While his office can't change statutes, Sullivan said the staff is modernizing procedures to make it easier for people to pay as well as check what they owe online. About a year ago the town began accepting payments via credit and debit cards, he said, and it also has a "walk-in" arrangement where residents can pay their tax bills at local banks without having to go to town offices or mail in the bill. "There are no major problems, it seems to go pretty well. We have a very good staff," he said, "and we try to help the people, not hurt them."
Sullivan, 71, of Southold, is also running on the Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. He has been tax receiver for 19 years. He is a CPA and managed his own practice for almost 40 years. He graduated from Iona College and holds an MBA from New York University. A Marine veteran who served in Vietnam, he received the Navy Cross, the nation's second-highest decoration, as well as the Purple Heart. He is a board member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. He is married and has two children.