2015-06-03 / Civics and Politics

Town Clerk Tina Merando Announces Reelection Bid

By Tim Greco
Town of PHilipstown

Tina Merando has announced that she will seek reelection for her fourth term as Town of Philipstown Clerk. Challenging her will be the Town Planning Board Secretary, Ann Gallagher.

This is not the first time these two women have faced each other; Merando defeated Gallagher in 2004 when both women ran for the seat vacated by Gallagher’s father, Don McGrath, who served three terms before he retired. When contacted by phone Gallagher said, "No comment. This is all new to me; I just decided to run yesterday."

Merando said that she is excited about the race. “I’ve worked hard and I think I have accomplished a lot of things, especially things that were not in place when I first got into office,” she said.

She is running her campaign based on her 22 years of experience in the Town Clerk's office, 12 years as Town Clerk (2004-2015), and 10 years as the Deputy Town Clerk,(1993-2003). “When I became the clerk, I already knew the office,” she explained.

She said that she is most proud of the Town’s website that she started for the residents of the Philipstown. She explained that the site never had to be funded, and that she maintains it on a regular basis. “I try to get all the information on the site as soon as I have it, I update the site just about every day.”

She said that she is always looking for ways to save the residents money. For instance, when the tax bills come in, she makes sure that multiple bills to one address are placed in one envelope, saving postage, an average of $700 at tax time.

Merando says she is not into politics much. Although she is running on the Republican ticket, she explained, “I am working for all the people.” She also said, “The office of town clerk is not a political role. It is the one that is prescribed by New York State. It has been an honor to serve the residents of Philipstown and in doing so I have come to admire the diversity of this community.”

Also in her job portfolio, she is the Records Office Manager, Tax Collector, and Registrar of Vital Statistics. She takes minutes at Town meetings, files local laws, and maintains the municipal channel, among other things.

She said that there is no downside to her job and she loves what she does. “I get along with everybody and I mostly get along with all the Town Board members, I don’t have any problems, I do my job. It’s mandated and written out by NY State law, if I didn’t pay attention and file our legal notices on time and reports to the county, the Town could have a lawsuit on its hands and it’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

She said the best thing about her job is working and interacting with the people of Philipstown. Besides the myriad of things to get done, she said that there are always daily challenges and there are always surprises. She hopes that people will vote for her for her based on her record and not party affiliation, her respectfulness, and her flexibility when the public needs her services outside of normal office hours, even on the weekends. In 2008, she was honored by the County Clerk’s office for Records Manager. She was also praised by the NYS Archives Department for her “Herculean efforts in record keeping.”

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