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Posted on: March 15, 2020

City Encourages the Public to Conduct Business Remotely

To Members of the Public,

As our community struggles to adapt to a rapidly developing crisis, and as we all try to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect the most vulnerable, we need to reduce social interactions as much as possible.

As of now, City Hall will be open for business this week, March 16, 2020, but we will be operating with reduced staffing, as many of our employee work from home or take time to care for their families while schools are closed.

We want to strongly encourage members of the public to conduct as much City business as possible remotely. Please use phones or email for questions and correspondence. Please send payments through the mail or pay online rather than coming in to City Hall to pay.  You can find contact information for each of our departments here:

Members of the public will not be able to physically attend meetings of public bodies; instead, we are working on making all meetings available for listening or watching remotely. Meetings will also be recorded and available to listen/watch later.

Please check back frequently as the situation in New York is changing quickly.  We will be posting all of our COVID-19 communications and department program modifications on the Emergency Preparedness page on our website, found under the "Community" tab:

Questions can be forwarded to the Department of Public Information & Technology at or or (607) 274-6570.

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