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SECTION 141
Commissioners of deeds in other states, territories and foreign countries
Executive (EXC) CHAPTER 18, ARTICLE 6
§ 141. Commissioners of deeds in other states, territories and foreign
countries. The secretary of state may, in his discretion, appoint and
commission in any other state, territory or dependency, or in any
foreign country, such number of commissioners of deeds as he may think
proper, each of whom shall be a resident of or have his place of
business in the city, county, municipality or other political
subdivision from which chosen, and shall hold office for the term of
four years, unless such appointment shall be sooner revoked by the
secretary of state, who shall have power to revoke the same. A person
applying for appointment as a commissioner of deeds shall state in his
application the city, county, municipality or other political
subdivision for which he desires to be appointed, and shall enclose with
his application the sum of twenty-five dollars, which sum, if a
commission shall be granted, shall be paid by the secretary of state
into the state treasury, and if such commission shall not be granted,
then the same shall be returned to the person making the application.
Each commissioner, before performing any of the duties or exercising any
of the powers of his office, shall take the constitutional oath of
office, if appointed for a city or county within the United States,
before a justice of the peace or some other magistrate in such city or
county; and if for a territory or dependency, before a judge of a court
of record in such territory or dependency; and if for a city,
municipality or other political subdivision in a foreign country, before
a person authorized by the laws of this state to administer an oath in
such country, or before a clerk or judge of a court of record in such
foreign country; and shall cause to be prepared an official seal on
which shall be designated his name, the words, "commissioner of deeds
for the state of New York," and the name of the city or county, and the
state, country, municipality or other political subdivision from which
appointed, and shall file a clear impression of such seal, his written
signature and his oath certified by the officer before whom it was
taken, in the office of the department of state. The secretary of state
upon receipt of such impression, signature and oath, shall forward to
such commissioner instructions and forms, and a copy of the appropriate
sections of this chapter.