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January 11, 2024

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has once again awarded Nassau County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for Nassau’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022. This is the 39th consecutive recognition of Nassau’s ACFR. Read more here

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December 7, 2023

The Comptroller’s office has completed an audit of the Licensing Division of the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs. The audit was launched in 2022 in response to reports of backlogs of thousands of professional license applications during the previous administration. The audit found that mismanagement in 2019-2021 led to the major backlog. Read more here

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November 8, 2023NIFA vs Nassau County ActualsComptroller Phillips responds to NIFA regarding the continuation of the control period, and to Newsday regarding its support of it. NIFA does it again, using inaccurate projections and pessimistic predictions to perpetuate an unjustified control period over Nassau County. Click here to read the facts.

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October 23, 2023

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips is pleased to announce the launch of phase one of a new Nassau County Senior Discount Program. In collaboration with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, the Comptroller invites businesses in Nassau County to register for inclusion on a forthcoming directory of Senior Discounts within the County. 

Phase one features the launch of a sign-up portal where local businesses can register for inclusion in the Senior Discount Program. Registration is free and the program is open to all Nassau County businesses. Read more here.

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October 19, 2023

Nassau County has earned a score of zero – a perfect score – from the NYS Comptroller's Office Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. This indicates the County is under no fiscal stress and not susceptible to fiscal stress at this time. Read more here.

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June 28, 2023

The Nassau County Comptroller’s Office has released the County’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) and Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended on December 31, 2022. For the 4th consecutive year, the County ended its fiscal year with a surplus. Nassau closed the books on 2022 with $435.2 million surplus in governmental funds. Read more here.

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May 31, 2023

Nassau County has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR Award). This award, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, locks in the County’s continued standing as a GFOA Triple Crown winner with Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Read more here.

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May 1, 2023

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips announced refunds totaling $1,583,000 to the City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove City School District. The refunds resolved Glen Cove’s overpayment of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) to the County from 2010 to 2021. Read more here.

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April 25, 2023

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips has announced that her office will commence a review of Nassau County’s utilization of local motels and hotels for emergency shelter for eligible County residents. In 2022, 17 hotel/motels were used by the Nassau County Department of Social Services for emergency housing placements at a total cost of $3,053,278 to the County. Read more about the upcoming audit here.

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March 24, 2023

Nassau County Comptroller’s Office Announces Audit Results for Town of Hempstead Sanitary District No. 7 
Results and Recommendations Will Guide District Leadership Toward Better Management. Read more here.

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January 12, 2023

Review of the 2020/2021 Reassessment
The Office of Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips has completed a Review of the 2020/2021 Reassessment of properties. Read more here

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December 21, 2022

Nassau County Comptroller’s Office Announces Audit Results for Broken But Not Destroyed Emergency Shelter Provider 
The audit of the Franklin Square, NY based non-profit organization exposed numerous significant issues in the organization’s operations, including ongoing violations of contractual and regulatory requirements. Read more here

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November 23, 2022Nonprofit Chart

The Nassau County Comptroller’s Office is working hard to get money into the hands of non-profit organizations who serve the County’s most vulnerable residents. We’re improving efficiency in our office and reducing the time it takes to issue funds to health and human service providers, social services and housing assistance programs.

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September 19, 2022Nassau Forward Logo NEW

Comptroller Elaine Phillips announces a new initiative to replace NIFS, the Nassau Integrated Financial System. 

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August 22, 2022
Statement by Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips: Numbers Don't Lie... But They May Not Tell the Whole Truth
It is time to allow the officials who were elected by the people of Nassau County to govern.

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August 5, 2022
Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips Releases the 2022 Mid-Year Report on the County’s Financial Condition

On August 4, 2022, Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips released the 2022 Mid-Year Report on the County’s Financial Condition, which provides year-to-date financial results using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), compares them to the 2022 Adopted Budget, and offers projections for the remainder of fiscal year 2022. The report shows the County is on track to generate a GAAP surplus, estimated at $32.8 million in the three primary operating funds, which will further strengthen the County’s overall financial condition. The report is focused on the County’s “three primary operating funds,” consistent with GAAP accounting, and identifies potential risks and opportunities to the fiscal year’s adopted budget.

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July 14, 2022
Photo of Comptrollers PhotosNassau County Comptroller: Report on the First Six Months: Eliminating Waste, Fraud and Inefficiency – Restoring Integrity and Trust in Government
In her first six months in office, Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips assembled an expert team with deep and broad financial and government experience and began to tackle some of the County’s most significant financial issues. Work is underway to replace the antiquated Nassau County Integrated Financial System (NIFS) and audits are underway in the Department of Assessment, Department of Consumer Affairs and more. Read more here.

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June 30, 2022
The Office of the Nassau County Comptroller Closes the County’s 2021 Books with a $480 Million Surplus

On June 30, 2022, the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office released the County’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (“ACFR”) for the fiscal year ended on December 31, 2021. The County’s fiscal year 2021 ended with a surplus of $480 million in the Governmental Funds, attributed primarily to higher sales tax revenues and savings related to lower debt service. 

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June 22, 2022Long Beach Bus-for websiteNassau County Comptroller’s Office Delivers $300,000 in Back Pay to City of Long Beach

On May 3, 2022, Long Beach City Council President Karen McInnis, Council member John Bendo and former Council member Michael Delury, met with Comptroller Phillips to discuss $300,000 owed to the City of Long Beach for bus service from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021. The payment for the bus service, which connects the barrier island’s east end with the Long Beach LIRR station and downtown area, was approved and released on May 21, less than three weeks later.

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May 11, 2022NC Living Wage Law Committee 051020Comptroller Elaine Phillips Meets with the Nassau County Living Wage Law Advisory Committee: Nassau County Living Wage 2021 Annual Report Released

At a meeting of the Nassau County Living Wage Advisory Committee on May 10, 2022, Comptroller Elaine Phillips presented the County’s Living Wage Law 2021 Annual Report. Members of the committee, Comptroller Elaine Phillips and members of the Comptroller’s staff discussed recent advances in compensation for County employees and employees of vendors working under contract with the County.

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March 2nd, 2022
Comptroller Elaine Phillips Announces Audit of the Backlogged Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips announced today that she has directed her office to audit the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs. The audit will examine the operation of the Department including licensing procedures, management and staffing under the previous administration in light of reports of backlogs and mismanagement that appears to have negatively impacted the way business owners operate in Nassau County.

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February 15th, 2022
Comptroller Elaine Phillips Announces New Review of Nassau County's Confusing and Complex Property Assessment System

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips today announced a number of new reviews relating to the county's Department of Assessment. The audit will cover Assessment Rolls for the years 2021 through 2021, as well as the department's application of the five-year phase-in.

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January 26, 2022 
Elaine Phillips Becomes First Woman to Serve as Nassau County Comptroller

As the first woman elected to serve as Nassau County Comptroller, I am an example that with hard work and determination anyone can enjoy success and achieve their dreams. It is truly an honor and a privilege to once again serve the residents of Nassau County.

In the News

On July 13, 2023, Comptroller Phillips explained the different ways of calculating the County's year-end financial position in a letter to the editor of Newsday. Newsday Letter to the Editor 7.13.2023

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On May 1, 2023, Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips announced refunds totaling $1,583,000 for the City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove City School District.  The refunds resolved Glen Cove's accidental overpayment of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) to the County from 2010 to 2021. 

Glen Cove Refund - Newsday

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Comptroller Elaine Phillips Talks with Residents and Business Owners About the 2020-21 Reassessment of Property Values


Manhasset Times, March 24, 2023

Manhasset Times March 24 2023

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips has been meeting with civic groups and chambers of commerce across the County to talk with residents and business owners about the 2020-21 Reassessment of property values. Here’s a write up of one of her recent talks, all of which have been followed by lively and candid Q&As.   

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Reassessment in Newsday


On January 12, 2023, the Comptroller's Office released a review of the 2020/2021 Reassessment of the County’s 386,000 residential and 37,000 commercial properties, which was conducted in 2018. Auditors found numerous significant issues including that the reassessment, which was conducted in a condensed timeframe, was done using flawed data, lacked quality control, and involved multiple unexplained changes to property valuations by the Administration. Proper analysis of the impact of the Reassessment and Phase-In Exemption on taxpayers could have prevented deep inequities in tax burdens, including multiple high value properties paying little to no property taxes and owners of properties with identical assessed values paying vastly different taxes. The people of Nassau County deserve better. 

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11.18.22 LIBN Award

On November 17, 2022, Comptroller Elaine Phillips was honored by Long Island Business News (LIBN) as a recipient of the LIBN 2022 Business and Finance Awards. The awards recognize leadership and contributions of Long Island's top business and finance professionals.

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Comptroller Letter to Newsday-October 30, 2022

Comptroller Phillips highlights the problem with the Nassau County Interim Financial Authority (NIFA)'s Control Period. Newsday, October 30, 2022

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Aptil 6th - 12th - Anton Media Group Manhasset Press - EP Front Pg_"Phillips Is The Taxpayers' Advocate"

by Frank Rizzo, Anton Media Group. April 6-12, 2022


March 25th, 2022
Comptroller Elaine Phillips with The Voice of Nassau Community College Interview 

NCC 90.3 WHPC

Bill McIntyre and Jon Gallo talk with newly elected Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips about issues affecting her office, including reassessment, payroll and more.

March 2nd, 2022
News 12 Video - Comptroller Elaine Phillips on Power and Politics

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips was on News 12 Long Island's Power and Politics with Rich Barrabi to discuss her first audits as Nassau County Comptroller.

February 15th, 2022
Comptroller Elaine Phillips announces audit of tax reassessment Video

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips on Feb. 15th announced a number of new reviews relating to the county's Department of Assessment. The audit will cover Assessment Rolls for the years 2021 through 2021, as well as the department's application of the five-year phase-in.

February 15th, 2022
Phillips announces audit of tax reassessment
LI Herald

Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips said, she will begin an audit of the Department of Assessment on Feb. 15. Joined by County Executive Bruce Blakeman, who campaigned on transparency and change for the reassessment, Phillips reiterated her own promise to independently investigate the reassessment process and how to improve it.

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