The Law Office of Rebecca M. Speno, Esq.

Photo from the International Association of Assessing Officers Annual Legal Seminar, Seattle, WA,  December 2017

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About Me

I have been representing taxpayers, school districts and municipalities across New York state exclusively in the area of real property taxation for over a decade.  My depth of knowledge and experience with New York's property tax system, Real Property Tax Law and property valuation techniques has resulted in millions in savings for taxpayer and governmental clients alike.  My expertise in the traditional Article 7 assessment (valuation) arena has been applied extensively to many complex property types including power facilities (solar, wind, co-generation and landfill-to-gas power generation projects and various other utility properties), mini marts, supermarkets, big box stores, printing presses and newspaper buildings, warehouses, distribution and manufacturing properties, hotels, apartments, malls, golf courses, breweries, mines, timber properties, nursing homes, retail plazas, build to suit properties, parking lots and garages, cell tower and other mass communication properties, medical office suites, large private residences, farms, hunting camps, sports complexes and much more.

Beyond the numerous complex valuation matters I have successfully navigated throughout my career, I have also regularly counseled clients (exempt entities and municipalities alike) concerning property tax exemption issues using my vast knowledge of New York's 200+ exemption statutes. In particular, I have examined in depth New York's nonprofit educational, religious and charitable (nonprofit) exemption pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 420-a, and have used this knowledge to counsel many clients, from higher educational institutions, start-up churches, to small villages, through the statute's numerous complexities with great success.

In addition, I have assisted clients concerning the various property tax facets of PILOT projects, New York's tax cap, property tax foreclosures and other types of matters where the real property tax law or valuation of real property is an issue.

Because I am so passionate about my work, I work hard to share my knowledge with my community.  I am a frequent speaker at local, statewide and national events and enjoy blogging about property issues via LinkedIn. See more about where I've been and what I do on my LinkedIn page.

I am Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubble(R); a 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 "Super Lawyer" (Upstate)(R); AVVO(R) Rated; a 2013 40 Under 40 Honoree (Central New York); and a 2007 Women In Business Award Winner. 

I am a long-standing member of the New York State Assessor's Association, New York State Bar Association and the Onondaga County Bar Association. I'm also the proud co-founder of Women In (tax) Assessment or "WITA", New York's only networking group for professional women in the property tax field.