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Oct 29, 2019 10:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Tax Receiver Position Challenged

Oct 29, 2019 12:37 PM


Southampton Town Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan, a member of the Republican Party, is running for reelection to her post in Tuesday’s election. This year, she is being challenged by Gordon Herr, the Southampton Town Democratic Party chairman.

The position, which carries a four-year term, is slated to pay the winner a salary of $104,888, along with a $37,660 benefits package, for a total of $142,548 in compensation, according to the proposed 2020 town budget.

The tax receiver is responsible for billing and collecting taxes from the various taxing districts in the town, along with adjusting individual tax bills following court decisions.



Name: Gordon Herr

Party Affiliation: Democratic

Cross Endorsements: Working Families

Incumbent or Challenger: Challenger

Age: 70

Hometown: Sag Harbor



Mr. Herr, who has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA, has run two businesses and said his work experience led him to be “highly analytical and detail oriented.”

He also said he is an effective critical and strategic thinker, planner and implementer, which he adds, makes him “eminently qualified” to serve as the town tax receiver.

If elected, Mr. Herr wants to make moves leading to cost savings and efficient operations — including the eventual elimination of the elected office he’s running for, making it instead part of the comptroller’s or assessor’s office.

“The voters deserve a choice, and I believe that I can make the receiver’s function more effective, cut costs, and improve processes and systems,” he said.



Name: Theresa Kiernan

Party Affiliation: Republican

Cross Endorsements: Conservative, Independence

Incumbent or Challenger: Incumbent

Age: 51

Hometown: Southampton



Ms. Kiernan was first elected to the position of town tax receiver in 2007, after serving as the deputy tax receiver for 10 months prior to the election that year. She has served 12 years in office, or three terms.

Before her election to the post, she worked in the banking industry for 15 years. Ms. Kiernan has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in finance.

Along with serving as the tax receiver, Ms. Kiernan is the president of Southampton Youth Services, treasurer of the Water Mill Community Club, and an active member and a past president of the Southampton Rotary Club.

If elected, Ms. Kiernan said she wants to continue providing town residents with excellent service while utilizing technology to operate her office efficiently and controlling costs.

“I love my job and would be honored to continue doing it,” she said.

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Both candidates are great choices. One plans to eliminate the position which is good to hear! Is it legally possible to do so? Has this been done elsewhere or does NY Law that funded position?
By allenfein (72), Southampton on Oct 31, 19 1:12 PM
Both candidates are great choices. One plans to eliminate the position which is good to hear! Is it legally possible to do so? Has this been done elsewhere or does NY Law that funded position?
By allenfein (72), Southampton on Oct 31, 19 1:31 PM
Or does state/county law mandate that elected position?
By allenfein (72), Southampton on Oct 31, 19 1:32 PM
If that elected position could be melded into the comptroller's or assessor's office why hasn't it been done before this? Thus saving the taxpayer $$$,$$$! And needless to say saving the Town more than just dollars!
By summertimegal (97), southampton on Nov 1, 19 11:46 AM
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Notwithstanding if this position is elected or appointed/hired, the TOS needs a few people to prepare the bills, collect and process the monies TIMELY. Our property is subject to liens if the payments are not processed accurately and timely. Theresa Kiernan and her team has done a good job has done a good job, no reason to fix what isn't broken. I don't believe that this position is in the "top paid" positions in the TOS.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 19 6:25 PM