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A Message from the President

Patrick J. Duffy, IAOPatrick J. Duffy, IAO
President, New York State Assessors' Association
2005 - 2006
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Last year, I had the privilege of standing before you as the 61st President of our venerable Association. At that time, I addressed the issues of ethics, education and communications.

Last year we, as a profession, were under close scrutiny from the public, media, local officials and the state legislature. Once again, we had an extremely small number of assessors who allegedly violated the trust of their offices and their fellow assessors. As was predicted, several state legislators began to offer up a multitude of suggestions that would punish the innocent and overlook the potential offender. After several meetings with various legislative members, a sense of calm was restored and common sense prevailed. Let me assure you, the issue of ethics in our profession has not been relegated to the back burner. If we don't police ourselves, surely others will be all too willing to do it for us. To this end, we continue to develop a curriculum in ethics and professional standards unique to all assessors in New York State. In its current conception, this course will be offered upon appointment, reappointment, election or re-election. It should be ready for delivery, for all assessors, later this year or earlier next year. Beyond ethics, I can’t emphasize this enough: Education of ourselves, our staff, our local and state legislators, is the cornerstone of equity. Our property owners deserve nothing less. Special accolades goes out to Sue Otis and her performance of her duties as our Legislative Liaison.

With respect to educating the public and our local and state legislature, a special thank you is extended to GAR Associates; through their generosity, we received a $5,000 grant that will be used specifically for public information and educational purposes.

2005 saw remarkably low attendance at our Annual Conference, the Cornell Seminars on Assessment Administration, and mediocre attendance at the One Day Seminars; this year, through the efforts of the Executive Board, the IAO Trustees and the multitude of members serving on our various committees, we turned the tide. One Day Seminars have made a come back, Cornell can be described no other way than a rousing success, and your attendance here tonight gives testament to this hugely successful annual conference.

No amount of words can begin to describe the tireless efforts of Tom and Pat Frey and what they do for all of us. They compose, conduct and orchestrate the day-to-day operations of this Association with the appearance of ease. The appearance is an illusion; their work ethic is something that we all benefit from and of which we can all be proud of.

So what do you have to look forward to in the coming year?

For starters, you are in for another year of dedicated service by an Executive Board that has your interest, and our profession, at heart. The honor of the last twelve months, in working with these outstanding individual and this dynamic team, was all mine; I can’t thank them enough. You have every right to be proud of them.

We also look forward to a new administration, re-appointments, and a revised course curriculum.

Leading the Executive Board and our Association through these changes will be Bill Quick. Last October, my wife and I had the privilege of attending a very special anniversary; Bill and his beautiful and charming bride, Jackie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. I have no doubt, whatsoever, that the same level of dedication that Bill has shared with Jackie will carry over to his duties as our next President.

As I slip off into the twilight of a proud, fleeting moment in my life, as I assume the new title of "Patrick who?!", I would be remiss if I didn’t extend a special thank you to Madelyn, my wife, and our two children, Julianne and Matthew. It’s been a challenge balancing the demands of President and the needs of the family but together we did it. Thanks for keeping the light on!

And finally, I want to thank you, the members of this Association, for your acts of kindness, words of support and your faith in me to be your President. I will be forever grateful the opportunity and trust that you have given me. To borrow from last years speech, a simple "thank-you" seems so inadequate, but it’s all that I have left to say and it is all that I can leave with you - THANK YOU!