Here's the letter that six hold-over members of Nassau's Assessment Review Commission were given Thursday evening:
Pursuant to Section 203 of the Nassau County Charter, the CountyExecutive is removing you from office as a Commissioner of the Nassau County Assessment Review Commission (“ARC”). This letter provides you with notice of the reasons for your removal and of your opportunity to be heard, if you so desire.
The new CountyExecutive has made fixing problems in NassauCounty’s assessment system and reducing the vast, annual expenditure of taxpayer dollars to pay for successful assessment grievances top priorities of his administration. To achieve these goals, the CountyExecutive must select his own Commissioners of ARC to promote and implement the new administration’s plans and policies.
The CountyExecutive has also made reducing the costs of government a priority. Consequently, all new ARC Commissioners appointed by him will receive salaries lower than their predecessor ARC Commissioners.
Further, your appointment was made by the previous CountyExecutive in the last weeks of his outgoing administration and was approved by the Legislature on December 21, 2009, the last session of its previous two-year term. To allow the previous Executive and the prior Legislative term to extend their influence for years beyond the end of their elected offices would not only frustrate the mandates of the newly-elected CountyExecutive and CountyLegislators, but it would also frustrate the will of the voters.
Although Section 203 of the Nassau County Charter provides that the decision of the CountyExecutive shall be final, you are nonetheless entitled to an opportunity to be heard, if you desire. Accordingly, a hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the CountyExecutive’s ceremonial chambers located at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NY. If you prefer to waive your right to a hearing, or if you desire a hearing and wish it to be open to the public, please indicate on the enclosed form and fax to my attention at XXX-XXX-XXXX, (# deleted).
Yours very truly,
(county lawyer's name)
[NOTE: The six delivered a letter Friday evening requesting the hearing on their dismissals.]
By William Murphy
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