One resident who left the Senior Center on Tuesday still unhappy was James Smith. Smith, who is in his 80s, built his house in Rotterdam in 1957 and has lived there ever since. Smith said he is a disabled veteran and was receiving a total disability exemption, which he says is now gone. He said GAR has also assessed him for a finished basement, which he doesn't have and is about 700 feet off.
"I just want my disability exemption back," Smith said. "Why have they shut it off? I'm 83 and living on a fixed income."
Baire said generally people have left happy or at least with a direction.
"This is the best part of my job," she said. "I like it when people realize they have been treated fairly."
Information sessions are at the Senior Center on Hamburg Street will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. More info sessions will be held at the Rotterdam branch library 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Also, an information session has been set for Saturday, March 17, at town hall. Sessions on March 8 and 10 are already full. To make an appointment, residents can call (800) 718-5149.""