Bivona said her position is administrative and does not set policy. She said one of her proudest accomplishments while in office is instituting the first program in the state that allows tax payments by credit card. She said personal check scanning still needs better technology. "I'm very proud of my relationship with my taxpayers," she said. "My taxpayers know me, they know they are going to get answers in my office, they know they are going to get a return phone call; we're very, very user-friendly for our taxpayers."
Bivona, 68, of Huntington, is also running on the Democratic, Independence and Conservative lines. She has held her position for 24 years and before that was deputy receiver of taxes for 91/2 years. She has a bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo and a master's degree from Hofstra University. Both degrees are in special education.