New York County Law
Deputy County Clerk
1. Within ten days after assuming the duties of the office, each county clerk shall appoint a deputy county clerk by an instrument in writing filed and recorded in his office. The deputy county clerk shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the county clerk and during the temporary absence or inability of the county clerk, have and exercise all of the powers and duties of the office. In case of a vacancy in the office of county clerk, the deputy county clerk shall perform the duties of the county clerk until a successor is elected or appointed and has qualified.
2. The county clerk in like manner may designate one or more employees of his office to serve as acting deputy clerk during the absence or inability of such deputy county clerk to perform the duties of the office. If there be no deputy county clerk, or acting deputy county clerk, the county judge may in the same manner designate an acting deputy county clerk who shall serve until a successor is appointed by the county clerk and has qualified.
3. The county clerk may appoint and remove such additional deputies authorized to act generally for and in the place of their principal as shall be authorized by resolution of the board of supervisors.