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Department of Taxation and Finance

Real Property Tax Administration

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 1:00 pm–4:45 pm, and Friday, September 14, 2007, 8:30 am–11:45 am

Clarion Hotel, 3 Watervliet Ave Ext., Albany, New York 12206

  • Facilitator: Dave Leichenauer             
  • Recorder: Janice Heeran 
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Item Results Lead Time
a. Get organized Minutes reviewed and approved. Dave Leichenauer 1:00–1:15
What's new New topics added. (if needed)
Review action items Action items clarified and brought up to date.
b. Leadership update
Budget update (if available) Information sharing. Don DeWitt and Steve King 1:15–1:30
Next steps. 
c. Legislative update
Report on what did and did not happen RPTAC is brought up to date on activity. Paul Miller and Jim O'Keeffe 1:30–2:00
Comments and concerns addressed.
d. Count assessing 
Concerns, pros and cons and feedback Information sharing and clarification. Rick Hubner 2:00–2:45
Comments and concerns addressed. 
Break 2:45–3:00
e. Assessor training  Assessor training program status is shared with RPTAC. Sally Cooney and Maureen Wetter 3:00–3:25
Concerns re. certified and uncertified assessors, are there areas lacking training opportunities RPTAC concerns are addressed by ORPS staff. 
What happens as of October 1st? October 1st deadline is clarified. 
f. State land transition assessments
Presentation on current process Transition assessment process clarified. Sally Cooney and Ken Tompkins 3:25–3:45
Explore improvement opportunities  RPTAC discusses improvement opportunities.
g. SalesNet
Discussion on re—imbursements Next steps. (if needed) John McCarey and Tim Maher 3:45–4:00
SalesNet now and in the future Concerns with salesnet are discussed.
h. STAR rebate update
Program update ORPS provides RPTAC with a program update. Tim Maher 4:00–4:30
Towns over 100% Concerns with towns over 100% addressed.
i. First day wrap up Review action items. (add names and timeframes) Dave Leichenauer 4:30–4:45
Meeting feedback and Friday hand outs.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Items Results Lead Time 
j. Get organized Housekeeping—recap Thursday's agenda.  Dave Leichenauer 8:30–8:45
Clarify Thursday's action items. (if needed)
k. Sub—group activity updates RPTAC brought up to date on sub—groups. Tim Maher, Steve Beals and Patrick Duffy 8:45–9:30
Four sub—groups report out RPTAC re-charges sub-groups.

RPTAC reviews charters and what's next 

Sub—group charters endorsed by RPTAC.
l. Public information and P.R. effort  RPTAC defines the next steps for P.I. and P.R.  Rick Hubner, Jeff Green and Geoff Gloak 9:30–10:15
How do we market the spreadsheet?
Sub-group works with RPTAC to determine Next Steps for this effort Sub-group membership addressed.
Sub-group is charged on what actions to take between meetings.
Break 10:15–10:30
m. Next prioritized issues on RPTAC's list 
Open up discussions on "state aid and reassessment cycle"  Determine membership for the S.A. and R.C. sup-group.  Dave Leichenauer and ORPS staff 10:30–11:30
Create sub-group for between meetings Action Items established for S.A. and R.C. sub- group.
n. Meeting wrap up Review action items and member responsibilities.  Dave Leichenauer and ORPS staff 11:30–11:45
Next meeting, date and location.
How did we do? (feedback and comment form)

RPTAC members
Assessors County directors ORPS
Cathy Conklin (T. Clarkstown) David Hastings (Oswego) Don DeWitt (Executive Director)
Patrick Duffy (T. Manlius) Caryn Kolts (Yates) Steve King (Deputy Executive Director)
Tom Frey (NYS Assessor's Association) Kathleen Myers (Dutchess) Jim O'Keeffe (Acting Counsel)
Rick Hubner (T. Warwick) John McCarey (Orange) Richard Harris (Director of Operations)
William Quick (T. Freemont) Carol Holley (Saratoga) Dave Williams (RCSD)
Lawrence Quinn (T. Arcadia) Michael Swan (Warren) Tim Maher (CSS)
Alternate assessors Alternate county directors Alternate ORPS members
Curtis Schoeberl (T. Schwangunk) Jim Gonyo (Clinton) Dennis Jersey (ITS)
Timothy Sheares (Nassau County) Nicholas Barber (Schenectady) Tom Bellard (Central Valuation Unit)
Don Card (SVS)

Active RPTAC teams and sub—committees
Equalization project team (sub—committee)
Assessors County directors ORPS
Walter Smead (T. Clifton Park) Paul Buckard (Sullivan) Jim O'Keeffe
J. Todd Wiley (T. New Windsor) Robert Diener (Wayne) Tim Maher
Edye McCarthy (T. Greenburgh) John Noto (Rockland) Pat Holland
Curtis Schoeberl (T. Shawangunk) Paul Warneck (Jefferson) Tom Pinto (North)
Tom Frey (NYS Assessor's Assoc)
Denise Trudell (T. Orleans)

Valuation issues team 
Assessors County directors ORPS
Mario Arevalo (C. Oneonta) Mary Baush (Franklin) Bob Aiken
Rosalie Fahey (T. Glenville) Jim Gonyo (Clinton) Matt Riordan
Edye McCarthy (T. Greenburgh) Dave Hastings (Oswego) Tara Hoffman (Newburgh)
Colleen Adamec (T. Greenwich) George Michaud (Putnam) Sheryl Klewicki (Melville)

Sales processing team
Assessors County directors ORPS
Larry Quinn (T. Arcadia) Bill Budde (Niagara) Tim Maher
Eileen Kelly (T. Goshen) Jay Franklin (Tompkins) Kim Manley
Christine Fusco (T. Lancaster) Karen Carney (Onondaga) Mary Ilacqua (Syracuse)

Assessment notification team
Assessors County directors ORPS
Brad Brennen (T. Salina) Dave Hastings (Oswego) Teresa Frank (Syracuse)
Peggy Jenkins (T. Moreau) Tom Bloodgood (Schuyler and Chemung) Geoff Gloak
Sue Otis (T. Malta) Jim Gonyo (Clinton) Patti Valvo (Batavia)
Catherine DeFelice (T. Saratoga) Robin Johnson (Ontario)
Alternate: Caryn Kolts (Yates)
Robert Zandri

Property class code team 
Assessors County Directors ORPS
Sue Otis (T. Malta) Kathleen Myers (Dutchess) Dave Shanley 
Patrick Duffy (T. Manlius) Jim Haskell
Peter Galarneau (C. Lockport)