Nassau Legislature votes to lower years needed for volunteer firefighter tax exemptions

There is now a new incentive to get more Nassau residents to become volunteer firefighters.
The board voted to approve a bill that will give a tax exemption to volunteer firefighters who have completed two years of service. Previously, firefighters had to wait five years before getting a tax break.
Rick Ma, who has been volunteering for the Floral Park Fire Department for seven years, recently qualified for the 10% county tax break.
He is also in charge of recruiting volunteer firefighters for the village and says this change will facilitate the ability to do so.
"We are trying to do our outreach here, and this certainly helps," Ma says.
Other incentives to become a volunteer firefighter include retirement benefits and college education.