Gaylor said he hopes to continue efforts to hold the line on county property taxes and continue opposition to tax breaks that the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency granted to the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. Critics contend that the tax breaks caused many residents’ school taxes to increase sharply, prompting the IDA to revoke the package. The mall’s owners have sued to maintain the benefit. “I’m out there fighting vigorously for these constituents, and it’s a big chunk who were affected by the Green Acres debacle.” Gaylor supports shifting responsibility for property assessments to the towns and making the county assessor an elected position “accountable only to the people.” He also hopes to advance more capital infrastructure projects, such as road improvements, many of which are locked up in a political dispute over contracting oversight.
Gaylor, 54, of Lynbrook, seeking his second term in the county legislature, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. An attorney in private practice, Gaylor spent 23 years in the Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the State University of New York and a master’s in business administration from Texas A&M University. Gaylor previously served as an appointed village justice in Lynbrook and hearing officer for the county traffic violations bureau. He is married, with two children.