Archives for December 2020

County Covid-19 Update

Otsego County Department of Health has a COVID-19 update as of the weekend. 35 cases reported were Friday with 16 people hospitalized. The health department’s webpage has been updated to include the daily numbers and a graphic of active cases and cases reported per day. continue to see a high number of cases reported per day. Many of the cases are related to community spread such as small household gatherings, community events & bars. Anywhere you are gathering without a mask and in close proximity to others puts you at increased risk for illness.

Update on the vaccine from the Governor

Governor Cuomo gave an update today on COVID-19 vaccine in New York State. The vaccine will be free to all New Yorkers. So far, New York State has received 87,750 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. An additional 80k Pfizer vaccines are due in the next few days, to begin vaccinating residents and staff at nursing homes. Pending approvals, next week NYS expects to receive 346k Moderna doses. A one-stop shop for vaccine information has been established at

Christmas Tree Safety

The holiday season is here. Across the state, New Yorkers are beginning to hang their lights, decorate their homes, breaking out the holiday candles and setting-up the Christmas tree. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) would like to remind everyone of a few safety tips to have an enjoyable and safe holiday season. “The holiday season is a very special time of the year” said FASNY President John P. Farrell. “Unfortunately, we see more fires happen during the holidays. Watering your Christmas tree, checking your smoke alarms, being mindful of candles and following cooking safety are all simple and easy actions everyone can take.”

Assemblyman Salka Introduces Vaccine Bill

On the Covid front… Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, yesterday announced introducing a bill, A.11172, that would allow individuals to decide whether or not they want to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Salka, who represents Oneonta, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs, introduced the bill in response to recent proposals that would make the. COVID-19 vaccine mandatory.

Parking and Garbage Pickup in Johnson City

Due to large snowfall amounts in Johnson City, residents are requested to move their vehicles off the street to help snow plows clear the highways. Garbage normally collected Thursday will be collected Friday and those normally collected on Friday will be collected Monday. Alternate side parking will be strictly enforced, vehicles parked in violation are subject to fines and/or towing.

Watch for Huge Snowfall Amounts

According to the National Weather Service, we could be looking at snowfall amounts anywhere between 7 and 15 inches in Cortland, Chenango and Otsego Counties. Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact your Thursday morning commute. There is uncertainty regarding exactly where the heavy snow will set up. There will be a big difference in amounts from heaviest snowfalls south to lighter up north.

Check Parking Regulations

In anticipation of the first major snow fall of the season, the City has lifted parking restrictions on our municipal lots and in the parking garage. Please remember that all vehicles must be removed from City streets when 2 1/2″+ of snow is reached. Be ready, because we’ll get plenty of snow.

Sharon Springs Man Faces Felony Mail Delivery Failure Charge

A Sharon Springs man faces a federal felony charge for failing to deliver the mail. According to indictment papers Tanner Brown commited the crime when he worked in Onondaga County between Jan. 1 to July 24, 2019. Last month prosecutors attempted to contact Brown by mail but the letter came back marked “return to sender”. He was apprehended on Monday then arraigned and released on his own recognizance.


More COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Area Counties

Health officials in Otsego, Chenango and Delaware Counties have all reported additional coronavirus-related deaths. In Otsego County there were 2 additional COVID-19 deaths in the past 3 days bringing the total to 10. Chenango County had 2 COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday bring the total to 16.
Delaware County reported 1 death on Tuesday making the total now 10. None of the health departments provided details were provided on the genders or ages of those who died.

Cooperstown Central Schools Stays 100% Remote Through Jan 19

The Cooperstown Central School District is staying 100% remote learning until Jan. 19 after another confirmed coronavirus case as well as an increasing number of close contacts to that individual. The district was on remote learning for Monday and Tuesday but made the decision after more personnel in quarantine made it not possible to have enough staff for in-person classes. Students in BOCES will continue to attend their programs as usual.