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November 4, 2013

Franklin County races

FRANKLIN COUNTY

COUNTY CLERK

KIP CASSAVAW

Age: 50.

Party: Democrat.

Education: Paul Smith's College.

Occupation: Franklin County Clerk.

Previous government experience: County clerk since April; Deputy county clerk, four years; former supervisor for the Town of Bellmont; former Bellmont Town Council member.

Civic organizations: Past member of Rotary; past president of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors Board of Directors and Northern Association of Professional Land Surveyors. Family: Wife, Joanne; daughter, Taylor.

How has your previous experience readied you for the clerk position, should you retain it?

“I’ve had to spend more time on the big issues, trying to pressure the state into continuing our percentage of DMV money and fighting unfunded mandates.”

He helped implement change to new computer-terminal system that saved $50,000 and said he saved another $50,000 this year through restructuring the office, eliminating a position and adding incentive steps and job-advancement opportunities for DMV staff, which has typically seen a high turnover rate.

“This way, you’re keeping qualified people and allowing the younger people to gain experience to take over those spots."

How would you try to generate more income for the county through the Clerk's Office?

He intends to re-establish the public-information campaign to convince local residents to file registrations and renewals locally, since 12.7 percent of each DMV transaction fee stays in-county.  

“And I’d like to expand (the campaign) on the county website and make it more user friendly. I’m going to push for that starting Jan. 1.”

He would also like to take on more registration filings for New York City residents “that brings in money to us.”

Are there other changes you would want to implement?

He wants to grow use of electronic and digital filing because "it saves paperwork and time instead of processing them through the mail. It’s important for those in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake who would have to drive here to pick up a copy of a deed.”

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