Three Village School District

Challenge:  The Three Village School District, located on Long Island stood to lose millions in property taxes.  Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook), acquired private property for development that included private businesses.

Against tremendous pressure from SUNY, Empire successfully passed a precedent setting law that required Stony Brook to pay property taxes to the school district on public land used for a private purpose.

Solution:  Our team met with legislators, agency heads and the governor’s office to explain our issue.  We drafted legislation that would force the state to pay property taxes to the school district on the land acquired by Stony Brook, which was taken off of the tax rolls.

Result: Empire drafted and successfully passed a law requiring Stony Brook University to pay PILOT payment to the Three Village School District in perpetuity.