Ramapo Announces Return of Assessor Scott Shedler

PRESS RELEASE—During a session of the Ramapo Town Board last night, members approved he rehiring of Scott Shedler as Town Assessor. A member of the Executive Board of the New York State Assessors Association, Shedler has more than 30 years as an assessor—including more than two decades of serving as Ramapo’s Town Assessor until 2016.

“Scott Shedler’s return to Ramapo is part of our comprehensive plan to restore public confidence that Ramapo’s own government is doing everything possible to improve the service we provide while saving taxpayers money,” said Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman. “Coucilman Withers was correct when he called Scott the ‘Babe Ruth of Assessors.’ Bringing the best Assessor in the region back home to Ramapo sends a clear message that this town is turning the page and renewing our commitment to outstanding service. He provided tremendous service to this community for many years, and we are delighted that he has agreed to return.”

“I am thrilled to return to the town and community I love,” said Shedler. “As this community begins a new chapter in its history, I am proud to be able to return to Ramapo to continue to improve the services we provide its residents. I thank the Supervisor and the Board for the opportunity to serve Ramapo.”

Shedler’s return as Assessor is the latest effort by the government of Acting Supervisor Ullman and the Board to identify ways to improve services to the public and reduce costs for taxpayers. Since Supervisor Ullman took office this spring, the Town of Ramapo has taken several important steps to strengthen oversight of Town finances. These include:

  • Hiring an independent finance director
  • Passing a local law preventing any future town board member from serving in the dual role as finance director
  • Replacing its previous auditors with Roth & Co., a well-respected New York City firm
  • Taken over direct operations of the RLDC reducing costs and duplication of services
  • Canceling contracts with a number of consultants and reducing costs by eliminating jobs
  • Exploring whether the town’s public golf course can be operated better and at less cost by a private operator much like the Town of Orangetown has done

For more information, contact Damien LaVera at Damien@laverastrategies.com or 202-276-2029.