Jeffrey Pravato has served as Town of Oyster Bay Receiver of Taxes since January 2020. As Tax Receiver, Jeff manages an office that handles billing and collecting property taxes from 110,000 land owners on behalf of Nassau County, the Town of Oyster Bay, 14 school districts, and numerous fire, park, water and sewer districts.
The Tax Receiver has no role in assessing the value of your property (which is handled by Nassau County government); however, Jeff and his staff help homeowners grieve their property tax assessments and apply for the property tax exemptions they are entitled to under the law, including those for senior citizens, veterans and volunteer firefighters. As Tax Receiver, Jeff has implemented many cost-saving initiatives through technology upgrades, saved taxpayers money by negotiating lower fees, and earned taxpayers money by securing higher interest rates.
Prior to his election as Tax Receiver, Jeff served as Massapequa Park Village Mayor for six years. Jeff successfully improved the Village’s bond rating, cut wasteful spending, and protected homeowners by freezing property taxes and forced government to live within the State property tax cap. As Mayor, Jeff successfully obtained state and county funding to improve village roadways, built a new playground, strengthened the shoreline to protect neighborhoods from future storms, and improved the local senior citizen center.
Jeff’s leadership was recognized by the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino in 2017, who hired Jeff to help clean up the Town Department of Public Works and streamline road improvement projects. As Deputy Commissioner, Jeff led environmentally-friendly initiatives to reduce the Town’s carbon footprint while saving money for taxpayers. As a result, solar panels were installed on the rooftop of the Hicksville Commuter Parking Garage and efforts are underway to create a solar farm at the Town landfill.
A commuter to Manhattan for 25 years, Jeff worked in the finance industry before joining public service. He knows what it takes to protect your tax dollars, manage employees, solve problems and achieve results. Jeff resides in Massapequa Park with his wife, Jennifer, and children Zachary, Jordanna, Ethan, and Addison. Jeff is a graduate of C.W. Post College, Long Island University. He is a member of the Sons of Italy, past president of the Lions Club and congregant of the Midway Jewish Center in Plainview. Jeff volunteers his time to the Schechter School of Long Island where he serves on the finance committee.