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Thunderstorms & Poor Drainage Flooding Possible Today

Isolated instability showers will give way to a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon. While the overall threat for severe weather appears relatively low, one or two storms could produce gusty winds, large hail, and possibly very heavy rain. If heavy rain persists, or if multiple storms move over the same area, then low lying areas, and poor drainage locations, could experience flooding. A second round of late night storms may be possible, but the rain should clear off to the East after midnight.

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The Bottom Line: STAR Rebate Letter?

Updated: Thursday, November 7 2013, 09:11 PM EST
ALBANY -- If you're looking to sign up for New York State's STAR Rebate Program, there's a Bottom Line Alert you need to hear.

State officials are warning of a deceptive solicitation, offering services for a fee - when you can get those same services for free!

The letter says it's from "STAR Exemption Advisor" in East Meadow, New York.

It starts off by saying "Congratulations!" on authorizing them to file, then says "As per the agreement that you signed... please pay $794.93 within 30 days."

But the services they claim to be offering - filing for the STAR tax exemption - can actually be done for free.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance tells CBS 6, it was tipped off after receiving a number of phone calls from taxpayers.

"Our advice is that this is a free and easy process for New Yorkers to handle themselves," says Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox, "whether it's the initial application through a local assessor, or the registration process with the state."

For official help in applying for New York State's STAR Rebate Program, [click here] or call 518-457-2036.

The deadline to file for the rebate is December 31st.The Bottom Line: STAR Rebate Letter?

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