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Martin to serve as interim Saratoga County clerk

Monday, April 15, 2013
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— Saratoga Springs Democrat Peter Martin will serve the year out as Saratoga County’s interim clerk, but will not run for the post in the fall.

Martin, who ran unsuccessfully for the Saratoga Springs finance commissioner’s position in 2009, was named to the position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday. He anticipates being sworn in sometime today and looks forward to taking office this week.

But Martin said he won’t seek election to fill the remainder of Kathy Marchione’s term. He said waging a campaign for the clerk’s position would basically mean he’d need to start campaigning “from the first day” he is in office.

“I don’t want to make this political,” he said Monday.

Before retiring, Martin was a senior vice president and general counsel for the Ayco Company, a national financial services firm based in Saratoga Springs. He has also served as chairman of the board of the Arthritis Foundation’s Northeast Region.

Marchione, who served as clerk for 14 years, was elected to the state Senate last year. In November, candidates will run for the remaining two years of Marchione’s four-year term.

County Republicans haven’t endorsed a candidate yet, but Craig Hayner, a Marchione supporter and member of the Halfmoon Town Board who ran unsuccessfully for a state Assembly seat in 2010, is considered a front-runner for the nomination.

Ballston town Supervisor Patti Southworth, a former Democrat and chairwoman of the Independence Party’s county committee, has indicated she will run for the clerk’s position.

The post carries an annual salary of $99,590. The clerk’s office has a $4 million annual budget and about 50 employees. It is the official repository of legal records such as deeds, mortgages and lawsuits.

The clerk also oversees the state Department of Motor Vehicles offices in the county.

The deputy clerk who oversaw motor vehicles, LoAnn Sanders, retired in December and has not been replaced. Kate Jeanson remains as the deputy clerk who oversees records.

Todd Kerner, chairman of the county’s Democratic Committee, was unaware of Martin’s appointment Monday.

Martin wouldn’t rule out running for a different elected office in November, but as interim county clerk, he said his goal will be to use his work experience to help make the office as efficient as possible.

“My primary focus at this point in time will be fulfilling duties of the county clerk to the best of my ability,” he said.

 
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