Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman has died, Nassau County officials confirmed on Sept. 27. He was 75.
“Everyone here in the comptroller’s office is sad and surprised, and so many of us share fond memories and have wonderful stories about Howard,” said Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman. “Howard made a lasting impact on our community, and we will forever be grateful for his service.”
Weitzman was comptroller while Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) served as the county executive, from 2002 to 2009, and had previously been mayor of the Village of Great Neck Estates.
The certified public accountant is credited by county officials with cleaning up the county’s finances during his time as comptroller by overseeing audits of special taxing districts and cutting back on overspending and wasteful spending that cost taxpayers.
“Sad to hear of the passing of former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman, a long-time public servant to our county,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in a statement. “County flags will be lowered to half-staff as a tribute to his memory.”
Weitzman served on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state board that oversees county finances, from 2016 up until the time of his death.
“For decades, Howard Weitzman called upon his vast intellect and fiscal expertise to serve the residents of Nassau County,” Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D-Freeport) said in a statement. “Whether his role was that of a local elected official, our County Comptroller, or a NIFA board member, his style of leadership embodied the type of wisdom and dignity that was a constant throughout his life.”