Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt announced on Tuesday, November 17 that she will not seek a third four-year term in 2021.
“My career in public service has been the experience of a lifetime,” Rabbitt said. “Beginning as a Village Trustee, progressing to Town Board Member, a State Assemblywoman and finally County Clerk, I’ve been provided the amazing opportunity to meet and help many wonderful people along the way. These past seven years as your County Clerk have been a remarkable journey. I have accomplished those things that I set out to accomplish, often in the face of very challenging circumstances.”
Affectionately known as “Annie,” Rabbitt, was born in Brooklyn and raised in Greenwood Lake. She started her career in public service as a Village of Greenwood Lake Trustee and Town of Warwick Town Board member. Annie was an Assemblywoman in the New York State Legislature, where she was known as a tireless advocate for her district and the interests of New York State.
“Annie has served Orange County with dignity and class,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “I’m proud to call her a friend and I thank her for all of her hard work and support during her tenure as County Clerk. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her closely and getting to know her well. I can say without hesitation that Annie’s number one priority was always providing residents with the most streamlined and efficient services and she has done a fantastic job. I’m sad to see Annie leave, but I wish her a well-deserved, adventure-filled retirement.”
“Annie is a one of a kind public servant who has put her heart and soul into helping the people she serves,” added Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “I will miss working with her, as well as her kindness, professional attitude and unwavering zest to make the County a better place to live. I thank Annie for her hard work and wish her all the best in retirement.”
Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois said: “This is a day that I hoped would never come, but inevitably we all have to move on. Working with Annie every day, mainly with handgun permits we developed a good system. I know of no other public servant that is more dedicated and committed to serving the public than Annie Rabbitt.”