Nielsen said keeping equity in the assessment roll and keeping property values up to date are top priorities. While reassessment has been a major issue for all Long Island towns, East Hampton to date has never updated its assessment roll. Exemptions including the School Tax Assessment Relief program (STAR) remain a burden on assessors' offices, she said, noting the many unfunded mandates placed on her office. There's also no shortage of work. "In East Hampton we handle all our Small Claims Assessment Review litigation processes from start to finish in-house," she said. "We do our own appraisals, represent the town in court and in all other matters related to STAR."
Nielsen, 59, was raised in Montauk and has lived in Amagansett for 26 years. An East Hampton assessor for 28 years, she is seeking her eighth four-year term and is also running on the Independence, Republican, Working Families and Conservative lines. She has been a member of the New York State Assessors' Association for 28 years, and the New York State Institute of Assessing Officers, where she has been active for 16 years. Nielsen, who is single, is a 1973 graduate of East Hampton High School and has a bachelor of arts degree in art from Southampton College-LIU. She is involved in animal rescue work in the Town of East Hampton and is a volunteer member of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott.