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        Columbia county Clerk Holly Tanner stands with fellow County Clerks from around the state as they prepare to deliver more than 100,000 signatures to Governor Paterson.  The signatures were gathered by County Clerks in response to the Governor's announcement to include mandatory new plates for NYS residents for a charge of $45.00.  The plan was scrapped and not included in the budget proposal.

        Also with the clerks is NYS Association of Counties Executive Director Stephen Acquareio.  Holly Tanner is on the left in the photo.

Columbia County Clerk Encourages Lifesaving Donations During Donate Life Month

posted Apr 3, 2017, 6:11 AM by Stacey Colloton

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 30, 2017

Contact:  Holly Tanner

 

Columbia County Clerk Encourages Lifesaving Donations During Donate Life Month

Hudson – NY – The Columbia County DMV office is teaming up with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) and DMV offices around the state during April, Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry.  Donate Life Month is a national month-long observance aimed at raising public awareness of the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation, as nearly 10,000 New Yorkers currently wait for transplants.

During the entire month of April, the Hudson DMV office will be encouraging New Yorkers to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and the impact it has on thousands of New Yorkers.  The office will have promotional items that urge New Yorkers to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors.  Enrolling in the Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their passing.

“DMV offices are on the frontlines of this battle.  This is where New Yorkers can make the important decision to be a hero to a person in need and give the gift of life,” explained Aisha Tator, Executive Director of NYAD.  “Promoting organ donation in local DMV offices during Donate Life Month makes a huge impact on enrollment numbers.  The more awareness we build around donation, the more lives we can save and improve.”

New York has the third highest need for donors in the country, yet the second lowest percentage of registered donors.  Out of the approximately 10,000 New Yorkers on the waiting list, over 1,800 have been waiting for life saving and improving transplants for more than 5 years.  Each year, an estimated 500 men, women and children in the state die because of the shortage of donors.

“This is our second year participating in Donate Life Month events, and we are happy to participate to shed light on this great need in our state,” stated Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner.  “It is very easy to sign up for organ donation at your local DMV office, we are open from 9am to 4:45pm Monday through Friday, and 6:45pm on Thursdays!”  Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Matt Murell, will declare April “Donate Life Month” via special proclamation at the April Full Board meeting on April 12.

New Yorkers age 16 and older can enroll at their local DMV offices by signing the organ donor consent certification on the forms to apply or renew a driver’s license or non-driver ID card.  When you enroll through this method you will receive your license or non-driver ID card with a red heart symbol on it and the words “Organ Donor” printed on the front, at no extra charge.

“To help promote organ donation awareness during the month of April, staff at the Hudson DMV, Clerk and IRC offices will be sporting bright green shirts on different days, handing out promotional items such as pens and generally talking more with customers about organ donation.  On April 21 there will be an open house with a special flag, refreshments and a representative from the Donate Life office on hand to answer questions,” stated Tanner.  “I have had the opportunity to meet several people from Columbia County who have been the recipient of a life-saving donation, and it just warms your heart to think of the generosity and giving spirit that the donor made by signing up – it truly can be the gift of life.”

Seminar on Safe Act Recertification

posted Apr 3, 2017, 6:08 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 6:12 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Feb 13, 2017

Contact:  Holly Tanner 

 

Seminar on Safe Act Recertification

Hudson  - Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner will be hosting an informational seminar on the re-certification portion of the Safe Act on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10am until noon at the Theater at Columbia-Greene Community College.

“We have had a lot of people come in and call with questions about this process, and while it is a relatively simple process, there is a lot of information and details to share, so I am having this seminar to review the process and try and provide some clarity to this rather contentious issue,” stated Clerk Tanner.  “I have been in touch with the State Police to notify them that I am doing this and that it is not a protest either for or against the Safe Act; rather I would like to impart the information that I know so people are informed and know the facts,” she said.

Also invited are Congressman John Faso to provide prospective on the federal level, and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who has confirmed attendance.  Senator Kathy Marchione is unable to attend; Assemblyman Lopez and Assemblywoman Barrett are also invited but have not responded yet stated Tanner.

“My hope is that people attend to learn the specifics about how this works, what it means and where we go from here,” she stated.  She held a similar forum when the Safe Act was first passed, to get the information out there is regards to what the Safe Act entailed, which was highly attended.  “Good or bad, this is the law and while it is still out there, people need to know the facts and what it means to them,” she said, “and I’m happy to be able to help my constituents make informed decisions.”  There is no fee to attend and pistol permit holders from other counties are welcome as well.  Parking is available in the A/B lot at the college, and you take the stairs down to the Theater.  The College is located at 4400 NY 23, Hudson.

 

Coming Soon to a Town Near You -KISS- Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe

posted Mar 8, 2016, 8:16 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 5:56 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Holly Tanner

March 3, 2016


Coming Soon to a Town Near You –KISS – Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe

Hudson, NY – Some of you may have already heard of County Clerk Holly Tanner’s K.I.S.S. (Keeping Identities of Seniors Safe) program in your town and you may have participated already.  This year something new is happening that Clerk Tanner wants to bring to seniors’ attention. Beginning on March 14 through the 31, seniors in almost every town in Columbia County and the City of Hudson, can participate in the K.I.S.S. program! 

Seniors over sixty can bring sensitive documents to the town hall of their town, or City Hall between March 14 and March 31, for FREE destruction!   Documents will be signed over to the Clerk and will be placed into a secure, locked container immediately.  This container cannot be unlocked by any County or Town employee, only by the vendor.  Seniors can rest assured that their documents will be secure from the moment they are taken to the town hall, and that the company doing the shredding is a trusted, bonded company.  “We are doing this program with a new, local vendor, Certified Document Security, out of North Chatham and they have offered to provide containers in each town concurrently, so that all seniors can avail themselves of the program if they need to,” stated Tanner.  Look for flyers on your town website or at your town hall for specific hours of service – it will typically follow the normal hours of business for your town.

“This service is free to seniors and the towns, there is no charge at all to seniors or the towns who participate,” stated Tanner.  Costs will be covered out of Tanner’s records management expenses budget which is funded through the mortgage taxes collected in the Clerk’s office.  “There is no expense to the county general fund either.”

County Clerk Warns Residents of Potential Deed Scam

posted Mar 8, 2016, 8:09 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 5:59 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Holly Tanner

February 4, 2016


County Clerk Warns Residents of Potential Deed Scam

Hudson, NY –  County Clerk Holly Tanner would like to remind residents and landowners who need a copy of their deed or other public document that they can be easily obtained from her office, and for a nominal cost.

“There is a new solicitation going around,” she stated, having heard from several constituents of a very official looking letter coming from a company out of California called Record Transfer Services.  “This letter looks very official, is very detailed regarding the person’s records and even gives a deadline to respond,” she said.  “The real kicker is that they want to send you a copy of your deed for $83.00!  They appear to be targeting people who have had recent land transactions,” she said.

“Unfortunately, this type of solicitation is not illegal, but that does not mean that it is not a scam,” she said, “I want to warn everyone not to fall for this as it essentially is a scam to make people believe they have to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a document that they can easily get from their own County Clerk and for a very small fee.”

People wishing to get a copy of their deed or any other public record can call us (518.828.3339), stop in the office (560 Warren St., Hudson), email me at holly.tanner@columbiacountyny.com or now, go online to www.columbiacountyny.com!  It is very easy and very inexpensive for people to obtain copies of documents that they may need.  Our office is open Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Clerk Tanner also wishes to remind people to use the local DMV for ALL their DMV needs – the office is open late on Thursday evenings until 6:45 and 4:45 the rest of the week.  Customers can also mail to us at 560 Warren St., Hudson or use the drop box located on the side of the building.  “Using your local DMV helps keep your taxes down as we retain a portion of the transaction as revenue to the general fund” she said, “plus we are more efficient and helpful!”.  Be sure to LIKE the Columbia County Clerk/DMV page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all things clerk related!

County Clerk Encourages Motorcyclists to Renew Locally

posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:25 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 5:59 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Holly Tanner

Clerk Encourages Motorcyclists to Renew Locally; Enacts Drop-Box for DMV Transactions

Hudson – Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner would like to encourage all who drive motorcycles to renew their registrations in the local Hudson office as opposed to mailing them to the state DMV for renewal. “The State has slowly been taking away registrations on many renewals, and the motorcycle is the latest victim”, stated Tanner. “When you mail ANY registration renewal to the Utica address, or go online, the local municipality receives zero retention of the fees,” explained Tanner. There sometimes can be a delay in receiving documents back from a state office, and Clerk Tanner is quick to point out that her processing time is much quicker from mail than the state; we try to run an express window for these types of renewals, and I have been known to man it Clerk Tanner said. When people renew locally, either through the mail or by coming into the Hudson DMV, the county realizes 12.7 percent of the fee charged. “That is an important distinction for people to make in this dire economic climate, for all DMV transactions, that to renew locally is to keep a portion of your fees in the local economy,” stated Tanner. To that end, Clerk Tanner is implementing a secure drop box, to be used for all DMV renewals. “During off-hours and weekends, customers can simply sign their invitation form that they received in the mail, attach a check for the fee made payable to
the Columbia County Clerk and drop it in the drop box located at 560 Warren St. for processing. I will guarantee a quick turnaround time,” stated Tanner. Customers can also mail to the 560 Warren Street address, or come into the office for quick, friendly service. “We also have pre-addressed envelopes for people to use, they are available at most town halls and some county offices,” stated Tanner, “I would encourage everyone to help support your local DMV by processing your DMV transactions locally.” The drop-box will be available for use by the weekend of April 25th. The Hudson DMV and County Clerk offices are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with DMV open until 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. The DMV phone number is 518.828.3350 and the Clerk’ number is 518.828.3339. There is also a website link on the county website – www.columbiacountyny.com, dept. links – click on County Clerk.

County Clerk Announces New Plate Series

posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:14 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 6:00 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Holly Tanner

County Clerk Announces New Plate Series

Hudson - Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner is pleased to announce a new plate series – HT plates. “I was approached by several people telling me I should look into getting my initials as a new Columbia County plate series. Don Tkacy did this when he was County Clerk – there are DT plates out there; well, now drivers will have the option of getting HT plates, from HT1 through HT 200,” stated Tanner. Columbia County also has special issue plates CC for Columbia County, HD for Hudson, 1CC and 7W along with the DT plates. “Low number plates seem to be popular with a lot of people, I get a lot of requests for those”, stated Tanner. Seven plates from the new series are
already issued in another registration class and are therefore not available Tanner said, and requests for favorite numbers are already coming in, HT 49 for example is one that is already promised. “That stands for someone’s favorite football team, the San Francisco 49ers, “ stated Tanner. Residents interested in getting in on the new trend should contact Tanner at the County Clerk’s office, 828-3339.  As a special promotion, Tanner will change the plates on the vehicle of any person coming in to request the new HT plates – rain, snow or shine.

County Clerk Warns Residents of Potential Deed Scam

posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:12 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 6:01 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Holly Tanner

County Clerk Warns Residents of Potential Deed Scam

Hudson, NY – County Clerk Holly Tanner has heard from several county residents who have received an unsolicited letter in the mail from New York Record Retrieval, Inc., offering to sell a certified copy of your deed for the “low” price of $59.50. The letter is very specific states Tanner, because deed information is public record, so they will have your address, the book and page of your specific deed and even the date that your deed was recorded at the County Clerk’s office. Clerk Tanner warns residents to NOT be fooled by this scam.  

“A copy of your deed can be obtained from my office for .65 per page”, states Tanner, “and if you want it certified it is an additional $5.00. In no way should residents be duped into thinking that they need to spend $59.50 for a copy of their deed.” This is a scam that has been going on for some time around the state, said Tanner and thanks to legislation by Senator Steve Saland, these companies are now required to state on their letter that certified copies of deeds can be obtained for a small fee from your county clerk, but the text is at the bottom of the letter and some residents may miss it. “A typical deed is 4 or 5 pages, and therefore the cost, even with a certification fee of $5.00, would very rarely be more than $10.  

If residents receive this letter in the mail, Tanner advises them to toss it, immediately. “I wouldn’t even open it, but if you do and it offers to sell you an “official copy of your deed for $59.50” or any other amount, – throw it right in the trash or recycle bin. Any resident needing a copy of their deed, or if there are questions regarding your deed, please contact the County Clerk’s office – 518.828.3339 or via email – htanner@govt.co.columbia.ny.us . The Clerk’s office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Clerk Tanner also wishes to remind people to utilize their local DMV via mail to CC DMV, 560 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534; the drop box located at the side entrance of the DMV building or by visiting in person. “By using your local DMV you help keep taxes low by letting the county retain 12.7 percent of the transaction fee. If you go on-line or mail to the state address the county receives zero retention”, stated Tanner. The DMV hours are 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 – 6:45 on Thursdays.

County Clerk Offers EDL or Passport Options

posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:02 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 6:05 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Holly Tanner

June 1st Deadline Approaches for Travel Documents –
County Clerk Offers EDL or Passport Options

Hudson, NY
Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner is reminding people that beginning June 1st, travel restrictions born out of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will be in full effect, meaning that if you are traveling via land or sea you will be required to produce a document that proves you are a U.S. citizen in order to return to the U.S.

Luckily, Clerk Tanner states, there are several options for residents who are doing this type of traveling. The NYS DMV began issuing “enhanced” driver’s licenses and non-driver ID’s in Sept. of 2008. The EDL as it is referred to has been approved as proof of citizenship and as an alternative to a passport for land and sea border crossings to and from the U.S. To obtain a EDL you can visit Tanner and her staff at the Hudson DMV office with proof of citizenship, two proofs of residency in New York State and additional proofs of identity such as a birth certificate and a current driver’s license. An EDL is an additional $30 more than a driver’s or non-drivers ID and are valid up to eight years for a driver’s license and ten years as a non-driver ID. For more information on the EDL you can contact the Hudson DMV at 518.828.3350 or stop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or until 6:45 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Another option available at Clerk Tanner’s office is the passport or passport card. A passport is acceptable for all forms of travel, lasts for ten years and costs $100 for an adult. It can take upwards of six weeks to get your passport in the mail, so customers wishing to obtain a passport for travel should plan accordingly. A passport card is something new that the federal Dept. of State developed and is now available for purchase. Similar to the EDL, a passport card
is used only for land and sea travel. It costs $45 and is mailed to customers in about four to six weeks from application date. Forms for both a passport and the passport card are available at the Clerks office, customers need to bring in a photo ID and a government issued original birth certificate to apply. Photos can also be taken at the Clerk’s office, they cost $10, although for the month of May if a passport applicant brings this article in, photos will be half-price -$5.00!

Clerk Tanner also wants to remind everyone to Buy Local! “Conduct your DMV and passport business in our local office, to keep your tax dollars local – the county realizes no revenue with the state-pushed options of mail or on-line,” stated Tanner. The Clerk and DMV offices are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., DMV is open until 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays.

US Dept. of State Announces Passport Fee Increase

posted Aug 20, 2015, 9:47 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Aug 20, 2015, 9:53 AM ]

Press Release 
For Immediate Release 
Contact: Holly Tanner, 518.828.3339 

US Dept. of State Announces Passport Fee Increase 

Hudson, NY – Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner is notifying residents in need of a passport or passport card that the US Dept. of State announced that fees will be increasing starting July 13, 2010. “The increase is quite substantial, so I would encourage those needing a passport to visit the Clerk’s office at 560 Warren Street prior to July 13, if they can”, stated Tanner. 

The current pricing for new passports for adults 16 and over is $100; effective July 13 that price will go to $135. For minors under 16, the current price is $85 and the new price after July 13 will be $105. Those prices also do not include the photo fees, which are $10 at the Clerk’s office. The fees for passport cards are also increasing, from $45 to $55 total, and for minors from $35 to $40, including the acceptance fees. Passport cards are not valid for airline travel warns Tanner. Passport renewals will also increase from $75 to $110 for the book and $30 for the card, up from $20. 

“The US Dept of State is the federal agency responsible for United States Passports and the related fees and forms, stated Tanner, and we have no control over any changes that they make. We were told that we would get “ample” notification”, of at least a month, prior to the fee increases, which I guess means 13 days.” 

Starting July 13 through the end of the month, Tanner will run a special on Passport photo’s – two family members for the price of one, with the mention of this article. “I encourage people to utilize this office for their passport and passport photo needs because it helps generate revenue for the county and therefore helps keep the tax base low,” stated Tanner. 

U.S. citizens can visit www.travel.state.gov to find complete passport information about what is needed to apply for a passport, as well as the application fees and processing times. U.S. citizens may also call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778. The Columbia County Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.; the DMV is open the same hours, except they are open until 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. “The same buy local theme rings true for the DMV as well – support your local DMV and keep 12.7% of your DMV fees local by coming in to 560 Warren St., mailing to the same address or utilizing our drop box for after hour renewals”, stated Tanner.

Columbia County DMV Now an EZ-Pass Retailer

posted Aug 20, 2015, 9:38 AM by Stacey Colloton   [ updated Aug 20, 2015, 9:42 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Holly Tanner

County DMV Office Now Selling E-Z Pass Tags

Hudson, NY – Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner is pleased to announce that the County DMV office located at 560 Warren Street in Hudson is now an authorized E-Z Pass On-the-Go retailer. “We were very excited to be able to offer this service for our customers, stated Tanner, “and it makes sense to have this available in the Motor Vehicle office.”

The process is very simple states Tanner, “customers simply ask to purchase the prepackaged account kit for $25 and they can walk out and use it immediately. The tags do have to be registered within 48 hours of purchase to avoid penalties, stated Tanner, but the whole $25 is available to the customer after registering the tag with E-Z Pass.” For the moment, they can only be purchased with cash or money orders made out to the Columbia County Clerk, and the DMV office does not service the tags, nor add money to existing tags. “If you have a question or issue you deal with the vendor of the product, which is this case is the NYS Thruway Authority via their website which is www.e-zpassny.com or a toll free phone number 1-800-333-8655,” stated Tanner. The county earns revenue as well on the transaction, but not from the customer – “the Thruway Authority sells them to retailers at a discounted price, another positive point for selling them,” stated Tanner. Each tag comes with a detailed brochure explaining how it works and other important information.

The County Clerk and DMV offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with DMV open until 6:45 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Clerk Tanner would like to remind everyone that it is very important to shop locally, and that includes your local DMV & Clerk offices – in DMV almost every transaction is worth 12.7 percent; using the Clerk’s office for your passport needs also provides revenue to the county as opposed to it all going to the federal government – so be sure to visit Hudson for all your DMV and County Clerk needs!

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