Monday, September 25, 2023

Legal assistance for veterans and their families available

Did you serve in the Military? Do you need legal help?

Cornell Law School is starting a Veterans Law Practicum and recently received a grant for addressing housing and civil legal services for Veterans and their families.

They are serving the entire Sixth Judicial District, which includes Schuyler, Tompkins, Chemung and Tioga counties. They are hoping to have enough cases for the Practicum and the Staff Attorney to handle to meet their deliverables.

The Cornell Law Veterans Practicum can help with:

• Disability rights
• Housing problems
• Veterans benefits
• Discharge upgrades
and more.

Eligible veterans and their families can scan a QR code to fill out a form for legal help or call (607) 307-5116 to leave a voicemail with their name and number.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Summary of New Legislation Available

The New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) has published its 2023 Summary of Enacted and Pending Legislation, which highlights legislation that passed the Senate and Assembly and impacts cities and villages.

The document, which is regularly updated, is available on the NYCOM website.

According to NYCOM, this year there were 869 pieces of legislation that passed both houses and have been or will be delivered to Governor Hochul for her approval or veto. A copy of the update, current as of September 5, 2023, appears below.

NYCOM Summary of Legislation by Steven Getman on Scribd

Friday, September 15, 2023

Schuyler County Honors Sept. 17 as Constitution and Citizenship Day

The Schuyler County Legislature is recognizing Sunday (September 17) as Constitution and Citizenship Day.

The legislature’s resolution, drafted by County Attorney Steven Getman, urges civil and educational authorities of states, counties, cities and towns to make plans for the proper observance of the day and “for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States, and of the state and locality in which they reside.”

The resolution was approved at the legislature’s August 14 meeting.

September 17 is the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, which, the county resolution notes, "is the supreme law of the land and the document by which the people of this country self-govern."

In remembrance of the signing of the Constitution and in recognition of the Americans who strive to uphold the duties and responsibilities of citizenship, the Congress, by joint resolution on Feb. 29, 1952 (36 U.S.C. 106), designated September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

A complete copy of the county’s resolution is available here.

RECOGNIZE SEPTEMBER 17, 202... by Steven Getman

Monday, September 11, 2023

New York courts commemorate 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

On Monday, September 11, 2023, the Unified Court System will observe the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The commemoration will honor those who responded, including a tribute to Captain William Harry Thompson, Sergeant Thomas Jurgens, and Sergeant Mitchell Wallace.

Monday, September 4, 2023

Second Amendment Legal Update, September 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.