County Administrator

Tim O'Hearn, County AdministratorWelcome to Schuyler County!
Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in Schuyler County government. Schuyler County, as the home of Watkins Glen International Raceway, Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen State Park, and over 40 outstanding wineries has become a destination for over two million visitors annually. The development of a new luxury hotel and conference center on the lake front will serve to further enhance our “World Class with a Twist” theme as adopted by our Chamber of Commerce.

Live & Work in Schuyler County
Schuyler County, in addition to being a great place to visit is an even better place to live and work. As we continue to experience growth in the tourism, agricultural, and retail sectors, our population is increasing as well. To our residents, this growth comes as no surprise given the tremendous scenic beauty and natural resources of this region of the state. If I were to use just two words to capture the essence of Schuyler County they would be “tremendous potential”.

Progressive Community
Given the aforementioned attributes, this community has tremendous potential for what will likely be explosive growth, both as a destination location and permanent occupancy. With the opportunities that face our county, our progressive community and government leaders recognize the challenges that present themselves as well. Maintaining the delicate balance between promoting and accommodating responsible growth and mitigating potential negative impacts on quality of life continue to be at the forefront of discussions among the various stakeholders. Long range planning and vision is critical to this end. The formation of the Schuyler County Council of Governments has provided a forum whereby each municipality and school district within the county can communicate, collaborate and cooperate in recognizing and meeting the challenges ahead. The willingness to form this organization is a testament to the commitment to forming partnerships among all levels of local government throughout Schuyler County. County government stands ready to support efforts and initiatives promoting responsible growth and enhancing quality of life for our residents.
Bright Future
As county administrator, I look to the future with great excitement and enthusiasm. As a relative newcomer to this region, I continue to marvel at the natural beauty of our environment and the spirit of our community. The warm and welcoming nature that greets visitors and residents alike, positions us well for future growth. As businesses and individuals evaluate potential areas to locate, factors such as quality of education, economic and community climate, environment, and opportunity all weigh significantly in the decision-making process. Schuyler County is a great place to raise a family, earn a living, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery. This combination either singularly or collectively, contribute to the tremendous potential of our county.