I hope everyone is doing well. The weather has finally taken a turn for the better. Let’s hope it stays this way for a while. I have a few updates for everyone.
Governor Cuomo has issued executive order 202.33. This order has extended all other orders until June 21st, 2020. One change in this order is that people are now permitted to have gatherings of ten or fewer people for any reason. They still must follow proper social distancing rules.
At our last board meeting we unfortunately had to make a few tough decisions. The Summer Recreation Program had to be cancelled for this year. We need to put our children’s safety first. I don’t feel that having even one child get sick is worth having the program open. With the guidelines for social distancing and sanitizing schedules and mandates, it would have been an incredible task. We are better off to keep everyone safe, and focus on making next year’s Summer Rec. that much better. Thank you Ruth Fishman for all that you have done for this Town with the Summer Recreation Program. Ruth has headed up the program for over 31 years. July will be 32 years. We look forward to working with you next year and many more years to come, to give our children a wonderful experience.
We also had to shut down the Brandow Town Park equipment and bathrooms. We are not able to have the equipment or bathrooms sanitized per the states guidelines. However, the park will be open for people to walk in, play tennis, basketball or baseball. We do ask that you follow social distancing guidelines while you are there and always stay safe.
Unfortunately, the Fourth of July Parade and fireworks have also been cancelled. Hopefully we can come up with some sort of modified celebration for the Town. If anyone has any ideas, please reach out to me.
There will be an absentee ballot vote for the Cairo Durham School District that will be ending on June 9th, 2020. You will be voting on the 2020-2021 school year budget and the proposed selling/donating of the Durham Elementary to Questar. Many residents feel very strongly about the elementary school, so make sure that you get your vote in. The ballots were mailed out to residents in the Town of Durham and Cairo on May 27th, 2020. They must be mailed back and to the district office by June 9th, 2020. If you do not think it will get there in time, you can hand deliver them to the district office located at the Cairo Elementary School. You should have received a card from the school district telling you the ballot is coming. If you have not received this card already, please call Bridget at the school district office at 518-622-8543, ext. 25010. Also, if you do not receive the ballot by June 1st, 2020, contact Bridget and she will make provisions for you to get one.
As always, we are here to help in any way we can. If anyone has anything that they need help with, suggestions or comments, please reach out to me.
Shawn Marriott- Town Supervisor
The town supervisor fills a significant role, serving in several major capacities, including:
- Presiding Officer (Chairperson) – The supervisor is the presiding officer at meetings of the town board.
- Town Executive and Administrator – After town board decisions have been made, it is the supervisor who often carries out the decisions.
- Town Fiscal Officer – The supervisor is the treasurer of the town and generally represents the town in the conduct of its financial affairs.