In 2001, Howard Weitzman became the only CPA ever elected to the office of Nassau County Comptroller after a 30 year career as a healthcare financial executive. He was subsequently re-elected to a second term in 2005. During his eight years as Comptroller, Howard Weitzman played a central role in the financial rescue of Nassau County. Under Howard’s leadership, the office of Comptroller became a national model for transparency and accountability while at the same time developing a reputation for hard work, independence and integrity.
Along with County Executive Tom Suozzi and a Democratic Legislative Majority, Comptroller Weitzman worked to bring the county back from the brink of bankruptcy. Mr. Weitzman assembled a highly professional senior staff, bringing much needed government skills and modern management techniques to the Comptroller’s Office. Together, they achieved a historic financial turnaround, transforming deficits into surpluses and providing balanced budgets.
Under Mr. Weitzman, the Comptroller’s Office reinvigorated its role as the county’s fiscal watchdog, focusing audits on the areas of county government with the biggest expenditures, where potential savings would be the greatest. Applying his many years of experience in the health care field to the problems of Nassau County residents, Mr. Weitzman also conceived and launched the NassauRx Card — an innovative prescription drug discount program that provides substantial savings off of retail prescription prices.
Unfortunately, over the last three years Nassau County has once again descended towards financial collapse. We have witnessed multiple bond downgrades, a massive year-end deficit, and the near depletion of County reserves. Our assessment system has become more dysfunctional with almost all taxpayers now being forced to challenge their assessments. As a result of the actions taken by the current administration, the County is under the tight financial control of an outside State agency. Without a change in leadership, our future is bleak and perilous.
Comptroller Howard Weitzman is running for re-election to reverse this decline, protect Nassau taxpayers, and get our county’s finances back on track.
Howard Weitzman is a CPA and former Mayor of Great Neck Estates, where he and his wife Susan lived for 35 years and raised three children. He is a former national healthcare partner of the accounting firm KPMG. Later he founded and served as chief executive of a healthcare financial services firm and a mail-service pharmaceutical company. A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and Queens College, he pursued management studies at Stanford University and Baruch College. He and his wife currently reside in North Hills.