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Receiver of Taxes for Town of Islip

Donovan Currey (D)

Donovan Currey was born on the island of Jamaica, but he dreamed of becoming an American citizen. After studying business at the University of Jamaica, he joined the Jamaican government, but his dream persisted. So, in 1988, he and his wife came to the United States. He worked hard and in 1996 became a citizen.

During the next 20 years, he continued to work hard. He built a successful management career from the ground up, specializing in quality control within the railroad industry. Among his many accomplishments, he improved quality and safety within the New York City subways. At present, he is responsible for quality management for the replacement of 11 hydraulic elevators in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

Currey has used his decades of experience as a quality expert to analyze the way tax policy is administered in the Town of Islip. He is convinced the town must do a much better job assessing taxes. According to Currey, “The current system of grieving taxes is very costly for homeowners. If the office is run right, it should be unnecessary.”

Currey is active in his community and his church, the Holy Church of Christ in Central Islip. He has a leadership role in the Islip chapter of the NAACP. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business and Master of Science in accounting from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz. Currey and his wife live in Brentwood, where they raised two daughters. They have one grandson.

Andy Wittman (R)

Andy Wittman is the owner and founder of My NY Home Solution, LLC (NYHS), a real estate investment company based out of Sayville. Its internal projects focus on luxury, off-campus college housing, currently in the Syracuse and surrounding micro-markets. NYHS also educates and consults with individuals who are looking to expand their investment portfolios through real estate, either active or passive. Additionally, Wittman has consulted with various elected officials and municipalities throughout the United States regarding business growth and development as it relates to real estate. Wittman also holds his NYS Real Estate Sales Person’s License and assists clients in all real estate transactions either residential and/or commercial.

“I am bringing a level of public experience, 27 years, and as a small business owner I have been involved in learning and knowing how to run a business and an office, staff, employees,” said Wittman. Working in real estate for 15 years, Wittman also cited his “good working knowledge of Suffolk County tax act and New York State property tax law.”

He spent 12 years in the public sector, first as a fire and EMS dispatcher and then transferred to his greatest, most honorable profession to date, a firefighter with the FDNY. His ascension to the FDNY was the culmination of a childhood goal and the continuation of his family’s fourth generation in the fire service. Unfortunately, his career was cut short in 2012 due to a line-of-duty injury.

Wittman lives in Sayville with his wife, Jennifer and their three children, Catherine (11), Andrew IV (9) and Guiseppi (5).

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