About Don Clavin
Don Clavin is a lot more than just a Receiver of Taxes who runs the most efficient and responsive tax office anywhere. Hempstead Town Receiver Don Clavin has been putting taxpayers first during his 18 years in office, doing more to help residents reduce their property tax burden than any other public official. Hosting hundreds upon hundreds of taxpayer forums, Don has been showing homeowners how to lower their taxes through “tax challenge” seminars, and by hosting “how to” programs that assist taxpayers in getting every property tax exemption for which they are eligible. What’s more, Don Clavin has been the strongest advocate for homeowners who are getting slammed by the Nassau County Executive’s error-riddled and unfair property tax reassessment process, which is hiking taxes for hundreds of thousands of tax-weary neighbors.
Don pledges to fight the tax-hiking agenda of Supervisor Laura Gillen, committing to slash runaway spending that has occurred under her watch. Don was a vocal critic of the Supervisor’s 2019 tax-hike plan, which called for a $2 million boost in total town taxes. Instead, the Receiver worked with a bipartisan coalition of town Council Members, delivering a budget which slashed taxes by 4.2% compared to Supervisor Laura Gillen’s bloated spending plan. At the same time, Don pledges to cut the Supervisor’s $2 million patronage staff payroll by half on “day one” of his administration.
Don plans to bring the same type of innovation to the Supervisor’s job that has distinguished him as a visionary leader among municipal tax receivers. In December of 2018, Don unveiled his office’s new “AutoPay” feature. The first of its kind on Long Island, AutoPay allows taxpayers to have their school and general tax bills automatically made through their stored payment method. With AutoPay, taxpayers never have to visit the tax office or mail in their payments again. Don recently became the first in the State of New York to offer e-Bills, an environmentally friendly e-Billing program that delivers paperless property tax bills to residents through their home computers, tablets or mobile devices. The “paperless” e-Billing system also offers taxpayers the convenient option of paying online with a few simple steps. Further, during collection periods, Don Clavin offers an array of convenient payment options. In addition to extended hours, along with mobile and satellite collection offices and online payments, Don offers taxpayers an “E-Z Pay” Drive-Thru that allows them to pay their taxes without leaving their cars.
The Receiver has a vision for the Supervisor’s job that includes environmentally responsible and sustainable growth; intergovernmental cooperation; streamlining of operations; a major infrastructure upgrade initiative, focusing on major roadway repaving projects and parks overhaul; encouragement of “next generation” homes development; enhancing services for persons with special needs; improving online town services; and collaborative initiatives with local universities and colleges, focused on retaining young workers in our township.
Having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Canisius College and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law, Clavin has utilized his experience as a professional attorney and his technical know-how to provide Hempstead Town taxpayers with the best service possible.
Don is committed to holding the line on taxes, aggressively control unchecked government spending and work collaboratively with other members of the Town Board for real tax relief. From taking on the back-door tax increases of Nassau’s unfair and error-riddled reassessment to strongly managing our township’s operations, Don will improve our government’s services while simultaneously putting taxpayers first.