Thomas Donato, IAO, CSA-G is a chief appraiser with Michael Haberman Associates, Inc. and has been actively engaged in the appraisal of real estate since 1997. Thomas is certified in New York State as a General Real Estate Appraiser and is a NYS licensed Real Estate Salesperson. He currently holds the position as appointed Assessor for the villages of Lake Success, Great Neck, Amityville, Lindenhurst and formerly the Village of East Rockaway. He also holds a NYS Certified General and Residential Instructor’s license.
Thomas’ real estate related appraising experience is primarily in New York State with concentrations within the Long Island and New York Metropolitan region. Various property types appraised include single and multi-family dwellings, shopping centers, office complexes, fast food and full service restaurants, gasoline stations, industrial facilities, R & D parks, country clubs, oil storage facilities, marinas, schools and residential subdivisions as examples. His past association with major oil companies gives him a thorough understanding of the unique factors that affect the value of retail gasoline outlets.
Thomas has been involved in the appraising of real property for Tax Certiorari since joining the company. His experience includes appearances in Small Claim Assessment Review hearings representing Nassau County. During the reassessment project of Nassau County, he served as the Commercial Supervisor for Michael Haberman Associates, Inc. overseeing a large staff of commercial appraisers in the day-to-day operations of the project. Thomas is currently project manager for the revaluation of the Village of Great Neck. Recently he has completed revaluation projects for the villages of Farmingdale, Lake Success, Mineola, Russell Gardens, Sea Cliff and Westbury. Thomas is also responsible for in-house implementation of ACI software and digital photography utilized by the company, training and support on all computer and digital media for in-house staff and fee appraisers. Additional areas of specialized study include numerous computer courses such as Geographical Information Systems (ESRI), RPSV-4, Regression Analysis (SPSS) and Argus.
Thomas is a member of the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers and holds CSA-G designation. He is currently on the Board of Governors for the Society and chair’s the Technology Committee. In addition to his active participation in CSA, he holds the IAO designation with the New York State Assessors’ Association and associate memberships in the Appraisal Institute. Thomas is an active member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and is currently on track to receive the Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) designation. For the past two years, he has served on the Equalization Subcommittee for RPTAC (Real Property Tax Administration Committee), representing local municipalities throughout the downstate area. Recently, Thomas was appointed to the Assessment Committee for the NCVOA (Nassau County Village Officials Association) in response to issues directly impacting Nassau County villages.