Secretary of state cuts county ties
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has released her co-ownership of a cottage at Lake Winola, according to a deed recorded in the Wyoming County Courthouse on Tuesday.
The quit claim deed with Clinton’s signature notarized in Nassau County, N.Y., on Dec. 28, notes that in consideration of $1, she releases her rights to brothers Hugh Edwin Rodham and Anthony Dean Rodham of Vienna, Va.
According to the Wyoming County tax assessor’s office the most recent tax bill in 2012 went to Hugh of Coral Gables, Fla.
The cottage was built in 1921 by Clinton’s grandfather, and according to her 2004 autobiography, Living History, she spent some time at the cottage each summer during the month of August from 1948 to 1965 when the family’s permanent residence was in Chicago, Ill.
The property passed from her grandfather to her father Hugh and uncle, Willard, and then Hugh had full ownership.
About three months after her husband, President Bill Clinton, was inaugurated in January 1993, her father died, and the property was left to Hillary and her two brothers.
She did visit the cottage when a niece or nephew was christened in the 1990s, according to former neighbor Pat Wall of Lake Winola, but didn’t believe she had been back in recent years.