|March 24, 2020|
County Manager Orders Government Center Closed
Offices to Remain Lightly Staffed; Emails, Calls Being Answered
Monticello, NY – In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and to comply with public health guidelines to avoid close contact, Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek has ordered the Government Center in Monticello to be closed to the public, effective March 25 until further notice. This includes the Annex, which houses Family Court (which is closed) and the Probation Department (which is handling all matters by phone and email).
The Board of Elections will have limited availability by appointment only.
“The only reason any member of the public should be visiting the Government Center is either a scheduled visit with Board of Elections personnel or to drop off materials for the County Clerk’s Office, DMV or the County Treasurer’s Office – and then only in the dropboxes located in the lobby and by the Treasurer’s door,” Potosek said. “None of our offices in that building will be open to the public, even if the lights are on and staff can be seen through the windows. Security will remain present to ensure this order is followed, for the safety of County employees continuing to work in the Government Center.”
The Care Center at Sunset Lake continues to be closed to public visitation as well. Those seeking to access other portions of the County’s Liberty campus, or the County Courthouse in Monticello, should call ahead before visiting.
Legislature Meetings Consolidated for April
The following committees of the Sullivan County Legislature will NOT meet in the month of April:
Public Safety and Law Enforcement
Planning, Community Development, Real Property and Capital Planning and Budgeting
Health and Family Services
Management and Budget
Parks, Agriculture and Sustainability
The Executive Committee will meet Thursday, April 16 at 9 a.m., while the Full Board meeting will be held as scheduled on Thursday, April 16 at 10 a.m. Both the Executive and Full Board meetings will be held at the Government Center in Monticello, but the public is asked to watch via livestreamed video at www.sullivancountyny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.
Rabies Clinic Cancelled
Public Health Services’ rabies clinic, scheduled for April 1, has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
|MARCH 21, 2020|
Sullivan County Treasurer’s Office Closing to Walk-Ins Temporarily
Monticello, NY – The Sullivan County Treasurer’s Office will not be open to the public, starting Monday, March 23.
“My office will continue to respond to phone calls, emails and mailed/dropped-off correspondence,” Treasurer Nancy Buck affirmed. “But to protect the health and welfare of my staff, our Government Center offices will not be publicly accessible.”
The telephone number is 845-807-0200, and emails can be sent to Nancy.Buck@co.sullivan.ny.us. Physical documents can be mailed to Sullivan County Treasurer’s Office, 100 North Street, POB 5012, Monticello, NY 12701. A dropbox will be located outside the office door, but travelers to the Government Center are cautioned that the State’s non-essential travel ban will be in effect starting Sunday, March 22, at 8 p.m.
“I ask everyone to be patient with us as we work through this difficult time,” Buck added.
|MARCH 20, 2020|
E X E C U T I V E O R D E R
CONTINUING TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AND MODIFICATION OF LAWS RELATING TO THE DISASTER EMERGENCY
WHEREAS,on March 7, 2020, I issued Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York;
WHEREAS, both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to be continue;
WHEREAS,in order to facilitate the most timely and effective response to the COVID 19 emergency disaster,it is critical for New York State to be able to act quickly to gather, coordinate, and deploy goods, services, professionals, and volunteers of all kinds; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to temporarily suspend or modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster emergency or if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster, I hereby temporarily suspend or modify, for the period from the date of this Executive Order through April 18, 2020 the following:
The suspensions made to the Public Officer’s Law, including provisions of Section 73 and Section 74, by Executive Order 202.6 are hereby modified to require that such suspensions and modifications shall only be valid with respect to a person hired for a nominal or no salary or in a volunteer capacity.
IN ADDITION, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to issue any directive during a disaster emergency necessary to cope with the disaster, I hereby issue the following directives for the period from the date of Executive Order through April 18, 2020:
Any notarial act that is required under New York State law is authorized to be performed utilizing audio-video technology provided that the following conditions are met:
The person seeking the Notary's services, if not personally known to the Notary, must present valid photo ID to the Notary during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after;
The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the person and the Notary (e.g. no pre-recorded videos of the person signing);
The person must affirmatively represent that he or she is physically situated in the State of New York;
The person must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary on the same date it was signed;
The Notary may notarize the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the person; and
The Notary may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution provided the Notary receives such original signed document together with the electronically notarized copy within thirty days after the date of execution.
Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice, all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public. This shall also include nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance.
The provisions of Executive Order 202.6 requiring in-person work environment restrictions are modified as follows: Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 75% no later than March 21 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.
G I V E N under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany the nineteenth day of March in the year two thousand twenty.
BY THE GOVERNOR
Secretary to the Governor
|MARCH 19, 2020|
FROM: NYS EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT
GUIDANCE FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IS SUBJECT TO A 75% WORKFORCE REDUCTION UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.6
(enacted to address the COVID-19 Outbreak)
If your question is not answered below, please contact ESD at our website at: https://esd.ny.gov/covid-19-help
On March 18, 2020, Executive Order 202.6 (or as revised) directed that all businesses and not-for-profit entities in New York State, shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize.
It is directed that, no later than March 20, 2020 at 8 p.m., each for-profit or not-for profit employer (excluding state and local governments and authorities) shall reduce the in-person workforce at each business/work location by 75% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels.
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction. (Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).
This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and steps to request such designation. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the restrictions.
For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:
1. Essential health care operations including
- research and laboratory services
- walk-in-care health facilities
- veterinary and animal health services
- elder care
- medical wholesale and distribution
- home health care workers or aides
- doctor and dentist offices
- nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
- medical supplies and equipment providers
2. Essential infrastructure including
- utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
- public water and wastewater
- telecommunications and data centers
- transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
3. Essential manufacturing including
- food processing, including all foods and beverages
- medical equipment/instruments
- safety and sanitary products
- paper products
4. Essential retail including
- grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
- convenience stores
- farmer’s markets
- gas stations
- restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
- hardware and building material stores
5. Essential services including
- trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
- mail and shipping services
- laundromats/dry cleaning
- building cleaning and maintenance
- child care services
- automative repair
- warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
- funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
- storage for essential businesses
- animal shelters or animal care or management
6. News media
7. Financial Institutions including
8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including
- homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
- food banks - human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support
9. Construction including
- skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
- other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
- defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government
11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses including
- law enforcement
- fire prevention and response
- building code enforcement
- emergency management and response
- building cleaners or janitors
- general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including
- technology support
- child care programs and services
- government owned or leased buildings
- essential government services
If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business.
To request designation as an essential business, please click here:
Restrictions on requesting designation as an essential business:
- Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.
- Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 500 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance.
For Guidance on cleaning and disinfection of facilities, refer to the New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID -19 at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/docs/cleaning_guidance _general_building.pdf.
For further information: New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Webpage https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Webpage:
Local health department contact information can be found at: https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/index.htm
|March 19, 2020|
Sullivan County Opening Emergency Assistance Center
County Government Reducing On-Site Staff, Per Governor’s Orders
Monticello, NY – In an effort to aid the most vulnerable populations, Sullivan County is opening an Emergency Community Assistance Center tomorrow, Friday, March 20.
“Our Public Health Services call line has been inundated with requests for help and information, and this new Assistance Center will ensure those who are unable to leave their homes can receive the assistance they need,” explained County Manager Joshua Potosek. “At the same time, the Center will field calls from those seeking to offer help and connect them with the right people and locations.”
At 8 a.m. tomorrow, staff and volunteers – led by Community Resources Commissioner Laura Quigley – will begin accepting calls at 845-807-0925. Assistance will be prioritized to senior citizens, the physically disabled, and others unable to shop for food, medicine and other necessities. (Callers with health questions or other concerns should continue to dial Public Health Services’ hotline at 845-292-5910.)
The Assistance Center operators will also welcome those who are seeking to offer time, money, goods or services to people and organizations in need.
County Government Reducing On-Site Staffing
In order to comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive that on-site staffing be reduced to 25% of normal, the following Sullivan County government offices will be closed, with staff working from home: Assigned Counsel; Family Services Legal; Parks, Recreation & Beautification; and the Youth Bureau. Calls and emails will continue to be taken, however.
The Department of Community Services in Liberty will be providing some on-site services by appointment only for assessments and medication administration, in order to aid social distancing. Beginning March 23, hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They will be conducting individual therapy sessions via phone and all groups through a teleconference process. They will be calling in medications for persons as needed. Questions welcomed at 845-292-8770.
The Division of Public Works will take advantage of the emptier offices to undertake cleaning and disinfecting.
Office for the Aging Temporarily Limiting Services
The Sullivan County Office for the Aging has implemented the following measures to help control the spread of coronavirus:
Congregate nutrition sites that have been currently providing pick-up only meals are to be closed as of Friday. Those who need meals delivered are being identified and contacted.
The Office itself is closed to walk-in appointments, with limited staff available to help by appointment only. Phone calls are encouraged: 845-807-0241.
The Shopping Bus will be ending this week until further notice. Those individuals who use the bus will be contacted for other arrangements to make sure that everyone gets what they need.
“While we are always here to help, we strongly encourage people to reach out to their family, friends and neighbors to see how they can help our most vulnerable seniors, who are strongly advised to stay home to limit exposure,” said Office for the Aging Director Lise-Anne Deoul. “We want to encourage individuals that have informal supports in place to utilize those to enable our resources to be used by those who need them most.”
Legislature Approves Epidemiologist and Community Health Coordinator
The Sullivan County Legislature met in emergency session today to allow Public Health Director Nancy McGraw to immediately search for and hire an epidemiologist and a community health coordinator.
“These positions, when filled, will allow us to more nimbly respond to the many demands being placed on us in the midst of this pandemic,” McGraw stated. “I thank the Legislature for their nimble response, as well!”
County Museum Closed, But You Can Still Peek Inside
In order to protect staff, volunteers and the public, the Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center in Hurleyville is currently closed.
However, the Sullivan County Historical Society has made available online photos from the current BOCES Elementary School Art Exhibit. You can view it by visiting www.facebook.com/scnyhistory.
Postponements and Cancellations
The March 31 informational session for first-time homebuyer assistance, scheduled by the Sullivan County Division of Planning and RUPCO, Inc., has been cancelled. A new date will be announced in the future.
The Civil Service examinations scheduled for March 28 have been postponed. All candidates will be notified of an alternate test date.
|March 19, 2020||Sullivan County Confirms Two More Cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)|
Monticello, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw announced today that more cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) have been confirmed in the County.
“Two more people in Sullivan County tested positive today, bringing our confirmed-case total to six,” said McGraw. “They have been self-isolating, and our staff are in the process of determining if there were any additional exposures.”
Please remember to actively protect yourself against COVID-19 transmission via social distancing and frequent handwashing with soap and water. For more information on the virus and local updates, visit www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus.
|March 18, 2020|
A Message to Our Downstate Friends, Visitors, Weekenders and Second Homeowners
Liberty, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw and Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek jointly issued the following statement today:
“Sullivan County currently has multiple cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and is responding as aggressively and proactively as its limited resources allow. While you may be seeking refuge from the larger amount of cases downstate, you must be aware that this is a global pandemic. You and your family have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of this potentially deadly virus, which can be dangerous and even fatal to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.
Coronavirus has killed thousands of people worldwide in just the past month, and cases continue to grow. The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted New York State, which is responding with all resources to contain a growing number of cases, which included 2,480 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths as of midday March 18. Sullivan County has several confirmed cases, and the number of potential exposures is increasing, requiring a great deal of resources by Public Health and other government personnel to contain and limit further transmission.
A vaccine does not yet exist, and the effectiveness of existing treatment varies from person to person. Travel into Sullivan County from any area at this time is inadvisable and is highly discouraged. But if you do make your way here, you are expected to adhere to the following:
• Please DO wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water. Make sure your family does this, as well. If soap is not available, use hand sanitizer.
• Please DO cough and sneeze into a tissue or your arm, then wash your hands. Avoid touching your face.
• Please DO maintain calm. Panicked hysteria or angry responses will make things worse, not better.
• Please DO limit social activities to your family only. This includes all activities involving contact with other persons outside of the home.
• Please DO enjoy the outdoors, but maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people.
• Please DO, if you or a family member have a fever, persistent cough or shortness of breath, isolate yourself or them and call your healthcare provider.
• Please DON’T travel here from another county or geographic area (including the five boroughs of New York City) which is experiencing community transmission of COVID-19. It is far better for you to stay home and limit your movements.
• Please DON’T have an expectation that resources will be available to you here that are not available to you in your home town. Sullivan County has a limited number of healthcare resources, and testing capacity is also very limited.
• Please DON’T violate the Executive Order issued by the Governor of New York State. Congregations of more than 50 persons are a direct violation of this Order and will be prosecuted. Should large numbers of individuals move up to Sullivan County while COVID-19 community transmission is occurring, it will quickly overwhelm the healthcare, public health, public safety and government. Help may not be available to you if you become in need of medical attention.
• Please DON’T call Sullivan County Public Health Services. If it is a life-threatening emergency, dial 911. Otherwise, contact the State Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065, call your own healthcare provider with questions, or use the links provided below.
• Please DON’T constantly go out in public spaces. If you haven’t brought with you everything you need for your stay, get the remaining items in one shopping trip and then stay close to your property.
• Please DON’T go to unnecessary appointments.
• Please DON’T utilize local healthcare providers unless you absolutely have to. They are deeply impacted by this current crisis and cannot be expected to handle an enormous increase in patient requests. Your own healthcare provider is your best choice.
• Please DON’T go to the hospital or doctor’s office without calling first – in ANY situation, sick or not. Access to healthcare facilities is heavily restricted due to the pandemic, in order to limit continued spread of coronavirus.
• Please DON’T hug, kiss or otherwise touch anyone who is not your immediate family. Personal contact is a major way this disease spreads.
For comprehensive information, visit www.coronavirus.health.ny.gov. For official Sullivan County information, visit www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus.”
|March 17, 2020|
NYSEG and RG & E Take Steps to Assist Customers During Coronavirus Response
As situation evolves, companies are taking measures to protect customers and employees, while providing safe and reliable service
BINGHAMTON, NY — — NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, announced today that they are taking several measures to protect customers and employees as current Coronavirus situation evolves.
The companies, which previously announced they would temporarily suspend service shut-offs due to non-payment, also announced today that they will take the following actions to protect both customers and employees. Those actions include:
• Effective immediately both NYSEG and RG&E are suspending all inside meter readings and shifting to estimated usage or customer reported readings. Customers are encouraged to submit meter readings through the companies’ mobile app.
• NYSEG and RG&E walk-in centers will be closed indefinitely as of March 17. Customers can continue to communicate with the companies via their website, mobile app or by calling the customer service contact number listed on their bill. Customers can also make a payment at one of our authorized pay agents, including Wal-Mart or K-Mart. A list of authorized agents may be found at nyseg.com > account > ways to pay > pay in person.
• NYSEG and RG&E are suspending late-payment charges beginning this Tuesday evening.
NYSEG and RG&E join the rest of the AVANGRID organization in taking steps to protect employees and customers while ensuring continuity of essential electric and gas service during the coronavirus pandemic.
“During this pandemic, ensuring the health and safety of our employees is paramount to our ability to continue to safely deliver reliable electric and gas service to our customers across our operating companies,” said Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We began communicating with our employees more than a month ago to reinforce
preventative actions such as hand washing guidelines and ways to avoid spreading infection that are now part of everyday conversations worldwide. Since then, we have taken a number of measures to limit exposure to our people and to protect our operations and the customers we serve. We have activated our emergency response and business continuity plans and are working with local, state and federal emergency response officials to make sure that we are providing whatever support is needed in this unprecedented and rapidly changing situation.”
Additional steps the companies have taken include:
Preventing infection among employees and customers.
• Restricting non-employee visitors to all sites.
• Restricting all travel unless critical to maintaining operations.
• Instructing employees who are equipped to work from home, and whose role allows it, to do so until further notice.
• For those employees who cannot work from home, the company is taking measures to enable social distancing, which includes:
o Establishing staggered shifts and cross-training of employees to prevent staff shortages in critical areas, including customer service.
o Isolating energy control center and energy trading staff and limiting their contact with other employees in the workplace.
o Having field personnel assemble in small teams or as single workers to minimize physical interactions.
o Establishing a call screening process in customer service to defer nonessential work and limit potential exposure for our employees and customers.
o Providing guidelines for field personnel around how they can protect themselves and customers when they must enter a residence.
o Whenever possible, creating a work environment where employees can keep a safe distance from one another.
o Working with regulators as appropriate to limit noncritical work.
Supporting emergency services and hospitals.
• Outreach and coordination with local, state and federal emergency response officials.
• Outreach to major hospitals to help ensure uninterrupted service.
• Inspection and conducting preventative maintenance on key circuits that serve emergency services and hospitals.
Options for customers to help manage their accounts.
• You can use our new mobile app to report outages, check and pay account balances, and submit meter readings. To download the application, customers should search “AVANGRID” in the Apple or Android app stores and select “NYSEG” or “RG&E”. The application is free to download.
• Customers can still make credit card payments, check balances and find other information at nyseg.com and rge.com.
• Additionally, customers can call customer care representatives to find out account information: NYSEG customers can call 800.572.1111; RG&E customers can call 800.743.2110.
“We understand that this situation is going to get worse before it gets better and we want our customers to know we are taking the steps to ensure reliable uninterrupted service,” said Taylor. “Challenging emergency situations are not new to us and we have robust plans in place. We are ready and our people are ready to do their job to keep these essential services going. I am very proud of their dedication.”
|MARCH 17, 2020|
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, THE PRESENTATION REGARDING THE LITTLE LAKE ERIE CULVERT PROJECT IN NARROWSBURG, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020 AT 6:00 PM HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE FORWARD ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE REGARDING THE PROJECT TO THE TOWN CLERK AT TOWNCLERK@TUSTEN.ORG . ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE THEN FORWARDED TO THE PROJECT MANAGER AND ANSWERED ACCORDINGLY. THE TOWN WILL BE POSTING INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
|MARCH 16, 2020|
Sullivan County Confirms One Case of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)
Monticello, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw announced today that a case of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) has been confirmed at the County-owned and operated Care Center at Sunset Lake in Liberty.
“A healthcare worker at our nursing home tested positive today for the virus,” said McGraw. “They have been self-isolating since going home from work last Thursday. As a matter of routine, the Center’s direct-care staff all wear personal protective equipment as they work, and to date, none of our Care Center residents or staff are exhibiting elevated temperatures or respiratory symptoms.”
“Sullivan County Public Health Services continues to be in direct contact with the NYS Department of Health for guidance and in investigating this case and limiting further transmission,” County Manager Joshua Potosek stated. “Visitation to the Care Center was halted on Friday, and until we know more about this situation, we are also halting all new admissions and non-urgent medical appointments at the facility.”
For more information on the virus and local updates, visit www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus.
|MARCH 16, 2020|
From: Town Board, Town of Tusten
March 16, 2020
The Town of Tusten, NY continues to be in communication with local and state government for updates and guidance related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. There continues to be no confirmed cases in the Town of Tusten or Sullivan County at-large. This does not minimize the need to be diligent, to be prepared, and to be calm, and follow the preventative guidelines provided by the CDC and NYSDOH (hand hygiene, social distance, etc.) This release references information current as of March 16, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.
If you are concerned that you may be ill due to COVID-19, please notify your healthcare provider/urgent care setting PRIOR to going there. The New York State COVID-19 hotline is: 1-888-364-3065
New York State is under a state of Emergency. Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated in his daily briefing that he is asking businesses who are able to voluntarily close, but is considering mandatory closures as seen abroad.
Sullivan County is under a State of Emergency by order of County Manager Joshua Potosek (http://sullivanny.us/news/sullivan-county-declares-state-emergency ). County government will continue with limited staffing and for Sullivan County residents only in some locations (e.g. DMV).
All Sullivan County schools will be closed through April 3rd (http://sullivanny.us/news/county-manager-orders-schools-closed-through-april-3) by order of the County Manager. The order is issued in five (5) day increments, but will be renewed to cover this three week period.
Town of Tusten offices will be open by appointment only, beginning on March 16, 2020. This will enable residents to complete essential transactions (tax payment, building permits, etc.) while protecting themselves and the community at large.
If you are aware of a child, senior citizen, or other vulnerable resident that may need assistance during this time please contact the Town Clerk at (845) 252-7146. All calls will be kept confidential.
During this time, please practice social distance and consider outings like shopping, etc. for essentials only. This concept is not designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, which is impossible, but to instead slow and reduce exposures to levels the local healthcare system can address effectively.
MARCH 16, 2020
PLEASE TAKE NOTICETHAT, THE TOWN SUPERVISOR HAS CALLED AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD AT 1:00 PM TODAY MARCH 16, 2020 TO DISCUSS MATTERS RELATED TO NEW YORK & SULLIVAN COUNTY'S EMERGENCY DECLARATION OVER THE OUTBREAK OF COVI-19. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE TOWN COMMUNITY HALL LOCATED AT 210 BRIDGE NARROWSBURG, NEW YORK
MARCH 13, 2020
For Immediate Release:
County Manager Declares State of Emergency
Monticello, NY – While Sullivan County currently continues to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), County Manager Joshua Potosek announced today that County government operations will be altered significantly for the time being.
“Considering the State’s ongoing efforts to contain coronavirus – which has now been confirmed in all the counties which surround Sullivan – it’s timely and prudent for Sullivan County government to protect both its employees and the public, without inconveniencing either more than necessary,” Potosek stated. “Thus I am declaring a State of Emergency in Sullivan County and initiating a series of measures to preserve service delivery and health & welfare.”
Minimal Staffing at Many Offices
Effective Monday, March 16, County government offices will be staffed as lightly as possible, some with only one employee, so as to minimize the chances of coronavirus exposure and transmission. Certain facilities, like the Care Center and DMV, will continue to be fully staffed in order to provide necessary services to the public. But even in those locations, restrictions will be in place (see below).
“I encourage citizens to call our offices to seek services whenever possible – and to only do so when absolutely necessary, considering the few staff who will be available to answer phones,” Potosek urged. “If it can wait a week or two, let it wait.”
The majority of County employees will continue to work during normal hours, however, as provisions have been made to give them access to their digital workspaces from home.
Care Center Closed to Visitors
Except for families of loved ones receiving end-of-life care, visitation to the Care Center at Sunset Lake in Liberty is suspended indefinitely. This is to protect the County’s most vulnerable residents from coronavirus, which can be lethal for older adults.
“My own wife is a resident of the Care Center, so this news was devastating to me,” District 6 Legislator Luis Alvarez remarked. “But I understand why it is being done, and like many other families, I am enduring this very painful sacrifice for the welfare of those we care for at the Center.”
DMV Serving Only Sullivan County Residents
Starting Monday, March 16, all MV-44 transactions at the Sullivan County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office will be conducted for Sullivan County residents only, so as to limit the potential spread of coronavirus. This includes applications for and renewals of all driver’s licenses (Standard, Enhanced and Real ID), learner’s permits, non-driver’s license ID cards, conditional or restricted licenses, and reciprocity. (DMV’s previous camera breakdown has been repaired, so full services have been restored.)
In addition, the Sullivan County Clerk’s Office will process passports only for Sullivan County residents. The Clerk’s Office also strongly encourages e-recording of documents.
Congregant Meal Sites Closed
All County-served senior nutrition sites have been closed indefinitely in order to limit potential exposures to senior citizens, who are most at risk from coronavirus. Meals on Wheels deliveries will continue, however, and officials are working on further efforts to meet the nutritional needs of residents.
County Events Cancelled
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office’s Victim Impact Panel scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 in the Government Center’s Hearing Room has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The Sullivan County Career Center’s March Hiring Event on March 25 and the Monticello Library Hiring Event on April 4 have both been cancelled.
Emergency Operations Center Opened
At Potosek’s direction, the Sullivan County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been opened in White Lake, and provisions are being made to fully staff it as the need arises.
“We have been and will continue to be working closely with our local towns and villages, their police departments and State health authorities to address any impacts of coronavirus as they come our way,” Potosek explained. “While I can’t assure that we won’t have any cases of the virus in our County, I CAN assure that we are taking the steps necessary to fulfill our obligation to protect and promote the health and welfare of all our citizens.”
Updates and further details, including how to protect yourself against coronavirus, can be found at www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus.
|MARCH 10, 2020 |
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2019 has been posted to the Water & Sewer Page
|MARCH 9, 2020||PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING|
MAIN STREET over LITTLE LAKE ERIE OUTLET CULVERT REPLACEMENT PROJECT
The Town of Tusten has announced that a public informational meeting will be held to discuss the proposed Main Street over Little Lake Erie Outlet Culvert Replacement Project, PIN 9754.85. The meeting will be held on March 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM at Tusten Town Hall, 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY.
The Town in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation is developing design studies for this culvert replacement project on Main Street. The project will start at Erie Street and extend to Depot Street.
The purpose of the meeting is to obtain comments on the proposed project from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies. The Town is specifically soliciting comments on the development of alternatives for the project and comments on the project's social, economic and environmental effects. This public informational meeting is part of the continuing efforts by the New York State Department of Transportation to encourage public input into the development of transportation projects.
A copy of the Draft Design Report is available for review at the Town of Tusten Town Hall during normal business hours.
Please advise the Town if a sign language interpreter, assistive listening system or any other accommodation will be required to facilitate your participation in this public meeting. Contact person is Jane Luchsinger Council Member, whose phone number is (845) 252-3864.