George Hignell, the Democrat candidate for Receiver of Taxes, was born and raised in Bethpage, and still resides there with his wife and daughter. He graduated from Bethpage High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the New York Institute of Technology. An awkward last name to pronounce(Hig-nell), throughout his life most just chose to call him by the nickname “Higgins.” Known throughout Long Island for his lifelong involvement in Sports, Mr. Hignell started the Long Island Flag Football League straight out of college in 1983 and watched it grow into the largest football league in the world, regardless of type, with over 10000 players. Mr. Hignell is also on the National Football League’s Board of Directors of “NFL FLAG”, a Nationwide non-contact football program featured during the NFL’s SUPER BOWL, that Mr. Hignell created with the NFL in 1995. Mr. Hignell has also facilitated distribution of free NFL FLAG football equipment to numerous school districts on Long Island and has run free flag football camps in areas of Long Island less fortunate. Mr. Hignell has supported St. Jude’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish, and Long Island Cares through events for over 20 years. He is a member of the USFTL Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also on the Board of Directors of WIN, an Upstate New York non-profit that he started with Roger Hull, ex-President of Union College, in 2015. WIN provides unemployed women and men construction skills, and GED’s if needed. The labor force then rehabs zombie homes for experience before joining the private construction industry. Mr. Hignell and his family are members of St. Martin of Tours Church in Bethpage.
As a candidate and taxpayer, Mr. Hignell realizes how hard the taxpayers of Oyster Bay work to afford their homes, and the reality than many of the elderly, including Veterans, can no longer afford to stay. He pledges to use his 35 years experience of running a successful business to streamline the office of Receiver of Taxes and remove any traces of fraud or corruption. “The citizens of Oyster Bay deserve a government that is looking out for their 401K’s and 529 Plans, not one that’s over $800,000,000 in debt and then, this past Fall, recklessly hands out another $1,000,000 in raises to loyal Party members. This coupled with the Congressional Republicans SALT $10,000 tax deduction cap makes it imperative that we reduce cost wherever possible for the taxpayers of Oyster Bay!”