Hirsh contends the comptroller’s office has done a poor job of monitoring and overseeing all county contracts. He would increase the auditing staff and conduct more frequent audits to uncover waste and fraud in government spending. “Nassau County is rife with political corruption,” Hirsh said. “And taxpayers expect their money to be spent appropriately.” Hirsh advocates for less frequent reassessments of residential and commercial properties, which he contends will lead to more accurate evaluations and fewer tax challenges. And Hirsh wants to end Nassau’s Industrial Development Agency, which provides tax relief to county businesses to grow or to remain in Nassau. Hirsh contends the IDA creates few well-paying jobs and “is a corporate tool to reduce corporate taxes and eliminate liability.”
Hirsh, 58, of North Woodmere, is running on the Green Party line. Hirsh ran unsuccessfully for State Senate in the 9th District in 2016 and for the county legislature in the 3rd District in 2015. Hirsh received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LIU Post and a master’s degree in financial management, also from LIU Post. Hirsh previously worked as an options trader with Castle Securities in Manhattan but is now a self-employed accountant from his North Woodmere home. He is single.