Moreau hires new assessor for six-year term

MOREAU — The town has a new assessor who has been working in assessing roles for eight years but has never before been a sole assessor.

Leah Cronin was appointed to a six-year term, beginning Oct. 1, for a salary of $62,000. Until then, she is serving as acting assessor one day a week.

Cronin has been the valuation assistant to the Malta assessor for almost nine years. She is also a licensed real estate appraiser and has four years of experience as an appraiser. Cronin was also the town’s acting assessor this month, after Assessor Peggy Jenkins retired on July 31.

Cronin graduated from South Glens Falls High School and is a Moreau resident. She has a bachelor’s from SUNY Oneonta and has met all the state requirements to be an assessor.

“She was the right-hand person for the sole assessor in Malta,” said Supervisor Todd Kusnierz. “This is a very important position for the town and we wanted to make sure we have the right person.”

Although Moreau is a small residential town, its assessment needs are unique. It has hydroelectric plants, a gas-fired co-generation plant and a paper plant, all of which are difficult to properly value since they are not often sold.

Cronin had to sit through at least five interviews.

“We interviewed her extensively. The board members actually met with her separately,” Kusnierz said.

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