O’Connell said she took over an office that had a 2 million document backlog and turned it into one of the fastest electronic-recording county clerk offices in the state, with a four-hour turnaround time for e-recording land documents and e-filing court documents. She said office land records are now available online at USlandrecords.com for users to access remotely and view at no cost. She said the office ran the demonstration project for the start of the e-filing court records program. The office also has an online court document requisition system that allows users to request documents online and be told when they will be available in the office. Now regional chair of the metro section of the state county clerk’s association, O’Connell said she established evening office hours every Tuesday and installed a full-time help desk in the lobby. She said she helped establish a county veterans court to serve special needs of veterans and has opposed fee hikes proposed by the county executive and approved by the county legislature.
O’Connell, 66, of East Williston, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Tax Revolt party lines. O’Connell is a registered nurse and an attorney, graduating from Flushing Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing as well as St. Joseph’s College and St. John’s University of Law. She was a state assemblywoman for eight years before becoming clerk in 2006. O’Connell is married and has a son.