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  • Rowan sworn in as Herkimer Co. clerk

  • Sylvia Rowan was sworn in as Herkimer County clerk on Wednesday morning.

    Others sworn into office during the ceremony at the county office building were John Stock as deputy county clerk, Kathleen Decker and Kathleen Cassella as special deputy county clerks, Kim Enea as Herkimer County treasurer and Deb Crandall as deputy county treasurer.

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  • Sylvia Rowan was sworn in as Herkimer County clerk on Wednesday morning.
    Others sworn into office during the ceremony at the county office building were John Stock as deputy county clerk, Kathleen Decker and Kathleen Cassella as special deputy county clerks, Kim Enea as Herkimer County treasurer and Deb Crandall as deputy county treasurer.
    Rowan has been county clerk for 16 years and this year will mark the start of her fifth term.
    “I love what I do and I love serving our customers,” she said.
    This year, Rowan plans to expand the county clerk’s office by opening another office in Old Forge.
    The office will be funded by a grant secured by state Senator James Seward.
    “We have been working with the grant for a few years and this year the office will open,” she said. “The office will allow for residents to check deeds, mortgages and provide an overall better service to the people living in northern Herkimer County.”
    Rowan also said the Herkimer County Clerk’s Office could offer more by advancing in technology.
    “During my first four terms in office many changes were implemented and the office has been scanning all the documents that have been recorded and filed since December 2004. I am considering the option of a making some of these records available online during the next four years,” she said.
    Although the added feature would allow residents to check records online from their own computers, Rowan expressed it is important people still come into the clerk’s office.
    “If residents complete their business online the revenue goes to the state to be shared with other New York state counties, which is not fair to Herkimer County citizens,” she said. “If they come into our office, the revenue stays 100 percent in Herkimer County.”

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