Polling Place Change – Effective March 15

Pursuant to Election Law S4-104 (1-8) this correspondence will serve to advise you of the changes to polling site effective March 15, 2021:

Election District CA-2 (formerly at the Callicoon Center Firehouse) is moving to the Youngsville Firehouse at 1822 Shandelee Rd (CR 149) Youngsville, New York 12791.

All voters in the above Election Districts will receive notifications by mail.

Should you have any questions, you are welcome to call: (845) 807-0400.

Sign Up to Volunteer for Vaccine Efforts

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COUNTY OF SULLIVAN – DIVISION OF HEALTH & FAMILY SERVICES
Public Health Services
GLADYS OLMSTED BUILDING
50 COMMUNITY LANE
LIBERTY, NY 12754

NANCY MCGRAW – DIRECTOR
 
WENDY BROWN – DEPUTY DIRECTOR
 
TEL. 845-292-5910
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 4, 2021

Liberty, NY – Liberty, NY – Interested in aiding the effort to get all of Sullivan County vaccinated against COVID-19?

“As a relatively small county health department, and given the size and scope of getting vaccine out to everyone who wants it, we need help,” affirms Public Health Director Nancy McGraw. “We’re looking to greatly increase the scope of our vaccination clinics, with a plan to scale up to a 600 to a 1,000 doses a day rather than the 200/day we’ve been able to achieve due to staffing and the limited supply of vaccine.”

Sullivan County is currently applying to the Federal government to host its own Medical Reserve Corps, but in the meantime, the County can sign up and activate volunteers to assist with vaccine delivery before, during and after clinics. Examples of non-medical volunteers include greeters, line monitors, registration, inventory, data entry and logistics.

To learn more and to register, go to www.health.ny.gov/ServNY and select “Sullivan County, NY.”

“Registration in ServNY is open to any health care or mental health professional, as well as laypersons who are willing to serve in administrative or support roles during public health emergencies,” explains McGraw. “I encourage anyone who’s over 18 and interested in helping out to put themselves on the list. The more people we have to help, the faster we can distribute vaccine when it becomes more widely available.”

NOTE: Please do NOT register for this list if you are not willing and able to volunteer. If you are simply seeking notification of upcoming clinics, Public Health offers a separate signup form at www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/covidvaccines.

Public Hearing Notice for 2020 CFA Application – February 8 @ 7:45 PM

PUBLIC HEARING
TOWN OF CALLICOON, SULLIVAN COUNTY
2020 CFA APPLICATION FOR OFFICE OF COMMUNITY RENEWAL
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS

The Town of Callicoon will hold a hearing on February 8, 2021 at 7:45 PM, with masks and social distancing required, at Callicoon Town Hall, 19 Legion Street, Jeffersonville, New York 12748 for the purpose of hearing public comments on the Town of Callicoon’s community development needs, and to discuss the possible submission of one or more Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for the 2020 Program Year.

The CDBG program is administered by the New York State Office of Community Renewal (OCR), and will make available to eligible local governments approximately $49 million for the 2020 program year for housing, economic development, public facilities, public infrastructure, and planning activities, with the principal purpose of benefitting low/moderate income persons. The hearing will provide further information about the CDBG program and will allow for citizen participation in the development of any proposed grant applications and/or to provide technical assistance to develop alternate proposals. Comments on the CDBG program or proposed project(s) will be received at this time. The hearing is being conducted pursuant to Section 570.486, Subpart I of the CFR and in compliance with the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

At the hearing the Town will describe types of grant assistance available from the NYS Office of Community Renewal and will seek comments and suggestions from the public as to proposed uses of Community Development Block Grant funds. The types of activities that may be undertaken with Community Development Block Grant program funds include acquisition and disposition of real property, public facilities and improvements, clearance activities, public services, payment of non-federal share of another federal program, removal of architectural barriers, relocation, rehabilitation and preservation activities, economic development and job creating activities.

Draft application(s) for Community Development Block Grant assistance will be discussed. The Town is considering a 2020 CFA Public Infrastructure application in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 to improve water storage facilities of the Youngsville Water District. The proposed project will primarily benefit low and moderate income persons.

The Callicoon Town Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, those with hearing impairments, or those in need of translation from English, those individuals should contact Town Supervisor Thomas Bose, Callicoon Town Hall, 19 Legion Street, Jeffersonville, New York 12748 at 845-482-5390 or by email at tocsupervisor@hvcbiz.rr.com at least one week in advance of the hearing date to allow for necessary arrangements.

Written comments may also be submitted to Thomas Bose, Town Supervisor, Callicoon Town Hall, 19 Legion Street, Jeffersonville, New York 12748 until February 22, 2021.

COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Ends in ONE Week!

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program (“RRP”) closes on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. This program can provide up to 4 months of rental assistance for NYS renters.

Applications are available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Korean and Bengali. 

Please see below for an infographic that can be shared on social media to alert your constituencies. If you have any questions, you can visit the NYS Homes and Community Renewal website for more information. As always, you can also feel free to call our hotline at (877) 669-2572 or email us at info@utilityproject.org.

Infographic for COVID Rent Assistance.

COVID 19 Exposure Announcement

January 7, 2021

The Town of Callicoon has confirmed that two employees who work in the Town Hall tested positive for COVID 19 on Monday, January 4. The two have isolated at their homes since testing positive and there were no other exposures to employees or the public. The Sullivan County Department of Health was notified immediately and the Town has followed all DOH and CDC recommendations and protocol. The Town Hall remains locked and the public is asked to call 845-482-5390 X302 to schedule an appointment. There is a lockbox located near the handicapped entrance for your convenience. The lockbox is checked daily and the public is cautioned to NEVER leave cash in the lockbox.

The health of our employees and the public remains our greatest concern. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tom Bose
Supervisor
Town of Callicoon

Masks For Small Businesses

The Sullivan County Department of Health has received a grant to distribute boxes of masks free of charge to small private businesses with fewer than 10 employees. If you are a small business in need of masks, please come to the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce at 196 Bridgeville Rd., Suite 7, Monticello, Tuesday, December 22, – 1pm – 4pm, Wednesday, December, 23, 9am – 4pm or Monday – Wednesday, December 28th – December 30th – 9am – 4pm, to pick up a free box. Please note these will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. They are high quality pleated masks. For more information, please call 845-791-4200 x 4.

FAMILY

Dear friends and colleagues,  
I hope this note finds you well. The COVID-19 outbreak has created many challenges in our communities. I am grateful to work with partners like you to be able to offer support to local residents during this time. We wanted to share two resources with your office we think will be helpful to your constituents during this time.
One area of need we have identified, sadly, is counseling support for families who have suffered a loss due to COVID-19. Working with our Red Cross mental health, health, and spiritual care teams across New York State, we have launched a virtual Family Assistance Center. The virtual Family Assistance Center will link families to crisis counselors who will provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as information and referrals to help them navigate the challenging process they might be facing as a result of their loved one’s death. All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential. Families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 can fill out an online intake form, and a Family Assistance Center volunteer will contact them:

English: www.redcross.org/NYSCOVIDFamilySupport Spanish: www.redcross.org/NYSCOVIDApoyoFamiliar   
Intake forms can also be filled out by a friend who thinks someone needs help, or by a government office, like yours, working on behalf of the family. Those without online capabilities may call 585-957-8187, and a volunteer will assist them with the initial intake process. The Family Assistance Center is expected to operate for as long as families will benefit from the service. A second area of need we have identified is the need to provide emotional support to all healthcare workers. Healthcare workers in all positions are facing incredible stress and trauma. Working with Dr. James Halpern, Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer, we have produced a webinar to help healthcare workers, Recognizing and Managing Stress for Health Care Workers in a Public Health Emergency. Dr. Halpern is a renowned expert on mental health during disasters. He is the author of several books on the subject including, Disaster Mental Health Case Studies: Lessons Learned From Counseling in Chaos (March, 2019).
I would greatly appreciate if you could share the information on the Family Assistance Center and the healthcare workers video through your network and with your constituents and the families you serve in New York. I have attached a flyer that provides a description of the Family Assistance Center program as well as the contact information I listed above. This is the link to the video webinar for healthcare workers: https://www.youtube.com/watch? BLJhuqZc&feature=youtu.be
Thank you for all that you are doing to support New Yorkers during this time. We are all in this together and we hope this Family Assistance Center and mental health video will help provide comfort and support to families during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Susan Rounds
Interim Regional CEO
Greater New York Region