Waterloo, New York (March 25, 2020) – Seneca County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Robert Hayssen is calling on residents of more populated areas of the state and country to avoid sheltering in Seneca County. The Governor of New York State has issued a State of Emergency and the Seneca County has done the same. Seneca County hosts people from around the Globe that want to visit the great area known as the Finger Lakes Region.

Posted March 25th, 2020 - Raymond Lynch

The Seneca County Pantries have changed their way of providing services until further notice, due to the COVID 19.

Here is a list of the Seneca County Pantries that are open, the new hours of operations and the new guidelines they are following. Hopefully, this will assist you to gather necessary supplies during the State of Emergency. The thrift stores are not open.

House of Concern, 35 State St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 (315) 568-2433: The Pantry will operate by appointments only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They want you to call ahead to arrange pick up time.

Community Action Program (CAP) 23 Center St, Waterloo, NY 13165 (315)-539.5647:  Pantry is open Mon. – Fri; 9 – 5 pm.  They want you call ahead to arrange a pick-up time, and go to the back door located near the parking lot.  They will bring the box of food to individuals.

Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St, Ovid, NY 14521, (607) 869-2794:  On Mondays the food pantry is held 10 – 1. They are not allowing entrance into the pantry. They will bring box of food to the individuals.

Interlaken Reformed Church, 8315 N Main St, Interlaken, NY 14847, (607) 532-4321: The food pantry is open on Friday 3 – 6 pm. They are not allowing entrance into the pantry, they will bring boxes/bags of food to the individuals.

Lodi Food 4 All Pantry  8591 St. Rte. 414, Lodi, NY 14860, (607) 582-6203: The food pantry is open on Saturday from 2 – 4 PM. They are not allowing entrance into the pantry, they will bring boxes/bags of food to the individuals in their cars in the parking lot.

The following Churches have suspended free meals until further notice.

Trinity Episcopal Church 8315 N Main St, Interlaken, NY 14847 (607) 532-4321.

First Presbyterian Church 42 E Main St, Waterloo, NY 13165, (315) 539-3535

St. Mary’s Ministry Center 25 Center St, Waterloo, NY 13165: (315) 539-2944

Posted March 25th, 2020 - Raymond Lynch

DMV / County Clerk COVID – 19 Operations Response

Seneca County Clerk Tina Lotz is reporting that to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.8 the Waterloo OMV will be closed until further notice. We have 2 drop boxes at the County Office building (one at the North entrance and one at the South) that you may use to drop off transactions. There will also be a drop box by the County Clerk’s Office that you may use. The Order also calls for extention of Driver’s License, and registrations expiring on or after March 21, 2020. It also calls for the cancellation of all road tests.

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Posted March 23rd, 2020 - Raymond Lynch

Mental Health Department COVID – 19 Operations Response

In response to COVID – 19 and for the Health and Safety of all Seneca County Residents,
Seneca County Mental Health Department has taken the following actions:

Seneca County Community Counseling Center (Mental Health and Addictions Services)

  • We are asking clients to refrain from coming to the clinic for their services except for injections.
  • All services, except injections will be offered via telehealth or telephone per client preference.
  • We are continuing to provide admissions for mental health and substance use disorder services including medication assisted treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Clinicians will be calling all clients to discuss details for connecting to telehealth or telephone services.
  • Our hours of operation have been adjusted to the following schedule:
    • Monday-Friday, 8-5pm
    • No Saturday Services
  • If individuals have no internet access or email, we ask that they call the clinic so that we can make arrangements for them to be seen face to face.
  • Please call the Center at 315-539-1980 with any questions or concerns.

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Posted March 17th, 2020 - Raymond Lynch

Veterans Service Agency COVID – 19 Operations Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office will no longer be excepting walk-ins. Appointments are mandatory to be seen by a Veterans Service Officer. Client appointments will be scheduled based on priority and nature of the appointment. Meaning, if you have an impending deadline of less than 30 days with the Department of Veterans Affairs for an Appeal or “Intent to File”. Your appointment date will take precedence and receive an earlier date. If you are requesting copies of paperwork, i.e. DD214, we ask that you please wait until the Executive order is over and our office is fully staffed. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment please call our office at 31-539-1651.

Posted March 26th, 2020 - Raymond Lynch

Coronavirus Update for Bars & Restaurants – Governor Cuomo Order – Effective March 16 at 8 PM

In an ongoing effort to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus so that our health care system can keep pace with treating those who are most severely affected by this illness, Governor Cuomo has ordered that all bars and restaurants must switch to take-out and delivery only.  THIS MEANS THAT DINING IN-HOUSE IS PROHIBITED UNTIL THE ORDER IS LIFTED.  This supersedes last week’s directive which required you to reduce your dining room capacity by 50%.  Again, to be clear, ALLOWING PATRONS TO DINE AT YOUR FACILITY IS PROHIBITED, EFFECTIVE 8 PM TOMIGHT.  Take-out and delivery is still allowed.  The Seneca County Health Department is trying to assist facilities within our County regarding this ban, which takes effect at 8 PM today.  Please bear in mind that the reason for this order is to prevent close contact.  Please follow the links on this webpage if you would like more information about novel Coronavirus.  You may contact our office through email or by calling us at 315-539-1945 if you have any questions.

Posted March 16th, 2020 - Raymond Lynch