Monday, January 29, 2018

New York Public Employees Will Be Entitled to Paid Leave for Cancer Screenings

New York State has amended Civil Service Law to entitle most public sector employees to take up to four hours of paid leave per year to be screened for all types of cancers.

Currently, the law allowed paid leave only for screenings for breast cancer and prostate cancer. The new law provides for these screenings without deducting any leave time (e.g., sick, personal, or vacation) from the employee.

The new law is effective March 18, 2018. For more on the legislation, click here.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Intellectual Disabilities and Family Court Representation Webinar

The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities is sponsoring a free webinar for attorneys who represent parents with intellectual disabilities in family court proceedings on Wednesday, February 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm.

Issues to be addressed include the application of disability law in the child welfare system and strategies for best representing those parents.

For more information about the webinar and how to register, please click here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Seneca County: Town of Ovid, Notice of Public Hearing

Time Warner Cable Northeast LLC, locally known as Charter Communications
Franchise Renewal for Town of Ovid, New York

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Ovid will hold a Public Hearing on February 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Town Offices/Ovid Fire House, 2163 Brown Street, Ovid, New York, regarding renewal of the cable television franchise agreement by and between the Town of Ovid and Time Warner Cable Northeast LLC, locally known as Charter Communications.

A copy of the agreement is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Town Clerk’s Office, 7099 Orchard Street, Ovid, New York.

At such public hearing, all persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Written and oral statements will be taken at that time. Time limitations may be imposed for each oral statement if necessary.

Dated January 10, 2018

By Order of the Town Board, Town of Ovid
James E. Vangalio, Town Clerk
Steven Getman, Town Attorney
Town of Ovid

Monday, January 8, 2018

Schuyler County Medicare Informational Session January 27

Are you turning 65 in 2018? Turning 65 but you're still working?
Retiring and not sure what you need for insurance?

Come and ask your questions at the Schuyler County Medicare Information Session.

This will be an informal question and answer session in regards to Medicare.

The session will be held Saturday, January 27, from 10:00 am to Noon at the Silver Spoon Cafe, 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls, New York.

RSVP is required. You can register for this event by calling (607) 535-7108.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Schuyler County Organizational Meeting

Members of the Schuyler County Legislature and other officials gathered for a group photo at the Legislature's annual Organizational Meeting held Wednesday morning, Jan. 3 in the County Office Building. From left standing: Legislators Jim Howell, Carl Blowers, David Reed, Michael Lausell, Mark Rondinaro, Van Harp, Phil Barnes and Dennis Fagan. Seated from left: County Attorney Steven Getman, Deputy Clerk Jamee Mack, Clerk to the Legislature Stacy Husted, and County Administrator Tim O'Hearn

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NY ABLE program helps persons with disabilities cover costs

Local residents may be eligible to sign up for a new savings plan, called the New York Achieving a Better Life Experience (NY ABLE) program, designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their health, independence and quality of life.

The NY ABLE legislation was signed into law in December 2015. It allows New Yorkers with disabilities to save money in their own names without risking their Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and certain other means-based benefits. NY ABLE accounts, also known as 529A accounts, can be opened with a minimum contribution of $25. Contributions can be made by eligible individuals, family members or friends, but are not tax-deductible. The annual contribution is capped at $14,000 and the maximum account balance is $100,000.

The annual contribution cap will be increased to $15,000 as of January 2018. Earnings and distributions are tax free provided the funds are used for qualified disability expenses. To be eligible, an individual must have a disability that was present before age 26. Participants must be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), be blind, have a significant disability documented by a physician, or have a disability that is included on the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances Conditions list. New York residency is required and only one account per individual is permitted.

For more information on eligibility, or to set up an account, click here.

Monday, January 1, 2018

New laws set to take effect in 2018

New York Daily News:

  •  As 2017 approaches a close, people are jotting down their resolutions, but 2018 will bring more than just promises to do better in the coming year. 

 Here are just a few state laws slated to take effect when the clock hits midnight on Jan. 1.