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Rotterdam mulls exemption to help the elderly

Parisi agreed, saying the cost of housing an elderly person in any sort of assisted-living facility can reach $10,000 a month.

"The work of keeping a parent out of a nursing home is a huge savings for taxpayers. It's more than they'll get in a tax exemption."

The exemption hits close to home for Schenectady County Legislator Angelo Santabarbara, R-Rotterdam, who takes care of his elderly parents and grandparents.

"I'm 36, I work full time, and I have my own kids. Sometimes it gets tough, but elderly people prefer to be with their families for as long as they can. To offer some incentive is definitely a plus," said Santabarbara. "I was there when it came up at the Town Board and it's good to encourage people to take care of [their elderly relatives]."

He said the tax break would help families that have made the decision to help their elderly relatives at home.

"It would be nice if we could relieve some of the stress that's associated with that," said Santabarbara. "It's not only money, it's time."

Parisi said that the town hopes to have things ready on the tax exemption by February. To qualify, a resident must have parents or grandparents over the age of 62 living in registered in-law apartment attached to the home.

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