WOODBURY - For the first time, New York residents who receive STAR rebates will have to register with the state.
The change comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads a crackdown on fraud and abuse in the system.
A recent study revealed the possibility of property owners receiving more than one exemption, but the exemption is only allowed for a homeowner’s primary residence.
Officials believe the fraud is costing the state millions.
A mass outreach was started this week to alert homeowners they must register with the state even if they’ve already filed an application with a local assessor.
Senior citizens receiving enhanced STAR rebates are not impacted. All others have until the end of the year to register.