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Schenectady mayor’s assessor choice not qualified

McCarthy to work around state law

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The man the mayor wants as the next city assessor does not have the six months’ experience required to become an assessor under state law. Ed Waterfield said he has never performed the duties of an assessor, including appraisal work and analyzing sales to determine market values. The state requires candidates for sole assessor have at least six months of paid experience, but Mayor Gary McCarthy said Waterfield could get that experience simply by being ...

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safny
September 13, 2013
6:50 a.m.

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What a crock. He has no experience, so let's hire him, give him a raise and then he'll have some!! Fortunately, he is not being hired to do brain surgery. The assessments and taxes here are some of the biggest stumbling blocks to getting more home ownership, so throw the application process open and hire the MOST qualified candidate, not a pal of the mayor.

JIMOCONNOR
September 13, 2013
10:10 a.m.

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The mayor is administering. This is great. An open minded fair approach to assessments, or, anything else lends faith, credibility, and trust to systems.

wmarincic
September 13, 2013
12:42 p.m.

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That's fitting since the Mayor isn't qualified either... Bring on the clowns.

schdyres
September 13, 2013
2:10 p.m.

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As Roger Hull correctly said some time ago Margaret King is the ultimate" rubber stamp" always eager to please the boss!
How can anyone reasonably assert that"experience required" means getting it after being hired.
KIng has shown absolutely no leadership as Council President and rarely has any comments or contributions to make at City Council meetings except as a booster of local downtown events. She has never owned property in the city nor has she ever paid a cent in City or School taxes.

JJF
September 13, 2013
3:23 p.m.

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Can Schenectady get any more embarrassing? Let's see if we can attract companies that make bigg shooz and red ball noses to relocate here. There certainly is a market for their products.

fjcjr
September 13, 2013
4:21 p.m.

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The fact that the candidate is not qualified for the position is irrelevant given that "He's just a good person". Unemployment in the US should also be very near zero because many of the unemployed are "just good people". In Schenectady we get what we deserve for electing these Mensa candidtates.

mkuban
September 13, 2013
5:42 p.m.

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This is the exact reverse of the welcome neighbor reassessment we had years ago. New home owners were assessed on the sale price and had to grieve their assesments to have them reduced, the surrounding homeowners assessments were never adjusted. Now you want to once again reassess at the sale price but it is up to the neighboring home owners to grieve their assessment to have them lowered. This situation has to be just as illegal as the welcome neighbor policy was.

Way to go Mr Mayor you have once agin proved that the only things in Schenectady that change are the cast of characters. Crappy policies and hiring incompetents has killed this city. You've proved that you are as out of touch with reality as Frank Duci was 30 years ago....

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