Written by Joe Rizza Thursday, 28 May 2009 17:42
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi has announced his bid to run for re-election to the post he has held since 2001. Suozzi will be running this November to continue as the Nassau County Executive in a time when residents are hurting financially from a national recession.
With residents of Nassau County particularly finding it difficult to continue their way of life in the communities they call home because of the property tax burden, Suozzi says it’s time for a property tax revolution.
As part of his 2009 budget for the county, Suozzi raised property taxes for the county portion of property owners’ tax bill by 3.9 percent. When the county found itself with a projected deficit of $150 million in February because of declining sales tax revenue, a result of a staggering national economy, Suozzi proposed a plan to close the projected deficit that included a 7 percent pay cut for all county workers.
Suozzi served as the chairman of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief, which had recommended a 4 percent cap on the increases for school tax levies. The state legislature has yet to make such a cap mandatory.
Suozzi opponent is expected to be Nassau County Legislator Edward Mangano, who represents 17th District.