Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00
Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board officially added its newest member to the administration when Charles Berman was sworn in as interim Receiver of Taxes prior to a recent board meeting.
Berman was appointed by the Town Board to replace Rocco Iannarelli who stepped down last month after six years to accept a position with the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
Berman was selected for a number of reasons, Kaiman said. “He has the experience, he is capable, he is honorable and he is one who we are proud to have with us.”
Before swearing him in, East Hills Mayor Michael Koblenz said Berman “has another asset people should know about,” pointing to the family of the new Receiver of Taxes, Berman’s wife of 27 years, Lisa, and his children, Jeremy, Rebecca and Ben. “This is an outstanding appointment. I cannot think of a more qualified and deserving person,” Koblenz said of Berman’s selection.
This will be Berman’s second appointment as interim receiver. In 2003, the North Hempstead Town Board selected him to fill in for Ann Galante, who stepped down to care for her ailing husband.
Before his appointment, Berman worked as the director of the Assessment Assistance Division in the Department of Assessment for Nassau County. Prior to that, he served as the interim Receiver of Taxes at the Town of North Hempstead and was the deputy town clerk for the Town of Oyster Bay from 2000 to 2003.
Before his life in public office, Berman was the executive vice president of Berman Agency Inc. a family-owned insurance brokerage firm. Prior to that, he was the director of Operations of Pandick Technologies Inc., a firm with over $100 million in annual sales.
“My experiences in government and the private sector have prepared me well for the task” ahead, Berman said.
“I will continue to build on the foundation laid by Rocco (Iannarelli) and work toward fulfilling the vision Jon (Kaiman) has for the town,” he said. “I also plan to make sure constituents have a better understanding of the department and that seniors get all the exemptions they are entitled to.”