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.
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. Additionally, he obtained state legislation in 2011 to allow for e-tax bills and e-tax receipts for residents who want to go paperless when it comes to paying taxes. He is proud to be spearheading the e-billing initiative, which will help modernize government operations, protect the environment and save on the printing and mailing costs associated with traditional tax bills.
One of Don Clavin’s most noteworthy 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.
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.
Earning his Bachelor of Arts from Cansius 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 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. 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.