Charles Berman was appointed Receiver of Taxes by the Town Board in January 2010 to replace Rocco Iannarelli who had stepped down to accept a position with the New York Power Authority (NYPA). In November 2011, Charlie was elected to a four-year term as Receiver of Taxes, after winning a special election to a one-year term in November 2010.
Charlie is a proven government affairs professional with a solid administrative background in business. His career in public service began when he was appointed Deputy Town Clerk of the Town of Oyster Bay in 2000. Charlie was responsible for the overseeing the daily operations of the department. He assisted the elected Town Clerk in providing quality service in a professional, courteous and cost-effective manner. Charlie helped to revitalize and modernize the Town Clerk’s office and he implemented an automated license system for New York State hunting and fishing licenses. He also coordinated the opening of the first US passport application facility in a Town Clerk’s office on Long Island.
In August 2003, Charlie was appointed North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes to succeed Ann Galante, who stepped down to care for her ailing husband. Charlie implemented the first “lockbox” system for a Receiver of Taxes in Nassau County. This allowed for the depositing of tax payments within 24 hours after being received resulting in increased interest income for the Town which helped reduce tax levies.
Charlie was appointed in 2004 to serve as Assistant to the Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Assessors. There he served as the Chairman’s liaison to all divisions within the department. He wrote personal correspondence, managed casework, and assisted constituents. He also worked on special assignments including: coordination of the Department’s successful investigation (in cooperation with the New York State Attorney General’s Office) of over-billing practices by property tax reduction consultants. In 2009, the new County Assessor promoted Charlie to Director of the Assessment Assistance Division. In this capacity, he directed community service programs for the Department and supervised a professional staff of over 30 CSEA clerical and call-center personnel and field assessors.
Before entering public office, Charlie was the Executive Vice President of Berman Agency, Inc., a family owned insurance brokerage firm that specialized in property, casualty, disability, and life insurance products for personal and commercial clients. Prior to that, he was the Director of Operations of Pandick Technologies, Inc. NY, a division of Pandick Press, a financial printing firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Now in his second term as North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes, Charlie oversees the annual mailing of 180,000 tax bills, the transmission of 100,000 electronic bills to tax service organizations, and the receipt and processing of 288,000 tax payments, including over 10,000 payments made in person at Town Hall and at community collection sites. Charlie is also responsible for safely investing over $1 billion in taxpayer funds annually.
In 2010, Charlie brought the Tax Office online with the Town’s “311” Call Center enabling taxpayers to receive prompt answers to their tax questions. Charlie is dedicated to making the tax-payment process as convenient as possible. Toward this goal, the Tax Office accepts online credit card and check (ACH) payments, as well as payments at community tax collection sites. Additionally, Charlie’s community outreach programs regarding property tax exemptions and assessment grievances have helped many residents lower their tax payments.