The Ministry of Health decides to stay local

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FREEDOM – On Aug. 18, lawmakers unanimously agreed to let the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) lease a portion of the county-owned public health building in Liberty. An effort to reach an agreement was launched after it was announced that NYSDOH’s Monticello office would be moved to Middletown.

“This ensures that the state maintains a base of operations for the important work it does in Sullivan County,” noted Legislative Assembly Speaker Robert A. Doherty. “Our own public health officials will literally have direct access to NYSDOH employees, and vice versa.”

“Having an office within the Sullivan County Health Department will strengthen local collaboration and our ability to serve the local community, as we always have,” said the New State Health Commissioner. York, Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “I thank the County Legislature, County Executive, Commissioner of Human Services and County Attorney for working with us to identify the space and ensure a smooth transition to Liberty.”

Approximately 500 square feet of the Sullivan County Public Health Offices (known as the Gladys Olmsted Building) in Liberty will be used by NYSDOH beginning Oct. 1, primarily to house four employees and their equipment and supplies. As with the former Monticello office, it will be used as a base for NYSDOH inspections and testing more than a public walk-in office.

Details, including lease term and monthly price, are being finalized.

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