WHITE PLAINS, NY — County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced the appointment of Mary Beth Murphy on Thursday, February 27, 2014, to executive director of the Westchester County Tax Commission. As executive director, Murphy, who had served as Supervisor of the Town of Somers since 1998, will be responsible for reviewing the assessment rolls of towns and cities as they pertain to County taxes and providing advisory services to municipalities concerning assessments and assessment procedures.
“I am pleased to appoint Mary Beth Murphy to this important position,” Astorino said. “Her extensive experience combined with her diligence and her sense of service to the residents of Westchester County make her the ideal person to head this very complex office.” Murphy replaces David B. Jackson, who retired in January after serving since 2001. The appointment is effective as of Feb. 18 and includes a salary of $132,155. Born in New York City and raised in Yonkers, Murphy has resided in Somers since 1989. She attended Syracuse University and graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to being elected Somers Supervisor, Murphy practiced law in Mount Kisco and New York City. “During my 16 years as Somers Supervisor, I worked closely with residents, assessors and developers, and I know how budgets have a direct impact on taxpayers,” Murphy said. “Accurate information is paramount, and in this role I will be able to serve as a valuable resource to our municipalities. I am excited to be part of County Executive Astorino’s administration, and I look forward to working hard for the people of Westchester.” In Westchester County, property taxes are levied by school districts, local governments, cities and towns on behalf of the county, and special districts such as fire, sewer, water and library.