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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Letters to the Editor

Zapson has it all wrong

To the Editor:

I write in response to Michael Zapson’s latest column (“My new tax bill is through the roof,” Oct. 24-30).

Nassau County voters know Tom Suozzi’s and Mike Zapson’s record of political ineffectiveness. Nassau County taxpaying voters of all political persuasions are fed up with sky-high property taxes as well as former politicians like Suozzi and Zapson trying to confuse simple issues for their political benefit. 

The issue that Zapson’s spin obscures is that as a result of Hurricane Sandy hitting Long Island, the combination of property destruction and exponential flood insurance increases has decreased the assessed value of properties along both shorelines. Many homeowners on Long Island sustained losses in late August 2011 from Hurricane Irene prior to suffering additional losses from Sandy. The result is, many people are now deciding they cannot afford to suffer another loss and are moving inland to the center of Long Island, which is driving property values higher in certain communities while reducing them in those near the shore. This issue, more than any other, is what is contributing to the higher-than-normal filing of tax assessment challenges. More importantly, almost 80 percent of the backlog of tax certiorari challenges are commercial, not residential. 

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