ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Chemung County Treasurer Joseph Sartori announced Wednesday that he will retire in 2019. 

Sartori has served the county as treasurer for 16 years. 

Read his full statement below: 

"After much consideration and discussions with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election for another term as your County Treasurer as I plan to retire in 2019. It has truly been my great honor to serve the citizens of Chemung County in that capacity for the past 16 years.

During that time, I believe we have achieved a great level of success in improving our interaction with the residents of Chemung County. We implemented an installment payment program and repurchase program to help residents avoid foreclosure and sale of their properties. We have also adapted to allow the use of debit and credit cards for payment of taxes, fees and other charges. We have upgraded our financial reporting and have been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the past five consecutive years.

I am confident the current staff will continue to improve the services provided by this office into the future.

Joseph E. Sartori, CPA

Chemung County Treasurer"