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Hochul signs Hinchey's bill to improve RESTORE program

Aug 10, 2022 12:45 am

MidHudson News is reporting that Governor Kathy Hochul, on August 8, signed legislation sponsored by state Senator Michelle Hinchey, a Democrat from Saugerties, to help low-to-moderate income seniors cover the costs of emergency home repairs through the Residential Emergency Services to Offer Home Repairs to the Elderly, or RESTORE, program. Two companion bills were also signed to expand property tax relief for seniors and first-time homebuyers. The RESTORE program is available statewide. It helps seniors remain living independently and safely in their homes by funding needed structural, electrical, plumbing, and heating repairs, accessibility modifications, and appliance replacements. Hinchey’s bill, supported by the Rural Housing Coalition, improves the RESTORE program by increasing the maximum cost allowed per project to $20,000 and extending the construction deadline for projects to 60 days. The other pieces of legislation signed by the Governor this week include bills to expand tax relief for New York homeowners. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.