Basic STAR exemption DENIAL LETTER hitting mailboxes

MAY 1—2023—SOME homeowners will receive a Basic STAR exemption denial letter from the Tax Department.

Since 2013, Basic STAR exemption recipients have been required to register with NYS STAR. The homeowners receiving this letter are receiving the Basic STAR exemption but do not have a registration on file.

Last year, when verifying eligibility of taxpayers for the homeowner tax rebate credit (HTRC), NYS sent each of these property owners two (2) letters asking them to register for the HTRC, which would also satisfy their Basic STAR registration requirement. The letters informed them that the failure to register may result in the loss of both the HTRC and the STAR exemption. Because they did not register after two requests—and they do not have a pre-existing registration on file with us—they are no longer eligible for the Basic STAR exemption.

Note: All other Basic STAR exemption recipients have registered with us through either the:

· 2013 STAR registration

· property tax relief credit registration, or

· HTRC registration.

STAR credit recipients are not impacted by this mailing because they register for the credit. Enhanced STAR exemption recipients provide the necessary information through the Income Verification Program.

How will assessors be informed of the denials?

Recipients of the letter have 45 days to respond. After the 45-day period ends, we will work through our regional offices to provide the local Assessor with lists of those who are no longer eligible for the Basic STAR exemption.

Should I contact my Assessor?

Do not contact your local assessor. Local assessors do not have any information regarding this notice and have no authority to review the determinations of the Tax Department.

Your Assessor will simply let you know that you should follow the registration instructions included in the prior letters. (To register, you will need the property key provided in those letters.) For registration assistance, or if you no longer have the prior letters,

please call: 518-453-8146.

Road Closure: Chili-Riga Townline Road

The Town of Chili with the Town of Riga intends to close Chili-Riga Townline Road for a culvert replacement. The work will take place approximately 300′ north of the intersection of Morgan Road / Griffin Road and Chili-Riga Townline Road. “Road Closed – Local Traffic Only” signs will be posted at the intersection of Morgan / Griffin Road with Chili-Riga Townline Road and at the intersection of Green Road and Betteridge Road.

Dates of closure are April 11, 2023 from approximately 7:30am to April 13, 2023 at 5:00pm.

The road will remain closed from the dates and times listed above. If you have questions, please call Damon McGrain at (585) 329-6802 or David Lindsay at (585) 889-6180.

Monroe County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2023 Update

ATTENTION!! The Monroe County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2023 Update is now ready for public review!

We are asking all residents of Monroe County to review the final draft of the plan and give feedback. The projects and information included in the HMP allow your communities to become eligible for grant funding opportunities to minimize losses from natural disasters. The Public Review Period is open until December 23 so don’t miss this last chance to have your voice be heard! Your support and responses are greatly appreciated! Click here for more information and to review the plan:

Monroe County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Is your family storm-ready? Have ideas for making Monroe County more resilient to natural disasters? Let us know! We are updating the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and are looking for your feedback to inform our planning process. Take the survey to contribute your knowledge!

Road Closure: 490 Eastbound Ramp @ 259

Beginning Wednesday, September 21 the NYSDOT will be closing the ramp connecting Route 259 to I-490 eastbound traffic to accommodate a bridge repair project over the train tracks just east of this ramp. Additionally, they will be installing a crossover that will reduce both eastbound and westbound traffic to a single lane between Exit 4 and just east of the Paul Road bridge. This work is anticipated to last until December.

There will be roughly a two week overlap between this work and NYSDOT work to the west along State Route 36, meaning there will be two consecutive I-490 eastbound on-ramps closed during this time. The official detour for motorists to follow is along Route 33 to connect with I-490 eastbound traffic in the Town of Gates.

Interactive Zoning Map

What can I do with my property? Where can I open my business? Our new interactive Zoning Map can help you find the answers you need.

MapLink presents elements from the Town of Chili Zoning Code in an interactive Zoning Map that lets you find the property information you need quickly and easily.

  • View essential zoning elements for development including dimensional requirements, allowable uses and zoning districts.
  • Zoom in on individual parcels to examine zoning requirements in greater detail.
  • Receive email alters whenever zoning Code information is updated.
  • And much more!

Click HERE to check out the new interactive map!

Pavement Resurfacing on Chili Ave.

The New York State Department of Transportation is announcing the beginning of a construction project along NY-33A in the Town of Chili. The project will make a number of enhancements along this corridor, including:

  • Improved pavement condition and rideability by resurfacing NY-33A from NY-252 to Westside Drive.
  • Improved intersection geometry at NY-33A (Chili Avenue) and NY-252 (Beaver Road). This will be converted to a T-type intersection.
  • New pavement markings to better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Upgraded sidewalk curb ramps to meet current ADA standards.
  • Traffic signal improvements.

Motorists ill be able to access NY-33A throughout the entire project. Short term daily lane closures are anticipated during paving operations. Beaver Road at Chili Avenue is expected to be closed for 10-14 days during the reconfiguration with a detour posted.

The general timing of the project is as follows:

  • Mid-April to end of May: Beaver Road intersection closure and work & Signals, ADA Ramps and spot repairs 
  • Mid-June to early July: Mill & Pave Paul/Coldwater east to Westside Drive, ADA Ramp work and adjust manholes and valves 
  • July to early August: Mill & Pave Beaver Road to Paul/Coldwater, adjust manholes and valves and ADA ramp work
  • Night time mill & pave: Paul Road to Paul/Coldwater intersections early August (Wegmans) 


The Town of Chili will be distributing COVID Home Self-Test kits on Monday March 28, 2022 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm; this will be a drive through distribution located at the Town of Chili Highway Department, 200 Beaver Road, Churchville, NY 14428. Kits will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Each box contains 2 test kits.

The event is open to Monroe County residents and no pre-registration is required.

Residents unable to make the event or needing additional test kids are encouraged to take advantage of the federal government’s program, which sends four free COVID-19 tests to every home. For more information, visit Residents can also find free COVID-19 testing locations in Monroe County at For guidance on what to do if a home test kit comes up as positive, visit

COVID Home Self Test kit.

The Town of Chili will be distributing COVID Home Self Test kits on Saturday December 11th from Noon to 3pm in the lobby of the new Community Center 3237 Chili Ave. Kits are available to Chili residents only, proof of residency will be required. Each kit contains 2 tests, One kit per resident who is physically present. Adult residents only! Please direct any questions to or 889-6111.