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Broome County Clerk candidate looks to modernize office

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A Binghamton man is hoping to use his computer expertise to help modernize the Broome County Clerk's office.

Democrat Dan Livingston announced his candidacy for the clerk position Tuesday, surrounded by supporters at  the American Civic Association on Front Street.

Livingston grew up in Oxford and has lived in Binghamton for the past 10 years.

His previous jobs have included working for a tech startup in Silicon Valley, being an AmeriCorps employee with CHOW, and helping to found the Binghamton Urban Farm.

Livingston says he believes he can save the taxpayers money by streamlining and modernizing practices at the county clerk's office.

And he wants to eliminate any fees for accessing public information online.

"I'm going to make it my mission to transform the tired old stereotype of a politician standing in front of a construction site cutting a ribbon and replace it with a regular practice of a politician cutting red tape," says Livingston.

Livingston says the fees generate roughly the same amount of money the county spends monthly for the software to charge users.

Republican City Councilman Joe Mihalko is also running for the seat.

The current clerk, Republican Rick Blythe, is retiring at the end of the year.

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