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July 8, 2013

Clerk partners with business to cover pen costs

Tonawanda News — Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said he launched a partnership with a variety of local businesses designed to combat the cost of thousands of pens taken annually from Department of Motor Vehicle locales. 

"Each year nearly 10,000 pens walk out the doors of our auto bureaus, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars," Jacobs said.  "I found it frustrating to spend so much taxpayer money for pens, so we looked for a creative solution to offset the cost." 

Jacobs said he reached out to local businesses who frequently advertise on pens with company logos and contact information, flooding the area with letters. 

"We have already received over 15,000 pens from businesses, a 1 year’s supply for us, and more keep arriving every day,” said Jacobs. "These businesses actually want folks to take their pens so we thought it was a perfect marriage." 

Jacobs’ office currently has stacks of boxes filled with pens that he will be distributing to the six Erie County Auto Bureaus. It is estimated that the initiative will eliminate the need for the clerk’s office to purchase pens for more than a year. 

"We believe we have created a win-win for the taxpayers and for local businesses in Erie County," Jacobs added.

Jacobs said he first reached out to the nearly 500 businesses participating in the Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” Discount Card Program. Some of the businesses who have contributed are Amherst Alarm (5,000 pens), Metro Roberts Realty (5,000 pens) and Carubba Collision (3,000 pens). 

Businesses interested in the "Pens We Want Our Customers to Take" Initiative can contact the Clerk’s Office at 858-6985 or e-mail

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