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March 19, 2007


(Mineola, NY) Nassau County Board of Assessors Chairman Harvey Levinson was the featured speaker at a recent program hosted by the Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute at Dowling College. Mr. Levinson renewed his call for the creation of a bi-partisan blue-ribbon committee at the state level to examine his proposals to reduce the school property tax obligation for all Nassau and Suffolk homeowners. Key components of Mr. Levinson's proposals are: eliminating the residential portion of the school property tax and replacing it with a modest income tax to be paid by renters and homeowners; the need for legislation that would allow the sharing of the commercial tax base throughout each town; and, that state lawmakers should overhaul the STAR program's funding formulas that have shortchanged homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk counties since its inception.

Pictured from left to right are: Mark Lembo; Harvey Levinson, Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Assessors; Robert Gaffney, President of Dowling College and former Suffolk County Executive; and, Martin Cantor, CPA and Director of the Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute.