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Two Annunciation Students Earn Altar Server Award

Two Annunciation Students Earn Altar Server Award

Congratulations to Annunciation School students Maria Tibold and Matthew Bartnik, who were presented with the Altar Server Award from the Diocese of Buffalo on Sunday, March 2. The altar servers were nominated by Father Eugene Ulrich, pastor of Annunciation Church, located at 7580 Clinton St., Elma. 

The Annunciation eighth graders were honored by Bishop Richard J. Malone during a Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral and a luncheon that followed at the Buffalo Convention Center.  

Jacobs Takes Major Step in Going Paperless

Jacobs Takes Major Step in Going Paperless

Will save time and money

Erie County, NY – County Clerk Jacobs announced a major accomplishment in his effort to use technology to save time for customers and money for the taxpayer. Nearly 25,000 documents that have historically come into the Clerk’s Office in paper-form every year are now coming into the office electronically.

“This is very significant because we have had one full-time employee assigned solely to this task to process all this paperwork. This employee is now ‘freed-up’ to be able to do other critical tasks, like getting our customers in-and-out of the office more quickly,” said County Clerk Chris Jacobs. The innovation is also saving money in costly paper and postage he said.

Erie County Clerk Jacobs to Host “Passport Day in Erie County”

Erie County Clerk Jacobs to Host “Passport Day in Erie County”

 Clerk’s Office to host outreach event

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced today that despite the US Department of State cancelling “Passport Day in the USA”, his office will still be hosting the acceptance event as scheduled on Saturday, March 9th.  The event will be held at the Erie County Auto Bureau, located in the Northtown Plaza, 3095 Sheridan Drive in Amherst from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Passport Acceptance Agents from the Clerk’s Office will be available to accept and process passport applications for both passport book, passport card or both during this special “Passports on the Move” outreach as well as provide passport information.

Jacobs Announces Pistol Permit Privacy Forms Now Available

FORMS AVAILABLE ON-LINE AND AT LOCAL AUTO BUREAUS

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced today that he finally has received from New York State Police the much anticipated “opt-out” form which enable individual pistol permit holders to protect their information from ever being made public.

Permit holders can go to www.erie.gov/optout to print out a copy of the form, fill-it out and mail it or fax it in to the Erie County Clerk.  Alternatively all County Auto Bureaus will have copies of the forms available as of Tuesday, February 19th, as well as the Pistol Permit Office located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

“The ‘opt-out’ is a simple one page form that allows you to choose one of four reasons you desire to keep your information private. Once the permit holder completes the form simply mail it or fax it into our office,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Erie County, NY- Chris Jacobs is ending his first year as County Clerk earning $2.1 million dollars extra for Erie County taxpayers he announced today. “This additional money does not stay with the Clerk’s Office but goes into the County’s General Fund,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs credits the implementation of management reforms that resolved the massive paperwork backlog he inherited in the Land Records Division, which resulted in depositing over $3 million dollars in un-cashed checks. Additionally, the surplus was helped by a robust real estate market and a stepped up campaign to urge Erie County residents to renew their automobile registrations locally to keep critical fee revenue in Erie County versus it all going to Albany.

Jacobs and Libraries Encourage Readers to “Renew Local"

Jacobs and Libraries Encourage Readers to “Renew Local"

Registration Renewal Envelopes Soon to be Available in all Buffalo & Erie County Libraries
 

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System announced today that library patrons will now be able to find the signature green “Just Mail It” envelopes at their local branches while checking out the latest best-seller.

The Clerk’s Office is asking Erie County residents to “Renew Local” when renewing their auto registration in order to keep 12.7% of vehicle registration fees here in Erie County rather than sending 100% to Albany. Taxpayers should know that when they renew their registration at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus or mail their renewal directly to the County Clerk’s Office, over $1.5 million in revenue annually stays in Erie County to support County services.

Jacobs Will Not Release Pistol Permit Data to Buffalo News

Jacobs Will Not Release Pistol Permit Data to Buffalo News

County Clerk Believes Matter of Public Safety

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs stated he will not provide to the Buffalo News the records of over 75,000 pistol permit holders in Erie County. Late last week Jacobs received a request from the Buffalo News for “all active pistol permit holders in Erie County, including but not limited to name and address.”

The Freedom of Information request came soon after a downstate paper obtained and published, in the form of an interactive Google map, all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester Counties.

“I will exhaust every legal avenue available to keep the records of registered gun owners private, because I believe such disclosure could endanger the life and safety of our citizens,” said Jacobs. “As an elected official, that will always be my first priority.”