In his 12th year as East Hampton Town Assessor, Eugene C. De Pasquale III is seeking reelection to a job that he said he enjoys. The Democratic candidate, who is cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, said he has been an effective public official since he was elected in 2001 to his position, which is served in four-year terms and pays $70,000 each year.
The Columbia University graduate, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, said he is a jack-of-all-trades who now specializes in property valuations, data collection and calculation.
“The amount of experience this position requires is nothing that can be gained overnight,” he said. “There are mind-boggling years’ worth of course work.”
Mr. De Pasquale is certified in New York State as an advanced assessor, real estate broker, certified residential appraiser, and has his diploma in real estate finance and analysis and in construction management from the New York University School of Real Estate.
He said the hard work he’s put in to his job and the connections he’s made makes him the better candidate.
“When I am reelected, I keep doing my job and there’s no learning curve—the job is intellectually challenging—there’s a lot of math involved. I enjoy calculations and legal knowledge is required,” he said. “I will just come back to assume my position. I have good working relationships with attorneys, local appraisers and town department heads. It all takes time to learn how to do. I’ve already put in the time. I’m a real valuable person for the town.”
Mr. De Pasquale said in the next term he plans to put a town-wide reassessment in motion.
“The Town Board has to decide, but there are so many things that come into play into actually getting the reassessment done: Where is the money coming from?” he said.
He added that he has prepared thousands of valuation reports for Small Claims Assessment Review.
A Montauk resident for more than 25 years and an avid surfer, Mr. De Pasquale is an EMT for the Montauk Fire Department, where he as responded to more than 500 calls, and is a member of the Friends of the Montauk Library. He has two daughters, Isabella, who attends the Montauk School, and Sophia, who attends East Hampton High School.