Curran vetoes GOP measure to allow voters to pick Nassau assessor

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Democratic Nassau County Executive Laura Curran vetoed a Republican measure that would allow voters to pick the county's assessor.

The move comes after a long, heated debate over the county's property reassessment system.

"The last thing we need is another elected official," Curran says of her veto decision.

The proposed law, which was passed by the Republican majority in the county Legislature, would let taxpayers decide if the county assessor should become an elected position or remain one appointed by the county executive.

Republicans say they proposed the legislation in an effort to to fix a property assessment system that's been "broken" for years and to bring transparency to the process.

"All the people want, is they want an assessment system that's fair, they want to understand what's happening," says Republican Legislator Steve Rhoads.

Democratic Legislator Debra Mulé says the assessor stayed at two of her community meetings to answer all questions asked of him. She points to another part of the Republican legislation that says the elected assessor doesn't need to be qualified at the time of the election.

"At that point, all kinds of damage can already be done," she says.

Republicans say they plan to vote to override the veto. It's unclear if they can get enough Democrats to side with them to make that happen. They have 30 days to hold that vote.

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