Democrat Jeff Gold, an attorney at Bellmore’s Gold and Benes LLP law firm, announced his candidacy for Nassau County’s 19th Legislative District. The district covers much of the Bellmores and the Merricks, as well as large areas of Wantagh, Seaford and south Freeport. Republican Steve Rhoads currently holds the legislative seat.
“I’m running to fix the broken assessment system in Nassau County” Gold told Your NewsMag after announcing his candidacy at his offices on Bellmore Avenue, surrounded by colleagues, county Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, County Executive candidate Laura Curran and several friends.
He added later that he also hopes to focus on fiscal responsibility, saying he will give back to the community half of the new salary of over $70,000 the current Legislature voted itself last year. “I will open a satellite office” to be staffed by local employees to provide local access to his services, he said.
Should he win, he said he would also shed light on and encourage volunteerism throughout the district.
On the assessments, Gold said there are two different assessments taking place in the county at present: those who grieve their taxes, and get reductions; and those who don’t grieve their taxes, and receive increased tax bills each year to pay for those who receive reductions by grieving them.
He believes there are Republicans in the Legislature that are interested in working to fix the present assessment system, and he hopes to provide sensible solutions that can reach across the aisle to make a difference.
He is mindful of the once-yearly assessments of several years ago implemented during the Suozzi Administration, and remarked to Your NewsMag that those yearly assessments were indeed slowly working to bring about more accurate market values, based upon actual sales of properties as a more precise measurement of a property’s value.
Gold ran against Hempstead Town Councilwoman Angie Cullen many years ago, garnering a sizable voting block. He currently operates a facebook page to help Nassau County residents file their own tax grievances.