Nassau State Legislature Approves Referendum on Elected Assessors


Monday’s split Nassau Congress approved a bill in a June referendum asking county voters whether they would agree with the elected assessors.

All 11 members of the Republican Caucus voted in favor, and all eight Democrats opposed the bill. Nassau County executive Laura Curran will dismiss the bill with the first veto in 2021. To revoke Karan’s veto, Republicans need a majority of thirteen.

“It’s deliberately stalling the necessary appointments of talented candidates,” said the Republican Party, “undermining the success of the evaluation department,” Karan said.

Chairman Richard Nicolero said that if the bill withstands the veto of county officials and voters decide to agree with the elected position, they will be able to choose from candidates for assessment in the November elections. It was. He said the term of office of the assessor would be four years.

“This is a good government initiative,” said Nicolero (R-New Hyde Park). “The elected assessors will be more sensitive to people.”

This is the second attempt by the Republican Party to create the status of an elected assessor, and the head of the county’s valuation office must be accountable by voters, exceeding 400,000 for tax purposes. It claims that the process of assessing county assets will be more transparent.

In 2019, Republicans failed to get the votes needed to veto Karan’s veto on the elected referendum bill. Both lawmakers made much of the same discussion as they did two years ago, noting that the county-wide reassessment was difficult and error-prone.

Democrats continue to reject the idea of ​​an elected assessor’s post, saying they would unnecessarily inject factions into offices that are supposed to create property tax fairness.

Minority leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) called the Republican proposal a “political stunt” and opposed several Republicans who accused the Democrats of not trusting voters.

“It’s amazing that we talk about trust. I believe people see this right as a political stunt,” Abraham said. “Well, I believe this is a way to hurt the county’s administration and not solve the problem … If this was such a great idea, why didn’t you bring it up during the previous administration?”

Abraham and other Democrats have blamed the “unjustified refunds” of many who filed tax returns before reassessing much of the process turmoil and said they believed it would improve over time. ..

Nassau assessors have been appointed by county officials for nearly 20 years. The county tax office has been frozen for almost a decade under former Republican administrator Edward Mangano.

Karan, a Baldwin Democrat who took office in 2018 and is aiming to be reelected in November, initially promised to rebalance the property tax system and benefit those who challenged the tax bill. But at the end of last year, she frozen the roll again.

Legis. Earlier this month, John Ferretti (R-Levittown) filed a proceeding against the Karan administration after the tax bill did not disclose the full refund of homeowners for overpayments after revaluation. He said to Democrats: “Don’t you know what you’re so scared of? … What’s the downside of giving residents a say in the process?”

Legis. Arnold Drucker (D-Plainview) asked if he would like to elect a commissioner or other head of the county government sector as well. He said it was “too simple” to conclude that the reassessment failure did not occur if the evaluator was elected.

“Once we start politicizing department heads, downhills are slippery,” Drucker said.

Also on Monday, MPs unanimously approved a bill that would set the county’s “Dangerous Dogs” register and two other items to amend the Nassau Coliseum lease agreement.

According to Benny’s Law, if a judge determines that a dog meets the criteria for a “dangerous dog,” the owner has a radius of 1,000 feet (about 6 blocks) to ensure that he or she is aware of potential threats. ) You must mail the judicial order to your neighbors within. Nassau County Police Department and SPCA enforce the law. Violators will be fined $ 500 and then daily fined $ 100 for violating the law.

The Colosseum lease amendment provided rent relief to landlords for up to six months after the state completely lifted the capacity limit for large entertainment venues, from potential proceedings against landlords. Protect the county.

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