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But Judgments Remain Too High, Clerk Says

 

WHITE PLAINS, NY: Based on figures released today by Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, foreclosure filings in 2016 were down 54.8% from their all-time high in 2009 (3,123), but judgments on foreclosure actions last year were the third highest of the past ten years.  However, figures for the first quarter of 2017 indicate a 23.9% decrease in filings compared to last year’s first quarter, while judgments are down 15.1% from the same quarter last year.

Idoni said, “The figures in filings are certainly encouraging, showing that fewer homeowners are entering foreclosure.  The judgment side is still too high, but we hope to see a decrease in those through fewer filings and increased awareness of counseling and financial options.”

Foreclosures still remain a major concern in Westchester County as many homeowners became over extended during the real estate bubble of 2005-07.  Judgments had decreased precipitously for a few years as the courts tried to address a number of technical issues in the financial industries, including paper-work mistakes made in the rush to grant mortgages that could not be supported by the homeowners and borrowers.

Below are the foreclosure figures for the past five years and the first quarter of this year:

Year Filings Judgments
2012 1,810 208
2013 2,696 372
2014 2,323 772
2015 2,120 1,181
2016 1,412 1,175
2017 (1st Qtr.) 316 248

County Clerk Idoni encourages those who are facing foreclosure to seek professional counseling as soon as possible to avoid missing legal deadlines or other technical hurdles in the foreclosure proceeding.

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Details Historic Levels of E-Documents

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The 2016 Annual Report of The Westchester County Clerk’s Office proudly highlights the continued strength and growth of its electronic filing systems, through which legal and land records pass through on their way to filing and recordation. The system is not only responsible for insuring documents are safely processed and secured but also account for a majority of the funds collected by the office over the past year.  The office collected $ 204,444,018.00 in revenue in 2016 of which $ 28,159,361.98 was turned over to the county of Westchester. The expenditures for the operation of the Clerk’s office in 2016, totaling $ 6,344,163.50 are more than offset by the $ 9,303,259.00 in departmental fees received.

Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni stated, "The business and personal records of our commercial and public sectors are efficiently and effectively being handled through a system that processes each and every vital document in record time.  Whether they are a deed, mortgage, criminal or civil court record, business certification or incorporation, the staff and our most up-to-date computer systems are insuring accuracy and transparency vital to a modern governmental agency.” Idoni noted that land records, which twelve years ago would take many months to record, are now being handled in less than four hours.

In 2016, the Office of the Westchester County Clerk saw the continued expansion of the submission of electronic records throughout the entire organization.  By the end of 2016, almost seventy-five percent of our land records were being submitted via our e-recording system voluntarily by the public. Additionally, eighty-five percent (85%) of our civil cases were commenced electronically, either voluntarily or pursuant to state mandates, through state legislation Clerk Idoni worked hard to change with State legislative partners in Albany.

The Office of the Westchester County Clerk is located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in White Plains and is open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.  For more information or for a copy of the 2016 Annual report, please visit our website www.WestchesterClerk.com or call (914)995-3080.

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We are currently scheduling the Westchester County Clerk's Mobile Passport Office 2017 season.  Check our calendar and be on the lookout for when the Mobile Passport Office is coming to your community this summer!

From the County Clerk's Mobile Office, our staff can assist residents who visit to apply for a United States Passport, including having a photo taken. On average, over 900 applications are accepted each year at our Mobile Passport Office.

Do not wait until the last minute:  Apply now.  Routine passport applications generally take approximately six weeks.  For an additional charge, expedited service will result in your obtaining your passport in no more than three weeks.  But only in emergency circumstances can a passport application be processed more quickly, so do not delay.

PLEASE NOTE:  You will need a passport to enter the United States by air, by land or by sea unless you are a child under the age of 16 entering by land or sea with proof of U.S. citizenship or an adult with another travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.

Be sure to bring the proper documentation:  You will need proof that you are a United States citizen such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, a consular report of birth abroad or a naturalization certificate.  If your Adult passport is expired OVER 5 years, you can apply with us by bringing your old passport.  If passport is expired UNDER 5 years, you must renew by mail with a DS-82 application. You will also need proof of your identity, such as a current valid driver’s license or a government issued identification card.  For minors under the age of 16, both parents should appear together and sign the application of the child. However, if only one parent appears and signs, that parent must submit the other parent's notarized Statement of Consent form (DS-3053) and a photocopy of their identification.

See our Calendar of Events or our Community Outreach page to see when the mobile office is coming to your community. Check back often as new dates are added.  Please visit our Passports page for more information on fees and application requirements.

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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 19

Mobile Passport Outreach
Lewisboro 11am - 2pm
Lewisboro Town Hall
11 Main Street
South Salem, NY 10590


Wednesday, May 31

Mobile Passport Outreach
Bedford Hills Town Park 11am - 2pm
Haines Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507


Saturday, June 3

Mobile Passport Outreach
Sleepy Hollow Village Hall 10am - 2pm
28 Beekman Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591


 

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.