MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Barely a month into his tenure as mayor in Mount Vernon, Richard Thomas has remained busy, appointing the city’s first African American woman to serve as the Commissioner of Assessment and Taxation.
Thomas announced that former City Assistant Assessor Stephanie Vanderpool, who served more than a decade in that role, would be promoted to commissioner, where she will more commonly be referred to as the Mount Vernon City Assessor.
According to Thomas, “the Department of Assessment is the lifeblood of the city. It is responsible for the valuation of all the real property and real estate, and it is managed by a commissioner who is assisted by a deputy and two clears.” More than 50 percent of the city’s annual revenue comes from that department.
“This (appointment) is big. Vanderpool’s appointment breaks a barrier for women, especially African American women in the region,” he said. “History is being made and her unparalleled skills and astute acumen will help property owners get more value out of their investments in Mount Vernon.
“She is sharp, fair and focused on implementing the vision to see Mount Vernon rise again.”
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