How to replace a missing social security card and more

Community news and updates February 4-6

Posted 2/4/21

Community news and updates February 4-6

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How to replace a missing social security card and more

Community news and updates February 4-6


How to replace a missing social security card online

NEW YORK — Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Vincent J. Scocozza wants New Yorkers to know, “If you need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card, our online application makes getting a replacement card easier than ever.  Requesting a card replacement online is available if you live in New York... If you’re only requesting a replacement card and you’re making no changes, you may be able to use our free online service.”

You can apply for a replacement card online if you meet the following requirements: you are a U. S. citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses), you are not requesting any changes to your card (including a name change) and you have a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

For more information and to replace your card, visit

Monticello Hall of Distinction looks for new committee members

MONTICELLO, NY — The Monticello Central School District Hall of Distinction committee is searching for new members.

Committee members help find deserving nominees, determine which nominees are selected for the honor and facilitate the process. In order to be considered for a position on the Hall of Distinction committee, applicants must be a graduate of Monticello High School, live in the Monticello Central School District and have graduated from Monticello High School a minimum of 15 years ago.

The physical Hall of Distinction is located in the lobby outside the Arnold Packer Hughs Auditorium in Monticello High School. The ceremony to honor inductees takes place on the first Friday in November with the entire high school student body in attendance, as well as community members. 

Those who meet the requirements listed above who wish to be part of the committee are asked to email their letter of intent to or mail it to Lori Orestano-James, Monticello Central School District Hall of Distinction, 60 Jefferson St., Suite 3, Monticello, NY 12701. Submit requests by Friday, February 19.

Former Forest City Police Chief Jimmy Johnson seeks judge seat

PLEASANT MOUNT, PA — Jimmy Johnson, the former police chief of Forest City, PA, is seeking the position of magisterial district judge in Northern Wayne County, which is composed of the following townships: Buckingham, Clinton, Damascus, Dyberry, Lebanon, Manchester, Mount Pleasant, Oregon, Preston and Scott. The district also includes Bethany and Starrucca boroughs. 

Johnson is a retired New York City Police Lieutenant. He served as a beat officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. During his tenure as a patrol sergeant, the tragic events of 9/11 occurred. The events of that day led him to seek a different community, and he built his home in Pleasant Mount.

He worked as a patrolman in Honesdale before eventually becoming chief of police in Forest City. He currently works as a police officer in Taylor, PA and as a deputy sheriff in Lackawanna County. 

As a deputy sheriff, Johnson dealt with many civil matters that a magistrate judge would typically adjudicate. An announcement for his candidacy reads, “Jimmy believes that everyone has a right to be heard and to receive a fair hearing. Jimmy will serve the community well as a magistrate judge because of his 25 years of law enforcement experience, which includes many supervisory roles.” 

Johnson can be reached by email at, Committee to Elect Jimmy Johnson on Facebook or Committee to Elect Jimmy Johnson, PO Box 94, Forest City, PA 18421.

Keeping local families warm

HURLEYVILLE, NY — Over the last two months, staff members at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre (HPAC) have been receiving and cataloging hundreds of brand-new winter clothes donated by community members as part of HPAC’s annual Winter Holiday Clothing Drive.

More than 500 items for adults and children—sweaters, jackets, socks, hats, gloves, scarves and more—will be distributed to families in need in the Monticello, Fallsburg and Liberty Central School Districts. 

This is the third time the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre has led a Winter Holiday Clothing Drive. This year, drop-off locations included Gallery 222, the Callicoon Pantry, the Hurleyville General Store, and Forage and Gather in Mountaindale.

Although HPAC’s Winter Holiday Clothing Drive is over for this year, any additional donations of clothing, winter or otherwise, can be made to the United Way in Monticello. Located at 33 Lakewood Ave., Monticello, NY 12701. They accept donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit

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