In 1984, to honor two dedicated past executive secretaries of the New York State Assessors Association, the John H. Way-John M. Costello Memorial Educational Fund (otherwise known as "The Fund") was established. Advancement of assessor education was a primary focus of both men, and the Association recognized the need to begin a fund to help defray the costs associated with education.
The Fund has thrived over the years thanks to the leadership and dedication of past trustees who are appointed by the president of the New York State Assessors Association and the chair of the Institute of Assessing Officers. The term of office is five years. According to the Constitution and Bylaws of the organization, "All contributions and donations to ‘The Fund’ from and after its creation shall be held in a separate fund and all income derived from the principal amount plus any principal in excess of $100,000 shall be made available for educational purposes."
The main sources of income for The Fund are 50/50's, a raffle at the fall conference, advertisements in the NYSAA Bulletin, vendor space at the fall conference, and private donations.
The current Fund Trustees are:
Robert A. Criddle, IAO, Chair, term expires October 2024, Town of Ogden, Monroe County
Timothy A. Sheares, IAO, term expires October 2021, New York City
Denise M. Spaulding, IAO, term expires October 2022, Towns of Candor, Nichols, Tioga; Tioga County
Patrick J. Duffy, IAO, term expires October 2023, Town of Manlius, Onondaga County
James J. Molinaro, Jr., IAO, term expires October 2025, Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County