MINEOLA - While campaigning for the office of county executive, then-candidate Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) vowed to fix Nassau's property assessment system, but critics say the county executive's changes have only made matters worse. Legislators Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) say up until last week, 80 percent of residents hadn't received their home-assessment letters, and the grievance deadline is only two weeks away."Either the department doesn't know what they are doing and are backlogged," Denenberg says, "or they are trying to keep people in the dark so that people don't challenge."Denenberg says the county has also changed its website, removing comparable home-value listings. Denenberg and Wink are fighting to pass a bill that calls for more assessment transparency and require the county to list all of the information it used in assessing property values.Meanwhile, Mangano has blamed Democrats for the county's problems, saying they "failed taxpayers by sitting idle for a decade as the system got worse and wasted taxpayer money."
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