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Linda Sledjeski Goldsmith |

Linda Sledjeski Goldsmith is running for Southold town assessor

Linda Sledjeski Goldsmith

Goldsmith said she would be good at the job because of her background in running a small business. She would help people understand their assessments and what property changes affect their valuation, and also make sure those entitled to exemptions receive them. She said the assessor's office also could provide information on several upcoming considerations facing the town, like the impact of a second home. "If you rent a home," she asked, "is it a business venture and should your home be assessed differently?" She also would look at affordable housing. "We have to balance the need for affordable housing with the needs of the elderly, the needs of the youth and the need for a place to live," she said.

Goldsmith, 65, of East Marion, is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines and endorsed by Sustainable Southold. She has been a board member of the Oysterponds Union Free School District for 26 years, where she serves on the audit and finance committees. She worked to establish the East End Health Plan, a self-controlled health plan for a consortium of 12 schools. She also served on the Orient-East Marion Park District. She is a member of the Oysterponds Rod & Gun Club. Until she and her husband retired two years ago, she helped run the family business, R & R Masons Inc. She has two adult children. She graduated from Southampton College of Long Island University in 1998. Goldsmith changed her party affiliation from Republican to Democratic to run for assessor.