Melton said that if elected to the Nassau County Legislature he will focus on a central goal: “To fix” the county’s tax assessment system, which Melton said is “completely broken.” He called the current tax assessment system “the worst in the country,” adding, “At this rate not only will a young person like myself never be able to afford a home in Nassau County, but the system will also push the county to complete financial insolvency. Melton said his work in statistical and economic consulting by day will help him in his legislative duties. He said, “I want to take that expertise to the legislature and reform the system.” Melton said to accomplish that, “We need to get our assessment rolls accurate, change the unfair process of grieving your property taxes and move to an annual assessment to maintain the sanctity of our assessment rolls.”
Melton, 22, of Farmingdale, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Reform party lines. Melton was raised in Farmingdale and graduated in 2013 from Farmingdale High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics from George Washington University. In his first year of college, he was a congressional intern in the D.C. office of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Melton served as the business manager of the GW Hatchet, a student-run and written-weekly newspaper. He was the president of the college’s Undergraduate Economics Association. Melton works as a statistical and economic consultant for Summit, a data analytics firm in Washington, D.C. He serves on the regional Young Alumni Board for his alma mater. He is not married.