanks and other interactive encounters. Get a selfie with a sea lion and meet some penguins. There is a boat tour down the Peconic River if the weather permits. 
Learn more about the aquarium by visiting: https://www.longislandaquarium.com/ 

Long Island Children's Museum-

Keeping with the theme of staying indoors from the heat, bring the kiddos to the Long Island Children's Museum. This venue hosts 14 interactive hands-on exhibits, live theater, fun art spaces, and many other daily activities. Check their site for the day to day activities and prices.   https://www.licm.org/ 
 

We hope one of these is your pick or maybe even an inspiration for your up and coming summer of fun! Let us know on Facebook where you end up this summer! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Pizza Places to Visit

At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we are always happy anytime we’re able to help people get a reduction in property tax. And now that you’ve saved a bit of money, what are you going to do with it? Here are some of the top pizza places you can visit, just in case you want to indulge in your savings.

Mama Theresa’s



With three locations throughout New York, Mama Theresa’s is a popular spot for some good pizza. One patron even said, “the pizza is to die for.” You can find Mama Theresa’s in Garden City Park, East Meadow, or Westbury.


That Pizza Place



In Levittown, New York, you’ll find That Pizza Place, a great little place offering a wide range of pizzas for nearly any type of appetite. They have so many options, no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.


Gino’s Pizza




In Elmont, you’ll find Gino’s Pizza. The pizza place treats the community like family, with many people grew up eating at the staple for more than 30 years. When you enter the door, you’re in for a treat no matter your pizza choice.


Little Vincent’s Pizza




Looking for the best cold cheese slice of all time? Try Little Vincent’s Pizza in Huntington. One reviewer even claims, “Hands down the best slice of pizza on Long Island, no questions asked.” This unique spot is perfect for anyone looking for good pizza in a quick environment where you get it, eat it, and go.


Umberto’s Pizzeria



In New Hyde Park sits a nice little pizzeria where you can get a really good Sicilian and the experience to boot. Umberto’s Pizzeria has a lot of people raving, boasting 4 out of 5 stars with over 570 reviews on Yelp. If you’re looking for great pizza, you won’t be disappointed with any of these options.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Local May Events - This Weekend


We may have had some unfavorable temperatures lately. However, we are closer to Summer!




Let’s plan something this weekend! Here are some local events happening this up and coming week.

9th Annual Montauk Music Festival

A multi-day music festival is celebrating talented up and coming independent artists.
From Alt rock, folk, rap, pop, reggae, blues, jazz, bluegrass, everything is here!
Learn more info about the event at www.montaukmusicalfestival.com
This event starts May 17th and wraps up May 20th.

Creatures of the Night

Visit Sweetbriar to see some nocturnal animals and get ready to go on an adventure in the dark. You’ll have a hoot! Bring a flashlight just in case. The event is
Friday, May 18th. Recommended for families with children 7 and up.
$10 a person. More info at http://sweetbriarnc.org/  

Endangered Species Day

At the Sagamore Hill National Historic site, you’ll have the opportunity to
 see their current engaged species! The event is free. More info about

Winery Tours

Visit the Pindar Vineyards for a behind-the-scenes look at their process of winemaking.
View the facility, production, and get a chance of tasting five wines for $20 a person.
Reservations required for the tasting, payment is at the time of booking. Their tours end on May 19.
Learn more here: https://www.pindar.net/

We hope you get a shot at enjoying something fun this weekend! Have a great rest of your week

 Long Island! Thank you Discovering Long Island for the ideas of things to do this weekend! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Can I File Even If I’ve Missed The Deadline?

It's that time of year when things are coming to a close for us. We do see online people wondering about filing beyond the deadline. 



You wanted to know if you could file a property tax grievance after the Nassau County April 2nd or the Suffolk County May 15th deadline passes?

Once this deadline has passed, a grievance cannot be filed for that tax period. 


You must wait until the following grievance period to file again for the subsequent tax year.

If you run into the issue of my property tax grievance from last year is still not determined.


Then yes, you will have to reapply. You only have a once a year opportunity to file a tax grievance. Once a tax year’s tax grievance deadline passes, there is no recourse to file for that year.

Be sure that you are filing a tax grievance each year, this will ensure that you will not miss an opportunity for a property tax reduction. Set a reminder to contact PTRC ahead of schedule. 

Remember, The grievance process is a long one. It could take 18 months from beginning to end. However, regardless of when your case is settled, the results will always be retroactive to the beginning of the tax year for which you filed your property tax grievance.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

What Does Filing a Grievance Mean?

Understanding Before Filing a Grievance

A tax grievance is when a homeowner is disputing a claim that an assessor has made. When it comes to taxes and defining assessments, there is a lot that many do not know or understand. When it comes to a tax bill, the word assessment confuses people to where they can make mistakes if they are not working with a professional because there are several different terms that come with that one word.

Why are assessments being mentioned when trying to file for grievances? Because understanding your financial assets, how they work for you and what you need to understand if you need to shift your perspective.

This can create significant confusion when determining what is needed and what is expected. Estimates can be made, but they can also be disputed without any trouble. Several issues can arise sometimes and the moves that are made by assessors can lag when dealing with the real estate market. Also, when filing for a grievance be sure to understand how your tax bracket comes into play.

Here is what you need to understand when filing for a grievance; what it means and how to do it.


Beginning the process


At the first tier of filing for a grievance, a complaint is filed with the local assessment department in your state. This is called an “administrative review”. This means that the homeowner is making a complaint about the assessment being at a higher value percentage on the market value spectrum than what is allowed by the law.

The assessor of the property will then review the evidence that has been provided by the homeowner, which could later result in a in-person negotiation meeting before a proper decision can be made.

Upon the second tier of filing for a grievance will be if the assessor’s has made a decision resulting in unsatisfactory evidence presented, the homeowner can file a petition with the Small Claims Court for a review of the decision. This is considered a lawsuit against the assessment determined and will require a small fee in order to be heard by the Small Claims Court.

The assessor and the homeowner will provide reasonable proof about the decision made and the courts will review the evidence and make the final decision. Once this step is complete, a grievance has been filed and a permanent decision has been made by the courts.

Keep in mind, May 15th, 2018 is the deadline to file a grievance in Suffolk county.

P.T.R.C. Inc. specializes in long island residential property tax reductions.  Since 1990, P.T.R.C. Inc. has successfully handled over 260,000 assessment challenges.  We have secured millions of dollars in reductions and refunds for our clients.  We aim to be the best in the business!

Let P.T.R.C. Inc. Help Lower Your Property Taxes!

 (516) 484-0654 http://www.ptrc.com/


Friday, April 20, 2018

How Property Tax is Calculated



Want the low-down on how Property Tax is calculated? Here it goes… 




Property tax is tax based on the value of real property, such as counties, towns, villages, schools, road and other services for home owners. Your property tax is determined from your county and the jurisdictions in each county itself. Many people often wonder how to calculate your property tax and how it all works out.

Here are the steps of how it is calculated.
  • Taxing jurisdiction ( school district, municipality, county, special district,)
  • Taxing jurisdiction determines revenue from all sources other than the property tax( state aid, sales tax, user fees)
  • Revenues are subtracted from the budget and the remainder becomes the lax levy. The tax levy is the amount of the tax levy that is raised through the property tax.
  • To determine the tax rate, the taxing jurisdiction divides the lax levy by the total assessed value of all the property in the jurisdiction.
  • Because tax rates are generally expressed as “per $1,000” of taxable assessed value” the product is multiplied by 1,000.
Looking over your property taxes and knowing how they are calculated is always beneficial for managing your finances. 

Do you think you are paying too much in property taxes? Contact Property Tax Reduction Consultants today! We have helped tens of thousands of homeowners just like you save money, and get back millions of dollars in refunds from the towns, for overpaid property taxes. Our mission is to ensure you pay the lowest amount of taxes required by law.

For more information about Property Tax Reduction Consultants, visit PTRC.com, or check out our Facebook Page, linked HERE

Monday, April 16, 2018

Suffolk County Grievance Deadline, It's Approaching!

Suffolk County Grievance Deadline



Have you filed your Suffolk County grievance yet?  It’s not too late!  Suffolk County property owners have until May 15th 2018 to file a grievance with the town to lower their property taxes. 


At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, saving you money is our priority.  There is no fee to be qualified and if we determine that you are paying your fair share of property taxes, there is no cost to you.  We have helped over 150,000 clients save millions of dollars in property taxes. 


With the latest data, technology, strategy and negotiation skills we work to make the process of reducing your property taxes simple.


If you think that you are overpaying on your taxes, call us at  (516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 to contact our office. We will do all of the paperwork and make any necessary appearances on your behalf.  Simply apply by mail, fax, email, or online to reduce your property taxes this year.

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
www.PTRC.com





Tuesday, April 3, 2018

1st Time Property Tax Griever in Suffolk County? We Can Help!

If this is your first time ever being a property tax griever, don't worry, we've got you covered. 




This blog is for those in Suffolk County. If you're in Suffolk County, you've got until MAY 15th to get this completed. Do not wait! 

Here are steps you can take to get underway with filing. 


Step 1: You file a grievance on our website! 

Step 2: We take your appeal to the Board of Assessment Review in Suffolk.

Step 3: If we're denied here, we will take your case to the Small Claims Assessment Review where we have been extremely successful. 

Step 4: We will handle all of the details during the review process so you can sit back and relax. But we must warn you, this is not an overnight process which is why you NEED to file now! 

Step 5: You will receive your reduction in the form of an adjusted tax bill or in a refund check. Sometimes they will even do a little bit of both. But regardless, these taxes need to be tackled! 

We have been helping clients in the Long Island area for over 27 years and during that time we have secured MILLIONS of dollars in reductions. Our experience and our relationships in the industry make us the can't miss service for the tax season. And wait, we haven't even told you the best part yet... 

We ONLY get paid if you receive a reduction. If you are denied for whatever reason, there will be no fee or obligation attached to you. What this also does is it ensures that our team is going to work their absolute hardest throughout the process to get you the best reduction possible. If they don't, nobody saves and nobody gets paid. 

Tackling your tax reductions is just like tackling Mr. Julio Jones. Sometimes you need some help! We have been helping clients in Nassau and Suffolk County for over a quarter-century and we are not stopping anytime soon. The deadline to file is only ONE month away and we don't want you to fall behind. 

Contact us today if you have any questions. 
Property Tax Reduction Consultants
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 |  info@ptrc.com

Monday, March 26, 2018

Long Island Residents: There is Still Time to File for Grievance!

Nassau County Residents, the grievance deadline of April 2nd is almost here! 



There are only 5 days remaining to file for grievance for the tax year!

Our staff at Property Tax Reduction Consultants is dedicated to assuring our clients pay the lowest possible property tax!CLICK HERE to obtain your application and begin the grievance process today! Hurry up though, only 5 days remain!

If you have any que
stions about the grievance process, please call us at any time at 516-484-0654, we would be happy to assist you.

For more information on PTRC and the grievance process, please visit us on the web at www.ptrc.com!

For those in Suffolk County, do not wait either. May 15th, 2018 is the deadline. 



Monday, March 19, 2018

Places to Visit During Spring in Long Island


While visiting Long Island can be delightful all year long, it is especially terrific during the spring. The mild temperatures and warm air invite people to spend time indoors and outdoors. 

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay


There were two president Roosevelts. The first was Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt was brought up in Manhattan but summered in Long Island. Enchanted with the island, he bought a home of his own in his twenties. Today, Sagamore Hill welcomes visitors all year long. People can see where Roosevelt raised a family of six with his second wife. The gorgeous grounds are perfect on a spring day.

Old Westbury Gardens 


Spring is a time for flowers and gardens. Long Island is home to some of the finest along the eastern seaboard. Head to Old Westbury for a mansion surrounded by two hundred acres. You'll find ponds, lakes and plenty of places to take a shady walk and see local flora in full bloom. Guided tours will show you dozens of charming spaces.


Long Island Children's Museum


If your kids are off for spring break, bring them here on a rainy day. This Garden City museum has lots of things that kids can see and learn about. Fourteen interactive exhibits encourage exploration of the natural world and creative play as well as fun family time. There's also a live theater that encourages kids to participate in plays geared to their age group. Free parking makes it easy to get there and home.

Montauk Point Lighthouse


Perched at the very tip of the island, Montauk is place for summer crowds heading for a fashionable beach resort. It also makes a great spring day trip. The lighthouse is an ideal option for a warm spring day of fun. This is the oldest lighthouse in New York state. There's a museum on the grounds that brings the past history of the area to life again. Guided tours take people into each corner of the lighthouse and up the stairs. Take a climb to the top. When you get there, marvel at views that stretch across three states. The off season means you'll have less company so can enjoy the entire place even more.



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Long Island


We all know that the Irish people have a strong heritage and a great influence on American culture. They have given America great things. However, one of the greatest things that the Irish people gave to America is the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 



So, if you like to wear green, find lucky clovers or go looking for a leprechaun’s gold at the end of a rainbow; then St. Patrick’s Day is the time for you. This is an old tradition that pays tribute to Ireland’s former St. Patrick. In case you didn’t know he was a saintly man who brought the Christian faith to the Irish people during the 5th century A.D.

The Long Island area of New York city has the nation’s 9th largest Irish community. When St. Patrick’s Day comes around the people here put on a grand performance and celebration. Let’s take a look at some of the best events and places for your family and you to visit during this festive occasion.

1. Parades, Parades and More Parades 


There are over 15 different parades that take place throughout the week - leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Each section of the Long Island area has a parade on different dates before March 17. The official St. Patrick’s Day parade is the culmination of these minor processions.

2. Eat, Drink and be Irish 


You can eat your favorite Irish dishes at places such as Paddy's Loft in Massapequa, Rachel’s Waterside Grill and the Library Café in Farmingdale. St. Patrick’s Day is also known for its green beer and there are plenty of pubs that provide this famous green colored alcoholic beverage on St. Paddy’s Day.

Lily Flanagan's Pub in Babylon; Stinger's Irish Pub in Rockville Centre and the Oyster Bay Brewing Company in the Oyster Bay area also provide some of refreshing brews during this fun time of the year. Finnegan’s Restaurant & Tap Room in the Huntington area is considered one of the best places to visit for beer during St. Patrick’s Day.


3. St. Patrick’s Day Fairs and Festivals 


On March 11, 2018 the 20th Annual Irish Experience festival will be presented in Long Island at the Hofstra University. This event is for the family and kids. East Wind, Long Island is the destination for the 2018 I Love Chocolate Fest. This festival takes place on the 17th and 18th of March. There are plenty of other local celebrations, fund raising events and community events in the Long Island area that you can attend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.



Have a fun and safe holiday over the weekend. Use ride share services if you've had too much during celebration!  Happy St. Patrick's Day from PTRC. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

The P.T.R.C. Inc. Grievance Process

Deadlines are coming up in case you missed it:

Nassau County filing deadline has been extended to April 2nd, 2018. 

Suffolk County deadline is May 15th, 2018.



Here is a step by step guide of the grievance process at PTRC.  If you are confused by any of the steps or need to book an appointment, please reach out to us today.

Step 1 - Submit your signed application.

Step 2- Receive confirmation from P.T.R.C. Inc. that we received your application within the deadline and you’re eligible to file the grievance application.

Step 3 – P.T.R.C. Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) in Suffolk County, or the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) in Nassau County.

Step 4 – Based on the decision rendered by the ARC or BAR, P.T.R.C. Inc. will either accept the reduction or we will proceed to Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).

Step 5 – SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if denied at the board level. We have proven extremely successful here! A $30 court filing fee is required for SCAR to purchase an index number which guarantees your case to be heard.

Step 6 – P.T.R.C. Inc. will purchase the index number and complete all necessary paperwork on your behalf. Once your appeal is filed it is up to Supreme Court to schedule a hearing (This can take up to several months because of the numerous SCAR appeals being filed).

Step 7 – We will prepare all the necessary documentation including a Comparable Market Analysis to be used in the appeal process.

Step 8 - We will appear on your behalf and present all the needed evidence to succeed.

Step 9 – Once successful, depending on the municipality and your hearing date a reduction granted can be reflected/adjusted in a number of ways. Such as, the reduction can be reflected on your tax bills in which case you would pay your taxes based on the lowered assessed value and thus no refund will be due you. Another method would be that a refund check can be issued for any overpayment of taxes as a result of the reduction. An additional method can be that a partial adjustment in your assessed value and a partial refund can be issued. A number of factors can influence the method in which the different municipalities reflect/adjust your property tax bill each municipality and reduction can be unique.

Step 10 – Send in your application for the next year to try and continue to reduce your property taxes.

To learn more, contact us today  (516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654 | info@ptrc.com

Monday, February 26, 2018

Who and What is PeerPals.org?

You may have seen us promote and speak about PeerPals.org in our social media posts. Who are they? What are they up to? Let's highlight who they are in today's blog. 


PeerPals.org matches children with disabilities with children who are on track for typical cognitive development for play dates. PeerPals.org is a501(c)(3) charity that charges nothing to any of it's participants. They rely only on the funding of donations from the community to run.

Because of their disability, they may look or act differently than other kids in class and this can create large obstacles in making friends. The way this program is designed,  kids with disabilities will have the chance to communicate and interact with children who may not be exactly like them and vice versa.

This gives the chance for children without disabilities learn to develop empathy, creating a model peer to have in school. Play dates are guided and run in fun and safely monitored environments.

The overall idea is to promote a better elementary school experience. PeerPals.org says, "When I talk with adults with disabilities they all seem to share a similar story about when they were in elementary school…that they had never been invited to a birthday party or on a play date.  As the mother of three children, each of whom was diagnosed with autism by the age of two, this broke my heart.  I didn’t want this future for my own children or anyone else’s child."

If you feel this is an organization you would like to your child to participate in, disability or not, there is an application process you can learn more about on Peer Pals' site here: http://www.peerpals.org/page/signup

PeerPals is also actively looking for special education teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, aba teachers, and regular education teachers to volunteer. If you feel this might fit your calling, check out how to volunteer here: https://secure.peerpals.org/pages/volunteers

Keep in Mind, Sean Acosta is being honored as their Community Champion!  Learn more about this evening event here: https://secure.peerpals.org/page/contribute/2018PlantingSeedsofCommunityTickets 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Why are Property Taxes a Thing? What do they do?


Understanding Property Taxes
Property taxes are often not a favorite subject for people to discuss. In fact, most people who pay property taxes believe they are paying taxes that are way too high for the services they are receiving. In general, property taxes are based on the value of property you own. This is true for people who own real estate, vehicles and business property.

But in addition to how they come up with tax amounts many people are unaware of exactly what services they get from paying their taxes. It is important for you to understand what your taxes are based on and what your taxes pay for within your government. Basically, property taxes pay for a town to operate. They pay for schools, parks, government officials, road maintenance and first responders.

How Municipalities Create Their Tax Base


The first step for a municipality is coming up with a list of property value amounts within their district for real estate, vehicles and business property. Then, a town or city taxable rate is created by coming up with a budget of town wide expenses. From this, the municipal government creates a mill rate for real estate property and a tax rate for vehicles and business property to pay for the municipal budgeted amounts needed during a set period of time. These tax rates are equivalent to creating a percentage of value needed on these properties to pay for the governmental services to operate the community.

Property Valuation

In addition to understanding what your taxes pay for, it equally important to understand what things you own gets taxed and how they come up with the value of your property. Property taxes are assessed only on the things you own substantial value that fits into the category of real estate, vehicles or business equipment. Only these items are taxable, personal property, furniture and jewels etc. are not taxable.

Each taxable property is placed in a list by the town tax department and are valued by a town or city assessment office. The real estate of a town is compiled and put into a list called the Grand List. The motor vehicle list and business equipment lists are separate from the Grand List.

Once the lists are made, the tax department obtains values on each property owned. This is done by having value placed on the property by assessors who are educated in the field of property valuations and know how to assess values of property. The basic premise is that you are only taxed based on the value of what you own. This applies to real estate, vehicles and business equipment. 

Once your property is given a value, that value amount is then multiplied by the town’s mill rates and tax rates. This is what creates the amount you pay in taxes each year. The area that is often up to debate within this taxation system is the valued amount of property. This is the area that property owners often dispute in order to lower their taxes.

Contact us today if you have any questions. Don't forget, 

Nassau County filing deadline has been extended to April 2nd, 2018.
Suffolk County deadline is May 15th, 2018.