Friday, April 3, 2020
Schuyler County officials warn: Beware phony home repair grant scams from COVID-19 stimulus program.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Attorney General James released the following tips for New Yorkers to protect themselves from these scams:
Never give your personal information or financial information out to someone unless you are absolutely sure who they are.If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, click here.
Be alert: scammers may use emails, texts, or webpages that look like they are from the federal government. If someone claims to be from the government with a check for you, it may be a phishing scam that is illegally trying to obtain your bank account or other personal information.
If you are eligible for a payment, you will receive a payment directly from the IRS. Do not pay anyone who promises that they can expedite or obtain a payment or a loan for you. If you are eligible for relief, you will not need to make any up-front payment or pay any fee to receive a stimulus payment. You will not be charged any "processing fees."
Never open attachments or links sent from anyone who claims to be from the government. Do not reply and delete the message right away.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Schuyler County officials make request to visitors during COVID-19 crisis: Stay home, keep everyone safe
|Schuyler County Legislature and other officials.|
|Deborah Minor, Public Health Director|
Friday, March 27, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Employee Rights: Paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Monday, March 23, 2020
The plan is part of the county’s ongoing effort to improve court efficiency, conserve law enforcement resources and protect the rights of criminal defendants
The plan is supported by a number of county officials involved in the legal system, including Sheriff William Yessman, District Attorney Joe Fazzary, Public Defender Wesley Roe and County Attorney Steven Getman. It was developed with input from town and village justices and the New York State Office of Court Administration.
The plan was endorsed by the Schuyler County legislature at its February 10 meeting. All legislators in attendance voted for the measure.
“Arresting officers must currently maintain custody of an arrestee until able to locate a local court and justice able to conduct the arraignment which is a process that often consumes officer time and can result in the arraignment occurring outside of the times when the Schuyler County Public Defender is able to appear as counsel for the defendant,” the legislature’s resolution of support noted.
“Those charged with a crime are entitled to the assistance of legal counsel at all important stages of their case including at the initial criminal arraignment,” it continued.
A centralized arraignment part, known as a CAP, is not mandated by the state, but many rural counties have found it to be the most effective way of ensuring compliance with the requirements for counsel at arraignment.
The plan is the county’s latest effort to improve court efficiency, conserve law enforcement resources and protect the rights of criminal defendants.
Other efforts have included an intermunicipal agreement with Tompkins County for that county to assist in administering the Schuyler County assigned counsel plan to provide legal representation to indigent criminal defendants and certain family court litigants.
That agreement, prepared by Roe and Getman with input from Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn and representatives of Tompkins County, has been praised as “a model approach and is consistent with statewide efforts to help municipalities identify opportunities for cost savings through inter-municipal cooperation, reorganization, and regionalization,” by the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services.
A copy of the resolution supporting the plan is available here.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Specifically, we have increased our capacity to work remotely and will strive to continue to provide County services utilizing a different manner of delivery wherever possible, to minimize in-person contact. Essential services (law enforcement, emergency services, public health…etc.) will continue to operate at full staffing.
Here is specific departmental information outlining the changes that have been instituted to protect our staff and the public we serve.
While this is an unprecedented event and response, what is not unprecedented is our community’s ability to persevere and assist our neighbors in a time of crisis. We ask that you continue this tradition, stay calm and heed the directives.
Together we will get through this!