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Woodstock appoints marriage officer as demand for licenses increases

Sep 24, 2020 5:45 am
William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman the Woodstock Town Board has appointed Deputy Clerk Michele Sehwerert as the town marriage officer to help manage the increased demand for marriage licenses as well as to officiate over civil ceremonies. Sehwerert said September 22, Woodstock has one of the few clerk’s offices statewide that has continued to issue marriage licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. "New York City has ... stopped issuing licenses [in person] through the end of the year," she said. "This has caused a large influx in our office, [with] people coming from Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester." Woodstock Supervisor Bill McKenna said the town has become a “destination for people who want marriage licenses because they know they can get them here and nowhere else.” Sehwerert said her office has issued 52 marriage licenses so far this year compared with an average of 40 a year over the past three years. Sehwerert is happy with her new assignment. She said, “A lot of people said I have the personality to do it, and I’m also like a lost romantic. I just think I could bring something special to these couples’ ceremonies.” Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.