Friday, 19 April 2013 08:53

Peter Martin Sworn In As County Clerk After 4-Month Vacancy

By Staff Report | News

SARATOGA COUNTY – After a four-month vacancy, Saratoga County finally has a new county clerk. Peter Martin, a Saratoga Springs attorney selected by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to fill the vacancy, was sworn in during a brief ceremony Wednesday, April 17 at the county complex. He is currently the only Democrat holding countywide office. Martin was sworn in by Charles Foehser, the county’s records management coordinator, who has been acting county clerk since former deputy clerk Kate Jeanson resigned in February. Martin is currently the only Democrat holding countywide office.

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. 

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