On this morning’s triple-feature edition of Meet Cortland County:
Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms, City of Cortland Dpty. Chief Paul Sandy and Homer Chief Bob Pitman called in to give local perspective on the latest COVID-related executive orders in place regarding social distancing and wearing face masks in public.
Each described what’s being done in their departments and the greater community to adjust to the rapidly changing climate around the global pandemic.
Sheriff Helms clarified some of the uncertainties thus far about the ability of municipalities to enforce executive orders from the state, which he said has to be done through alternative means like penal code violations and other localized protocols.
Dpty. Chief Sandy echoed Helm’s sentiments about being patient and following the current health guidelines. He also delved into the importance of Personal Protective Equipment for essential workers, which he himself has been helping deliver to those in need.
Chief Pitman explained measures taken in the village of Homer Police Department, including frequent sanitation of vehicles and equipment used by each of his officers.
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