Maggie Brooks was appointed county clerk by Governor George Pataki in April 1997. She won a full four-year term later that year and was reelected in 2001.
As county clerk, Brooks oversees a $54 million a year operation that includes the county's downtown lands records office, which handles legal recordings and filings, along with licensing and permits, and passports. In addition, Brooks is an agent for the State of New York, running the three Monroe County Auto License Bureaus and the Monroe County Mobile Motor Vehicle Office.
During her tenure as clerk, Brooks has provided instant online records access and document retrieval over the Internet. The Monroe County Clerk's Office was also the first in the state equipped to handle a fully electronic, digitally transmitted mortgage closing.
In 2001, Pataki appointed Brooks to the Task Force on Election Modernization, a seven-member panel charged with making recommendations to improve the state's election process.
Pataki also appointed Brooks to his Task Force on Local Government Reform in 2002. The task force was asked to recommend reforms that would help local governments become more efficient and cost-effective. She was the only member appointed from Monroe County and the only county clerk on the 22-member statewide panel.
Prior to her appointment as Monroe County clerk, Brooks represented the 17th District in the Monroe County Legislature. She is a former reporter for WHAM radio and a former reporter-anchor at WHEC-TV. She was vice president of programming for Companion Radio, overseeing programming for four radio stations serving senior citizens.
Brooks serves on the boards of Alternatives for Battered Women, Lifespan, Puerto Rican Youth Development, the Society for the Protection and Care of Children, and United Way of Greater Rochester. She is also on the advisory board of the Junior League of Rochester.
Brooks was voted Woman of the Year by Muscular Dystrophy of Rochester in 1993 and was winner of the 2002 Roger J. Robach Conservative of the Year award.
A graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in political science, Brooks lives in Webster. She is married and has two children.