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Clerk appointment is up to Cuomo 

Monroe County doesn't have a county clerk and the only person who can do anything about it is Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The former clerk, Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, had to give up the seat when she became county executive in January. And under state law, the governor is responsible for appointing a temporary clerk to serve until the end of the year. The appointment is not subject to approval by the State Legislature.

An election will be held in November and the winner of that contest will take office in January 2017.

One source says that the governor plans to make an appointment in the next couple of months. And the rumor is that he could appoint a Democrat. Irondequoit Supervisor Adam Bello, who's close to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and is considered a rising star in the party, is frequently mentioned as a possible choice.

Jamie Romeo, chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, says that it wouldn't be unusual for the governor to make the appointment later in the year, after the Legislature approves a state budget.

During his time as governor, Republican George Pataki appointed two acting Monroe County clerks, and he made both appointments in April. He tapped Maggie Brooks to fill the seat in 1997, and then appointed Dinolfo in 2004, after Brooks was elected county executive.

The clerk seat isn't the only Monroe County vacancy awaiting action from Cuomo. In the 2015 elections, Republican James Piampiano, who was serving as a county court justice, was elected to a state Supreme Court seat. Under state law, the governor must appoint a replacement, though the State Senate has to approve his selection.


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