Greenwich tax collector Heather Smeriglio to run for re-election

GREENWICH, CT – Heather Smeriglio announced this week that she will run for re-election as City of Greenwich Tax Collector.

In an announcement, Smeriglio’s campaign team said they would host a campaign launch event at the Société Saint-Laurent in Cos Cob on May 1. (To sign up for Greenwich late-breaking alerts and more, click here.)

Smeriglio, a Republican, was elected tax collector in 2019 and is the first woman to hold the post in town. She noted this week that she was thrilled to run for the job again this year.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is working alongside my team to provide exceptional customer service to our Greenwich residents,” Smeriglio told Patch. “Over the past year with the [coronavirus] pandemic, times have been very difficult for all of us. I feel like I was able to help our residents with the 90 day deferral program, and I am encouraged that our collection rate has remained stable. “

Speaking by phone on Thursday, First Selectman Fred Camillo said he was very happy to see Smeriglio run for re-election this year because he believes she has done an outstanding job so far.

“Not only did she do an amazing job,” Camillo told Patch, “she does it with a smile, and she did it for a year that needed a smile.”

Camillo also recalled when Town Hall reopened last year, after it was temporarily closed due to the current coronavirus crisis, Smeriglio was the first smiling face those returning to work would see every day.

“It meant a lot,” Camillo said. “His positive attitude is really felt by everyone, especially in a year that required a lot of smiles …

Camillo said he plans to attend Smeriglio’s campaign launch event in May and looks forward to supporting her.

According to Greenwich City Republican Committee Chairman Dan Quigley, the RTC expects its incumbents to run again in this year’s election, which includes Camillo, Selectwoman Lauren Rabin and City Clerk Carmella Budkins . Smeriglio, however, is so far the only incumbent to announce her intention to run in the November election.

“A search and audit committee has been formed and is in the early stages of reaching out to people who have expressed an interest in a position on the committee,” Quigley told Patch, “as well as those who they believe could be excellent candidates. We aim to present our list of candidates in July for the next election. “

Democratic city of Greenwich committee chairman Joseph Angland said on Thursday that no public announcement had yet been made regarding the candidates for the upcoming election.

“Our nominating committee will soon start meeting with potential candidates,” Angland told Patch, “and our list will be approved at our July 21 meeting. I suspect the names of the candidates will generally be available in May or June.”

Smeriglio began his career at the Collector’s Office in 2013 as an accounting clerk, working directly with residents at the public counter. She later learned all the systems in the office and took classes to become a certified Connecticut municipal collector.

“The past two years have presented obvious challenges with the threats presented by the [coronavirus] pandemic, ”reads the campaign announcement. “The systems had to be altered and fluid to protect both the general public and city employees. Heather responded in both a measured and logical manner to protect everyone involved without any disruption to the city’s taxpayer services. She also investigated, lobbied and implemented the postponements provided for in the Governor’s Orders in Council without any disruption to expected revenues for the City of Greenwich. “

Smeriglio lives in the district of Cos Cob with her husband and son.

Esther L. Steinbach