Riverhead Town has a three-member board of assessors, each of whom are elected to a four-year term. The assessors are required by state law to maintain real property assessments at a uniform percentage of market value each year. The assessors, who must be certified by New York State, estimate the value of real property within the town for purposes of determining their assessment, one component of the real property tax bills.
There are two candidates running for two open positions.
Term: Four Years
Dana Brown (R)
Dana Brown of Wading River was elected as assessor in November 2021, after her appointment to the position in April of that year to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Mason Haas.
Prior to her appointment Brown worked as a senior assessment clerk in the assessors office from November 2013 to April 2021.
A graduate of Longwood High School, Brown is a state certified assessor.
Brown is also running on the Conservative Party line.
Meredith Lipinsky (R)
Meredith Lipinsky of Wading River was elected as assessor in November 2019. Prior to her election, she worked as a real estate land title examiner from 2013 to 2019 and before that as a title examiner with an abstract company.
Lipinsky has a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of Delaware (2001).
Lipinsky is also running on the Conservative Party line.
Riverhead Town has two town justices, who preside over all felony and misdemeanor arraignments on arrests within the Town of Riverhead. The justices adjudicate all misdemeanors and violations under the penal law, vehicle and traffic law and town code. They also preside over landlord and tenant proceedings and small claims.
Term: Four Years
The town justice position is a part-time position.
Lori Hulse (R)
Lori Hulse of Riverhead has served as town justice since January 2016.
Hulse is a former senior trial attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Major Crime Bureau, former deputy bureau chief in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, and former assistant town attorney in the Town of Southold.
Hulse is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law in queens and St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She is a member of the Suffolk County Magistrates Association and was elected its president in October 2021.
Hulse served on the Riverhead Board of Education from June 2000 to July 2006 and from June 2014 to December 2015. She served as board president from June 2003 to June 2006.
Hulse has been cross-endorsed by the Riverhead Town Democratic Committee and is also endorsed by the Suffolk County Conservative Party. Her name appears on both of those lines in addition to the Republican line on the ballot.
Receiver of Taxes
The receiver of taxes is responsible for collecting all real property taxes levied by the town, county and school district. The receiver of taxes is also responsible for receiving and collecting all water rates, sewer rents and other fees and charges payable to the town.
Term: Four Years
Laurie Zaneski (R)
Laurie Zaneski of Aquebogue was elected as receiver of taxes in November 2012, after being appointed to the position two months earlier following the retirement of her predecessor, Mary Ann Wowak Heilbrunn. Prior to that, she served as deputy receiver of taxes for eight years.
Zaneski is also endorsed by the Conservative Party.
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