Mertie Pozzi, CMC, RMC
The Clerk/Treasurer of the Village of Newark Valley is appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval of the Board of Trustees, to a four-year term. The Clerk/Treasurer at the present time is Mertie Pozzi. Mertie has been with the Village of Newark Valley since September 1996 starting out as Deputy Clerk/Treasurer and moving to Clerk/Treasurer in 1997.The Office Staff also includes Kathy McCall, Account Clerk Typist and Pamela Benthin, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer.
The Clerk, along with many other things, is responsible for maintaining custody of the village’s books, records, papers, and the village seal. She is responsible for filing, publishing, and posting notices relating to resolutions, local laws, public hearings, open meetings, and referendums. In addition, the clerk is appointed as the village’s records access officer for purposes of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), is responsible for maintaining a record of all village resolutions and local laws, and serves as the clerk of the board of trustees and all other boards, unless another employee or officer has been designated. The clerk may administer the oath of office to village officers, serves as the point of contact for citizens with questions about the village, and acting as liaison between the citizens and the village board of trustees. The clerk is also responsible for the general conduct of the village elections.
The Treasurer is the chief fiscal officer of the village. She must maintain custody of all village funds and keep the accounts of all village receipts and expenditures, be responsible for the management and administration of the budget and for generally ensuring adequate funding of village functions. She will prepare an annual budget for the Mayor who will present it to the board of trustees.
The accounting must comply with the Office of the State Comptroller’s uniform system of accounts, and she is responsible for filing an annual financial statement of the villages revenues, expenditures, and outstanding indebtedness within 60 days of the end of the fiscal year.
The treasurer must pay out money owed by the village when the debt is properly documented and approved, and is the authorized signatory of village checks. She is also responsible for utility billings and tax collections. She also performs other duties consistent with the office as needed.