One of the puzzles about the job of town assessor is why the post is an elected one. It is highly specialized and requires considerable breadth of knowledge and extensive training. It would, on review, seem logical to shift it to Civil Service status, with career professionals taking over. In fact, according to the Department of State, only about 12 percent of municipalities in the state continue to have three-member boards of assessors, as in the Town of East Hampton.
East Hampton wins no matter the outcome in the race for Suffolk legislator. Chris Nuzzi, who grew up here, is seeking to unseat Jay Schneiderman, the long-term incumbent, who lives in Montauk and is a former East Hampton Town supervisor.