UCC E-Filing Is Now Part of the PREP System
The Office of the Westchester County Clerk is pleased to announce changes to our Property Records Electronic Portal (PREP) system to accommodate the electronic filing of Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statements (UCC’s). All the functionality of our previous stand-alone UCC E-Filing system is now available in the PREP system, with the added document tracking and other functions available in PREP. If you already use the PREP system to record other land records, you will find that e-filing of UCC’s is as easy as any other document. If you haven’t used the PREP system, you will find that it is very straightforward and easy to learn.
Some advantages of e-filing UCC’s in PREP include:
- Enter your submitter contact information only once when you set up your account and not with each filing
- Track and view your document after submission
- Submit as many UCC’s and UCC3’s as you like in a single transaction
- Utilize the simplified payment process
- Note the uniformity with existing land records e-recording through PREP
- Choose whether to scan your UCC and upload it, or fill in the UCC in the PREP System, eliminating paper completely
Pistol Permit Opt-Out Update
The NYSAFE Act, signed into law in January, provided a process for pistol licensees to shield their names and addresses from public disclosure. The law allows a pistol licensee, or an applicant for a pistol license, to “opt-out” by completing a NYS Firearms License Request for Public Records Exemption form. Once this request is approved, the name and address of the pistol licensee will not be released in response to a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request.
“A tremendous number of pistol permit licensees have availed themselves of NYSAFE Act provisions and requested that their name not be released in response to a FOIL request,” shared Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, whose office mailed the form to all active pistol license holders in Westchester County. “I have heard from a few residents who indicated they ‘missed the deadline’ for seeking an exception, so I want to be sure pistol licensees have the facts,” offered Idoni.
The NYSAFE Act temporarily froze release of pistol permit licensee information in response to FOIL requests until mid-May to allow for the collection and processing of opt-out forms. A request for an exception from disclosure can be submitted at any time and will be promptly processed upon receipt. The opt-out forms are available at the Licensing Division of the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, White Plains and can also be downloaded here.