Clavin Introduces Republican Team, Details Priorities, Opens Headquarters, Offers Positive Alternative to Laura Gillen’s Tax Hiking Agenda
Joined by his Republican running mates for the Hempstead Town Board, as well as hundreds of enthusiastic supporters, Hempstead Town’s next Supervisor Don Clavin detailed his campaign priorities. Clavin also introduced his running mates and opened his campaign headquarters in Garden City. At the announcement with Clavin were soon-to-be Town Clerk Kate Murray; the town’s next Receiver of Taxes, Jeanine Driscoll; Majority Leader Erin King Sweeney; Deputy Supervisor Bruce Blakeman; and Councilman Tom Muscarella. Also present were a host of other elected officials and a throng of energized volunteers, who were poised to walk door-to-door with campaign literature for the Hempstead’s Republican office holders and candidates.
“I am excited to tell Hempstead Town residents that tax relief is coming to the Supervisor’s Office,” said Clavin. “Supervisor Laura Gillen has distinguished herself for three things: a proposal to raise taxes by millions, her vote against tax cuts and trying to take credit for the tax cut that she voted against. I’ve never proposed a tax increase, and I don’t plan on starting now. Taxpayers deserve better than Laura Gillen’s tax hiking ways.”
Members of “Team Clavin” were introduced, including the next Town Clerk, Kate Murray; soon-to-be Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll; the Deputy Supervisor, Bruce Blakeman; and Councilman Tom Muscarella.
“I couldn’t be happier with the team that we have assembled to represent Hempstead Town’s taxpayers this year,” stated Blakeman. “Don Clavin is a tax-cutter who will work collaboratively with the Town Board to control government spending, provide meaningful tax relief and deliver the best municipal services at the lowest possible cost.”
Clavin outlined some priorities of his campaign, which include a host of “sound and sensible” initiatives designed to reduce the cost of government borne by taxpayers, eliminate governmental waste, reform municipal operations, slash the fat in the Supervisor’s administration and dramatically invest in the town’s roadway network.
“I am committed to ‘cutting the fat’ in the Supervisor’s administration, reforming Hempstead Town’s government, eliminating waste and investing in the township’s network of roads,” said Clavin. “I have an agenda that respects taxpayers and helps to move our government forward in meeting the needs of residents.”
The Clavin Agenda includes the following priorities:
• Slash Supervisor’s Patronage Staff-
Don Clavin is committed to slashing Supervisor Laura Gillen’s $2 million patronage staff payroll in half on “day one” of his administration.
• Eliminate Take-Home Cars for “Exempt”Government Employees- Don Clavin is calling for the elimination of all take-home vehicles for “exempt” employees (aka appointed officials).
• Resignation of all “Exempt” Department Heads for Re-evaluation-
Don Clavin will call for the resignation of all exempt department heads who are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the Town Board. Clavin intends to conduct a full management review of department heads and will consider allstaffing options based upon the needs of the township and the qualifications of candidates for various positions.
• IDA Transformative Development Zone Program-
In an effort to spur transformative growth and revitalize business districts that are challenged, Clavin is calling upon the local IDA to pursue the establishment of Transformative Development Zones. These zones would include defined developer benefits within specified areas in order to encourage the development of neighborhoods instead of individual buildings. As a base line, no PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) would be lower than the current property taxes, thereby protecting the local tax base. Other taxpayer protections would be built into the plan. The plan could also include incentives for next generation housing and other types of desired construction.
• Major Roadway / Infrastructure Investment Initiative-
Don Clavin has indicated that the Town of Hempstead roadway network requires a major capital investment to maintain the safety of our streets and the desirability of local communities. The Republican Town Board increased its road repaving capital budget by 16% this year; however, Clavin intends to build upon the current roadway upgrade schedule.
• Overhaul Building and Zoning Code-
Expanding upon an initiative launched by Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Don Clavin is focused on re-engineering the town’s building and zoning code to stem the exodus of young professionals from our region, which has been exacerbated by a lack of affordable housing and aging downtowns. Simultaneously, Clavin will work with the development community to promote sustainable growth in Hempstead’s downtowns, encouraging mixed use development and transit-oriented housing, among other smart growth priorities.
“The agenda that I am advancing is one that puts taxpayers first,” said Clavin. “It stands in stark contrast to Supervisor Laura Gillen’s record, which includes proposing to hike town taxes by millions, voting against a tax cut and trying to take credit for the tax cut which she voted against. Taxpayers deserve more from their government officials.”
“Team Clavin” opened the headquarters, located on 7thStreet in Garden City, near the intersection of Franklin Avenue. The headquarters serves as the distribution center for campaign literature. It is also a meeting place for Young Republicans and other volunteers. Visitors can stop by and learn more about Clavin and his team. The headquarters is open weekdays and Saturdays. At the conclusion of the headquarter’s opening, hundreds of volunteers delivered campaign literature door-to-door for Don Clavin and the other Town of Hempstead Republican candidates.
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, Clavin 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.
Clavin has distinguished himself 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.
“Hempstead Town homeowners cannot afford two more years of Laura Gillen,” concluded Clavin. “Taxpayers have had enough of Laura Gillen’s tax hiking ways and they are annoyed that she voted ‘NO’ to cutting taxes. Even her own Democrat colleague on the Town Board, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, didn’t support her tax hike. Worst of all, Laura Gillen is a stranger to the truth, trying to take credit for the tax cut that she voted against. Hempstead Town taxpayers deserve real tax relief and that is what they will get with Don Clavin.”