Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Buffalo City Clerk's Office began the consolidation of vital statistic services for death certificates in partnership with the Veterans Administration of Western New York Healthcare System.
Traditionally, Death Certificates of beloved servicemen and women who passed away at the Veterans Hospital were processed and housed onsite. This consolidation will call for all death records previously processed and maintained by the Veteran's Hospital to be transferred to the City of Buffalo Vital Records Department. The City will now maintain these records, process requests for prior death certificates and death certificates for future veterans that pass away at the Veteran's Hospital.
This initiative received unanimous support from the Buffalo Common Council and the Erie County Legislature. The New York State Commissioner of Health issued the consent order to consolidate the reporting districts in compliance with New York State Public Health Law, Section 4120.
"Consolidation of the two reporting districts will allow the City Clerk's office to expedite Death Certificates of Veterans who pass away at the Veteran's Hospital in the same efficient manner as they process citywide Death Certificates in their normal course of service to military families in their time of bereavement," said Bonnie Russell, President Pro Tempore.