Voters now have another choice for Nassau County Executive - Libertarian Timothy LeBrun announced his candidacy at a July 17 kick-off celebration. Being an accountant, LeBrun was originally asked by his party to run for Nassau County Comptroller. The Libertarian party candidate for Nassau County Executive stepped down and LeBrun took his place and accepted the challenge.
LeBrun challenges big government in politics. "As Nassau County Executive, I would do everything in my power to make Nassau County government smaller, thereby reducing the tax burden on all Nassau residents now and in the future," he said.
Nassau County's fiscal woes have been a major component in this year's county executive race. LeBrun stated that the cause of Nassau's fiscal crisis goes back to the current big government that exists. "Currently Nassau has nearly $3 billion of debt outstanding, about $6,900 per household," said LeBrun. "This debt is generating interest and growing... If the size of Nassau County government is not reduced, then Nassau County residents who are already paying high property taxes will have to pay more by 20, 30 percent or more. This increase would only cover part of the growing debt and its interest. So, [any resident] tired of adding to the already high property taxes, 8.5 percent sales tax and want to prevent a County income tax, then small government is the only answer."
If elected, LeBrun stated that eliminating Nassau's Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) would bring control back to elected officials and improve Nassau's financial situation.
"NIFA provided some benefits to the county - they gave the county $25 million from Direct State Aid and they have refinanced many of the bonds for Nassau County saving them interest costs," said LeBrun. "I oppose NIFA because it takes away control of Nassau County finances from the elected officials, whose job it is to give it to a state appointed board. The voters of Nassau County have no control."
LeBrun received an associates degree in accounting from Suffolk County Community College and continued his education at C.W. Post Long Island University receiving his bachelor's degree in accounting. He has worked for a Big Five accounting firm for the past two-and-a-half years and holds the title of senior tax accountant.
Running with LeBrun on the Libertarian Party Line is building materials salesman Jim Harris a former entrepreneur and union leader for County Comptroller.