Tennenberg said she would like to make more aspects of Riverhead town property records available online for the public to access if funding is available. “We could have a wonderful website that would show everything about your property at one push of a button,” she said. She stressed the importance of ensuring that property taxpayers are eligible for the exemptions they receive. “Every exemption given improperly means that somebody else has to pick up the balance,” she said. As evidence of her qualifications, Tennenberg cited instances in which she personally uncovered that some property owners were undertaxed. She said she also successfully petitioned New York State to pay property taxes to local schools on state-owned land in Riverhead, a change that has brought more than $1 million in additional annual tax revenue to those schools. “I’m finishing up my seventh term, and with time comes knowledge, institutional knowledge,” she said. “We’ll continue to investigate new ways to save property taxpayers money.”
Tennenberg, 59, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. She received a bachelor of business administration degree from Hofstra University, and worked in fashion design before first being elected town assessor in 1989. She became chairwoman of the Town of Riverhead Board of Assessors in 1997. Tennenberg is past president of the Suffolk County Assessors’ Association and has been treasurer of the New York State Assessors’ Association since 1998. She is married.