To The Editor:
St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp and her Department of Motor Vehicles personnel are doing a great job holding down the DMV expenses by generating work that brings additional revenues to St. Lawrence County. The county receives thousands of dollars each year from the downstate and metropolitan areas of New York by processing vehicle registrations for carand truckdealers, whether they are new or second-owner vehicles.Renewing drivers licenses is the same. Doing it at a DMV office close to home a win-win situation for St. Lawrence County taxpayers.
Common sense tells me all St. Lawrence County residents should always take advantage of renewing their drivers licenses and vehicle registrations at one of the DMV offices here in the county. New York state would have everyone renew licenses or registrations online or mail them to Albany. The state wants to keep the money, and thats fine, but St. Lawrence County has serious financial challenges of its own. When you use one of the local DMV offices,12.7 percent of the money stays in St. Lawrence County. When you resister online or by mail, Albany keeps all of the revenue.
St. Lawrence County currently generates about $1.9 million annually from the downstate workload.
Senator Patty Ritchie introduced the DMV downstate renewals for registrations in 2006 when she was the St. Lawrence County clerk.Senator Ritchie was right to do it in 2006 and Mary Lou Rupp, the current county clerk, is right to continue it today. The additional revenue generated each year by DMV personnel is money in the pockets of St. Lawrence taxpayers. If the DMV funds were not coming into the county coffers, jobs would be lost, and our high taxes would go even higher.
Residents of St. Lawrence County should spend their money for licenseand registration renewals within the county. Its always good to shop home first.
The St. Lawrence County DMV staff is not required to do the downstate work, but its a great financial boost to the county taxpayers that DMV took on the challenge eight years ago. Every county employee who has worked on the project can be proud of the job they have done.
Every resident of St. Lawrence County should have their licenses and registrations renewed in one of the St. Lawrence County DMV offices. The DMV offices and their hours are as follows: Canton DMV, 80 Route 310,extended hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a drive-through service window; Ogdensburg DMV, 206 Ford St., which is open through the lunch hour and has plenty of parking; Gouverneur DMV, Town Office building, 1227 Route 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; MassenaDMV, 21 Harrowgate Commons, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I understand the three Massena clerks have about 50 years experience on the job. I am sure that all DMV and County Clerk employees are well trained.
When shopping, check your county, city, town or village first. You might save a dollar,