New York City reported 659 marriage licenses were issued today, with 511 couples having at least one spouse from New York City. In all, 23 states were represented, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In Buffalo, City Clerk Gerald Chwalinski said there were 20 couples who applied for licenses and eight couples were married by Chwalinski in civil ceremonies, Gannett’s WGRZ reported. In Niagara Falls, City Clerk Carol Antonucci said 34 licenses were issued and one couple was married in the office.
In Binghamton, where Mayor Matt Ryan was lobbying couples to come to his city to get married, 18 couples applied and four received judicial waivers and got married.
Rochester City Clerk Dan Karin said 39 licenses were issued there today, with several couples receiving waivers and getting married.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that 24 couples were issued marriage licenses, while in Ithaca three licenses were issued, and one marriage ceremony was performed for a couple previously married in Vermont. Another ceremony is planned Monday.
Above, Joanne Gjelstein of Chestnut Ridge and her spouse Paula Sabul kiss after being married at Greenburgh Town Hall in Westchester County. The town hall was open today.