Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Schuyler County officials unveil consumer pamphlets and information as part of National Consumer Protection Week

Watkins Glen, NY—Schuyler County officials are joining government agencies nationwide to commemorate National Consumer Protection Week.

The Schuyler County legislature has proclaimed the week of March 3 through March 9 as National Consumer Protection Week to provide information of interest to county consumers. In addition, the Schuyler County Office for the Aging and Schuyler County Attorney will be providing tips and resources relating to consumer protection information to protect Schuyler County residents from falling prey to scams, fraud, and identity theft.

This annual event marks a time when government agencies work together to promote consumer rights and educate the public on how to spot, report, and avoid becoming a victim of consumer fraud.

“Scams and frauds, including identity theft and phishing are a massive problem in society today,” Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman said. “If consumers learn about the best practices to keep their finances secure, they have a less likelihood of becoming a statistic. Every year Americans lose billions of dollars in losses and hardship.”

According to Office for the Aging Director Tammy Waite, seniors are an especially vulnerable target for scammers.

“Almost anyone under the right circumstances can fall for a phony offer or promotion, however, older Americans are usually more susceptible than others,” Waite said. “Scammers use promises of large financial gains or sometimes even romantic relationships to lure victims in, only to manipulate them into giving their life savings away. They prey on our older citizens who are trusting, vulnerable and can sometimes unknowingly fall for a scam.”

The Federal Trade Commission received 5.2 million victim reports describing more than $8.8 billion in losses to fraud in 2022 compared to $6.1 billion in losses the year prior. In that same time frame, investment scam losses more than doubled from $1.8 billion in 2021 to $3.8 billion last year.

To help combat scams, during Consumer Protection Week the County will distribute free pamphlets with website links and consumer protection information. The materials will be available at the County Office for the Aging, in Montour Falls, and the County Attorney’s Office in Watkins Glen. Information is also online at the county attorney website.

The Schuyler County Office for the Aging’s mission statement is to advocate for, educate and assist the senior and disabled populations of Schuyler County to live in the most independent and integrated setting through community collaboration providing for well-being/health, security, dignity, autonomy and choice through innovative home and community-based services. As director, Waite Supervises and conducts social, educational, recreational, and health programs for senior citizens under the direction of the New York State Office for the Aging and the federal Administration for Community Living.

As County Attorney, Getman is the chief legal advisor for county government and responsible for the prosecution and defense of civil actions brought by and against the county, including civil adult protective cases.

A copy of the legislature’s resolution is available here:

RECOGNIZE NATIONAL CONSUMER... by Steven Getman

Monday, February 19, 2024

Schuyler County hosts rabies clinic

The next Schuyler County Rabies clinic will be: Saturday, February 24, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, at the Shared Services Building 910 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY.

Clinics are free, but donations are accepted.

It is New York State law that all dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets be vaccinated against rabies after they reach the age of 4 months. Animals must remain up to date on rabies vaccination at all times.

Other clinics are scheduled for later in 2024.

For more information, click here.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Second Amendment Legal Update, February 2024

A monthly update, prepared for the Schuyler County Chapter of S.C.O.P.E. NY, a statewide 501(c)4 organization dedicated to preserving the 2nd Amendment rights for the residents of New York State. For a complete copy of this month’s report, click here.

Monday, January 29, 2024

“Careers in the Courts” Videos Relased

NEWS RELEASE:
To better acquaint New Yorkers and others with the wide range of court
career opportunities available across the State–with the aim to further expand and diversify the pool of potential job candidates–Chief Administrative Judge Zayas and First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Norman St. George (have) announced the release of an engaging “Careers in the Courts” video series, narrated in part by Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives Edwina G. Richardson.

Following are synopses of the six videos comprising the Careers in the Courts series.

Careers in the Courts: Overview –– This film, narrated by Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives Edwina G. Richardson, features interviews with a diverse, eclectic group of employees in various court locations who explain what they do, why it matters, and the benefits of working for the court system.

Careers in the Courts: Court Officer — In this segment, Court Officer Jennifer Pacheco explains her role and why serving in this capacity is so professionally rewarding. “Court officers maintain security and courtroom decorum, providing safety for the customers who come in, as well as the staff.”

Careers in the Courts: Resource Coordinator — Here, Craig Stratton, at the time the resource coordinator with Albany’s Supreme Court and County Court, discusses his work helping those with substance abuse issues who find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system. “Individuals have come into our court that really were in dire straits, in total desperation with no hope … I've seen them reunite with their families, I've seen them obtain employment, I've seen them even go back to college and obtain degrees.”

Careers in the Courts: Interpreting — Court interpreter Lourdes Cardona explains how important it is for people who come to court to find someone who speaks their language. “At the moment you speak the language, they know that they are going to be heard and they are going to be able to tell their story, to ask for the remedies that they're expecting the court to provide for them.”

Careers in the Courts: Administrative — Pearl Yu-Rodriguez, senior court clerk, and George Sanchez, clerical assistant, explain their respective jobs in three words, “to help people.”

Careers in the Courts: Court Reporter –– Court reporter Cyndi West discusses the importance and variety of her work. “It's always something different. You can come in one day and you're doing a murder trial. You can come in the next day, you're doing a trial in Surrogate’s Court or an adoption. The next day you could be doing a contested matrimonial. It's fascinating. It's never dull and I absolutely love it.”

Monday, January 22, 2024

New help for victims of economic abuse announced

Effective this month, the State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence will begin distributing informational materials on economic abuse.

Informational materials for victims and survivors of domestic- and gender-based violence will include connections to housing resources, local social service offices, and more to help individuals attain safety and stability.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 90 percent of survivors of domestic violence have suffered economic abuse, but many people do not see themselves as being in an abusive relationship if they are not being physically harmed.

For more information, click here.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Ronald Reagan:
"Each year on Martin Luther King Day, let us not only recall Dr. King, but rededicate ourselves to the Commandments he believed in and sought to live every day: Thou shall love thy God with all thy heart, and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. And I just have to believe that all of us -- if all of us, young and old, Republicans and Democrats, do all we can to live up to those Commandments, then we will see the day when Dr. King's dream comes true, and in his words, "All of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning. . . land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

(President Reagan, Coretta Scott King, Bob Dole and others at the signing ceremony for HR 3706 making the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. a national holiday. 11/2/1983)

Monday, January 8, 2024

Second Amendment Legal Update, January 2024

A monthly update, prepared for the Schuyler County Chapter of S.C.O.P.E. NY, a statewide 501(c)4 organization dedicated to preserving the 2nd Amendment rights for the residents of New York State. For a complete copy of this month’s report, click here.

Monday, January 1, 2024

New York State laws taking effect in 2024

Nexstar Media Inc. reports on some of the new laws taking effect in New York State in 2024, including:

• Increasing the minimum wage.

• Raising the Age for Operation of ATVs by minors.
• Requiring religious dietary food options in prisons.
• Mandating free menstrual products in non-public schools.
• Declaring Lunar New Year as school holiday.
• Expanding victims and survivors of crime eligibility for compensation funds.
• Requiring skimming notices for EBT cards in stores.
• Prohibiting employers from accessing employees’ social media accounts.
• Encouraging student voter registration and pre-registration.

For more on these new laws, including the text of each, click here.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Law Day 2024 theme announced

The American Bar Association has announced the theme for Law Day 2024, "Voices of Democracy.”

The 2024 Law Day theme “Voices of Democracy” recognizes that in democracies, the people rule.

For nearly 250 years, Americans have expressed their political views and wishes by speaking their minds and voting in elections.

In 2024, the United States will hold its 60th presidential election, and Americans will address fundamental questions about democracy and the rule of law.

For more information, click here.