Without commenting specifically on the Domenic Procopio case, New Rochelle Tax Assessor Louis “Chip” Perone acknowledged today that he would expect public officials to notify his office if they were receiving property tax exemptions to which they were not entitled. Talk of the Sound has previously reported that Procopio, Chairman of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, received STAR and Combat Veteran exemptions to which he was not entitled for eight years on a property he owns at 7 Pinebrook Road. Talk of the Sound discussed the Procopio matter with Perone at his office at CIty Hall while obtaining a copy of the Property Card for 7 Pinebrook Road.
The property card shows that Dominic Procopio initially acquired an ownership interest in the property on July 16, 1999. The deed for the property shows that the property was purchased by Peter and Helena Ferrari on October 10, 1958 and that Procopio entered into an agreement to acquire ownership of the property along with Helena Ferrari under which she was allowed to remain in the home until her death. (“joint tenant with rights of survivorship)”.
The City has claimed that Procopio began receiving the tax exemptions due to an unspecified “clerical error” in 2002 but has so far refused repeated requests to clarify the exact nature of the error, who was responsible for the error and provided any explanation of how the error occurred.