ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration:

The main contact for the Accounts Department during these emergency operations is Marilyn Rivers, the Director of Risk and Safety. Marilyn’s cell phone number is (518) 210-3243.

The Accounts Department is operating on a limited regular work schedule during the COVID-19 City Emergency Declaration. There are NO “in-person” interactions at this time. Communication is limited to email, mail and cell phone.

Vital Records:

Death Certificates: Death certificates will continue to be filed and processed on a daily basis within seventy-two (72) hours as required by NYS Law.

Certified Copies: Certified copies for births, deaths, and marriages must be requested via the MAIL on a request form with the required fee of Ten Dollars ($10.00) per copy.

Please Email Stefanie Richards at or Lisa Ribis at for your vital record needs including births, marriages, and death certified copies.

Purchasing: Invoices may be emailed to

Chapter 136 Cabaret, Eating and Drinking, Lodging and Sidewalk Cafe Licensing: Mail applications and fees for renewal applications. Penalties for late filing will be waived. Email with questions.

Special Event Applications: Mail applications and fees. Permits will be issued per NYS Governor Cuomo’s Emergency Directives. Email with your paperwork.

Assessments: Assessment operations are continuing on a limited basis. Email with your inquiry.

Risk & Safety Issues: Please call Marilyn Rivers, Director of Risk & Safety at (518) 210-3243 or email with your concerns.

Accounts staff are available by phone during this emergency situation.  Please call Marilyn Rivers, Director of Risk & Safety at (518) 210-3243 for assistance.  

We are here to continue to serve you - the community during this pandemic and we are here as you need.  Deputy Commissioner of Accounts Maire Masterson may also be reached at (518) 764-7284. Stay Safe!

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Commissioner of Accounts
The Commissioner of Accounts is the Department Head of the Accounts Department. The Commissioner serves as:
  • City Assessor
  • City Clerk
  • Insurance Officer
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Records Management Officer
  • Registrar of Vital Records
Office of the City Assessor
The Office of the City Assessor is responsible for the assessment of real property, maintaining assessment records and overseeing the Board of Assessment Review.

Office of the City Clerk
The Office of the City Clerk records and keeps minutes of the Council meetings, is the custodian of all City documents, keeper of the City Seal, and issuer of licenses and permits.  The City Clerk's Office issues birth, death, and marriage certificates, burial permits, certificates of residency and assists with genealogical research.

Office of Purchasing
The Office of Purchasing ensures that all City purchases are made in compliance with New York State Law as well as the City of Saratoga Springs Purchasing Guidelines.

Office of Risk & Safety Management
The Office of Risk and Safety Management is responsible for procurement and management of the Property and Casualty Insurance program.

Office of Records Management
The Office of Records Management receives, files, indexes, and acts as the custodian of all City documents that are required by law to be filed in the City of Saratoga Springs.