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Cindy Baire from GAR Associates provides important information property owners need to know about Real Property Assessments in New York State.
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Property Assessments: The Formal Grievance Process

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City of Tonawanda Assessment Equity Improvement Project
GAR Associates Partner and Co-President Cindy Baire talks with Dave Marrano, outgoing City of Tonawanda Assessor, and Katie Schultz, incoming City of Tonawanda Assessor, about the city's decision in 2020 to perform a city-wide assessment equity improvement project. For more information, visit:
September 07, 2022
Cheektowaga Assessment Update: April 2022
Town of Cheektowaga Assessor Jill Murphy and Assistant Assessor Michael Milks talk in-depth with Cindy Baire from GAR Associates about the town's annual Assessment Equity Maintenance Program. 
April 12, 2022
Accommodating Property Owners with the Grievance Process During the Pandemic
Cindy Baire of GAR Associates talks to Town of Cheektowaga Assessor Jill Murphy and Assistant Assessor Michael Milks about the modifications and special accommodations that were made during the pandemic that allowed property owners to feel safe and comfortable during the grievance process.
October 29, 2021
The GARCast #15 with Warren Wheeler, New York State Assessors Association Executive Director
Warren talks to GAR's Cindy Baire about the structure of the New York State Assessors Association, the association's legislative agenda for 2021 and career opportunities for people interested in becoming an assessor.
May 18, 2021
What's Happening with the Residential Real Estate Market in Western New York
Ellen Daly, real estate broker for Danahy Real Estate Corp. in Buffalo, takes listeners inside the residential real estate market in Western New York.
April 06, 2021
Developing a Solid Communications Plan for Property Owners
Town of Lancaster Assessor Becker Baker provides some timely advice for assessors.
April 05, 2021
Filing an Article 7 Judicial Review Challenge
In Part Two of a Conversation with Town of Amherst Assessor Dave Marrano, Dave talks with GAR's Cindy Baire about Small Claims Judicial review, challenging a commercial property assessment and more.
March 31, 2021
Challenging Your Property Assessment
In the first of a two-part series, Cindy Baire goes in-depth Dave Marrano, SCA, assessor for the Town of Amherst and the City of Tonawanda.
March 31, 2021
Understanding the Difference Between Taxes and Assessments
Cindy Baire from GAR Associates goes in detail to differentiate between property taxes and property assessments.
March 02, 2021
Property Assessments: The Formal Grievance Process
New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 524 requires each municipality to conduct a Grievance Day. Before pursuing a formal review of your assessment, you should first determine if you are assessed fairly.
March 01, 2021
How to Challenge Your Property Assessment If You Believe it is Incorrect or Inaccurate.
It is a common misunderstanding that challenging your assessment based on your taxes being too high is a legitimate challenge. According to New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 514, assessors must sign an oath that states to the best of their knowledge the assessments are deemed accurate. The burden of proof in challenging and assessment lies with the property owner.
March 01, 2021
The Role of the Asessor
Let’s look at the Job of the Assessor. Who is the Assessor? The assessor is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within a city, town or village boundary. This value is converted to an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.
March 01, 2021
Breaking Down the Real Property Tax Cycle in New York
A look at the Real Property Tax Cycle in New York State for most cities and towns. Always check with your local municipality for exact dates that apply to your assessing unit.
March 01, 2021
More on How to Challenge Your Property Assessment
Cindy Baire from GAR Associates clears up some of the misunderstandings regarding challenging your asessessment.
February 26, 2021
The Fundamentals of Property Inventory Data Collection and Verification
In most municipalities in New York State, assessors collect property inventory data annually for building permit and sales verification processes. Cindy Baire from GAR Appraisal provides valuable information in this GARCast.
February 25, 2021
The Reassessment Process in New York State
Cindy Baire discusses the nine steps in the reassessment process.
February 25, 2021
FAQ's Regarding Real Property Reassessment Projects in New York State
Cindy Baire from GAR Appraisal answers a series of questions including; Why do municipalities conduct reassessment projects? Does my town collect more taxes after a reassessment? If my town does a reassessment will my taxes increase?
February 25, 2021
The Ins and Outs of New York State's Real Property Assessment System
The Real Property Assessment system in New York State is complex. In this podcast, Cindy Baire works to break down and explain key information.
February 23, 2021