The search for a new village assessor continues but, in the meantime, Scarsdale Board of Trustees has put Jane Lawrence in charge as acting assessor to sign off on the tentative assessment roll by June 3.
Former Village Assessor Nanette Albanese retired in early March, but served in a part-time capacity to assist with the completion of the 2018 small claims assessment reviews. Now that the assessment reviews have been settled, Albanese is no longer employed by Scarsdale.
According to New York State Real Property Tax Law, when the Office of the Assessor becomes vacant, the trustees may designate an acting assessor until a replacement is appointed.
“She’s been with us since 2014,” said Village Manager Steve Pappalardo. “She will serve as acting assessor until an assessor is appointed or some lesser period at her discretion.”
So, if at some point Lawrence doesn’t want to serve as the village assessor, she would have to give the village two weeks notice before stepping down, or leaving her job at village entirely.
Lawrence, who graduated from the University of Rhode Island, is a New York State certified residential real estate appraiser with more than 25 years’ experience. She worked as an appraiser for Houlihan and O’Malley Appraisal Co. Inc. from 1989 until 2001, and for Patrick McEvily and Associates Inc. until 2003.
“Since that time, she has been conducting appraisals directly for a range of clients including banks, other appraisal companies, appraisal management companies, attorneys, funding companies and individuals,” according to a statement of qualifications submitted to the trustees.
Lawrence’s appraisal experience has been in Westchester County and the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She’s appraised single family and two- to four-family dwellings, land, rental properties and cooperative and condominium units.
Since 2014, Lawrence worked part time as an appraiser for the assessors office in Scarsdale, served as a consultant to the assessor from 2010 until 2012 and assisted in the negotiation of tax grievance settlements and in the preparation of appraisals for small claim assessment review hearings. In addition, she served as a consultant to the village’s Board of Assessment Review in connection with tax grievance deliberations between 2012 and 2017.
Since her appointment it’s been all hands on deck.
“We’ve been finalizing the assessments for the tentative assessment roll and preparing letters for residents,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence is up on all New York State real estate appraising continuing education requirements and is a licensed real estate agent formerly employed by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate.
Pappalardo said the search for a permanent village assessor continues.
“We’ve spoken to a number of people already and we will continue to do so,” he said.