Schoharie: A slow recovery

Schoharie County got a modified county clerk’s office operating on South Grand Street in Cobleskill

Schoharie County got a modified county clerk’s office operating on South Grand Street in Cobleskill this week, but it will be a bit longer before the flood-fractured county government gets a Department of Motor Vehicles office up and running.

County offices — centralized for decades in the village of Schoharie, the county seat — are scattered throughout the county as officials try to provide services.

Executive Deputy County Clerk Larry Caza on Friday said technicians were installing terminals and other gear at the Richmondville office building owned by Lancaster Development to operate a DMV office there, and officials are projecting a tentative Oct. 3 opening at the 145 Podpadic Road site.

Many transactions are available online, Caza said, but residents can’t get an eye test for a driver’s license online, nor buy an enhanced driver’s license.

Original transactions like transferring a car title or dealing with enforcement issues also must be done in person at a DMV office.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension building across the street from the Sunshine Fairgrounds at 173 S. Grand St. has an office established for property record searches and other official filings such as deeds, Caza said.

That building is also housing the county Real Property office.

The County Court — which took

on several feet of floodwater, as did the County Office Building on Main Street in Schoharie — has been moved to the Annex Building near Interstate 88 in the town of Schoharie.

According to a news release issued this week, the court lost all its equipment needed for issuing pistol permits, so permit applications cannot be processed until new gear is set up.

No one could be reached for comment Friday at the court.

Also situated at the Annex Building are offices for Mental Health, Social Services, Veterans Services and the Youth Bureau.

The County Jail remains out of commission. Its 42 inmates were shipped to the Albany County Jail as the water first started rising during Irene.

The DPW highway garage is re-opened on Main Street in Schoharie — the only office back where it started before the flood.

Now located at the county Transportation Building at 114 Rock Road in Cobleskill are the county auditor/clerk, the treasurer and the data processing department.

Also in Cobleskill, at 125 Granite Drive, are the county personnel offices and Health Department.

The Old Stone Fort — situated on a hill overlooking the village of Schoharie — was unscathed by the flooding and is housing the office of the Board of Elections.

The Cobleskill Village Office on Mineral Springs Road is hosting the county Probation Department and the sheriff’s dispatch center while the Sheriff’s Department itself is located at SUNY-Cobleskill.

The Weights and Measures operation is being coordinated out of a truck and the Emergency Medical Service coordinator is working from home.

Emergency Management and the Fire Coordinator’s offices are situated at the office of the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority in Howes Cave.

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