About Don

Don Clavin is a third generation resident of the Town of Hempstead, where he and his wife are proud to be raising their two young daughters and son.  Clavin earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Canisus College in Buffalo and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law. He is an experienced trial attorney practicing in all New York courts as well as the United States Federal District Courts.

Enhanced Services While Saving Money

Since becoming Receiver of Taxes, Don Clavin has made a commitment to enhance services while being fiscally responsible.  The Nassau Herald described him as “using humor and more honesty than the public usually receives from its government officials” (3/11).  Two satellite tax offices were created in Lawrence and Hicksville, in addition to extending office hours from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. during the tax payment seasons for the convenience of taxpayers. Moreover, Clavin uses Hempstead Town’s Mobile Town Hall, obtained through a New York State grant from Senator Charles Fuschillo, to collect taxes and address the concerns of town residents. Don has implemented an e-mail reminder program to help taxpayers make timely tax payments. Taxpayers now have the convenience of paying their tax bills by credit card or e-check, online or by telephone. Lastly, he has created the very first drive-thru tax payment window in New York State. All of these initiatives and projects have been completed and operate at no additional cost to the taxpayers!

Clavin Obtains New State Laws to Protect Our Taxpayers

Don Clavin proposed and successfully obtained state legislation known as “The Clavin Law,” that requires banks be financially responsible to pay residents’ tax penalties if they do not notify their mortgage customers of their legal rights and responsibilities upon satisfaction of their mortgage. In addition, he also successfully obtained state legislation in 2011 to allow for future e-tax bills and e-tax receipts for residents who opt into this forthcoming program.  He is proud of this accomplishment that will save millions in future mailing and production costs, modernize government, and help our environment.

Don Clavin also worked to successfully urge New York Governors to sign executive orders that extended time for tax payments for those families affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and residents stuck at home in the February Blizzard of 2010.

Clavin’s New Office Technology Reduces Costs

One of Don Clavin’s most noteworthy accomplishments is the redesign of the tax bills. Now printed “in-house” on a laser printer in a more cost-effective manner, the new bills are much easier to read and understand. The most important facet of the redesigned bills is that they provide residents with a breakdown of how their tax dollars are being spent. Never before have residents been provided with such a clear and concise tax bill.

These initiatives are just some of many ways Don Clavin works to make the tax office more accessible to the Town’s residents. For his accomplishments, Don Clavin was named “one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40” by Long Island Business News.

Dedicated to Community Service

Clavin is a member of the Garden City Kiwanis Club, Irish Americans in Government, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the Knights of Columbus.