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Last Updated: February 9, 2016
 The following articles - and more - can be found in our print edition: 

Water's Edge Meeting in Bayville

• L Cody

A meeting about the proposed development of Water's Edge (Steve’s Pier property) was held on Thursday night, February 4th, at Soundview Caterers on Bayville Avenue. Gregory Andrea, AIA, the Architect, along with the developer Euro-Development, had posters showing the proposed development of the site and was on hand to answer questions. With all the seats and tables occupied and residents standing in the back, there were close to one hundred concerned residents. Also present at the meeting in the audience were Mayor Rupp, Deputy Mayor Russo, Trustee Pinkerton and Trustee Charon.

As reported in last week’s Leader, the new plans show revisions, in that the 23 units no longer have full kitchens, but more of a kitchen area (with frig). The front will have cedar shingles, not boards. Some residents are concerned because the plans could be viewed as a hotel, or an apartment building, not a bed and breakfast, as proposed by the developer. Also of concern to some residents were the plans for new cesspools and whether a new environmental impact study had been done. The crowded meeting was chaotic (and loud) at times, and residents in the back had a hard time hearing the questions being posed by residents in the front. The meeting ended abruptly when a representative from Soundview Caterers motioned that the room was only available for a limited time, and some residents left with their questions unanswered.

The property in question. Photo: L.Cody

Beware: Taxpayers Scam

Be wary of fraudulent calls from individuals posing as Treasury representatives Over the past several weeks, taxpayers, as well as tax preparers, have received calls from scammers claiming to be from the U.S. and New York State Treasury Departments. The scams target taxpayers, as well as tax preparers. Governor Cuomo urged taxpayers to be wary of three new scams emerging early in the tax season.

Callers posing as NYS Treasury agents encourage victims to turn over their bank account information along with $250 in return for a larger sum of cash to come at a later date. To make themselves appear more convincing, the scammers provide the victim with a phone number, address, and confirmation code specific to the transaction.

Affordable Care Act penalties – Uninsured New Yorkers may face another tax scam involving penalties under the Affordable Care Act. In some cases, untrustworthy tax preparers tell clients to pay the penalties directly to them, and they keep the money. Taxpayers should never make a tax payment directly to an individual or tax preparer. Payments should be made only with a tax return or in response to a letter from the IRS. Tax preparers become the targets – tax preparers also need to remain vigilant. Recent scams are targeting the preparers via phone calls demanding client information. In these cases, scammers pretend to be from the IRS in hopes of gaining usernames and passwords to taxpayer accounts. Don't be fooled by callers who threaten you or ask for personal information. Be sure you only give your personal information—including your social security number—to someone you trust. Remember, the NYS Tax Department and the IRS will always send you a letter before contacting you by phone or email about a tax debt.

Beware of “phishing” emails. Taxpayers may receive emails that bear fictitious government logos that offer assistance in settling fake tax issues. The NYS Tax Department and IRS will never request personal or financial information by email. Do not click on the email and instead go straight to the IRS or Tax Department website. Avoid identity theft. Your tax return contains personal information, including your social security number, that identity thieves and scammers seek. To prevent your sensitive information from being compromised, only give it to a tax preparer you trust. Visit the Tax Department’s new fraud webpage to learn how to report any suspected fraud that you have been subject to. https://tax.ny.gov/help/contact/fraud-scams-idtheft.htm