, who plans to take on incumbent Tim Joseph, D-Town of Ithaca, as a Republican and Independence candidate, cited rising county taxes as a major plank in his campaign during a press conference Friday afternoon.
"Property taxes are a huge burden, and the tax levy in Tompkins County
has risen at a higher rate than other counties in Upstate New York," Nivison
said."I believe that better management of spending is necessary and that I have the educational background and management experience to help control spending better than is being done now."Nivison
blasted the county for tax levy increases of more than 50 percent in the past three years, calling taxes "out of control."
...An Ithaca native, Nivison holds degrees from the State College at Cortland and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.He was a Navy officer for nine years. Nivison later worked as an FBI special agent, serving in the Boston office for 12 years, where he was head of the Violent Crimes Task Force.He
returned to Ithaca as senior resident agent in charge of the local FBI
office, serving in that role for 12 years before retirement.He currently teaches criminal justice courses at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
has his way, Joseph will be looking for another job seven months from now.
"I am tired of excuses for the explosive rise in county taxes," Nivison
"If (Nivison) would like to tell us where he'd like to cut, I'd be interested to hear that. Nivison
said it was too soon to cite specifics, explaining that he'd have to examine each program to determine whether it was cost-effective."I think a lot more revenue is being spent on programs we need to evaluate," he