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 CafĂ© 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 |