Albany County Clerk
Albany County Court House, Room 128
16 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207-1077
(518) 487-5099 (fax)
Monday - Friday:
8:30am - 4:30pm
Hon. Bruce A. Hidley
Albany County Clerk
Executive Deputy County Clerk
Julianne M. Gudz
Deputy County Clerks
Office of the Albany County Clerk
Hon. Bruce A. Hidley, Albany County Clerk
Albany County Court House, Room 128
16 Eagle Street | Albany, NY 12207-1077
Phone: (518) 487-5100 | Fax: (518) 487-5099
County Executive McCoy Provides an Update on the COVID-19 Response in Albany County
Announces Reopening Plan Approved
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there are now 1,451 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County, an increase of 26 over the last 24 hours. The five-day average of daily new positive cases is now at 17.6. Additionally, there are now 852 people under mandatory quarantine and 6 people under precautionary quarantine. To date, 3,727 individuals have completed quarantine, with 957 of them having tested positive and recovered.
Sadly, a county resident passed away overnight – a woman in her 90’s with underlying health conditions. That brings the county’s death toll to 68. With 30 people now hospitalized, the hospitalization rate for Albany County stands at 2.06%, up slightly from 2.03% yesterday. The number of those individuals who are in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is now at seven, up one since yesterday’s briefing.
Albany County Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Stephen Giordano also joined the County Executive for the daily briefing to discuss the expansion of the Mental Health Support Line. Giordano announced Albany County’s Emergency/Disaster Mental Health Response Team (EDMHRT) is an extension of the Mobile Crisis Team and had been answering the Mental Health Support Line.
“The approval of our reopening plan by the Regional Control Room demonstrates that the Capital Region is ready to safely get back to business and establish our new normal once we have completed the metrics. I believe that will be soon as we have shown the state the discrepancies in hospitalization numbers and we will continue to monitor those metrics,” said County Executive McCoy. Click on Reopening Plan to see the details.
“When this virus began impacting our area, we immediately created our Mental Health Support Line for those who needed to talk to someone to share his/her anxiety and feelings at a stressful time. It has been successful with over 275 calls so far and the expansion of family support services,” he continued.
Giordano explained that the EDMHRT is trained in mass casualty events to support families in loss and grief. It has been assisting in handing out cloth masks to mental health agencies.
During the briefing, County Executive McCoy took time to thank Brawn Media for donating N95 masks for staff at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They also held a parade outside the nursing home for residents, bringing their dogs as well, and brought cookies for the staff.
The County Executive continues to hear from many people who are interested in contact tracing opportunities with the state.
The schedule for Albany County’s walk-up mobile testing sites this week is below, and is posted on the Albany County website. The schedule is based on demand and mobile site locations are updated weekly based on that need. To date, 1,198 people have been tested at the mobile/walk-up sites in Albany County. All testing is by appointment only, after being screened for symptoms over the phone. To be screened, please call (518) 465-4771.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center - 920 Lark Drive, Albany
- Monday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am – 12 noon
- Wednesday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
- Thursday: 1:30 – 4:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am – 12 noon
Rotating Locations & Dates for the Week of May 18
Each week the mobile sites will rotate morning & afternoon testing. The full updated schedule can be found here.
- Monday, May 18, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
- Tuesday, May 19, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Front of the Rensselaer County Administration Building, 1600 7th Ave, Troy
- Wednesday, May 20, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Capital South Campus, 20 Warren St, Albany
- Thursday, May 21, 9:00am – 12 noon
Watervliet Health Center, 1804 Second Ave, Watervliet
- Friday, May 22, 1:30 – 4:00pm
Front of Rensselaer City Hall, 62 Washington St, Rensselaer
County Executive McCoy continues to highlight the latest testing site in Albany County at Priority 1 Urgent Care that is now also providing antibody testing, located in Hamilton Square at 2080 Western Avenue in Guilderland. The partnership was made possible by Albany County supplying the facility with critical personal protective equipment for the staff and supplemental test kits. Testing will be reimbursed by an individual’s health insurance, and will be done by appointments only after patients come in to be screened for expanded CDC symptoms. Priority 1 is also now doing antibody testing. To schedule an appointment, you can call (518) 867-8040.
County Executive McCoy also encouraged those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to register for the drive-thru community testing site at Rite Aid, 1863 Central Avenue in Colonie. Over 650 tests have been given there. Testing is free for those who are eligible based on CDC guidelines and are at least 18 years old. It’s available between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week by appointment only. Registration is now available at www.riteaid.com. Tests will be conducted from within an individual’s car with self-swab nasal tests and with the help of a pharmacist.
For those experiencing stress, anxiety or depression while confined to their homes for extended periods of time, the Albany County COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm at (518) 269-6634. Anyone experiencing a psychiatric emergency should still call the Albany County Mobile Crisis Team at (518) 549–6500. The 24-hour sexual assault hotline number is (518) 447-7716.
The County Executive continues to offer online videos on coping, crafts and reading, AAU karate, exercise, proper use of personal protective equipment and more.
Literally, hundreds of millions of pages of documents are on file or recorded in this office.
We are working to place even more of our records online to make your access to our records a much easier task. Deeds and mortgages from this website and naturalization records from the Albany County Hall of Records are just a couple of examples.
We look forward to your electronic visit to the Albany County Clerk’s office and we also hope you will have the opportunity to stop in at our office in person.
County Clerks in New York State have varied duties. All sixty-two (62) Clerks are clerks of their respective Supreme Courts and County Courts (although since the 1977 takeover of most local courts by the State of New York, the County Clerk's role is primarily that of record-keeper.) Outside of New York City's five counties, all County Clerks are elected for a four year term and are also the land records recorders for their respective counties.
New York City's five County Clerks are appointed, and only the Richmond County Clerk (Staten Island) serves as land records recorder in that county. The New York City Register holds the land records for the remainder of that city, and is the only member of our Association who is not a County Clerk.
Fifty-one (51) of the sixty-two (62) County Clerks also operate local offices for motor vehicle registrations and related work as agents of the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. County Clerks in the many smaller counties are also Commissioners of Jurors in their counties, and other possible County Clerk duties range from Records Management and Public Information to Pistol Permit issuance and Passport Application acceptance. In New York State, County Clerks are not generally involved in the administration of elections.
The Albany County Clerk’s Office and the Albany County Hall of Records are well-known as the County’s record keeper from all deeds and mortgages in the County, to every record of Albany County State Supreme Court and the Albany County Court, to the inactive records of County agencies to the City of Albany agencies as well.
The Albany County Clerk’s Office has an extremely large financial responsibility. By law, we charge fees for our services. The Albany County Clerk’s Office generates a modest surplus that goes towards assisting Albany County to keep taxes at a low moderate amount. In 2015 this office took in over 30 million dollars in revenue. Of that amount, over 2.8 million dollars was net revenue for the operation of the County Clerk’s Office. The other millions of dollars generated in revenue were distributed directly to the State, County along with the Cities, Towns and Villages within Albany County.
The County Clerk supervises a staff of 28 people at the County Court House in addition to a staff of 18 at the County Hall of Records. The Albany County Clerk’s 2015 annual expenses totaled $2,156,013. This amount subtracted from the net 2015 revenues of $2,812,905 means that this department overall returned a surplus of $656,892. The surplus of funds assists Albany County with lowering taxes. This surplus also assists the Albany County Executive and the Albany County Legislature’s initiative of being below the 2% tax cap.
The Albany County Hall of Records preserves County records dating back to the Dutch Colonial days. The Hall of records also assists our County and city agencies in managing over 105,000 cubic feet of inactive records. With advanced technology this office handles more and more tasks online. Deed and Mortgage records recorded since 1980 are available online. Also, an increased number of court cases are being filed electronically rather than on paper. In 2015 the Albany County Clerk’s Office received 1625 e-filed cases. To view these files, go to www.nycourts.gov/efile.
The Albany County Clerk’s Office continues to explore better ways to serve the public electronically with more efficient and effective technology.
The Albany County Clerk serves as the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Officer of the County as well as a Chairman of the Contracts Administration Board. In 2015 the Albany County Clerk’s Office received 435 requests for information. As a member of the Contracts Administration Board the County Clerk works with the County Executive and the Chairman of the County Legislature to review and discuss proposed contacts between $20,000 and $100,000. While many County Clerk’s in New York State have Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) responsibilities, Albany County does not. The State of New York operates the Albany, New York DMV office directly.
Our office does not hold birth, death and marriage records.
In New York these vital records are kept by the City or Town Clerk where the birth or death occurred. A copy of a marriage license may be obtained in the City, Town or Village where the couple originally obtained the license. The actual marriage ceremony may have taken place in another municipality. Copies of birth, death and marriage records may also be obtained from the NYS Department of Health Vital Records Division. If you need their assistance the website address is www.health.ny.gov/vital_records. The Albany County Clerk does keep divorce records on file if the divorce was granted in Albany County. The divorce records are a part of the Albany County Court proceedings which is why they are kept in the Clerk’s Office.
Our office can’t provide legal advice.
The Clerk’s Office doesn’t have the statutory authority or an attorney on staff to provide any type of legal advice.
- Learn about the policy regarding legal documents and legal advice
- View a list of places where free of low-cost legal advice is available in Albany County
We don't send out lists of records.
There is another question which the Clerk’s staff is asked that we don’t do and that is “we don’t send out lists of records on file here”. An example would be that our staff does not notify credit bureaus about tax liens. Our staff does not send lists of recent deeds to local newspapers. Our staff does not create lists of recent DBA or business filings so that people can send you solicitations or call you to sell any type of items. The county clerk’s office never does any of that.
The Albany County Clerk’s records are public records. However, Credit Bureaus send their staff here to look at these records and newspapers send reporters to look at recent deeds. DBAs and pending foreclosures also attract a lot of attention. The County Clerk’s Office has no control over what Credit Bureaus and newspapers or any other agencies decide what to do with the records they find here. For example, if a Credit Bureau worker mistakenly confused your name with someone else’s regarding a record on file here, you must contact that credit bureau in order to have them correct their mistake.
Albany County Clerk
County Court House, Room 128
16 Eagle Street, Albany NY 12207-1077
Phone: (518) 487-5100
Fax: (518) 487-5099
While we are not presently able to accept recordings, filings, or requests by e-mail, your comments and questions are always welcome!
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
General Information: (518) 487-5100
Information on Previously Filed Documents: (518) 487-5120
Copies of Court Files: (518) 487-5124
Calls for the County Clerk: (518) 487-5110
We are in room 128, on the first floor of the County Court House at the corner of Eagle and Columbia Streets in downtown Albany. The entrance to the County Court House is on Lodge Street.
We are open for business Monday through Friday, from 8:30am - 4:30pm.
From North of Albany
Take the Northway (I-87) to exit 1 East, then travel east on Interstate 90 to the I-787 South exit ("Albany & Rensselaer.") Proceed south on I-787 to Exit 4B ("Clinton Avenue.") Then see details below.
From West of Albany
Take the New York State Thruway to exit 24, then travel east on Interstate 90 to the I-787 South exit ("Albany & Rensselaer.") Proceed south on I-787 to Exit 4B ("Clinton Avenue.") Then see details below.
From South of Albany
Take the New York State Thruway to exit 23, then proceed north on I-787 to Exit 4 ("North Rt 9 & West Rt 20.") Stay to the right, then follow the signs for "Rt 9 North - Clinton Avenue." Then see details below.
From East of Albany
Take Interstate 90 to the I-787 South exit ("Albany.") Proceed south on I-787 to Exit 4B ("Clinton Avenue.") Then see details below.
- From the Clinton Avenue exit, turn left onto Broadway and head south for 3 traffic signals to Pine Street.
- Turn right onto Pine Street and proceed west (uphill) through the next traffic signal (North Pearl Street, but do not turn here,) staying on Pine Street to the stop sign at Lodge Street.
- The County Court House is the large green-roofed building to your right. The only public entrance is at this (Lodge Street) end.
You may park in the public parking garage on your left, or go one block further up Pine Street and then turn right onto Eagle Street towards the County Court House, and find a parking space. You will need quarters for the parking meters (5 quarters per hour.) The only public entrance to the County Court House is at the Lodge Street end of the building at present. The Court House is a secure building, so you will need to pass through metal detectors to enter. No weapons of any kind are allowed inside.