Curran signs bill to provide $375 relief payments for most Nassau residents

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran signed into law a measure that will give most Nassau County homeowners a $375 payment.
Up to 400,000 middle- and working-class households will get the check in the mail as part of the county executive’s Household Assistance Program.
“Putting cash into the pockets of our residents doesn’t just help those folks, it also boosts our local economy,” Curran says. “As I’ve said, it is my hope that once these payments are approved -and now they are - residents will use this money in their local communities, supporting their local businesses, their local downtowns.”
To fund the payments, the county will use $100 million of the $193 million it received in May from the federal American Rescue Plan.
The one-time payments will be automatically sent to residents receiving Enhanced STAR or who have limited incomes and disabilities and/or senior citizen property tax exemptions.
Margarita Grasing runs a hot lunch program for senior citizens in Rockville Centre and says the money will be a blessing for them on a fixed income.
“$375 to you or me might not mean that much,” Grasing says. “But when you have an income of $600 a month, $375 means a lot.”
Residents making up to $168,900 will receive a payment after verifying eligibility using their 2020 tax returns.
Those making between $168,900 and $500,000 will have to provide tax returns and documentation of economic hardship due to the pandemic.
Nassau County says checks will start going out in the mail by the end of October to those who qualify.
Suffolk County received $286 million from the American Rescue Plan.
The county says it’s being used in part to restore planned budget cuts to public safety, transportation and contract agencies.