Ontario County Clerk dies unexpectedly, days after vote of ‘no confidence’

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Ontario County Clerk Matthew Hoose died unexpectedly on Tuesday, says a statement from the county.

Hoose, 54, died in his home in Canandaigua. He served as the clerk since January 2012. His cause of death is under investigation but it doesn’t appear to be suspicious. Here is the statement from the county:

“It is with sympathy that Ontario County has confirmed that the County Clerk, Matthew Hoose, died
unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. The County will have no further comment at this time. Our
thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. We ask that the privacy of his family be respected.”

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors held a vote of no confidence for Hoose on Thursday night. According to a letter from the board, in June of last year, the county leadership was notified that Hoose was “significantly behind” on sending required reports and payments to multiple state departments.

The DMV in Canandaigua was closed on Tuesday but will reopen on Wednesday morning.