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Please call 607-535-7108 to request masks, gloves and refillable hand sanitizer bottles & refills and we will prepare it for you, marked with your name to pick up from the deputies at the front desk in the Human Services Building located at 323 Owego St., Montour Falls.
OFA will provide a mileage sheet with instructions for completion and submission available at the Human Services building or via email.
Older adults are a vulnerable population and all volunteers go through the process which includes a volunteer application, criminal background check, motor vehicle record check, reference check, phone interview and approval from both the Director and County Administrator.
We can set up a volunteer schedule that works for you. Whether that be once a week, once a month or as needed, just mention your preferences when you complete the volunteer application.
It depends on the position. Some positions have a set weekly schedule and others are flexible and based on your availability. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more detailed information.
It typically takes about 1-2 weeks to review the application, provide a motor vehicle records check, criminal background check, reference check, phone interview and get final approval from the Director of Office for the Aging and the County Administrator.
Call Schuyler County Office for the Aging at 607-535-7108 to request a volunteer application, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The volunteer application can either printed and mailed or emailed.
We accept volunteers from outside of Schuyler County. Snowbirds are welcome too!
Once OFA receives your completed volunteer application, they will review it and an OFA staff member will reach out to you when we have an open position and set up training.
Not always. While we do try to keep it consistent, it’s not guaranteed.
It depends on the position, for any transportation related positions you would be required to use your own vehicle.
Yes! Please call 607-535-7108 to request masks, gloves and refillable hand sanitizer bottles & refills and we will prepare it for you, marked with your name to pick up from the deputies at the front desk in the Human Services Building located at 323 Owego St., Montour Falls.
Yes! There is mileage reimbursement available. OFA will provide a mileage sheet with instructions for completion and submission available.
Probation supervision is an alternative to incarceration option to address criminal behavior in the criminal court system or as a deterrent for unacceptable behavior in family court that helps influence law abiding behavior while allowing the probationer to continue to reside and function in the community without the drawbacks of incarceration or placement.
Probation supervision influences law abiding behavior by requiring a probationer to abide by court ordered terms and conditions that restrict a probationer’s criminal or unwanted behavior and often includes certain treatment requirements or basic mandates the probationer must follow.
A probation sentence may include specific supervision terms such as attending substance abuse treatment, Drug Treatment Court, mental health counseling, sex offender treatment, refraining from entering a bar, submitting to drug or alcohol tests, drivers license restrictions, ignition interlock requirements, house arrest or curfews, community service and paying restitution among other terms as needed. Please see our Terms and Conditions Court/Client Forms.
The obvious benefit to probation supervision is that a person can be held accountable for a crime or poor behavior, and still be able to function within the community without the restrictions of incarceration or placement. Unlike a straight incarceration term or placement, a person placed on probation can continue their employment, take care of their family, earn money to pay financial obligations. They can attend treatment programs and attend school or college, all while they are monitored by a probation officer and restricted to law abiding behavior.
Probation supervision lightens the jail population by allowing people to be under supervision instead of locked up in jail or prison. Although a probation sentence can be coupled with a jail term, most often probation is a sentence in and of itself and helps people avoid incarceration all together. This helps drastically reduce the prison population while giving the probationer the opportunity to make positive behavioral changes through access to services and treatment in the community. On average, there are more people under probation supervision in New York State than there are people incarcerated through the Department of Community Corrections or under Parole Supervision combined. Another benefit is actual costs between incarceration and probation. In general, incarceration costs anywhere from 10-15 times more than the amount of the cost to supervise someone under probation. Probation supervision results in a major cost savings to both the counties and New York State by diverting so many people away from the jail/prison system.
There are generally two ways someone can be placed under probation supervision, either through a criminal court sentence or family court order.
In Criminal Court- A person must be charged with a crime. The court will order an informational investigation to be completed by probation. See investigations under General Services. If there is a conviction and it is appropriate, a sentence of probation supervision can be issued by the court. If required or appropriate and there is an adjudication as a youthful offender, a disposition ordering probation supervision can be issued. Sometimes Interim Probation can also be used in the criminal court system. That is when a person is found guilty of a crime, but not sentenced yet. That person can be placed on Interim Probation Supervision for 1 to 2 years to see how they will comply with supervision. If they do well, then they can be brought back to court after their interim term for a sentence that is adjusted according to their behavior while supervised. If they do well, it is usually a lesser sentence than it would have originally been. If they do poorly, they can then be sentenced to the maximum or appropriately adjusted term based on their poor behavior.
In Family Court- A respondent must be found to be a Juvenile Delinquent or Person In Need of Supervision in Family Court to be placed under probation supervision. Refer to our JD and PINS section under General Services for more details. A Pre-Dispositional Investigation is typically ordered for case details and sentencing options, and if appropriate, the respondent is ordered to probation with appropriate supervision terms.
After receiving a court order placing a person on probation, a probation officer is assigned to the case. In Schuyler County, it is usually the same officer that conducted the investigation on the individual so there is familiarity between the two. The officer will then contact the probationer and set up an intake appointment. The officer will review what is expected from the probationer as outlined in the court ordered supervision terms, as well as any required office visits, home visits and collateral contacts that they will have to meet. After making sure the probationer has been read and understands each probation term precisely, they will be given copies of any paperwork needed and create a case plan with the probationer based on those probation terms to meet the courts goals and accomplish the desired positive behavioral change.
These are ways that a probation officer keeps in touch with a probationer and checks up on how they are complying with their terms and conditions. A probation officer must keep in constant contact with each probationer to monitor their behavior and compliance with requirements. They are placed in a supervision status and assigned a risk level based on an assessment that is conducted, and that determines how often they must report to our office to check in with their officer. It also determines how often we perform home visits and how many collateral contacts we conduct to verify they are complying with the court requirements.
Office visits are required to maintain in person contact with our probationers. A probationers address and phone number are typically verified in each visit. Standard information is exchanged during office visits such as how the probationer is doing in treatment, at school or work or at home. If problems occur, longer meetings take place to discuss them. Home visits happen less often but are also required frequently to follow up on compliance and monitor behavior in the home. An officer may visit a probationer’s home at any time that they feel it is appropriate and necessary to enforce or monitor probation conditions. An officer has the authority, per a court order, to verify a probationer’s residence and search their property or their person to determine their compliance with their supervision requirements. Collateral contacts are when an officer talks with a person affiliated with the probationer. This can be a treatment provider, parent, teacher, employer, police officer, anyone who may have contact with the probationer that can provide probation with helpful information regarding their compliance and behavioral progress. All of these functions are performed to make sure the probationer is complying with their terms and conditions as ordered by the court.
They are similar in concept, but how a person arrives at each form of supervision is different. Both services are also operated and governed by separate bodies of authority. Probation is generally run by a county government, and parole is run by the state. Probation is similar to parole in that there is a supervising officer who watches over an individual to make sure they are abiding by a set of specific conditions while influencing appropriate behavior and enforcing community safety. Probation supervision is a sentence or original sanction by itself that is ordered by the court. Someone on parole supervision would have originally been sentenced to a state prison term as their primary disposition. Parole supervision may be granted for an inmate who is released early from incarceration, it allows them to be under the supervision of a parole officer while they complete the remainder of their prison time outside of the actual facility. Parole can also assist parolees to transition back into the community after their release.
Although our department is not bound by the same confidentiality as a medical treatment provider, we still respect the confidentiality of our probationers. Our Officers will not release personal or confidential information to anyone about a probationer unless it is legally permitted or allowable and also related to accomplishing compliance with their mandates or for enforcing public safety. However, our officers can take any information from the public to assist them in supervising our probationers and investigate any tips to discover if a probation violation may have occurred. Contact us at 607-535-8165 or Contact Us with any information regarding a probationer that you feel may have violated their probation requirements.
A Violation of Probation is when a probationer does not follow the court ordered terms and conditions. It could include new criminal behavior or arrest charges, failure to cooperate with treatment services, use of illicit substances, or repeatedly missed office visits. A violation might be anything that a probationer does that is contrary to the court ordered supervision requirements to influence the positive behavioral change desired by the court. The supervising probation officer will review any suspected violation behavior to determine an appropriate course of action. If the officer determines a violation is appropriate and required, then they will file a written violation notification to the court that holds legal jurisdiction over the probationer’s case.
After a probationer has broken a court ordered condition, the supervising probation officer has several options to consider as sometimes they have discretion on how to proceed. They may discuss the infraction with the probationer. If the infraction is small and happened once, or infrequently, then the officer may simply discuss the issue with the probationer, give them a warning not to do it again, and pay close attention to the behavior making sure it is not repeated. If the infraction is a serious one, or a small but frequent problem, then the officer may file a written notice of violation to the court notifying the judge of the infraction with a recommendation on what to do with the probationer moving forward.
A probation officer must always include a recommendation as to the disposition of a case when filing a violation. The officer should be very familiar with the case and should have the best knowledge on what outcome would be most beneficial to the probationer as well as the community as a result. Recommendations could include reengaging in a treatment program, a short term of incarceration with probation continued, community service, and even up to revocation of probation supervision followed by a new sentence of incarceration if appropriate.
The terms for probation supervision are up to 3 years supervision for a misdemeanor, up to 5 years of supervision for a felony, up to 6 years of supervision for a misdemeanor sex offense and up to 10 years of supervision for a felony sex offense.
Yes. The court holding jurisdiction is the only authority that can grant an early discharge from probation supervision. The policy of Schuyler County Probation is that a probationer must serve at a minimum, one half of their term of probation and be in good standing with their court orders before an early discharge can be recommended from a probation officer to the court.
No, police and probation officers are different. Police Officers have authority over a population of people that are within a geographical jurisdiction, usually a township, county, or state. Police officers enforce all laws in their geographical jurisdiction and are generally required to act when a law is broken in that area. A probation officer is defined as a peace officer under NYS Criminal Procedure Law 2.10. Probation officers have authority over a population of people that are ordered to be under their supervision. They enforce very specific rules and some laws that are outlined in orders issued to them by the courts. Probation officers are generally not required to immediately act if a probation term or law is broken. A Probation officer usually exists and operates within their county borders within in each state. However, there are federal probation offices and officers that work within the federal government and cross state borders and boundaries.
Probation Officers powers are defined under Criminal Procedural Law 2.20, powers of arrest can be found in CPL 140.25, searches under CPL 410.50 and use of physical force and deadly physical force under Penal Law article 35.30. All of those powers are also regulated and outlined within each county’s own individualized probation policy manual.
Please write to us at Contact Us and we will answer and post them as soon as possible. We hope this website has been informative and helpful in learning more about your local probation office and the workings of probation supervision within New York State.
Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible--not waiting for it to detach.
If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick. Watch this video to see how to remove a tick.
To obtain a Birth Certificate, you must contact the town in which you were born. If you were born at Schuyler Hospital, contact Don Spaccio, Town of Montour & Village of Montour Falls Registrar at 607-535-9595. Search the County Town & Village Directory to locate your town information.
To obtain shot/vaccine records, contact your physician.
Marriage licenses may be obtained through the Town Clerks. Search the County Town & Village Directory to locate your town information. If you need a copy of your original marriage license, this can be obtained from the Town Clerk you originally filed with or from the NYS Department of Vital Records.
A disposition is available at the County Clerk’s Office for a $5.00 fee. A whole criminal history search would be conducted through the Sheriff's Records Department.
Knowledge of specific type of records the person is looking for would need to be known. Marriage and death certificates are found with the town clerks; birth certificates are found with the county registrar if the person was originally born in Schuyler, or possibly Vital Statistics with the State. Deeds created after Schuyler County was formed are found at the County Clerk’s Office. Previous to that, they would be found with the County that previously occupied that part of the county.
Tax Bills and Payment information can be obtained from the County Treasurer's Office.
Divorce Records finalized in Schuyler County can be found in the County Clerk’s Office and are available only to the original parties involved or their attorneys.
The use of alcohol and other drugs has been linked to a variety of negative consequences, especially for youth. Substance use can lead to:
Teens' decision to drink alcohol or use other drugs is influenced by:
To help prevent teen drug use, you can:
Remember, it doesn’t need to be one big talk. It’s better to do multiple small talks.
If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.
Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency (FLACRA)
Watkins Glen Outpatient Clinic
Mill Creek Center, 106 S Perry St Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Addictions Crisis Line: 315-462-9466
24/7 Opioid Response Team: 833-435-2272
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
24/7 HOPEline: 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or Text HopeNY: 467369
SAMHSA's National Helpline
Treatment Services Locator
In April 2006, concerned community members came together to form the Schuyler County Commission on Underage Drinking (SCCUD) in response to:
The coalition originally focused on reducing alcohol availability, improving the effectiveness of law enforcement, and changing social norms. Early activities included:
In 2012, the coalition entered into a Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Grant with Tompkins County's Community Coalition for Healthy Youth (CCHY). With CCHY's guidance, the coalition expanded its focus to include other drugs and updated its name from the Schuyler County Commission on Underage Drinking (SCCUD) to the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD). The coalition also worked on updating its by-laws and structure, increasing coalition capacity through education and skill-building trainings, and conducted focus groups with community youth to further understand the drug-related social norms and issues facing youth.In October 2014, SCCUDD was awarded a federal Drug-Free Communities Support Grant by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This five-year grant secured federal resources to reduce youth use of alcohol and other drugs by supporting community-driven solutions.
As a Drug-Free Communities Support Grant recipient, SCCUDD works to increase community collaboration and reduce youth substance use by employing the Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change:
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The CWCP is part of a series of successful planning efforts by the Towns, Villages, and County to articulate their individual and collective future. Some examples include the 2010 Village of Watkins Glen Lakefront Management & Development Strategy, 2011 Villages of Burdett & Odessa - Commercial District Improvement Strategy, 2012 Town of Orange Comprehensive Plan, 2013 Village of Watkins Glen Comprehensive Plan, and the 2013 Village of Burdett Comprehensive Plan. View the Schuyler Countywide Comprehensive Plan.
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Chamber of Commerce for its promotion of tourism and of the publication of the advantages of Schuyler County and the region (Section 3 #12) and to economic development within Schuyler County.
The Youth Bureau provides the following programs: Youth Court, the Family Play and Resource Center, and Summer Youth Employment. Funded programs included town and village recreation programs, Runaway and Homeless Youth Program and Strengthening Families parenting curriculum.
This funding is used to support the youth programs operated by the public, private or religious agencies and the Youth Bureau.