Tax Receiver Jillian Guthman is running for re-election, citing her career in a variety of legal and administrative roles in public service.
Republican Dr. Pamela Velastegui is challenging her for the position.
Guthman was first elected receiver of taxes in 2018.
Before that, she served 10 years as director of the town’s Human Services Department as well as several positions in the town’s attorney’s office. She also served as an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County and in the New York City corporation counsel’s office. She also was the attorney for the Village of Hempstead.
The Democrat cites her ability to solve problems, management skills and ability to work face-to-face with people and businesses.
The lifelong resident of Huntington was recently endorsed by the Italian American Political Action Committee, among other organizations.
Guthman, who attends numerous events around town throughout the year, from business openings to parades, town events and senior citizen birthdays, said, “I love serving the residents of Huntington. I’m committed to providing exemplary constituent service.”
Guthman said she runs an effective and efficient office, even though she believes it is understaffed. In the process, she said, the office makes all information available to residents on available resources.
The position doesn’t make policy.
She has advocated for reducing fees to make it easier for struggling small business owners, as well as improvements in technology to make tax payments easier for residents.
The Democratic candidate graduated from Huntington High School and then went to St. John’s University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and to Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where she earned her law degree.
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