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December 10, 2013

New Process Saves Time and Money While Improving Customer Satisfaction

 

WHITE PLAINS, NY:  Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni is pleased to announce the expansion of the Clerk’s Property Records Electronic Portal (PREP) system to accommodate the electronic filing of Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statements (UCC’s).  This expansion of the PREP system will replace the stand-alone UCC e-filing system, so UCC e-filers can take advantage of all the features of the PREP System.

“I’m proud to announce that this new method of electronically filing Uniform Commercial Code statements will upgrade an older system by unifying the recording and filing of all land records in a single system,” Clerk Idoni stated.  “The filing process has become even easier for our users and less expensive for the taxpayers as we will no longer need to maintain an additional system,” Idoni added.

E-filing of UCC’s is currently available in the PREP system and the existing UCC e-filing application will remain active until the end of the year.  Users who already use the PREP system to record other land records will find that e-filing of UCC’s is as easy as any other document.  Users who haven’t used the PREP system will find that it is very straightforward and easy to learn.  Some advantages of e-filing UCC’s in the PREP system include:

  • Entering your submitter contact information only once when you set up your account and not with each filing
  • Tracking and viewing your document after submission
  • Submitting as many UCC’s and UCC3’s as you like in a single transaction
  • Utilizing the simplified payment process
  • The uniformity with existing land records e-recording through PREP

Customers of the County Clerk’s Office will find e-filing of UCC’s in PREP to be a simple process with key improvements over our existing system.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our PREP System Help Line with any questions or concerns at 914-995-3111 or email .

 

 

High Quality Image of Document Will Be Available for Public View

WHITE PLAINS, NY: Thursday, November 1st is the 330th Anniversary of Westchester County, which is among New York’s ten original counties created by the Colonial Assembly. “To commemorate this anniversary, I have commissioned from the New York State Archives, a high quality image of the original document designating Westchester a county in 1683,” stated Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni. The image is of Chapter 4 of the 15 statutes, referred to as “Dongan’s Laws”, the act which created the original Albany, Dutchess, Kings, New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester counties. The counties also included Cornwall and Dukes, which are no longer part of New York State. The County Clerk’s Office is the oldest elected office in the county, coinciding with the law in 1683.

In noting how much Westchester County has changed and evolved over the last 330 years, Idoni remarked, “This statute is a fascinating and important historical document of our county, which once included parts of the Bronx and Manhattan.” A copy of the image is attached.

The document will go on display in the Legal Division of the Westchester County Clerk’s Office in the coming weeks.   For more information on arranging for a visit for your school or group, please call (914)995-3082. The office, which is located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in White Plains, is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Information will also be available on the County Clerk website at www.westchesterclerk.com.

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October 7, 2013

Westchester County Sees Highest Number of 3rd Quarter Filings Since 2009

“The number of foreclosure filings in the third quarter of 2013 has increased by fifty-three percent (53%) from the third quarter of 2012,” reported Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, who serves as Clerk of the Westchester County Supreme Court where foreclosure actions are heard. “We continue to see dramatic growth in the number of actions being started, with 2,046 actions being started in the first three quarters of this year,” said Idoni. The 2013 third quarter total exceeds full year totals of 1,812 in 2012 and 1,655 in 2011.

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Total

2006

100

119

159

120

140

128

112

136

117

1,131

2007

146

132

252

181

145

156

176

226

179

1,593

2008

243

231

285

224

202

225

238

242

73

1,963

2009

124

154

210

266

240

266

280

319

332

2,191

2010

260

181

222

210

208

262

219

247

216

2,025

2011

133

145

144

150

157

156

155

153

106

1,299

2012

105

131

143

148

150

147

192

162

159

1,337

2013

208

200

275

269

266

210

252

230

136

2,046

Foreclosure judgments continued their climb as well to 233 after nine months exceeding full year totals of 208 in 2012 and 177 in 2011. County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni warned anyone who faces foreclosure to get legal assistance immediately. “There are ways to avoid or resolve foreclosure if you start early enough,” said Idoni. “But please be sure to use safe, affordable avenues to save your home.”

Westchester Residential Opportunities (WRO), a non-profit housing agency with offices in White Plains and Mount Vernon, conducts Mortgage Default Orientation sessions most Tuesdays in their White Plains Office.  Trained counselors are available to help at (914) 428-4507 or by visiting www.wroinc.org.   For more information on the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, please visit WestchesterClerk.com or call (914)995-3081.

 

 

October 22, 2013

County Clerk’s Naturalization Ceremonies culmination of process for newest U.S. Citizens

WHITE PLAINS, NY: Two friends from Jamaica who completed their journey for U.S. citizenship together and an active PTA mom from Israel were just three of the 127 new citizens naturalized on October 9th in a ceremony conducted by the Office of the Westchester County Clerk.  “Citizenship is one of the most coveted gifts that our government can bestow,” stated County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, who twice a month proudly administers the Oath of Citizenship to new citizens at the Richard J. Daronco Courthouse in White Plains.  “What makes these naturalization ceremonies we conduct so special is the jubilant smiles on the faces of each participant as they realize they have achieved their American dream,” said Idoni.

Naturalization is the process by which United States citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). These requirements include a period of residency within the United States, the ability to read, write and speak English, and an understanding of United States history. In addition, all naturalization applicants must demonstrate good moral character.

Keeshawn Natrice Thorne and Radcliff Rayon Dalling, friends who both hail from Kingston, Jamaica, are great examples of how perseverance and dedication can make dreams come true, “I came here to the United States seeking a better life for myself and my children who I hope one day to bring to America.  I realized this dream for my two sons and they were excited when I told them I was becoming a U.S. citizen today,” stated Thorne, who is a home health aide residing in Mount Vernon.  Dalling, a real estate agent from Mount Vernon echoed his friend’s excitement, “I came here fourteen years ago from Kingston, working hard toward my number one goal of becoming a citizen.  I also hope that what I have achieved today will encourage my mother to come to America and one day she too will become a U.S. citizen like me.”

For Ayelet Sella Blaustein of Harrison, who came to the U.S. from Israel ten years ago, today is an achievement of an important milestone.  “This is an amazing country and I am so proud to support and honor the United States Constitution, which will allow me all the rights and privileges of citizenship.  I can now register to vote and participate in voting in local and school board elections,” stated a beaming Blaustein.  “This is important for me and my family as now I can say I am a citizen following my husband who recently became a citizen along with my father-in law.   I have three children and they are also very happy for me.”

For information on applying for citizenship, please visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' website http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis or call (800)375-5283. For information about the naturalization ceremonies conducted by County Clerk’s office visit www.WestchesterClerk.com and click on the Services tab or call (914)995-3082.

September 10th

 

Westchester County Chosen to Pilot E-Filing of Matrimonial Actions

 

WHITE PLAINS, NY: In recognition of the current success of electronic filing in Westchester County, the Office of Court Administration has recently expanded the e-filing program. “Over the last two years, electronic filing has proven not only convenient for our customers, but also reliable and efficient,” shared Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni. “In addition, electronic filing benefits all county taxpayers as it eliminates the cost of storing physical records and reduces the cost of retrieving records.” The New York State Courts Electronic Filing System, commonly referred to as “NYSCEF”, allows court papers to be both filed and served from the convenience of the filer’s home or office. In addition to being an electronic filing system, NYSCEF provides online access to case files from any location with an internet connection.

 

“E-filing also helps to make our county a little greener,” shared Clerk Idoni whose office is the first in New York State to implement electronic filing of matrimonial actions. “Electronic filing eliminates the need for attorneys or their support staff to travel to our White Plains office and also significantly reduces reliance on paper, making the filing process more environmentally responsible.”

 

Currently all contract, commercial, foreclosure, tax certiorari and tort actions must be started electronically in the Westchester Supreme Court. “We encourage our matrimonial filers to sign up for a free training class by visiting WestchesterClerk.com, where upcoming classes are posted”, concluded Clerk Idoni. Both attorneys and litigants representing themselves in matrimonial actions can choose whether or not to electronically file and can be assisted in the Office of the Westchester County Clerk.

 

For more information on electronic filing in Westchester County, please visit WestchesterClerk.com, www.nycourts.gov/efile or call (914)995-3070.

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 19

Naturalization Ceremony
2 p.m. Daronco Courthouse
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601


Thursday, July 20

Mobile Passport Outreach
Rye City
11am - 2pm

Village Green
1051 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580


Tuesday, July 25

Mobile Passport Outreach
Peekskill
11am - 2pm

Peekskill Neighborhood Center
4 Nelson Avenue
Peekskill, NY 10566


 

Full Calendar of Events

Visiting Our Office?

To visit our office, enter through the Richard J. Daronco Courthouse located at 111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in White Plains. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., excluding official holidays. The Passport office hours are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.