Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia News
The Town Clerk, as Secretary to the Town Board and Board of Trustees, attends all Town Board Meetings and is responsible for Town Board and Board of Trustees minutes, legal notices, certifications of town records and acceptance of change of zone applications. The Town Clerk is Commissioner of Licenses for New York State for the issuance of Sporting (hunting and fishing) licenses, Marriage Licenses, Disability Parking Permits, and authority for issuance of Bingo and Games of Chance Licenses. This office also issues various Local Licenses and Permits: Dog, Shellfish, Vehicles for Hire, Tow Truck, Peddlers and Solicitors, Refuse, Automobile Junk Yard and Commuter Parking Permits. The Town Clerk serves as Registrar of Vital Statistics for the issuance and recording of Birth and Death Certificates, Commissioner of Elections for Special Elections held within the Town, and is Records Management Officer as the Records Center and Archives are also under the jurisdiction of the Town Clerk. As Marriage Officer for the Town of Huntington, the Town Clerk has authority to perform Civil Marriage Ceremonies.
JO-ANN RAIA, Town Clerk, Town of Huntington, is an Elected Official. First elected in November 1981 to a term commencing January 1982, her current four year term expires December 31, 2019. Jo-Ann has the distinction of being the longest serving Town Clerk in the history of the Town of Huntington, which was founded in 1653. Jo-Ann also carries the distinction of Registered Municipal Clerk.
For many years as Town Clerk, Jo-Ann has represented Nassau and Suffolk Counties as District Director of the New York State Town Clerks’ Association (NYSTCA), liaison to NYS Department of Health (Division of Vital Statistics) and liaison to the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (Disability Parking Permit Division).
Jo-Ann has received praise and many honors, over the years, from a variety of groups. They include: the Clara Barton Award presented by the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society’s Silver Sword Award, the Good Deed Award from the Suffolk County Boy Scout Council; Silver Award from the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County; All Around Woman of the Year by the Times of Huntington. Jo-Ann was named the Huntington Historical Society’s 2014 Honoree; the Fire Chief’s Council presented her with their award “In Grateful Appreciation For Your Continued Support of the Fire Departments and EMS Services of Huntington”; Woman of Distinction Award from the Soroptimist International of Huntington; the Nassau-Suffolk Town Clerks’ Association – Town Clerk of the Year Award. She was also named Town Clerk of the Year by the New York State Town Clerks’ Association recognizing her achievements in promoting the role of Town Clerks, through her professionalism and thorough knowledge of the office.
Since 1995 Jo-Ann has been conducting her Valentine’s Day Marriage Ceremony “Marathon,” hosting a reception for the couples and guests which is supported by the generosity of local Huntington businesses.
One of her most notable achievements as Town Clerk was developing a first class Records Management Program in 1986 which includes a Records Center & Archives. Her efforts in this field have been recognized by the State of New York, as well as other professional organizations. She has received a MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Region Archives Conference) Award for “The Guide to the Archival Records and Manuscripts of the Town of Huntington”. In addition, the New York State Archives & Records Administration has awarded Jo-Ann with the “Archives Week Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development”. The American Association of State & Local History awarded a “Certificate of Commendation for the Preservation and Access to Huntington, New York, History” to Jo-Ann. Jo-Ann has been able to secure funding through Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund Grants for the Town of Huntington totaling over $210,000.
Upon request, Jo-Ann has conducted many educational tours of Town Hall. Numerous civic, community, school and scouting organizations have benefited from these tours, which Jo-Ann coordinates with other departments in Town Hall.
As a resident of Huntington since 1958 and Town Clerk since 1982, Jo-Ann stands along as someone in tune with her community and its needs. Her two children, Diane and Andrew, were born and raised in Huntington and are graduates of the Town of Huntington schools.