By Michele Justic
This week it was announced that Nassau Republicans chose Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman to run in the November 2021 election for the role of Nassau County Executive against Democrat incumbent Laura Curran. Both candidates have led the community through difficult times of pandemic, lockdowns, nationwide unrest, economic hardship, snowstorms, and more.
But Councilman Blakeman contends he can improve Nassau County, especially on the highly contested issue of taxes. “I am running for County Executive because I believe the County needs new leadership. The Democrat County Executive’s unfair tax reassessment has increased taxes on so many people. It is a tax increase, plain and simple. Many residents have had their taxes increased by thousands of dollars. There are also hidden taxes that have been added, such as an increase in sewer taxes, which most people don’t realize until they get their tax bill. It’s wrong, especially in a pandemic when so many people are hurting.”
Tax assessments are a heated issue which Curran determined to tackle upon assuming office in 2018. The rolls had been frozen for over eight years and taxpayers faced sticker shock upon receiving their new bills. Many errors were made due to software glitches and unique circumstances.
Blakeman and Curran’s most pronounced differences relate to party allegiance. Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs considers Blakeman’s support for former President Donald Trump a liability and told Newsday, “Bruce Blakeman needs to answer the question of whether or not he believes the last election was legitimate before he asks Nassau voters to consider him in this next one.”
Blakeman confided to 5TJT, “The Democrat County Executive has been pushing a progressive agenda that thankfully has been temporarily thwarted by the Republicans in the Legislature. If not for our Republican legislators we surely would have seen an effort to defund our police by the Democrat County Executive.”
Both candidates want to help Nassau County residents feel safe and secure and are in regular contact with Jewish and other community leaders to help prevent and solve problems. Blakeman concludes, “I have a proven history of creating economic development and solving problems based on my experience in both the public and private sector. I have the vision and the leadership skills to lower taxes, create prosperity and keep our communities safe. People know me and trust me.”