Monday, June 26, 2023

Schuyler County Coalition to Receive Anti-Drug Dollars

Congressman Nick Langworthy Announces Drug-Free Communities Grants for Erie, Chautauqua, Steuben, Schuyler, and Cattaraugus Counties:
Congressman Nick Langworthy is pleased to announce nine Drug-Free Communities grants for organizations aimed at preventing youth substance use in Erie, Chautauqua, Steuben, Schuyler, and Cattaraugus Counties.

"The Drug-Free Communities grants awarded to the five counties across my district represent a vital investment in our children and the future of our communities,” said Congressman Langworthy. “By empowering local coalitions and fostering collaboration among various sectors, these grants enable us to tackle youth substance use head-on with locally tailored solutions. Through evidence-based strategies and community engagement, I am confident that this grant will make a meaningful and lasting impact on our youth.”


In Schuyler County, a grant will be awarded to the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs.

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program funds community-based coalitions that engage multiple sectors of the community to prevent youth substance use. This program provides grants of up to $125,000 per year for five years to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) is a group of dedicated community members, businesses, and agencies. For more on the coalition, click here.

Monday, June 19, 2023

New Assistant County Attorney Named in Schuyler County.

Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman has announced his appointment of Dina Foerster as an Assistant County Attorney, effective Monday (June 12).

As an Assistant County Attorney, Foerster will join Getman in representing Schuyler County in civil litigation, family court prosecutions and social services law.

Prior to joining Getman’s office, Foerster was an assistant county attorney in Allegany County, New York. Before that, Foerster worked as Legal Process Manager at Dime Community Bank, in Hauppauge, Long Island, and at several downstate New York law firms

Foerster is a graduate Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, and is admitted to practice in the State of New York. Her law school experience includes the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology.

As County Attorney, Getman serves as the legal advisor to the Schuyler County Legislature and all officers of county government. The County Attorney’s office prosecutes and defends civil actions and proceedings brought by or against the county and serves as “public prosecutor” in Family Court cases involving child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency and proceedings brought by the county against persons accused of failing to pay child support.

In addition to Getman and Foerster, the County Attorney’s staff currently consists of attorney Kristin Hazlitt and secretaries Ramona Cunningham and Brandy Bower.

Monday, June 12, 2023

NYS Officials Announce Interagency Enforcement Actions Against Unlicensed Marijuana Businesses

June 8, 2023,Albany, NY:
Governor Kathy Hochul (on June 8) announced the launch of an interagency initiative to cease the sale of untested cannabis from unlicensed storefronts and trucks. Enforcement officers from the New York State Office of Cannabis Management and Department of Taxation and Finance conducted inspections at storefront businesses not licensed to sell cannabis and issued
Notices of Violation and Orders to Cease Unlicensed Activity, when appropriate. These actions will be replicated across the state to end public sales of untested cannabis by unlicensed businesses. As part of the FY 2024 Budget, Governor Hochul signed critical legislation allowing for these expanded enforcement actions against unlicensed cannabis businesses to take place.


Governor Hochul signed legislation allowing for enhanced enforcement of unlicensed cannabis businesses as part of the FY 2024 Budget. The legislation allows the Office of Cannabis Management to assess civil penalties against unlicensed cannabis businesses that would undercut their efforts, with fines of up to $20,000 a day for the most egregious conduct. It also makes it a crime to sell cannabis and cannabis products without a license.

As a result of the legislation, the Department of Taxation and Finance can also conduct regulatory inspections of businesses selling cannabis to determine if appropriate taxes have been paid and levy civil penalties in cases where appropriate taxes have not been paid. The legislation also establishes a new tax fraud crime for businesses that willfully fail to collect or remit required cannabis taxes, or knowingly possess for sale any cannabis on which tax was required to be paid but was not.

For more information on the new legislation, click here.

Friday, June 2, 2023

Second Amendment Legal Update, June 2023

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.