Gedalye Szegedin was sworn in as a deputy clerk to issue marriage licenses for Kiryas Joel’s residents, the task previously done by Monroe’s Town Clerk, Mary Ellen Beams.
The Monroe Town Clerk has the capability of deputizing three deputy clerks.
￼Beams explained to the town board what prompted her to deputize Szegedin after councilman James Rogers raised the issue of the new clerk.
“There is no room in the town hall since it has been renovated,” said Beams. “It is too narrow,” she said, describing the public space.
Over the last five years, she said, there have been about 75 percent of the marriage licenses a year involving residents from Kiryas Joel at the town hall.
Town clerks, but not village clerks, can issue marriage licenses under state law. In this case, the licenses will be signed by both the town and the deputy clerk..
The solution was to move the function of marriage licenses from the Stage Road town hall to Kiryas Joel’s village hall.
Rogers did not take exception to Beams move.
“You have the right,” he told her. But he queried, “Whether the Town Court will be the next one to have a satellite office?”