Monday, January 25, 2021

Schuyler County “Bridging Community Connections” Event

Schuyler County officials, in conjunction with other state and local agencies, will be hosting a virtual panel discussion on “Bridging Community Connections,” and community resources available to youth and families living in Schuyler County.

The online event is Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:00 am. The keynote presentation will be by Jutta Dotterweich, and will focus on COVID-19’s impact on the emotional well-being of adolescents. The event will also be recorded for later viewing.

The registration deadline is February 19. The first 100 registrants will receive a “Bridging Communities” gift bag.

Interested community members can register for event by clicking here.

The event is sponsored by partnerships with the Schuyler County Youth Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Workforce New York, Council on Alcoholism and Addiction in the Finger Lakes, Glove House, Inc. and Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Schuyler County teen sentenced for sexually abusing two children


A fourteen-year-old Town of Tyrone resident was placed in juvenile detention for eighteen months by the Schuyler County Family Court on Tuesday, following a judge’s determination that he sexually abused two young children last year.

The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, was found to be a juvenile delinquent on two counts of Sexual Abuse First Degree, a Class D Felony, and ordered into the custody of the Commissioner of Social Services, for placement in a residential treatment facility.

The case was prosecuted by the office of Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman. According to Getman, the charges stemmed from incidents in December, in which the teen allegedly had sexual contact with two children, ages eight and nine.

The teen was charged following an investigation by the New York State Police.

Assistant County Attorney Vinton Stevens represented Getman’s office at Tuesday’s hearing. At the hearing, Stevens submitted evidence that the teen was a “high risk” and required placement outside the home for the protection of the community.

The teen was represented by Ithaca attorney Kevin Kelly, through New York State’s assigned counsel for children program.

After hearing from the attorneys, Schuyler County Family Court Judge Matthew Hayden ordered the teen placed with the Commissioner of Social Services for a period of eighteen months.

Hayden also entered an order of protection, directing the teen to have no contact with his victims.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Blowers Re-Elected Chair of Schuyler County Legislature

Republican Carl H. Blowers, of Montour Falls, was re-elected Chair of the Schuyler County Legislature at its annual reorganizational meeting held Wednesday.  The vote was unanimous.

In other action, the legislature unanimously acknowledged the reappointment of the deputy election commissioners (Kathryn Elkins, Democrat and Kristina Vondracek, Republican),  and reappointed Gary M. Emerson as County Historian.

Tim O’Hearn of Watkins Glen, remains as County Administrator, while Stacy Husted, of Montour Falls, continues as clerk of the legislature and Steven Getman,  of Watkins Glen, continues as Schuyler County Attorney.

The County of Schuyler is governed by an eight-person legislature, headed by its Chair.  Members serve staggered four-year terms.    The legislature, in turn, appoints various department heads to oversee the county’s day to day operations, including the county administrator, county attorney and clerk to the legislature.

The current members of the legislature are James W.D. Howell, Jr., Gary Gray, David M. Reed, Michael L. Lausell, Mark F. Rondinaro, Van A. Harp, Philip C. Barnes and Carl H. Blowers, Chairman.

The next regular meeting of the legislature will be Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Second Amendment Legal Update: January, 2021

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 PDF copy of this month's update, click here.