"Taxes are always the issues with the public," Haas said. He said that during his time as assessor his office has helped ease the tax burden. Haas said he has been able to save $750,000 in appraisal and attorneys' fees by handling tax grievance cases in-house. "That helped prevent a $2.6 million tax rate shift to the taxpayers." He said that now "we're looking to streamline the office so it's more efficient."
Haas, 60, of Jamesport, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He has worked in the real estate title examination business for nearly 30 years and is seeking his third term as assessor. He is a former Riverhead Town Republican chairman. Haas holds a bachelor of liberal arts degree from Suffolk County Community College. He is married and has four children.