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Jacobs and Libraries Encourage Readers to “Renew Local"

Jacobs and Libraries Encourage Readers to “Renew Local"

Registration Renewal Envelopes Soon to be Available in all Buffalo & Erie County Libraries
 

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System announced today that library patrons will now be able to find the signature green “Just Mail It” envelopes at their local branches while checking out the latest best-seller.

The Clerk’s Office is asking Erie County residents to “Renew Local” when renewing their auto registration in order to keep 12.7% of vehicle registration fees here in Erie County rather than sending 100% to Albany. Taxpayers should know that when they renew their registration at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus or mail their renewal directly to the County Clerk’s Office, over $1.5 million in revenue annually stays in Erie County to support County services.

Jacobs Will Not Release Pistol Permit Data to Buffalo News

Jacobs Will Not Release Pistol Permit Data to Buffalo News

County Clerk Believes Matter of Public Safety

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs stated he will not provide to the Buffalo News the records of over 75,000 pistol permit holders in Erie County. Late last week Jacobs received a request from the Buffalo News for “all active pistol permit holders in Erie County, including but not limited to name and address.”

The Freedom of Information request came soon after a downstate paper obtained and published, in the form of an interactive Google map, all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester Counties.

“I will exhaust every legal avenue available to keep the records of registered gun owners private, because I believe such disclosure could endanger the life and safety of our citizens,” said Jacobs. “As an elected official, that will always be my first priority.”

Jacobs Alerts Motorists to Renew Local and Avoid Vehicle Registration Delays

Jacobs Alerts Motorists to Renew Local and Avoid Vehicle Registration Delays

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs wants to make motorists aware that renewing your vehicle registration through the local Auto Bureau or utilizing the signature green-postage paid envelopes, can generate up to $1.5 million in additional revenue for the county and is done without any delays.

Recently the Department of Motor Vehicles identified a defect in registration documents supplied by their vendor. “According to the NYS DMV, this has prevented the printing of most registrations and window stickers that were ordered starting January 1, 2013,” said Jacobs. “As a result, there will be a delay in printing the registrations and stickers for motorists who ordered new, duplicate or renewal documents through Albany since January 1.”

Jacobs Announces Clerk’s Office Processed 726 Passports in 2012

Jacobs Announces Clerk’s Office Processed 726 Passports in 2012

Generating Over $24,000 in Revenue for Erie County

Erie County, NY – In his effort to make County government more customer-centered and entrepreneurial, Erie CountyClerk Chris Jacobs announced that his Administration processed over 700 passport applications in his first year in Office.

The Clerks’ Office was recently re-approved to be an official Passport Application Acceptance Agent of the United States Passport Service and employees were re-certified to be Passport Acceptance Agents. “This is a service we provide to the citizens of Erie County, with no additional staff, that generates revenues which we give back to Erie County,” stated Jacobs.

County Clerk Jacobs Reminds Families to Track Santa’s Flight Around the World

County Clerk Jacobs Reminds Families to Track Santa’s Flight Around the World

Erie County, NY- County Clerk Christopher Jacobs wants to remind children, and their parents, if they want to know Santa’s whereabouts  Christmas Eve they can “track” the gift-giving journey through the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

For more than 50 years, NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which usually spends its time monitoring the air space above the US and Canada for unexplained or criminal aerospace activity, has tracked Santa’s flight using four high-tech systems- radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

“It started when a department store ad accidentally listed the agency's phone number as a way to follow Santa,” said Jacobs. “A NORAD worker who answered a call from a child wondering about Santa's whereabouts decided to follow the ruse and the agency has been involved with the tradition ever since.”

Jacobs to Modify Operating Hours at Erie County Auto Bureau in Cheektowaga

Jacobs to Modify Operating Hours at Erie County Auto Bureau in Cheektowaga

Goal of improving the overall customer experience remains a priority

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs announced that beginning in January 2013, the Auto Bureau in Cheektowaga will revise its hours of operations on Wednesdays and will be open from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.

The change is a result of a re-engineering study conducted by the Clerk that tracked customer usage and came about when Jacobs was visiting the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau one morning and noticed a pattern. “This location had a constant flow of customers trying to come in and conduct business with us as early as 10 a.m.,” said Jacobs.

ReCharge NY Allocates Power to Lancaster Business

ReCharge NY Allocates Power to Lancaster Business

Assemblymember Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced today Jiffy-tite, a business in the 143rd Assembly district, was awarded 240 kilowatts of power during the 4th round of the 2012 allocations from ReCharge NY.

ReCharge NY was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011 to help the state’s economy by providing low-cost power to businesses and job creating entities. In total, 39 total businesses across New York were awarded funding. This allocation round is expected to spur over $680 million in economic activity across the state.

“Jiffy-tite was started in a garage over 40 years ago and has grown into a successful company that is an integral part of the Western New York economy,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “I commend the New York Power Authority for allocating power to Jiffy-Tite and other businesses upstate. With this power allocation, Jiffy-tite and other area businesses have a greater opportunity to expand in our region.”