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Bipartisan assessment review in Nassau

It’s going to be a bipartisan look at property tax assessment  in Nassau County.

Records show an even split between Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters on 
County Executive Edward Mangano’s new Assessment Review Team.

 Registered Republicans are Mark Hamer, a Jericho real estate agent; Donald Leistman, a Mineola commercial tax appeal attorney, and William Wise, a Westbury village trustee.

The Democrats are Laureen Harris, a Mineola commercial tax appeal attorney; Shalom Maidenbaum, a Cedarhurst tax appeal attorney and Garden City homeowner Robert Orosz.

Unaffilliated members include Syosset developer Brad Blumenfeld and tax appeal attorney Tracie Peddy along with the team’s executive director Patrick Foye.

Foye, who is on unpaid leave from the Rivkin Radler law firm, said the members receive “no per diem and no pension.”

The team will offer suggestion on how to fix the assessment system, which generate $90 million in taxs refunds annually.

But some are skeptical of getting help from tax appeal attorneys.

“Logic would dictate that those who profit off the system are the last you would expect to correct it in a way that would hurt themselves,” said Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick.)

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