Donald X. Clavin, Jr. has been the Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes since February 2001. The Town's residents elected him in November 2001 and again, overwhelmingly, in 2003. In 2007, Mr. Clavin was once again re-elected by his highest margin ever.
Don Clavin earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Canisus College in Buffalo and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law. He was a trial attorney practicing in all New York courts as well as the United States Federal District Courts.
Don Clavin gained extensive experience in local government while working in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney as Deputy County Attorney. In the County Attorney's office, Mr. Clavin was responsible for defending various agencies of government ranging from the Department of General Services to the Nassau County Police Department. After leaving the County Attorney's office, Mr. Clavin entered the private sector and went on to defend various corporations ranging from Home Depot to General Motors.
Since becoming Receiver of Taxes, Don Clavin has made a commitment to enhance service while being fiscally responsible. Two satellite tax offices were created in Lawrence and Hicksville, in addition to extending office hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the tax payment seasons for the convenience of taxpayers. Moreover, Clavin uses Hempstead Town's Mobile Town Hall, obtained through a New York State grant from Senator Charles Fuschillo, to collect taxes and address the concerns of town residents. Don has implemented an e-mail reminder program to help taxpayers make timely tax payments. Taxpayers now have the convenience of paying their tax bills by credit card or e-check, online or by telephone. Lastly, he has created the first taxpayer drive-thru payment window on Long Island. All of these initiatives and projects have been completed and operate at no additional cost to the taxpayers!
Don Clavin also worked to successfully urge former Gov. George Pataki to sign an executive order that extended time for tax payments for those families affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In addition, Don Clavin proposed legislation, which was signed into law in 2002, that requires banks be financially responsible to pay tax penalties if they do not notify their mortgage customers of their legal rights and responsibilities upon satisfaction of their mortgage.
One of Don Clavin's most noteworthy accomplishments is the redesign of the tax bills. Now printed "in-house" on a laser printer in a more cost-effective manner, the new bills are much easier to read and understand. The most important facet of the redesigned bills is that they provide residents with a breakdown of how their tax dollars are being spent. Never before have residents been provided with such a clear and concise tax bill.
These initiatives are just some of many ways Don Clavin works to make the tax office more accessible to the Town's residents. For his accomplishments, Don Clavin was named "one of Long Island's 40 rising stars under the age of 40" by Long Island Business News.
Don Clavin is a third-generation resident of the Town of Hempstead. His mother was the first woman to ever serve as Valley Stream Village Trustee and his father served as a District Court Judge. Clavin is a member of the Garden City Kiwanis Club, Irish Americans in Government, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the Knights of Columbus. Don Clavin also served as a volunteer on the Valley Stream Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee in the Village of Valley Stream. Don Clavin was also the recipient of the Heart Council of Long Island 2001 Ambassador's Award.
Responsibilities of Office
The Receiver of Taxes is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Office of Receiver of Taxes. This office collects taxes for 99 special districts and 33 school districts, and disburses the monies to school district treasures without charge. Its other functions include billing and collection processes, encompassing complete banking, record maintenance, mail and accounting functions. The department also collects, free of charge, Nassau County taxes on properties within the town borders.