By GREGORY BACON
Chautauqua County Clerk Democratic candidate David Salley has criticized incumbent Clerk Larry Barmore concerning the operations of the county Division of Motor Automobiles.
“Chautauqua County was one of many final counties to open their DMVs. Erie County (June 16, 2020), Niagara County (June 21, 2020), Cattaraugus County (June 21, 2020), Genesee County (June 17, 2020), Monroe County (June 16, 2020), Livingston County (June 18, 2020), and Ontario County (June 17, 2020) all opened their DMVs earlier than Chautauqua County (June 22, 2020). Folks have been lining up exterior and across the block. And on June 27, 2020, The Observer As we speak reported that the Chautauqua County DMV needed to completely shut down for the close to future due to a directive from the Governor’s workplace and the truth that they have been unable to deal with the quantity of paperwork that wanted to be processed,” Salley said in a press launch.
Barmore disregarded the criticism. “Once you return to 2020, a number of the adjoining counties did open 4 enterprise days earlier than we did, some have been three days. A number of opened similar day we did. If that’s all of the criticism he has, I don’t know what he expects,” he mentioned throughout a telephone interview. “Each county opened (their DMV places of work) inside 5 days of one another.”
Barmore added that their reopening was guided by the Chautauqua County Well being Division and the county government.
Salley was additionally essential about Barmore’s latest remark that he runs the Chautauqua County Clerk’s workplace like a enterprise and was solely serving to individuals who had his telephone quantity with private deliveries to get vehicles again on the street.
“A authorities workplace shouldn’t be a enterprise. We proved that with the Put up Workplace. A enterprise solely serves the individuals the place it’s worthwhile and doesn’t trouble with the markets the place the revenue margin isn’t nice sufficient to justify the expense. Additionally, when I’m county clerk, I’ll be sure that everyone seems to be served in instances of disaster, not simply my private associates. A authorities workplace should serve all of the individuals,” Salley said in his information launch.
Barmore did affirm that he did make private visits through the pandemic to assist individuals, however lots of them he didn’t know. “I drove to so many individuals’s homes, you wouldn’t consider it,” he mentioned. “I didn’t do that for associates. I did it for who ever occurred to name me.”
Barmore mentioned at one level he put his telephone quantity on the web site however needed to take it off due to the a whole lot of calls he was getting. “I couldn’t maintain everyone however I took care of who I may,” he mentioned.
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