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Consolidating police is still out, but the county will consider Mayor Brian U. Stratton’s idea for consolidating the assessment office. With Assessor Patrick Mastro taking early retirement, Stratton said he wants the county to take over assessments. He envisions a system that would eventually handle all property assessments in the county. County Legislature Chairwoman Susan Savage said she’s open to the idea. It’s particularly relevant to the county because its Real Property Tax Service Agency ...

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August 27, 2010
8:31 a.m.

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I have to say that I am a little taken back when I hear that Susan Savage supports the consolidation, when she categorically opposes consolidation of other services such as the area police departments. Have you consulted your county crony Chris gardener on your position yet Susan? The only thing we can hope for is that if you are elected in November you will take him with you...

August 27, 2010
11:25 a.m.

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Good riddance to Pat Mastro .....

In his tenure as City Assessor he has single handedly managed to bring the real estate market in the City of Schenectady to its knees.

His unnecessary rudeness to taxpayers, appraisers and City officials are legendary.

Mastro's recent City wide property reassessment, which penalized recent property buyers with much higher assessments and real estate taxes than the owners of comparable non-sold properties, has caused many financial hardship, diminished property values and much heartache.

His discriminatory actions have scared off new buyers of homes and commercial properties and the current real estate sales activity in Schenectady is just about zilch.

The City's potential legal costs, currently unbudgeted, for the future defense of the large number of tax grievance law suits in process, is going to further detract from Mastro's legacy