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Sullivan County leaders to host COVID-19 town halls April 6 & 9

Parks are open but playgrounds are closed


Monticello, NY – Legislature Chairman Robert Doherty announces that Legislature Vice Chair Mike Brooks, County Manager Josh Potosek and Public Health Director Nancy McGraw, along with guest presenter Sullivan County BOCES District Superintendent Robert Dufour, will answer citizens’ questions during a Facebook Live Q&A session Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m.

Another Live Q&A will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 1 p.m., with Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO Jonathan Schiller as guest presenter.

“The Legislature wants to continue giving our citizens the best and latest information so they can make safe and healthy decisions,” Doherty stated. “A range of guest hosts, combined with our regular presenters, will provide a wider view of how we’re all working together to respond to the pandemic.”

For the April 6 Town Hall, questions can be submitted via either email at or private message to by 7 a.m. April 6. They should be related to COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) concerns and issues, phrased respectfully and apolitically.

The live Q&A will begin at 1 p.m. April 6 at The video will also be made available to view afterwards on the Coronavirus info page on the County’s website,

Litterpluck Delayed, Playgrounds Closed

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Sullivan County Office of Parks, Recreation and Beautification has delayed the annual Countywide Litterpluck and closed all County-owned playgrounds.

Typically held in April, the Litterpluck will likely be mounted later this year, with officials hoping to make an announcement by May.

While County playgrounds are closed to prevent unintentional spread of coronavirus, all park grounds remain open from 8 a.m.-dusk. Restrooms have not yet opened for the season. If enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19: Information can be found at The following is a helpful link from New York State Parks regarding park visitation:

The Sullivan County Museum and Cultural Center in Hurleyville is also closed. For information on the Sullivan County Historical Society, please visit their website at

While the County Parks Office is closed to physical visits, inquiries are welcome at or 845-807-0287.

Call Center Hours Modified

In order to meet the needs of residents, the Public Health Services Call Center hours are now 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Voicemails left overnight and on weekends will be answered during those hours. The number is 845-292-5910.
The Sullivan County Emergency Community Assistance Center also continues to welcome calls – whether asking for help or offering help – at 845-807-0925 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. M-F. If there is no answer, callers can leave a voicemail, which will be returned.

School Budget/Board Votes Delayed Until June

By Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order, all public school budget and board votes have been postponed from the planned date of May 19 to June 1 or later. School districts will announce the new date and hours.

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