The race for Oneida County Clerk

It’s typically not a very highly contested race, but the Oneida County Clerk’s race is heating up with a number of questions about how the office is being run.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 5:38 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 5:50 PM

UTICA - The Oneida County Clerk’s race is heating up between incumbent Sandy DePerno and challenger David Gordon. One of the main issues being discussed is how to speed up the lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles and generate more income for the county.

Candidate David Gordon says the DMV can be run better.

"It’s got to be convenient for them, and that’s why my proposal calls for opening another DMV in New Hartford in which it’s going to create an extreme revenue stream for us. It’s going to create great revenue for the county."

It sounds like a good idea, but Oneida County Clerk Sandy DePerno tells us it’s already been tried.

"When I first became clerk, I had 4 satellite offices open: Sherrill, Bridgewater, Boonville, and Camden. They were not cost-effective. You got to remember to staff these and to issue the licenses. They have to be full-time, union people that go through a background check. You can’t do it with part-timers, it’s against state regulation."

Long lines at the DMV isn’t the only issue Gordon wants to address.

"Here in Oneida County, we’re one of the only counties in New York that does not put the Mortgage Tax Coversheet online. What that’s essentially doing is not providing people with access to public documents, and there’s a lot of documents out there that could be put on-line for people to have access to that are public documents."

DePerno says it’s not a state requirement, and she believes there’s a bigger problem with putting them online.

"I took them off because people have concerns about identity theft, which is rampant now. Until they perfect or have some type of software that’s going to redact all this personal information off of these documents, I owe it to the taxpayers of Oneida County. I will not put the documents up online. No."

The two candidates did agree that the services at the DMV can be improved, but since it is a state agency all policies must get approval through state officials before policy changes can be made.

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