Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00
Great Neck resident Jeffrey Bass was just last week chosen as the Republican candidate for Receiver of Taxes for the Town of North Hempstead. Mr. Bass, currently a trustee of the board of trustees of the Village of Great Neck, is a brand new Republican, having switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party on May 19, the day he became a candidate. Chosen at the Nassau County Republican Nominating Convention that night, Mr. Bass says that, if elected, he will feel “…morally obligated to be vigilant in assuring that government functions in the best interest of the people,” and he will “… assure that the town uses taxpayer money wisely with no present or future adverse budgetary consequences.” And if this is not the case, Mr. Bass promises that he will “… speak out and strongly advocate for change.”
Discussing his party change with the Great Neck Record, Mr. Bass said that his decision to run “particularly as a Republican, did not come easy.” A lifelong Democrat, he felt “disillusioned,” but did not seek out the Republican Party; they came to him, he said. However, with this new party affiliation, Mr. Bass said that he has not been asked to change his philosophies, “nor will I.” Terming himself “a strong fiscal conservative and social moderate,” Mr. Bass said that “If privileged and honored to be elected, I will steadfastly represent all of my constituents as a guardian of their precious tax dollars regardless of what parties they are affiliated with.”
Mr. Bass provided the Record with a long list of experiences and positions that he believes makes him “well suited to assume the responsibilities of Receiver of Taxes.” In addition to his current village board position, professionally, Mr. Bass “advises business owners on strategic and critical business decision” through his firm, Executive Strategies Group LLC. He was formerly principal-in-charge of the strategic advisory services practice at the regional accounting firm Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP.
Jeff Bass has also served as an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, and he served as an advisor to the federal departments of Commerce and Energy on their Energy Related Inventions Program. In past years Mr. Bass held management positions in the City of New York.
Mr. Bass is past president of the American Jewish Committee – Long Island. He is a recipient of that organization’s Franklin H. Orenstein Humanitarian Award and of the State of Israel Bonds Israel Peace Medal.
Locally, he is a founder and past board member and officer of the Great Neck Arts Center and is also a founding member of the Great Neck Business Circle.
Jeffrey Bass has two graduate degrees in Urban Studies/Planning and Public Administration, and he taught graduate Public Finance and Public Administration at Queens College, CUNY, and Urban Planning at Adelphi University.
Jeffrey Bass and his wife, Phyllis, have lived in Great Neck for over 20 years. They have daughter, a son and daughter-in-law, and one grandson.
Ready to win the job of town receiver of taxes in November, Jeff Bass promises: “If I am fortunate enough to receive your vote in November, I promise to treat it with the dignity and respect it deserves. And I promise to always be grateful for and never take for granted the trust you will have placed in me.”