Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Person of the Week

Anna DelRosso Looking Forward to Serving Residents as New Tax Collector



Anna DelRosso of Branford brings years of experience to the Town of East Haven as its new tax collector. Photo courtesy of Tina Hedley

Anna DelRosso of Branford brings years of experience to the Town of East Haven as its new tax collector. (Photo courtesy of Tina Hedley )

When Anna DelRosso retired as the Town of Branford’s assistant tax collector in February, she’d had big plans for her year. She and her husband, Cosmo, who were both born in Italy, had planned to spend much of the year exploring their birth country, but…COVID.

“We made so many plans and pandemic hit,” says Anna, who has two grown children, Sergio and Christina. “We wanted to explore Italy from top to bottom. I just want to see where my dad grew up, where my mom played when she was young, the house my grandfather built. We wanted to take lots of pictures and show the kids. Even though we couldn’t do it this year, it’s still on our bucket list and I know that day will come again.”

Anna and her husband did get to travel just before the pandemic hit. The couple went on a 10-day cruise after Anna retired, returning to JFK on March 16 when “all hell broke loose.” Like most people, the couple spent much of the time following on lockdown.

With their dream trip being canceled and more free time due to her retirement, Anna began to explore her options to fill her time. She began looking for ways to give back and considered teaching Zoom cooking classes as she loves to cook. She also looked into volunteering at libraries or schools, but even volunteer work was put on hold due to COVID.

“I realized I needed to be doing something—I realized I was lacking that feeling of helping people,” says Anna. “I started talking to {East Haven’s tax collector] Lucille [Huelin], who was getting ready to retire and the opportunity came up. Sometimes what we’re looking for is right in front of us. When I connected with Lucille, I realized I could start helping people again.”

Anna had gotten to know Huelin over her six years working as the assistant tax collector in Branford, noting that the towns often call on each other for guidance and input. Both also attended various seminars through the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association as well.

With a field of 50 applicants to choose from, Huelin assisted Mayor Joseph Carfora in the selection process. Carfora notes that Huelin’s help was instrumental as “no one knows the requirements of the job better than she does.”

Anna didn’t have the opportunity to be hired as tax collector in Branford as it is an elected position there. Prior to serving as the assistant tax collector, she had worked in both the finance office and the assessor’s office. Before being hired by the Town of Branford, Anna worked in the mortgage industry.

Anna was excited to bring her experience to the table when she began with the Town of East Haven on Sept. 28. Huelin led Anna through her first week on the job, showing her the town’s processes and systems.

Much of Anna’s day to day is spent reviewing delinquent accounts. She notes that COVID has had a detrimental effect on many residents and businesses. In the tax office, Anna deals with motor vehicle and real estate taxes. Anna encourages residents to reach out to her if they are facing challenges.”

“We are reviewing everything on a case by case basis,” says Anna. “My door is always open and I will listen to everything they have to say. I’m here to help—I’m not here to kick anyone out of their home, take their cars away, or shut down their business. A lot of people need help. They just need to speak up and we’ll work to find a solution.”

As the tax collector, Anna is grateful for the staff in the tax collector’s office, including Deputy Tax Collector Kristina Canning, Denise Pedersen, and Shayna Acamporta. Aside from Canning, the rest of the staff started this year.

“Kristina has been here for years and she is great and helping all of us with anything we need,” says Anna. “Between the four of us, we have a great team in here.”

As she often deals with property taxes, Anna often calls on her experience prior to working for a town. Her first job was working with a hospital, but by the time she was 21, she found a different career path.

She was hired as an office assistant at a mortgage company and over the years, she moved up through the ranks. Anna became a clerk, then a processor, underwriter, and finally a closer, counting on building her knowledge as she advanced. Anna worked at GMAC Mortgage in Old Saybrook, but when the company began to restructure and relocate employees out of state, she began to look for another job, landing in Branford.

Anna grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, and after meeting her husband and having her son, the family lived in Italy for a short time. Her husband was employed at Grand Central and while his job was held while they were away, the only position open when they returned was in New Haven.

The family relocated to West Haven where they lived for more than 10 years before settling in Branford where they now live. Anna and her family enjoy the shoreline area and she notes that while she lives in Branford, she often frequents many of East Haven’s businesses and sights.

Having now worked in town for nearly a month, Anna is already enjoying part of the community. She has already had the opportunity to meet and help several residents and is looking forward to building more relationships as time goes by.

“I just want to make East Haven proud. I’ve been here 3 ½ weeks and already see how great it is and try to fill the big shoes left by Lucille,” says Anna. “The Tax Office will strive to get better and better with every task we do. We will continue to teach ourselves new things to be effective and these new initiatives will be stepping stones to the quality of service and attention to detail that the residents in the Town of East Haven deserve. It is my honor to give my full and respectful time to all who require the necessary assistance and together we can continue to make East Haven the great town that it is.”

Jenn McCulloch is the Correspondent for Zip06. Email Jenn at .

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