Category Archives: Donald X. Clavin

Clavin Announces Supply Drive for Hurricane Florence Victims

As victims of Hurricane Florence brace for the devastating storm that is sweeping through the Carolinas other mid-Atlantic communities, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin announced that he and his staff at the Hempstead Town Tax Office collecting important supplies and necessities to assist them in the recovery.

 

“Countless Long Islanders, some of them who work in my office, have the unfortunate personal experience of recovering from Superstorm Sandy more than 6 years ago,” Clavin said. “So many people came to our township from across the country to help Sandy victims, and we want to do our part by lending helping hand to our neighbors living along the mid-Atlantic coast who are recovering from Hurricane Florence.”

 

Hurricane Florence pounded coastal communities of North and South Carolina, as well as neighboring Mid-Atlantic States, generating deadly storm surges of up to 13 feet and torrential rainfall. Thousands are without power and many lost their homes or suffered serious damage from the catastrophic floods and damaging winds.

 

“Supplies that may seem simple, everyday items are in demand for victims of Hurricane Florence,” Clavin said. “Items such as baby wipes and bottled water can make a difference for people who are trying to pick up the pieces after this catastrophic storm.”

 

Accepted items that can be donated are the following:

  • Bottled Water
  • Laundry Detergent/Dish Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Diapers/Baby Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • First Aid Kits
  • Baby Formula
  • Garbage Bags
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Work Gloves/Safety Glasses
  • Extension Cords

A collection box will be stationed in the lobby of the Hempstead Town Tax Office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead). Collections will be accepted during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 4:45 p.m.)

 

“Hempstead Town’s residents always step up to help others,” Clavin said. “If you would like to donate supplies to Florence victims, come on down to the tax office and drop it off in our collection bin.”

 

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Liberty Medal & Hometown Hero Award for Buy Buy Baby Worker Who Revives Unresponsive Infant

When the right person is in the right place at the right time, it can mean the difference between life and death. For a family that was shopping at Buy Buy Baby in Garden City on September 6, 2018, Katherine Falco, an employee at the popular retailer for infants and children, was the person who made a life-saving difference for an unresponsive infant. At an awards presentation for the “hometown hero” were Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Senator Elaine Phillips, Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Assemblyman Ed Ra, as well as family, proud co-workers and representatives from Buy Buy Baby.

 

“Today we salute a true ‘hometown hero,’” announced Clavin as he presented the town’s first-ever “hometown hero” award to Falco. “As a result of her quick actions, a beautiful infant is alive today.”

 

“Kathy is the veritable embodiment of the term ‘angelic,’” said Blakeman. “And, happily, a family that was facing a ‘life or death’ crisis was touched by an angel in the form of Katherine Falco.”

 

Falco, a retired registered nurse, was working as a part-time sales associate at Buy Buy Baby on Thursday, September 6th, when a customer yelled out, “Is there a doctor, does anyone know CPR?” Immediately, the good Samaritan and hero sprang into action, announcing that she did know CPR as she hurried through the store to the distressed mother of the newborn. As soon as Falco saw the baby, who was not breathing, unresponsive and turning blue, she advised the family to place the baby on the floor and to gently tilt his head back. The retired nurse began “rescue breathing” into the baby’s nose and mouth while also instructing bystanders to call 911. After administering the “rescue breathing,” the infant became responsive and began to cry.

 

Senator Elaine Phillips also celebrated Falco’s actions, announcing that she has submitted the retired nurse’s name to state officials so that Falco may be presented with the Liberty Medal, one of the highest honors a civilian New Yorker can receive.

 

“When I think of the type of person for whom the Liberty Medal was created, I think of heroes just like Katherine Falco,” said Phillips. “She is an ordinary neighbor who took extraordinary action in order to save the life of a beautiful infant.”

 

“I am proud to join with Receiver Don Clavin and Senator Phillips to recognize a wonderful friend and neighbor who also happens to be a genuine life-saver,” said Ra.

 

Falco was also surrounded by friends, family and co-workers at the ceremony in her honor. Since the incident occurred, co-workers at the retail store where Falco works have been talking about the hero in their midst.

 

“Kathy Falco is a great employee, always giving her best effort at our store and truly eager to help customers,” stated Jim Mahoney, manager at the Garden City store. “It really makes the entire Buy Buy Baby family very proud to know that one of our co-workers actually saved an infant’s life.”

 

As she graciously accepted awards, citations and accolades from officials and other attendees, Falco said that she felt blessed to have been able to make a positive difference for a family that was in crisis and a baby who was facing tragedy.

 

“I am so proud that Kathy Falco is a resident of Hempstead Town,” concluded Clavin. “I can think of no better recipient of the inaugural ‘hometown hero’ award than Katherine Falco.”

 

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Local Kids Get Back-To-School with Thousands of Donated Books

As the famous children’s author Dr. Seuss once said, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby intoned that message on “National Read a Book Day” as they donated a heaping helping of magic to Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center in Uniondale. Teaming up with the non-profit organization Reading Reflections, the pair of officials will convey over 2,000 new and unused books to the local school. They were joined by Ronald and Geraldine Clahar of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center, as well as Reading Reflections President Eden Schneck and volunteer Alexandra Zarka.

 

“Books are the essential tools for success,” said Clavin. “Reading opens up a whole new world, whether it’s a fictional fantasy story or a non-fictional piece about the 1800s, you begin a new adventure every time you open a book. I’m proud that Reading Reflections has made possible the donation of over 2,000 new adventures to the voracious readers of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center.”

 

Clavin and Goosby noted that the timing of this donation could not have been more perfect as families are in the swing of “back to school” week. With more than two thousand books in tow, Reading Reflections and the officials are equipping students with the vital keys to success. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, children who read at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who do not. However, children from low-income households have less age-appropriate books readily available, thereby limiting the language and literacy opportunities presented to them.

 

“I find that it is of crucial importance to keep our children reading,” said Goosby. “By providing a local school and early childhood center with over two thousand new books, we’re empowering students with the knowledge they need to succeed.”

 

The non-profit organization Reading Reflections promotes literacy through the donation of more than 50,000 books annually to local and international youth. The local organization was founded in memory of founder Eden Schneck’s grandparents who instilled the importance of education and a passion for reading in her. The organization came to full fruition as they created a library for Al-Madinah Islamic Academy after sustaining the devastating loss of their close friend, a young police detective who was originally spearheading the campaign. Since then, the organization has flourished with assistance from the community; helping reopen the Island Park Library as it recovered from Superstorm Sandy and delivering a veritable truckload of books to the non-profit organization Gateway Youth Outreach.

 

“We’re proud to join with Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby to help promote literacy and foster knowledge,” said Reading Reflections President Eden Schneck. “We love the eager students at Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center and are confident that our donation of books will help nurture a love of reading in them.”

 

Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center has been providing safe and affordable childcare facilities to hardworking families of Baldwin, Uniondale, Hempstead and Freeport for over 20 years. Originally opening their doors to children from ages 3-5, the school expanded their services to provide quality education to elementary students up to the fifth grade. Currently, the school provides a nurturing environment to 132 students in the preschool program and 100 students in the elementary school.

 

“Two thousand books is just the beginning,” concluded Clavin. “The lessons that these children will learn and the adventures they will be a part of will stick with them for years to come. What’s more, when the eager bookworms of Pat-Kam School & Early Childhood Center crave more adventures, their local libraries will always welcome them with open arms.”

 

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Phillips, Clavin Make ‘Back to School’ Trek Safer with Hi-Tech L.E.D. Stop Signs

Senator Elaine Phillips and Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin announced an initiative that will make the “back to school” trek safer for students and all pedestrians. Thanks to a grant provided by Senator Phillips, targeted intersections and crosswalks will soon be equipped with hyper-visible stop signs that are illuminated with flashing L.E.D. lights. Joining the officials at the announcement were administrators, parents and students at the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont.

 

“Thank you Senator Phillips,” exclaimed Clavin, as grateful community members admired the new traffic safety device. “Because of your efforts, our children and families will be safer, and these L.E.D. stop signs might even save some lives. What’s more, as a result of the stop signs being acquired through a state grant, there will be no direct cost to local taxpayers.”

 

Clavin noticed some highly visible stop signs that were solar powered and featured flashing L.E.D. lights around the perimeter of the signs during his travels across Long Island. During the same timeframe, the Receiver had been discussing with residents the issue of school crossing areas and intersections that begged for increased safety and traffic calming. Immediately, Clavin thought of how he could secure the L.E.D. signs for use in areas of concern across Hempstead Town. That’s when he and Hempstead Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino decided to reach out to Senator Phillips for assistance. And, the Senator immediately responded, “YES” to the request.

 

“The safety of school children and all pedestrians is a topic to which I am deeply committed,” said Phillips. “To me, the request was a ‘no brainer’…we had to do it to make people safer. These stop signs are literally a ‘life-saver.’”

 

The “safety-enhanced” stop signs generally cost under $2,000. Accordingly, the town plans to acquire at least 25 units to be deployed in the township. Clavin indicated that he is hopeful that other state senators can also secure state grant monies to fund additional signs. The signs, which are solar powered, do not need to be connected to the electric grid. Additionally, battery back-up power ensures continuous operation of the sign’s flashing L.E.D.s during evening hours and cloudy days. The signals will operate 24/7.

 

“These L.E.D. stop signs are a cost-effective safety tool that will pay dividends by protecting school children and all pedestrians,” said Ambrosino. “I want to thank Senator Phillips and Receiver of Taxes Clavin for making our communities safer.”

 

Clavin addressed the question of why a receiver of taxes is dealing with a traffic safety matter at the press event. “Some people might ask why I am concerned with stop signs and safety when my job is the township’s Receiver of Taxes. I have three really great reasons for seeking funding for these L.E.D. stop signs and their names are Margaret, Catherine and Donnie,” said Clavin, as he referred to his young children. “What’s more, as a tax receiver I am always looking for ways to reduce the property tax burden. If it were not for the grant funding that will pay for these L.E.D. stop signs, Hempstead Town’s taxpayers would have to ‘foot the bill.’”

 

Studies have indicated that the L.E.D. stop signs increase traffic compliance by motorists. In particular, the devices boast a reduction in “blow-throughs”, which often occur when motorists fail to see a stop sign. The increased visibility of the flashing L.E.D. lights significantly reduces the chances that the new stop signs will not be noticed by drivers.

 

The $50,000 funding for the L.E.D. stop signs is being secured through a SAM (State and Municipal) Grant. The SAM initiative was established in 2013 and is part of the State and Municipal Facilities Program. The program funds capital costs of construction acquisition, improvement and rehabilitation of facilities and equipment that support health, safety, technology and innovation.

 

“These L.E.D. signs will keep our students safer as they walk to and from local schools,” said Elmont School District Superintendent Al Harper. “Keeping our kids safe is the bottom line.”

 

Clavin and Ambrosino said that the township’s street lighting division and engineers will work with members of the town board, as well as residents to determine the most appropriate locations for the new signs.

 

“Partnerships like this are what good government is all about,” stated Phillips. “I am eager to come back to the locations where these signs are deployed and watch as motorists come to a full stop, keeping our families safe from traffic accidents.”

 

“Our town’s residents owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Elaine Phillips for making our town safer,” concluded Clavin. “If just one life is saved or injury avoided, these new signs will have been a worthwhile investment.”

 

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Clavin Helps Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day

On National Senior Citizens Day, Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin celebrated with hundreds of Long Island’s most beloved golden-aged residents at Cafe Lido, a senior summer beach program by the Atlantic Ocean. Live music, dancing, mini-golf, a customized giant cake and a 5-foot-tall greeting card set a festive mood for throngs of “65 and better” residents who were ready to party on their special day.

 

“Today is a day to celebrate our golden-aged residents who are a vital part of Hempstead Town’s great big family,” announced Clavin. “Our township boasts a senior citizen population of over 190,000 people and they are part of what makes our town one of the greatest places in which to live.”

 

Celebrating with the seniors included live music by the Tommy Sullivan Band, dancing under Café Lido’s large seaside tent, as well as mini-golf and other activities. Clavin and guests unveiled a 5-foot-tall greeting card to mark the occasion in addition to a spectacular cake, which was inscribed for the special event.

 

“I think every day should be Senior Citizens Day,” stated the Receiver. “I am happy to make the day a little more memorable for Long Island’s mature residents.”

 

President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st National Senior Citizens Day in 1988. Prior to that, many recognized August 14th as a special day for seniors as the date coincided with the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 

“The number of senior citizens in our township outpaces the entire population of many towns and cities,” concluded Clavin. “Let’s celebrate this great generation today and every day throughout the year.”

 

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Clavin & Aviation Enthusiasts Celebrated National Aviation Week

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, town and state officials, as well as a major retail business and an aviation enthusiast recently celebrated National Aviation Week at one of the most hallowed locations in world aviation history, the site where Charles Lindbergh commenced his solo transatlantic flight. Joining Clavin at the Lindbergh Monument Historical Marker in Westbury were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, Assemblyman Ed Ra and Nassau Legislator Laura Schaefer, as well as aviation enthusiast Adam Sackowitz and a representative of Lesso Home, the owners of the property where the Lindbergh Monument is situated.

 

“Almost 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed August 19th National Aviation Day,” said Clavin. “Long Island is at the epicenter of aviation history, being the starting point of the heralded Lindbergh flight, not to mention the location where groundbreaking aircraft and spacecraft were developed and built. Now, we join with public officials, the business community and an aviation historian to celebrate National Aviation Day.”

 

The officials and other attendees noted that while the story of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight is known throughout the world, not everyone is aware that the renowned aviator began his journey by lifting off from a site in America’s largest township. The flight, which was the first solo, non-stop transatlantic airplane crossing revolutionized air travel and inspired an explosion in aviation development and commercial air travel.

 

President Roosevelt declared August 19th National Aviation Day in honor of Orville Wright’s birthday 91 years ago. The nation’s 32nd President led the country during a period when Long Island aircraft manufacturers were building the fighter planes that saved the free world during World War II.

 

“It is only fitting that we celebrate National Aviation Week at the site of the Historic Lindbergh Monument,” said Goosby. “I am delighted that my council district includes the “Cradle of Aviation,” and this is a great day for our region.”

 

In 2013, Clavin and his colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board announced their intention to designate the site where Lindbergh lifted off on his transatlantic flight as a historical landmark. The Hempstead Town Board conferred the township’s historical designation upon the site in July 2013, ensuring that it would be safeguarded from development.

 

“When I worked to pass the resolution to declare Transatlantic Flight Day in New York in May, I knew it was important to preserve this important moment in our aviation history,” Ra said. “I enjoy visiting the Lindbergh monument because it’s inspirational and it reminds me of the amazing feats that occurred right here in our own town.”

 

“Thank you to all of the people who have been dedicated to the preservation of this historical site in Hempstead Town,” Clavin said. “The legacy of Charles Lindbergh and the ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ will live on, and we’re proud that we have a monument here to celebrate that pivotal moment in American history.”

 

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Learn How to Reduce Your Taxes through Exemptions, Challenging Assessments

Clavin Announces Fall Lineup of Taxpayer Forums

 

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin has announced a series of 24 taxpayer forums at various locations across the Town of Hempstead that will kick off on September 6th in Valley Stream. Clavin’s informative seminars include important information for property owners on how to reduce property taxes through exemption programs and by challenging their assessments.

 

“As Long Island families and senior citizens struggle to pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, we’re here to make them aware of ways they can reduce their taxes,” Clavin said. “For many homeowners, every dollar counts and a significant amount of it can be saved by pursuing these important property tax reduction opportunities.”

 

Clavin’s presentations will feature details on many tax savings programs available through the state of New York and Nassau County, including Basic and Enhanced STAR and an array of exemptions (Senior Citizen, Veterans, Disability/Limited Income, Home Improvement, Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Corps and more).

 

The Receiver will also discuss important taxpayer updates, including: Clavin’s recent legislation, sponsored by Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., and approved by the Hempstead Town Board in May, that made the Cold War Veterans Exemption permanent. What’s more, Clavin partnered Senator Elaine Phillips to urge state Legislators to support legislation that would provide property tax equity for golden age homeowners who could be eligible for the Senior Citizens’ Exemption to boost the income eligibility limits for the Senior Citizen Tax Exemption to levels recently approved for New York City residents.

 

Clavin’s taxpayer forums, free and open to the public, begin on Thursday, September 6th at 7 PM at Valley Stream Village Hall (123 S. Central Avenue in Valley Stream). The schedule is as follows:

 

  • Thursday, September 6, 7 PM, Valley Stream Village Hall, 123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream
  • Wednesday, September 12, 7 PM, Lynbrook Library, 56 Eldert St., Lynbrook
  • Tuesday, September 25, 7 PM, Island Park Library, 176 Long Beach Rd., Island Park
  • Thursday, September 27, 6:30 PM, East Rockaway Library, 477 Atlantic Ave., East Rockaway
  • Monday, October 1, 2 PM & 7 PM, Oceanside Library, 30 Davison Ave., Oceanside
  • Thursday, October 4, Elmont Library, 7 PM, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
  • Tuesday, October 9, 7 PM, Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2 & 7 PM, West Hempstead Library, 500 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead
  • Thursday, October 18, 2 PM, Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin
  • Monday, October 22, 2 PM & 7 PM, Levittown Library, 1 Blue Grass Ln., Levittown
  • Wednesday, October 24, 7 PM, Franklin Square Library, 19 Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2 PM, Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport
  • Thursday, November 1, 2 PM, Elmont Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont
  • Thursday, November 8, 7 PM, Hewlett-Woodmere Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2 PM, North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Rd., N. Merrick
  • Thursday, November 15, 7 PM, Seaford Library, 2234 Jackson Ave., Seaford
  • Monday, November 19, 7 PM, Garden City Library, 60 7th Street, Garden City
  • Monday, November 26, 7 PM, Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Ave, Floral Park
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2 PM, Bellmore Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore
  • Thursday, November 29, 7 PM, Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport
  • Tuesday, December 11, 7 PM, Bellmore Library, 2288 Bedford Ave., Bellmore

 

“I look forward to this Fall, not only for the change in season and the pleasant weather, but also to help taxpayers save money,” Clavin said. “I invite neighbors from across the Town of Hempstead to attend one of my free taxpayer forums to see how they can reduce their property tax burdens.”

 

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Hempstead Town & Villages Explore Merging Tax Collections

Clavin’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Plan Could Enhance Efficiency, Reduce Taxpayer Cost

 

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin stood alongside a group of village mayors at the Hempstead Town Tax Office to announce that America’s largest township is working with local village officials to explore a change in the collection of village taxes that could increase governmental efficiency and reduce the operational costs associated with the collection of village tax receipts.

 

“How often does a Tax Receiver get to announce new innovations that could save taxpayers money?” asked Clavin. “I am excited today to be joining with some village officials who are committed to efficient and cost-effective governmental operations. Together, we are exploring ways to make local government work better while saving taxpayers money.”

 

Hempstead Town includes 22 villages that are either fully or partially encompassed within the boundaries of the township. And, those municipalities provide an array of services as well as being charged with a host of administrative responsibilities. Among the most important duties with which villages are generally tasked is the collection of village taxes. At the same time, Hempstead Town collects taxes for its own government as well as for Nassau County, local school districts and a host of special districts such as sanitation districts, water districts and fire districts.

 

Moreover, village tax collectors and the Hempstead Town Receivers’ Office perform similar operational tasks, which beg for a serious study on consolidation, cooperation and governmental efficiency.

 

“While the town’s enormous mail processing machines are laying idle between town, county and school tax collection periods, many villages are scrambling to get their tax bills in the mail and vice versa,” said Clavin. “Doesn’t it make sense to see if we can combine operations, reduce our costs and save taxpayers money?”

 

“When Don Clavin called me to discuss the possibility of consolidating governmental work tasks, I was enthusiastic,” stated Dominick Longobardi, Mayor of Floral Park. “After all, that is what government leaders are supposed to do—look at how we can make our operations more efficient and cost effective for the taxpayers whom we serve.”

 

Clavin noted that the prospective savings span a host of areas. Indeed, programming and software, mail processing equipment, high-speed printers, as well as stationary, ink and delivery are all factors that could lend themselves to economies of scale.

 

While several factors in the tax collection process lend themselves to consolidation, challenges are also present. The wide array of dissimilar software programs that are being used by villages and the town to produce bills would have to be addressed. Potential overlap periods in billing and the generation of receipts in some villages and the town is also an issue that will be examined. Indeed, some villages produce two tax bills per year, while others generate one bill. As a result, timing factors become more complex. Finally, the town is exploring state legislative regulations that may have to be addressed. Nonetheless, Clavin and the mayors indicated their desire to enthusiastically research the issue with a focus on saving taxpayer dollars.

 

“The savings of consolidating tax collection duties cover a variety of areas,” stated Clavin. “There would be less need for printers, mail processing equipment, computers and associated software, among a host of other costs that could be subject to economies of scale. This is exciting work that we are undertaking.”

 

“Working together to explore synergies that can help us perform our governmental tasks in a responsible manner and at the lowest possible cost just makes sense,” said Atlantic Beach Mayor George Pappas. “I am eager to work with the Receiver of Taxes and other mayors to study this initiative.”

 

The Receiver and mayors moved to allay any prospective fears on the part of village workers who are concerned about their job security. The leaders said that the clerical functions and administrative tasks within their governments would lend themselves to re-assigning any affected workers, and personnel savings would be realized through attrition and the reduction of some overtime costs, not through layoffs.

 

“Working collaboratively, we can slash some costs from our government operations,” said Island Park Mayor Michael McGinty. “Now more than ever, it’s important to aggressively control government spending so that we can constrain the costs that are borne by taxpayers to the lowest possible level.”

 

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‘Pet’ The Stress Away: Taxpayers Get 1st Ever Pet Therapy While Paying Taxes

There’s no denying it: paying taxes can be rather stressful. Luckily, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and some avid animal advocates, have invited the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter to bring some furry friends to the Receiver of Taxes Office in order to help taxpayers pet the stress away. During the last three days of the collection period, beginning Wednesday, August 8th, the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter will be visiting the tax office along with some eager cats and dogs with enough love to go around. What’s more, taxpayers can bring home a little “tax dividend” by adopting a cuddly dog or cat.

 

“It’s a running joke that whenever I’m introduced as the Receiver of Taxes, everyone boos,” said Clavin. “It’s all in good humor, but it just reinforces the fact that taxes are all work and no fun. Well, I’ve enlisted the aid of some loveable animals to make my office a more exciting, fun-filled place to pay your taxes. And, you can make the fun never-ending by adopting a cat or dog while paying your taxes.”

 

This is the first ever pet therapy program to be held in a tax office. Interaction with an endearing animal has been linked to lower stress. According to the National Center for Biotechnical Information, contact with pets can counteract everyday stress and anxiety by lowering stress hormones and heart rate. What’s more, the National Institute of Mental Health states one of the best ways to deal with stress is to spend some quality time with a kitten or a puppy.

 

“The best part about this idea is that it promotes the practice of adopting a pet instead of shopping for a pet,” commented Clavin. “We receive an abundance of taxpayers who prefer to pay their taxes in person at the last minute. By showcasing our beloved animal shelter pets, we’re putting our ‘best paw forward’ and garnering interest in visiting the shelter.”

 

Hempstead Town Animal Shelter boasts one of the highest adoption rates in the nation. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, will be microchipped and will receive all required inoculations free of charge. Located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, the shelter is open from 9am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday, 9am to 8pm on Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information regarding the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, please call the shelter at (516)785-5220.

 

“Playing with a cat or a dog is a great way to reduce the stress that can be associated with paying your taxes,” said Goosby. “I’m proud to support this program that benefits not only our residents, but also the rescued cats and dogs of the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter.”

 

“This pet therapy initiative makes the tax office a more enjoyable place to visit as well as showcasing some adoptable, loving animals. Remember to adopt, not shop when looking for a furry friend of your own,” said D’Esposito.

 

When paying your taxes, be sure to pick up a “Pet Fire Rescue Sticker” courtesy of Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. A Pet Fire Rescue Sticker is a waterproof decal that details the amount of pets living in a household. The stickers can be placed on the front door of a residence to inform first-responders as to the number of pets in the household in case of emergency.

 

“I want to thank the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter for bringing a few furry friends on over to the tax office to help reduce some tax-related stress,” said Clavin. “I look forward to inviting some of the shelter’s furry family to future collections and am confident that this exposure will lead to more rescue animals finding forever homes.”

 

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Clavin Announces Bi-Partisan Law Guarding Against Censorship on Government Website, Social Media

Nearly two months after Hempstead Town’s administration censored an official press release on the government’s website, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin thanked a bipartisan group of Town Board members for approving his legislation, which was sponsored by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Majority Leader Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. The legislation, approved at a recent Hempstead Town Board meeting, prohibits this unacceptable threat to free speech from happening again in the future. Also joining them in support of the measure were Councilmembers Ed Ambrosino, Bruce Blakeman and Dennis Dunne, Sr.

 

Proposed by Clavin, and introduced to the Town Board by the bipartisan coalition of councilmembers, the legislation protects free speech and guards against unwarranted censorship. Under the legislation, elected officials are now authorized to place press releases on the town’s website and social media outlets without securing approvals from the administration or other town officials.

 

“I thank the Hempstead Town Board for approving this important legislation that protects freedom of speech within our government,” Clavin said. “After all, as America’s largest township, we should be able to operate within the rights that are guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, and never be censored when it comes to serving our taxpayers.”

 

This legislation was drafted in June, shortly after the town’s administration removed a Clavin press release from the government website, toh.li. Clavin held a press conference on Monday, June 11, 2018, which announced a successful campaign by the Receiver, some county legislators and a group of angry senior citizens, calling upon the Nassau County Department of Assessment to reverse its decision to halt the mailing of important property value notices to Nassau homeowners. The notices provide important information, and the contents are the basis upon which many homeowners decide whether or not to challenge their property taxes. The press conference was accompanied by a press release, a key part of the effort to advise the public of the fact that they will continue to receive vital property tax information from county government.

 

The Supervisor’s administration approved the press release and posted it to the town’s website. However, almost as soon as the press release appeared, it was stricken from the town’s website by the administration’s staff on June 14, 2018. Clavin immediately wrote to the Town Board, asking for a legislative measure that would prevent such an action from happening again.

 

“The First Amendment is near and dear to my heart, as I have fought tirelessly to protect free speech and our constitutional rights for decades,” Goosby said. “Censorship is unacceptable here in America’s largest township, and I support this legislation because it will protect us from those who would limit our right to free speech.”

 

“To achieve true transparency in government, we must ensure that our town’s website and social media channels are free of censorship,” King Sweeney said. “The town’s website, in particular, is a key resource for residents seeking municipal documents and contracts, as well as event listings and important public service announcements. I proudly support this legislation to protect the free speech of elected officials representing America’s largest township.”

 

“Government press releases are vital sources of information for our residents, and no elected official or staffer has the right to block another elected official from distributing them through the town’s website or social media channels,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “It’s quite disturbing that the current administration decided to expunge an informative press release submitted by our tax receiver’s office. However, under the new legislation, no one will be above the law.” D’Esposito also cited that at least one of his office’s press releases was censored by the administration from appearing on the Town of Hempstead website.

 

The legislation that Clavin and his colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board championed provides all Hempstead Town elected officials with direct access to the township’s website and social media channels, providing them with the ability to post press releases, videos and other content that is related to activities, proposals, statements and other undertakings done in the course of their work on behalf of the residents whom they are elected to represent. The content can relate to local, county, state, federal or other governmental issues or other topics of interest or which promote the general welfare of the town’s residents. Further, the legislation prohibits any town official or his/her staff from overseeing, approving, disapproving, removing, altering or otherwise editing the press releases, videos or other related content of the town’s elected officials.

 

“Communicating with residents is so crucial to governing,” said Councilman Ed Ambrosino. “To censor materials created by town officials is a violation of the principles upon which our nation was founded. This legislation protects our First Amendment rights, and I fully support it.”

 

“My late father was a proud veteran who courageously fought for our rights as Americans, and he would be proud of all of us for protecting our right to free speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Councilman Bruce Blakeman said. “This legislation safeguards our ability as elected officials to disseminate important news and announcements to our residents without being censored. That’s something we can all rally around as Hempstead Town residents, and as Americans.”

 

“Being a veteran, I know a thing or two about protecting the freedoms which comprise the building blocks of our nation,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne. “To try to tamper with our right to free speech is an insult to all of those who have fought or sacrificed their lives for our country. I support this legislation because it solidifies our right to express free speech in Hempstead Town without censorship.”

 

Clavin thanked the Town Board members for their support of the important free speech legislation.

 

“The First Amendment can never be taken for granted,” Clavin said. “Censoring elected officials from communicating with the constituents whom they represent violates our constitutional rights. I thank my Town Board colleagues for their support and for approving this vital legislation.”

 

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