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Amherst has appointed a new town assessor.

Ann Terranova was given a six-year contract that runs through Sept. 30, 2019, and pays an annual salary of $79,283.

Terranova has been serving in the interim since April 2012, after the retirement of long-time Town Assessor Harry Williams.

Her appointment was unanimously approved Monday by the Amherst Town Board.

When asked why a formal search wasn’t conducted to fill the position, Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said that Terranova’s work in her year and a half on the interim basis has been “very, very good” and that the board saw no reason to bring in someone else who

may not be as familiar with the community.