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Schenectady seeks to resolve assessment flap with inspection of home

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A glowing description in a sale brochure led the city to more than double the assessment of a house in the Stockade neighborhood, city officials said Wednesday. They explained their process in response to public criticism about the very different assessments of seemingly identical houses on North Ferry Street. But they also said that if the owners of those two houses would be willing to let an inspector inside, they would revise the assessments based ...

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May 16, 2010
6:39 p.m.

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Mastro's actions are those of a tyrant and a bully.

After being exposed for giving a totally outrageous reassessment on the Lowry residence he now also threatens the neighbor.

Examining the City's tax records ..

... at a 2009 Assessment of $85/sq ft of living area Lowry's house is already the highest assessed one-family on the block.

... the proposed assessment of $147/sq ft is way higher than any other property in the City.

No reasonable person would let an Assessor of Mastro's reputation into his house ... because he could not expect a reasonable outcome.

Now both Lowry and DiCrescenzo are going to be burdened by the considerable cost of obtaining independent appraisals.

Who would want to buy a house in Schenectady with an Assessor like Mastro?