THE TOWN CLERK IS A…
Public Relations Officer
Must be dedicated to the community, informative, patient, cheerful and compassionate, possess the ability to listen and advise, be receptive to new ideas, and able to maintain a sense of humor while performing duties in a professional manner.
Generally considered to center of local government, this office conveys a lasting impression of the community to all who enter.
Authors minute books, the only official record of the activities of Town government.Â The resulting volumes are retained permanently for legal an historic purposes.Â Few individuals are entrusted with a responsibility of this magnitude.
Records Management Officer
Custodian of all Town records, responsible for active files, storage and disposition of inactive records and the careful maintenance of archival material.
Administrator of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) which guarantees your right to know the workings of government.
Maintains records of adopted Town Ordinances, and local law, Town Oaths of Office, resignations, petitions, proof of publications, annual budgets, assessment rolls, fiscal reports, notices of lien, subpoena and court actions, bonds/notes registers, zoning ordinances and maps.
Maintains public signboard, advertises and receives bids for purchase of Town materials, files burial permits from cemeteries located with the Town.
Issues State licenses/permits, including marriage, dog, conservation (hunting and fishing), games of chance, bingo, and handicap parking.
Issues Town licenses/permits mandated by Local Law.
In accordance with Federal and State regulations, the Town Clerk becomes the coordinator for Primary and General Elections, advising the State of vacancies for elections, overseeing polling places and equipment, election inspectors and filing of boundaries for election districts.
In addition the Town Clerk files official notices of registration day and polling places, oversees special Town elections, permissive or mandatory referendums and Town acquisition of property.Â The office of the Town Clerk services as the source for voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.
Cash Control Officer
Is responsible for numerous duties relating to billing, and the collection and disbursement of funds.Â All incoming cash is recorded and disbursed to State, County and local fiscal officers.Â The Town Clerk also contributes to Town and departmental budget preparation, management of petty cash, general purchasing, and assisting with State and internal audits.
Registrar of Vital Statistics
Often is appointed keeper of all birth and death records within a community, issuing birth and death certificates, burial permits, as well as conducting genealogical searches.
The New York State Town Clerks Association is an organization dedicated to promoting the professional development of Town Clerks across the State as administrative leaders.Â Membership offers Town Clerks and their Deputies encouragement, specialized assistance and continuing education relative to professional and personal improvement
The Association’s comprehensive efforts in the cultivation of working relationships between the New York State Legislature and State administrative agencies are immeasurable in the promotion of rational and workable laws and regulations that are beneficial to Town Clerks and the municipalities in which they serve.
Continuing its commitment to professional public service, this information has been prepared solely for the use of the members of the New York State Town Clerks Association to better inform their constituents of the responsibilities of their elected Town Clerk.