This is Steven Vegliante, Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg with an Important Message. Today is Thursday March 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
I have declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Fallsburg effective immediately and continuing for up to thirty (30) days due to the spread of the global Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic.
This action is in addition to and supplements orders issued by the Governor of the State of New York and County Manager.
Pursuant to the Emergency Declaration, I have suspended all non-essential functions within the Town. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- As the Governor’s order prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people, Certificates of Occupancy for all camps and seasonal communities are hereby suspended. Use of these facilities within the Town is therefore prohibited. Nothing in this directive shall apply to the occupancy of any single-family homes within the Town so long as there are no more than fifty (50) people present at any time.
- All Town Offices are and will remain CLOSED to the public until further notice. Please visit the Town website for pandemic information, as well as department phone numbers and email addresses should you need to contact our staff. Exterior portions of our Parks will remain open.
- All non-essential functions of the Building Department have been suspended.
- All Planning, Zoning Board of Appeals or Architectural Review Board meetings are cancelled until further notice. Any pending application before these boards is tolled as to time limits only.
- Inspections of commercial and multi-unit construction projects will happen on an as-available basis. Any construction completed during this period will be at the builder/developer’s own risk and subject to inspection at a later date. There will be no latitude or protection offered as to building code or site plan violations during this crisis.
Please stay at home whenever possible during this crisis. The only way we can prevent the spread of this virus is to be vigilant, limiting in-person contact with each other and practicing strict personal hygiene.
As to the directive issued by our County Manager, while I welcome any homeowner within our Town to utilize their home, I join in the concerns raised. While it may seem preferable to spend this time in the Catskills, we will lack the medical infrastructure to handle increased caseloads of sick individuals that are projected. Additionally, the same prohibitions and frustrations apply here as they do downstate. Our stores are as empty. Local businesses are also closed.
We will enforce the duly issued directives of the Governor, County and this office equally and fairly. I must reiterate the importance of complying with the Executive orders prohibiting mass gatherings. We owe it to each other not to exacerbate this crisis.
As always, If you experience an actual emergency, please contact the Fallsburg Police Department at 845-434-4422 or dial 911. Please Stay Well, and Stay Safe. Thank you.