JAMESTOWN - County clerk candidate Lori Cornell recently announced that she will create a County Clerk Advisory Board within her first month in office. She indicated that the group would advise her on ways to improve customer service and offer ideas on efficiency. She said the panel will include representation from groups that utilize the office frequently, such as attorneys offices, automobile dealerships, veterans, abstractors, realtors, land surveyors, snowmobilers, sportsman and others.
"By involving key people in the process, we can most effectively implement improved customer service at a lower cost," Cornell said. "This type of citizen in involvement has proven to be effective in other counties in New York state and I am confident it will provide us with continuous improvement in how we deliver our services."
Cornell has already unveiled initiatives to improve service and lower costs this year and proposed an advisory committee when she ran for county clerk eight years ago. "The purpose of this panel is to strengthen the effort to improve service and lower costs. It will supplement the ideas and proposals I have discussed while campaigning for this office," she added.
As a county legislator, Cornell led the effort to form a non-partisan commission to redraw county legislature districts. The effort led to the formation of an independent commission that produced a non-partisan redistricting proposal. The independent proposal ultimately failed and a partisan plan was approved without Cornell's support. Cornell also worked to improve declining housing in the county. She has been a longtime advocate for reducing the size of the county legislature to 15 or less and has consistently opposed spending and tax increases. She has been a strong supporter of 4-H and efforts to protect and enhance Chautauqua Lake.
In addition to serving nearly two terms in the county legislature, Cornell has held full-time professional and management positions in municipal, county, state and the federal government. Also, over the last two years, she has assisted small businesses in marketing and sales in a consulting capacity. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Jamestown Community College. Cornell received her master's degree from the St. Bonaventure University School of Business and her bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she was accepted into the Hesburgh Honors Program. She is a graduate of Dunkirk High School.
Cornell is serving in her second term in the Chautauqua County Legislature representing the north side of the city of Jamestown. She is not running for a third term in order to seek the office of Chautauqua County Clerk.
A Dunkirk native, Cornell resides in Jamestown, where she has been actively involved in the Jamestown Schools PTA, Babe Ruth baseball, American Association of University Women (AAUW), League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women and Mothers of Preschools (MOPS). Her board service has included the Chautauqua County Land Bank, Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Kiwanis Club, Housing Authority and Jamestown Property Rehabilitation. She received the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA this year.