Receiver of Taxes James J. Stefanich lives in Syosset, where he has been a resident since 1965. He was born in Manhattan and raised in Astoria, New York. He graduated from Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School in East Elmhurst, received his Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics from the New York Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate-level courses in accounting and management at Montgomery College in Maryland.
Active in community involvement, Mr. Stefanich has been a volunteer leader with the Cub Scouts (Pack 168 in Syosset) and Boy Scouts (Troop 13 in Plainview, Rough Rider District). During his 25 years as a volunteer with the scouts, he received numerous awards and recognition for services rendered. In addition, Mr. Stefanich has been a volunteer member and/or officer in alumni associations from past educational associations. He is also a member of Our Lady of Mercy RC Church in Hicksville.
Mr. Stefanich has worked as a systems analyst, project leader and adjunct professor. He has more than 36 years of experience in systems analysis and design, project management, mechanical and electronics engineering, and computer information systems. He has worked in education, government, broadcasting, energy, health and human services aerospace and military fields. His past employment includes the City University of New York, Computer Science Corporation, National Broadcasting Company, EBASCO Services, Inc., Bradford National Corporation, Northrop Services Inc., PRD Electronics, Inc., US Navy Sonar Project Office, General Electric Company, and Kollsman Instruments. He is professionally affiliated with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
As a citizen, Mr. Stefanich believes “We have a duty to participate in the governmental process. A dedication to quality stewardship and a willingness to work with all members of government is, has been, and will be the hallmark of my administration. Every day, I relish the opportunity to use my broad skills and life experience within the Office of Receiver of Taxes.” He believes an elected official must have vision and respect the viewpoints of all individuals – these are but a few of the goals he has met and continue to achieve in his daily work.
Mr. Stefanich has been married to Kathleen since 1970, and has three sons, James, Kevin and Thomas, and eight grandchildren.