Longtime Montauk resident, contractor and former commercial fisherman and East Hampton Town Trustee Joe Bloecker is throwing his hat in the ring in the East Hampton Town Assessor race this year. Mr. Bloecker, who calls himself a “go-getter,” said his experience and energy qualify him for the position, which is a four-year term and pays approximately $70,000.
Originally from Babylon, Mr. Bloecker attended Long Island University at C.W. Post and went to Southampton College to get his home inspector and real estate licenses.
As a town trustee, he served three terms during the mid-1990s and again during the 2000s. He also served on the East Hampton Town Nature Preserve Committee during the mid-90s.
Mr. Bloecker said that if he is elected, he will work to get a town-wide reassessment done.
“This town is cruising closer to a reassessment and it’s never been done,” he said, explaining that the Town Board ultimately has to give the green light. “I’m all about fairness and some things in this town just aren’t fair. People living in small houses are paying more in taxes than people in houses on the ocean. I think that we’ve got to keep our eye on the ball here.”
In addition, he is the current president of the Montauk Friends of Erin, a 21-year Little League volunteer and the current president and co-chair of the East Hampton Town Cancer Task Force.
Mr. Bloecker, who said he’s ready to take a step up, has lived in Montauk for 37 years.
“I graduated high school in 1976 and came to Montauk to go fishing, and I never left,” he said. “I want to continue my community service. I enjoy serving people and the town. I’m a go-getter—we need more of that. I never say no to anybody who is looking for help. ”
Mr. Bloecker is married to Cheryl Ecker Bloecker, and they have a daughter, Fallon Ann Bloecker, who attends the State University of New York at Oneonta.