Homeowners will have to wait at least another week to find out if they’re going to get $400 property tax rebates. A judge on Staten Island agreed on Thursday to adjourn a hearing on a lawsuit challenging the Bloomberg administration’s refusal to issue this year’s checks. It will resume Dec. 18.
The lawsuit reaffirms what the city’s budget director, Mark Page, grudgingly admitted at a City Council hearing on Nov. 17: It is the Council, and not Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has the authority to eliminate the rebate.
A Staten Island assemblyman, Louis Tobacco, and five council members — James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio of Staten Island; Vincent Gentile and Lewis Fidler of Brooklyn; and Tony Avella of Queens — filed the lawsuit on Nov. 18. But the city’s lawyer, Chlarens Orsland, said that it was only on Monday that he received the last of the documents and asked for the postponement so that he could have more time to prepare a response, he explained after a brief appearance in State Supreme Court.
Where’s That $400 Rebate? Court Is Adjourned