DIVISION OF TAX APPEALS
Charles H. Nesbitt was appointed to serve as President and Commissioner of the Tax Appeals Tribunal in November 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as Minority Leader of the Assembly, a position to which he was elected in April 2002. He served for thirteen years as Assemblyman, representing all of Orleans County, and parts of Genesee, Monroe, and Niagara counties.
As Minority Leader of the Assembly, Mr. Nesbitt was a champion for economic growth policies and lower taxes to help create jobs for New Yorkers. First elected in 1992, Mr. Nesbitt rapidly ascended through the ranks of the Minority Conference leadership, where he has served as the chairman of the Steering Committee and Deputy Minority Leader. He also is past Ranking Member of the Assembly Banks Committee and served on the budget-making Ways & Means Committee.
Mr. Nesbitt served many years as general sales manager at Moore-Nesbitt, Inc., and Nesbitt Chrysler Plymouth Dodge, Inc., before his election to the Assembly. He also is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Rochester GMC Dealers and past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Albion Chamber of Commerce.
A decorated helicopter pilot with the 57th Assault Helicopter Co. during the Vietnam War, Mr. Nesbitt served in the U.S. armed forces for 10 years and earned the prestigious air medal with 26 oak leaf clusters. As an Assemblyman, he served as the Ranking Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and as a Member of the New York State Veterans Affairs Commission. Mr. Nesbitt led efforts to gain funding and services for New York's nearly 1.3 million veterans. He also was instrumental in obtaining the passage of an Assembly resolution in March 1994 calling on Congress to enact a U.S. constitutional amendment prohibiting the desecration of the American flag.
In 2003, Mr. Nesbitt helped create the historic Patriot Plan, a sweeping package of benefits to assist New Yorkers serving their nation in the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces. The plan, signed into law by Governor Pataki later that same year, is the most comprehensive assistance package extended to members of the National Guard and Reserve since the GI Bill and has become a model for other states. For his efforts, Mr. Nesbitt was presented with the National Guard Association of the United States' (NGAUS) Charles Dick Medal, the highest NGAUS award a state legislator is eligible to receive.
Before coming to Albany, Mr. Nesbitt served as an Albion Town Councilman, Chairman of the Town of Barre Planning Board, and Chairman of the Orleans County Planning Board. He is a Member of the Genesee County Community College Foundation Board, Renovation Lodge #97 F. & A.M., the American Legion Sheret Post #35, the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #1006, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #193, VFW Post #202, the First Presbyterian Church of Albion, and is a past President of the Orleans County Heart Association.
Mr. Nesbitt, the father of six children, and his wife Kim, reside in the Town of Albion in Orleans County.