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Erie County Clerk

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    Steven J Cichon (DEM, WF, WEP) Journalist, author, educator, entrepreneur

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    Michael P Kearns (REP, CON, IND, RFM) NYS Assemblyman - District 142

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What are your priorities for improving services of the Erie County Clerk’s Office without increasing costs?

What is the most important issue facing Erie County in the next two years and why is it the most important issue?

Education Orchard Park High School, State University of New York at Buffalo
Experience and Qualifications 25 years as an award-winning journalist and manager in Buffalo radio and TV newsrooms and newspapers—as a reporter holding government officials responsible and digging for the truth, and as a manager, leading my teams from within to overachieve and come in under budget.
Key Endorsements EC Democrats, Working Families, Womens Equality Party, CWA, UAW, NYSNA, Teamsters, Stonewall Dems.
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My plan breaks through the inertia with free, common sense ideas that are more responsive to the needs of the people. Employees must have the training they need. More services online will deliver simple needs more conveniently and efficiently, and keep fees collected in Erie County. We’ll pursue more Saturday and satellite hours. Vets, the disabled, elderly and those with language barriers will benefit from common sense training and ideas, making the office more efficient and useful for all.
Leadership. In this social media era, there are too many self-serving dividers and not enough unifiers. WNYers have gone through too much together to be divided. After cold blast furnaces, blizzard dig outs, and sad Mondays after big losses, now we’ve turned a corner. There’s a long way to go, which is why we can’t allow selfish, self-serving politicians ruin the promise of renewal and rebirth for our area. We need leaders with vision, heart, and common sense. That's what I'm here to bring.
Education Mickey attended Timon High School before continuing his education at Canisius College where he earned a BA in Political Science.
Experience and Qualifications Mickey Kearns experience comes from his years in the public and private sector. During his 14 years in the private sector, Mickey worked through the ranks at Kearns & Associates, helping not-for-profits, parishes, schools and charities raise funding. Mickey was elected to the Buffalo Common Council in 2005, and then to the NYS Assembly in 2012. Recently he has focused on keeping the WNY Children’s Psych Center open, combatting Zombie Properties, and advocating for the special needs community.
Key Endorsements Endorsed by Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform Parties
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My top priorities are customer service, increasing access to services for those with special needs, and combating zombie properties in Erie County. My first step would be to ensure the dedicated staff at the Clerk’s Office and DMV locations are well equipped and working in a positive environment. Second, I would work with department heads to find the best ways to integrate new measures and responsibilities for service, access, and zombie properties into committees and pre-existing departments.
Maintaining economic growth where it already exists and finding ways to spread it to places that are hurting is going to remain a critical issue. Among other things, the clerk’s office oversees records for businesses, housing and development. Fast processing, easy access to records, and user friendly information geared to encourage local entrepreneurs to be active in our community will be one key to spreading prosperity in Erie County. logo


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