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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.

Caleb Campbell: Stepping Out of the Limelight and Into a Life of Service

Caleb Campbell: Stepping Out of the Limelight and Into a Life of Service

The name Caleb Campbell may ring a bell. Just a few short years ago, he was at the center of a national news story — a talented college football player at West Point whose dream of playing in the NFL was delayed due to his military commitment. 

The story goes like this: Shortly after being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2008, the talented linebacker headed to the Lions training camp to pursue his dream. Shortly after reporting to camp, he was informed that the Army had suspended the Alternative Service Option rule that would have allowed him to join the NFL while still technically a soldier. Consequently, he would have to leave the NFL to serve two years of active duty before petitioning the Army for early release.  

It May Be Winter, But We're Thinking Fun In The Sun!

It May Be Winter, But We're Thinking Fun In The Sun!

The CAID Day At The Park is still several months away, but we're already starting to plan for the biggest fundraiser of the year for Crusade Against Impaired Driving.  It's a fun event at Sunshine Park in West Seneca that includes a one-pitch coed softball tourney, chicken barbecue, basket raffle, and silent auction.  Hundreds attend each year to raise awareness and funds to fight drunk driving and texting while driving in Western New York.  What's raised here stays here!

We play softball in memory of Karen Kwiatkowski, an 18 year old young woman whose life was cut tragically short by a drunk driver in 1998.  Karen played softball for 12 years and this event is dedicated to her.  We also play in memory of Alix Rice, Bryce Bucholz, and many others who were killed in DWI-related crashes.

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.