ELIZABETHTOWN March 1 is the deadline for all eligible veterans or their widowed spouses to apply for the property tax exemption, which is available to them under New York State law. This exemption could significantly reduce the amount of taxes a veteran or their family pays. The New York State Veterans Affairs Office for Essex County is located in Elizabethtown. Counselors will help any veteran or their spouse fill out the necessary forms to qualify for the tax break, but the application must be submitted before March 1. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located in the County Complex across the street from Stewarts. Call 873-3488 for direction or an appointment. Exemption forms are also available at all local town assessors offices or online at www.orps.state.ny.us Form # 458.