Write-in can­di­date will win town asses­sor’s post

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

No one will be on the bal­lot Tues­day in the race for town asses­sor, so the job will go to a writein can­di­date.

No po­lit­i­cal party nom­i­nated a can­di­date for asses­sor, but cur­rent Asses­sor Robert Cordella, a Repub­li­can who was ap­pointed to the post, is ask­ing that town res­i­dents vote for him.

“The of­fice is listed on the bal­lot with no names be­neath it,” said town As­sess­ment Board Chair­man Jim Mara said. “... When I called the [Dutchess County] Board of Elec­tions on Fri­day, they told me that nei­ther party held a cau­cus and no name came to them for the of­fice.”

Cordella, 56, of 43 Wood­side Street, Pine Plains, was ap­pointed in Jan­uary to fill the seat left va­cant when Scott Chase re­signed.

Cordella is a re­tired Con­sol­i­dated Edi­son su­per­vi­sor. He has lived in Pine Plains for 36 years, and he and his wife, Linda, have four adult chil­dren.

Cordella was on the Pine Plains Board of Ed­u­ca­tion from 1989 to 1992 and 1993 to 1996 He grad­u­ated from LaSalle Academy in Man­hat­tan in 1968 and was in the U.S. Army Na­tional Guard Re­serve from 1971 to 1981.

He is a mem­ber of the Pine Plains Fire and Res­cue Squad and the Pine Plains Lions Club.

Cordella said it is im­por­tant to keep town prop­erty as­sess­ments at full value and that “we will be do­ing a re­view next year to see what up­dates need to be done.”

Cordella said the po­si­tion of asses­sor re­quires a com­mit­ment to site in­spec­tions.

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