Chandra M. Ortiz, is a candidate for the positon of Town of Hempstead’s Receiver of Taxes. She and her husband have been residents of Nassau County for over 30 years; and have raised their two, now adult, daughters here in the County. Ms. Ortiz obtained her bachelor’s degree from Long Island University- C.W. Post Campus; a post-graduated ABA paralegal certification from Adelphi University; and her law degree from Touro Law School (while working full time and raising a family).
Ms. Ortiz is a practicing attorney who has represented numerous businesses, individuals and certain governmental agencies over the years. Her solo practice concentration in various aspects of real estate, business and franchise law, has developed Ms. Ortiz into a respected attorney. Ms. Ortiz is also an adjunct professor at Molloy College’s Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department- where she teaches Real Estate Law each Fall. She was the first minority to be elected to serve as Dean of the Nassau Bar Association’s Academy of Law. Ms. Ortiz has practiced law since 1998. In addition to her long term tenure as a solo practicing attorney, her employment history includes working for a Fortune 500 Company; the County of Nassau’s-Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Bureau; and with two respected Nassau County law firms, in its real estate practice groups.
Ms. Ortiz has been involved with numerous transactions involving real estate and lending matters. In addition she has counseled and represented many clients including: A respected New York City not-for-profit developer- as they successfully engaged in a multi-million dollar rehabilitated of the Harlem community in New York City; Memorial Economic Development Corporation- as they worked to bring a new healthcare facility to the Roosevelt, Freeport and surrounding communities; many franchisees and prospective franchisees of some of the largest well-known franchises in the World, including McDonald’s Corporation, Dunkin’ Brands, UPS and others.
Ms. Ortiz has remained involved with the Nassau County Bar Association in active leadership roles for over 20 years. She is currently the chair of the Corporation, Banking and Securities Law Committee; and serves on the Judiciary Screening Committee. She volunteers her time providing valuable and necessary pro bono legal
Services; including her service as an Arbitrator for New York State’s Attorney/Client Fee Dispute Program since 2003- she currently serves as a lead arbitrator. She has lectured and provided published news commentaries on various legal topics benefiting our communities.