Hempstead Town Receiver Donald X. Clavin has been dutifully serving the residents of America’s largest township since 2001, making the process of paying property taxes more convenient. Additionally, the Receiver has helped thousands of homeowners to lower their taxes by hosting seminars on challenging property tax assessments and property tax exemptions. At the same time, Don Clavin has helped neighbors to understand the property tax process through informative brochures and the most transparent tax bills anywhere.
As Receiver of Taxes, Don Clavin is committed to enhancing service while being fiscally responsible. Under his leadership, 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. Clavin utilizes Hempstead Town’s Mobile Town Hall to collect taxes at various senior citizen centers and other convenient locations. Don has implemented e-mail and text message reminder programs 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. Additionally, he has created the first taxpayer drive-thru payment window in New York State. All of these initiatives and projects have been completed and continue to operate at no additional cost to taxpayers. These initiatives are just a few of the 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” by Long Island Business News.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Don Clavin successfully urged former Gov. George Pataki to sign an executive order that extended time for tax payments for the affected families. In 2002, Clavin proposed and obtained state legislation known as “The Clavin Law,” that requires banks to be financially responsible for residents’ tax penalties if they do not notify their mortgage customers of their legal rights and responsibilities upon approval of their mortgage, proving that the taxpayer always comes first for Don Clavin.
Among Don Clavin’s accomplishments is the redesign of tax bills. The bills are now printed “in-house” on a laser printer in a more cost-effective manner. The bills are printed in a clearer fashion that is easier to understand and provides 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.
Most noteworthy, Clavin was the driving force behind making e-bills an option, successfully pressing for state legislation to permit local receivers of taxes to offer an electronic bill option. The legislation allows residents to go paperless and receive electronic tax bills and tax receipts. Clavin oversaw the development of an e-billing system that was launched in January 2018. Don is proud to be the first tax office in the state to offer property tax e-Bills. The e-billing initiative will help modernize government operations, protect the environment and save on the printing and mailing costs associated with traditional tax bills.
Long a champion of the taxpayer, Don recently crafted legislation to eliminate the 10-year “sunset” clause for Hempstead Town’s veterans receiving the Cold War Veterans Property Tax Exemption. Approved by the Hempstead Town Board in March 2018, Hempstead Town’s qualifying veterans will now be granted the exemption permanently as long as the veteran or unremarried surviving spouse remains a homeowner.
Most recently Clavin, partnering with NYS Assemblywoman Missy Miller, put forth a proposal to amend to the Home Improvement Tax Reduction for the Physically Disabled Exemption. His proposal, which calls for the expansion of the exemption to special district taxes, would minimally impact the local tax base while shielding specialized home improvements for people with physical challenges from property tax increases.
Earning his Bachelor of Arts from Canisius College in Buffalo, Don received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law right here in Hempstead Town. He gained experience working as a trial attorney that practiced in all New York courts as well as United States Federal District Courts.
Don Clavin earned valuable experience in local government while working in the Office of the Nassau County Attorney as Deputy County Attorney. There, he 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, Clavin entered the private sector and went on to defend various corporations including Home Depot and General Motors.
Don Clavin is a lifelong resident of the Town of Hempstead, where he and his wife are proud to be raising their two daughters and son. His mother was the first woman to ever serve as Valley Stream Village Trustee and his father served as District Court Judge. Clavin is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Garden City, Irish Americans in Government, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Knights of Columbus. Clavin also served as a volunteer on the Valley Stream Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee in the Village of Valley Stream.
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.