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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

October 2, 2001

Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency Receives Distinguished Assistance Award from
New York State Assessor’s Association

 Poughkeepsie. . . County Executive William R. Steinhaus, is pleased to announce the Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency has received the Distinguished Assistance Award of the New York State Assessor’s Association (NYSAA).  According to the County Executive, the NYSAA confers this award, “on the organization, agency or individual, either public or private, who has been most effective in rendering significant support to the cause of assessment administration in the areas of organization and practice.”  More noteworthy, however, said Steinhaus, is the fact that Dutchess County is the first county to win this award in the association’s history.  “This symbolizes a mutual trust between RPT and the local tax assessors that has taken years to cultivate, and it is gratifying to realize the department’s focus on service to local assessors and their staff members has been recognized and rewarded with such a coveted prize.”  

The Dutchess County Assessors’ Association nominated the Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency.  President Kathleen A. Martin, Assessor for the Town of Pleasant Valley, in her nomination letter, said, “Having worked with the staff at Real Property Tax, we recognize their willingness to go the extra step to assist us in administering our responsibilities as Assessors.”  She continued, “Our job as Assessors is not always easy and not always pleasant; therefore, it’s really a great help to us to know that we have the support of such an excellent team of professionals who make themselves available to us at all times.”

Stephen D. Curran, who was recently reappointed as Director of RPT by Steinhaus, stated, “This award demonstrates county governments can work cooperatively with state and local governments to achieve common goals.  It represents the total accumulation of service that the employees of the Real Property Tax Service Agency have rendered to the assessment community over the past 31 years.”  Curran emphasized the award is a tribute to the current staff and to everyone who has served with their agency in the past.

The award was presented at the NYSAA’s Annual Banquet at the Hudson Valley Resort on Monday, October 1, 2001.


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