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County Clerk Biography

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola has served as Rensselaer County Clerk since January 1, 1998 and was recently re-elected to a third term which makes him the longest serving Rensselaer County Clerk since Martin B. Stack.  As County Clerk, Frank Merola has fully computerized all county clerk indexes and records, has made these records available to the public through the internet and has instituted various policies and procedures which has made the Rensselaer County Clerk’s office one of the most efficient and customer friendly in the Capital region.

County Clerk Merola serves as Chairman of the Motor Vehicles Committee for the NYS Association of County Clerks and also serves as Vice Chairman of the Hudson Valley County Clerk region. Mr. Merola has been a member of NYSACC since 1998.  Mr. Merola was the 1999 recipient of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Service award, recipient of the 1st annual Jack Dwyer award in 2001, 2003 recipient of the Troy Boy’s Club Community Service Award,a 2004 recipient of the NYS Archives award for Advocacy on behalf of Records Management and the 2005 recipient of the annual Rensselaer County Sheriff’s award for honesty, integrity and dedication in serving county residents..

Prior to his election as County Clerk, Frank Merola served as Deputy County Clerk in charge of the County Department of Motor Vehicle Department, the largest Department in the County Clerk's Office from 1987-1997.  As Deputy County Clerk for the DMV, Mr. Merola served as Rensselaer County liaison for all Motor Vehicle activities with the State DMV Commissioner, initiated a one-stop efficient operation procedure for the County Department of Motor Vehicles that eliminated needless red tape and duplication of services, and began scheduling evening hours in the County DMV designed to accommodate the needs of County Residents.

Born and raised in Troy, Frank Merola is a lifelong resident of Rensselaer County and currently lives in the Town of North Greenbush with his wife Nina. Frank and Nina have five children, Anthony (Susan), Patrick (Michelle), Michael, Frank and Marissa.   Frank and Nina are also the proud grandparents of Alyssa and Nicholas. 

*Mr. Merola is the former owner and operator of S&M Grocery and Mr. Freeze Soft Serve Ice Cream, both businesses located in Troy.  Frank is a past member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, Troy Kiwanis Club and the Italian Community Center.   Frank was involved with South Troy Pop Warner Football, St. Jude's Girl's Basketball, Twin Town Little League, Sand Lake Youth Soccer Organization and Gardner Dickinson Girl's Basketball.