The clerk’s office is the official repository of the county’s legal records, including deeds, mortgages and court filings, and also runs the state Department of Motor Vehicles offices in the county. The clerk’s post has been vacant since January 1, when Kathy Marchione stepped down after being elected to the state Senate.
By law, it is up to the governor to appoint someone to hold the post until a special election in November. The two major political parties submitted names for Cuomo to consider. Martin, 55, has never held public office, and has said he won’t run for election in November, meaning his appointment ends December 31. Martin, who ran unsuccessfully for Saratoga Springs finance commissioner back in 2009, is a former senior vice president and general counsel for the Ayco Company, a national financial services firm based in Saratoga Springs that he retired from in 2008. He went on to a role as chairman of the board for the Arthritis Foundation Northeast Region. Martin said he plans to continue some involvement with the Arthritis Foundation while serving as county clerk. He has lived in Saratoga Springs since 2004 and is married with two adult daughters.