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Keeping Organized, Bedford Town Clerk Still a Hit

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Much like any living organism, each town needs balance and stability in order to survive. In Bedford, the community’s elected fulcrum is named “Boo.” 

Lisbeth “Boo” Fumagalli has been the Bedford Town Clerk for the last 10 years and has been at the town’s beck and call ever since her first election. Her desk represents her schedule: filled with different motions, lawsuits, and requests that seem to clutter her desk – and day. But if you ask her, she would have it no other way.

“I have permits being applied for alcohol, facility use applications, marriage license issues, applications for grants, etcetera,” she said. “It never ends. It’s just one thing after the other, and that’s why I like the job so much.”

Keeping organized is Fumagalli’s self-described “best quality,” and she immediately went to work on that trait the moment she stepped into public service 10 years ago.

“You have to be a logical thinker,” she said. “When I first walked in here, I didn’t know what records management was. I went upstairs, and the whole third floor was just boxes and files, it was unbelievable.”

Before Fumagalli, she said Bedford did not have an organized storage room for its piles of records. Today, her main project sits downstairs adjacent to the Bedford Hills Historical Museum: a records management center, stacked with organized shelves ready to be searched through.

Along with holding the key to the town vault, Fumagalli and her deputy clerk Nina Kellogg cater to nearly every question that a resident can come by with, sometimes even spanning a lifetime.

“We do birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates,” Fumagalli said.

Kellogg says that even with all of the clutter, Fumagalli’s other strength is to find humor in even the smallest of windows.

“She keeps us laughing,” Kellogg said. “We could have four crises all happening at the same time, and she still finds something to laugh about.”

Fumagalli will be organizing, informing, and laughing for at least two more years, as her term ends in 2013. And as Fumagalli notes, she hopes it will be just another end that precedes another beginning.

“I’ll be here as long as the voters continue to reelect me. Hopefully that will be for a long time.”

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