Kathryn Wank, Rensselaerville assessor candidate

Kathryn Wank

RENSSELAERVILLE — With three decades of corporate experience behind her, Independence Party member Kathryn Wank says she wants to do the job of assessor fairly and by the book.

Wank, running on the Conservative, Republican, and Independence Party lines, is seeking a four-year term as one of the town’s three assessors. She was formerly a planning board secretary for three years, stopping to take care of her children and focus on her full-time job.

“I’m currently just a full-time homemaker, so I could certainly go in during the day,” Wank said of her availability as an assessor. She doesn’t have state certification for the job, but said she would take the necessary courses if elected.

Wank graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an associate degree in marketing. She worked in human resources and customer service for telecommunications company Performance Systems International (PSINet) in Troy, and she worked in accounting for St. Catherine’s Center for Children, a not-for-profit organization.

“I think my strengths are in the customer service aspect, being able to really listen to people and what their concerns are and working with them to find a solution,” said Wank, adding that she is organized and attentive.

For any changes she would like to see in the assessor’s office, Wank said she would have to be in the position to make an evaluation. The secretary for the Rensselaerville Cemetery Association and a member of the Rensselaerville Fire Department Ladies’ Battalion, Wank said she is running because she is community minded.

“Having never been an assessor, I don’t know what the rules of conduct are,” Wank said, asked what ethical considerations she would make in the position. “So, until I take all the courses and become more knowledgeable, I don’t think I can answer that.”

Wank came to Rensselaerville in 2004, so her children could be in the Greenville School District.

“My goal is just to be part of the solution of making this a good community to live in,” said Wank.