The tax assessment needs a complete overhaul. The County should move to a system that has annual appraisals using realtime market data. Also we need to staff the Assessment Department with more reviewers/inspectors. Finally the County is a very large jurisdiction to do assessments. We have to provide the resources to the smaller jurisdictions so the assessment system is done accurately.
For the last two years I have fought for an Independent Inspector General to monitor procurement in the County. The Independent Inspector General would be an office that would provide oversight and transparency to the process.
I support affordable housing. Utilizing the First Time Home Buyer Program and utilizing strategic plans to build housing in pockets of the County will enhance our efforts to keep young families in Nassau.
During the last redistricting process I wanted to secure an independent body to oversee the developing of the map and I will do the same for the 2020-23 process.
The key to addressing the tax burden on Nassau County residents is to expand the commercial tax base. If Nassau creates an environment to attract and expand businesses, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas, the tax burden on residents will be reduced.
I have worked in and with the various levels of government for the last fifteen years. Implementing proper oversight, checks and balances hinges upon a depth of knowledge and understanding of how County government functions. With this knowledge, those charged with holding our public officials accountable understand the right questions to ask to ensure transparency.
Once elected, I am committed to enforcing zero tolerance for corruption and ethics violations, cutting wasteful spending, and promoting transparency in the government contracting process.
Once elected, I will explore ways to create strategic partnerships with other municipalities and implement economic strategies to leverage resources and cost sharing. I will work with the Nassau County Land Bank to target communities burdened with "zombie" homes, access funding to rehabilitate these homes and put them back on the market as housing for young adults, working families and seniors. Within District 1, I am currently working with the Uniondale Land Trust to purchase, rehabilitate and sell homes to eligible home buyers.
I support the establishment of competitive election districts putting the interests of communities and the rights of citizens first to ensure fair representation. Unfortunately, partisan politics often plays the largest role in redistricting regardless of which party controls the process. I would support setting up an independent redistricting commission subject to the review and approval of the governing legislative body.