New bill to exempt charities from tax lien sale

Rally at City Hall following introduction of bill and announcing other developments

Contact: Ben Roussel (212-255-2575 or

NEW YORK — This week, 2017, a bill will be introduced to exempt charities from the annual tax lien sale, which takes tax, water and sewer debt owed to the City and converts it into liens that are subsequently sold to a designated private trust managed by the Bank of New York Mellon. The bill also stipulates that charities be notified of their right, under state law, to refunds of any taxes paid. On Thursday, June 22, 2017, advocates, community leaders and elected officials will gather on the steps of City Hall to encourage swift action on the bill and to announce other developments. The rally will take place on the eve of the deadline for property owners to pay debt or enter in payment agreements to be removed from this year’s sale.

WHO:             Advocates, clergy, community members and elected officials, including:

                          Councilmember Antonio Reynoso
                          Public Advocate Letitia James
                          Muhammed Yasir, Al Muneer Foundation, Queens
                          Darma Z. Diaz, Overcoming-Love Ministries, Brooklyn
                          Mara Kravitz, 596 Acres
                          Paula Z. Segal, Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center

WHAT:           Rally to support bill to exempt charities from tax lien sale

WHEN:           Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:        New York City Hall

There will be signs and other visuals at the event.


The Community Development Project at Urban Justice Center provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression.

596 Acres champions resident stewardship of land to build just and equitable cities. In New York City, the organization builds tools to help neighbors see vacant lots as opportunities and create needed green spaces that become focal points for community organizing and civic engagement. 596 Acres created Living Lots NYC, an interactive tool about vacant land across NYC designed to support organizing and advocacy work.

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