Ritchie Votes to Modernize Real Estate Transactions

Submitted by Sen. Patty Ritchie

State Senator Patty Ritchie voted to help County Clerks across the state reduce costs and make their offices more efficient by allowing them to accept electronically recorded property transfers.

“When I served as the President of the New York State Association of County Clerks, I urged the state legislature to help reduce the cost of local government by modernizing how real estate transactions are handled by giving counties the option of allowing the use of electronic recording,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am pleased to join a bipartisan effort today to reduce red tape and paperwork for local governments, consumers and businesses. I want to thank Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins (D-Yonkers), who sponsored this bill, for working with county clerks across the state to make the process more convenient for the public.”

The bill (S2373)gives counties the option of allowing county offices and real estate professionals to use the Internet to transfer real estate records. It reduces paperwork, personnel time, travel and postage.

“This bill I cosponsored will reduce costs to local governments, title offices, banks, attorneys and real estate professionals,” she said. “I want to thank the County Clerks Association for continuing my campaign to streamline how these important documents are handled in a way that safeguards them while making them more easily accessible.”

The bill passed the Senate and awaits action in the Assembly.