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Publications & Presentations

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During the past 30 years, Matt has had the opportunity to publish articles, papers, and make presentations on a variety of legal topics. If you would like a copy of a particular article or presentation, please contact us.

Publications:

“Handling Abandoned Property”, Contributor, MCLE, April 2013

“Neighborhood Blight, Neglected & Abandoned Properties, Receiverships”, Contributor, MCLE, December 2008

“Treasurer’s Manual”, Contributor, Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association, (2003)

“Back on the Rolls in Massachusetts: A Report on Strategies to Return Tax Title Properties to Productive Use, Contributor, CHAPA, January 2000

“Simple Majority v. Super Majority: The Expansion of Non Conforming Uses,” The Land Use Forum, Massachusetts Edition, Volume 2, #1 (1991)

“Land Use Actions Before the Land Court,”The Land Use Forum, Massachusetts Edition, Volume 1 #6 (1990)

Politi & Thomas, “Settling and Compromising State Tax Liabilities – A Massachusetts Perspective,” Journal of State Taxation, Volume 7, Number 4 (1989)

Presentations:

“The ABCs of TIFs, DIFs, TIEs & STAs”, Bristol County Assessors Association, Rebohoth, MA, September 2019.

“It’s Just a Bundle of Sticks – A Cornucopia of Information to Help You Read and Understand Deeds”, MAAO Annual School, UMASS Amherst, August 2019.

“Solar, Solar, Solar…..Just Give Me The Warm Power of the Sun”, MAAO Annual School, UMASS Amherst, August 2019.

“Don’t Drop the Baton -Successfully Collecting Taxes Takes a Team Effort”, MAAO Annual School, UMASS Amherst, August 2019.

“Assessing Condominiums: Present Interests, Uncommon Elements & Common Sense”, Bristol County Assessors Association, Fall River, MA, May 2019.

“Solar, Solar, Solar….Just Give Me The Warm Power of the Sun”, Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers, Boxborough, MA, March 2019.

“It’s A Holiday Grab Bag”, Bristol County Assessor Association, Fall River, MA, December 2018.

“Conveyancing, Cannabis & the Sun”, Plymouth County Assessors Association, Middleborough, MA, May 2018.

“It’s Just a Bundle of Sticks – A Cornucopia of Information to Help You Read and Understand Deeds”, Fall River, MA, November 2017.

“2017 Congruous Cooperative County Conference”, Joint Meeting of Plymouth County Collector & Treasurer Association, Plymouth County Assessors Association & Bristol County Assessors Association, Middleboough, MA, April 2017.

“The Massachusetts Municipal Modernization Act – An Overview”, City of Fall River Department Heads Meeting, Fall River, MA, September 2016.

“Don’t Drop The Baton – Successfully Collecting Taxes Takes A Team Effort”, Joint Meeting of Plymouth County Collector & Treasurers and Assessors Associations, Middleborough, MA, May 2016.

“Solar Power, Valuation & PILOT Negotiations – Recent ATB Decisions”, Panelist, Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers Winter Meeting, Randolph, MA, February 2016.

“Baby, It’s Cold Out There – The ATB & Solar Power”, Bristol County Assessors Association, Annual Meeting, New Bedford, MA, December 2015.

“Don’t Drop The Baton – Successfully Collecting Tax Titles : The First Leg – Getting Off To A Clean Start”, Norfolk Suffolk Counties Assessors Association, Spring Meeting, Randolph, MA May 2015.

“Low Value Tax Takings: How to Get Real Value From Your Low Values”, Keynote Speaker, Bristol County Assessors Association, Spring Meeting, Fall River, MA, April 2014.

“Urban Tree Farms: Helping Communities Grow Green & Grow Strong”, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership One Day Conference, March 2014

“Handling Abandoned Property”, Panelist, MCLE, April 2013.

“Purchasing Public Land For Agricultural Use – Buying Municipally Owned Farmlands”, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership One Day Conference, March 2010

“Neighborhood Blight, Neglected & Abandoned Properties, Receiverships”, Panelist, MCLE, December 2008

“Review of Challenges to Tax Collection”, Keynote Speaker, Bristol County Treasurers & Collectors Association, Winter Meeting, Westport, MA, December 2007

“New Bedford Harbor Superfund Cleanup – Creating Opportunities Through Partnerships, Creativity and Tenacity”, Saratoga Springs, NY, October 2005

“New Bedford Railroad – Southeastern Massachusetts Newest Freight Connection”, New Bedford, MA, October 2005

“Understanding the Tax Foreclosure Process”, Panelist & Moderator, Office of Lt. Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA March 2005

“Port of New Bedford Smart Port Initiative – A Strategic Plan For a Portfields Pilot Port”, National Brownfields Conference, Portland, OR, October 2003

“Federal Brownfields Legislation: Issues & Solutions”, Program Panelist, Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA April 2002

“The Process For Results – Tax Title Strategies”, Panelist, Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association, Lawrence, MA March 2001.

“Public Transportation: Unlocking the Door to Successful Smart Growth in Your City or Town”, Annual Meeting of Massachusetts Association of Regional Transit Authorities, Worcester, MA, June 2000.