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St. Lawrence County to open War Room to fight the coronavirus 
The County is establishing an emergency operations center in the chambers to better coordinate the fight against coronavirus. Each county department will have someone there, along with state police. 
Ontario County Board of Supervisors to Meet Via Webex
The Ontario County Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for 3/26/20 at 6:30 pm will be held via Webex. All are welcome to attend the meeting via Webex or by phone. The County provides instructions for the pubic to join the meeting.

New York City implements virtual court proceedings
As New York City continues to calibrate court operations to meet the continually challenging and changing operational environment, the court system remains open for business, maintaining essential and emergency operations. In order to help reduce the spread of the virus and to further protect judges, court staff, attorneys, litigants and the public, by mid-week, essential functions of New York City Criminal Court and New York City Family Court will commence virtual operations.

Monroe County encourages residents to complete Census while at home
County Executive Adam Bello: “Staying home gives us all the perfect opportunity to make sure Monroe County is properly counted in Census 2020 by filling out your response online. It's safe, confidential and secure. Learn more at

Saratoga County pledges $1 million to fight COVID-19 
The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday authorized the allocation of $1 million to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in the county. The allocation of funds will be dedicated to hiring staff and buying the supplies necessary for the county Department of Public Health to execute the county's emergency operations plan and support county operations. 
County Executive Picente encourages residents to volunteer 
As we all continue to fight back against #COVID19, there will be people and organizations who need help, which is why Oneida County created #VolunteerOneidaCounty. If residents are willing to lend a hand to someone in need, they are encouraged to email  
Yates forms COVID-19 task force 
Yates County officials are taking aggressive efforts to combat COVID-19, including proactively creating a task force. Members of the task force include the County's sheriff, treasurer, public health director, deputy public health director, director of the emergency management office, information technology director, personnel director, deputy highway superintendent, buildings and grounds supervisor, and the vice president of community services for Finger Lakes Health. 

North Country Courts Go Virtual
North country courts will proceed remotely by network starting Monday. Some courts will be in session again next week, harnessing technology to ensure essential cases are addressed while social distancing and the COVID-19 crisis continues. Beginning on Monday, courts in Lewis, Jefferson, Oswego, Herkimer, Oneida and Onondaga counties will be holding “virtual court,” according to Vito C. Caruso, deputy chief administrative judge for courts outside New York City.
County Executive Bello participates in interactive town hall on WAMC 
It is important to keep the community up to date with the most updated information during this unprecedented pandemic. That is why Monroe County Executive Adam Bello joined Public Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza and Congressman Joe Morelle for an interactive townhall on WAMC to answer viewer questions

Ulster County exec seeks to curb rent hikes amid pandemic
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan on Wednesday called for a countywide rent freeze. And though he can’t impose a legally binding halt to what he called “atrocious” increases, the executive said he intends to make the public aware of the “bad landlords” who impose them in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.