By Larry Gordon

It is that time of year again: the tax assessment here in Nassau County is looming.

It’s rare to live a day in our community without hearing a neighbor, relative, or friend complain about their extremely high property taxes, and who can blame them?

That’s where attorneys Shalom Maidenbaum and Ilyse Sternberg come in. As partners at Maidenbaum & Sternberg, LLP, the premier tax certiorari firm in Nassau County, Shalom and Ilyse and their newest partner, longtime attorney Amy Madmon, work diligently to provide relief for overburdened taxpayers in our area. Their business revolves around lowering homeowners’ property-tax assessments, which are used to calculate the dollar amount of our school, general, and village taxes.

“Nassau County property taxes are among the highest in our entire country,” says Shalom, as I sit beside him in his conference room at 132 Spruce St. in Cedarhurst. “So our experienced team works day and night to save local homeowners as much as we possibly can.”

I am a layperson when it comes to property-tax reductions, but my understanding, as I listen closely to Shalom and Amy, is that our tax bills have two components: assessments and tax rates. As budget requirements increase, school, general, and village tax rates tend to increase on a yearly basis. Since those rates cannot be challenged, Shalom and his team work tirelessly to reduce our assessments, basically so we can ultimately save in tax dollars.

I hope that made sense.

Furthermore, with new ever-changing New York State tax laws, Shalom, Ilyse, and Amy believe that filing a property-tax grievance may be more important than ever.

“The new tax laws and the possible systematic review create uncertainty,” says Shalom with a look of concern. “And with that uncertainty, we believe it is particularly important for homeowners to protect their rights as taxpayers.”

The Nassau County deadline to file a 2020–21 property tax grievance was extended to April 2. Maidenbaum & Sternberg can be reached at 516-569-8100, or you can request a form online at if you want to take advantage of that extension.

As a firm, Maidenbaum & Sternberg, LLP has distinguished itself through nearly 30 years of success grieving property-tax assessments. In addition, Shalom, Ilyse, and Amy have a dedicated team of knowledgeable employees, state-of-the-art technology to assist in case evaluation, and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. In an era marred by voicemails and automated systems, Maidenbaum’s team offers personal service and reliable professionalism.

While Shalom and his team are experts in tax reduction, their interests and efforts expand beyond that. They are pillars of our community who generously support Sharsheret, Kulanu, Cahal, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, NCSY, Friends of Israeli Disabled Veterans, and the Emunah Jerusalem Marathon, to name a few of many.

Amy and Shalom are Five Towns natives, having lived in the Five Towns their entire lives. They are very familiar with the neighborhood and the dynamics. “We are residents and active members of the Five Towns community,” Shalom says, “and we believe in supporting the organizations and programs that make this community great.”

While the partners specialize in property-tax grievances, they want local homeowners to understand that there are additional ways to reduce taxes. There are a number of different property-tax exemptions available to seniors, clergy, volunteer firefighters, taxpayers with disabilities, and more. For applications and more information about those exemptions, homeowners should contact the Nassau County Department of Assessment.

At the end of the day, Shalom Maidenbaum, Ilyse Sternberg, and Amy Madmon want to save money for homeowners and give back to our community. I personally file my tax grievance with Shalom, Ilyse, and Amy and all I can tell you from our meeting is that I know I am in good hands.

Shalom says, “Two things are sure in life. Let homeowners take care of their health during the era of corona. Let us take care of your taxes.”

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