Purple Heart recipients to be honored

Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Charles Potter, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee, delivers a committee report to the board Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors will meet prior to its formal May meeting in a Johnstown park to honor Purple Heart recipients.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead reported to the Board of Supervisors on Monday about an upcoming event he learned of being organized by state Assemblyman Robert Smullen.

Stead said Smullen will head a presentation in which public signs will be shown honoring Purple Heart recipients. The program will be held at noon May 10 at the Jenner Memorial Bandshell in the downtown Sir William Johnson Park off West Main Street. The event will be conducted prior to the board’s regular May meeting at 1 p.m.

In March 2020, Fulton County officially became a “Purple Heart County” in honor of military members who have been wounded or killed in action. The Board of Supervisors at that time passed a special resolution, with Smullen present.

The designation opened up Fulton County to various veterans’ promotions, including permanent signs erected marking the designation.

“The Fulton County Board of Supervisors hereby declares Fulton County as a ‘Purple Heart County,’ honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedoms of all Americans,” the 2020 resolution stated.

In other reports given at Monday’s meeting, board Chairman Jack Callery noted April 11-17 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The special week occurs every year on the second full week of April, as a time to recognize and thank telecommunications personnel in the public safety communications field.

Callery thanked the Fulton County 911 communications dispatchers on Route 29 for the outstanding job they do every day.

The board chairman also recognized the process which recently resulted in Greg Truckenmiller being appointed new president of Fulton-Montgomery Community College. He had served as acting president for several months.

“It was a long procedure and I’m glad it’s over with,” Callery said.

Gloversville 4th Ward Supervisor Charles Potter, chairman of the Human Services Committee, gave a COVID-19 update.

He started with statistics, saying Fulton County currently has a seven-day rolling average of 3.2 percent. Other data shows: Total positive COVID cases — 3,927; active cases — 117; recovered individuals — 3,715; currently hospitalized — 15; total deaths — 95; and total persons tested — 91,787.

“Statistics are stable at these levels, but have not gone down much either in the last four weeks,” Potter reported. “Aftereffects of spring break/vacations may keep numbers around this level for a few more weeks.”

Potter said Sheriff Richard Giardino and his staff have been working through a COVID “outbreak” at the Fulton County Correctional Facility that has affected both inmates and staff.

The county Public Health Department’s vaccinations PODs have been running routinely every Thursday. A POD link is typically released each Tuesday on the public health agency’s Facebook page, Potter said.

Potter said “most counties” — including Fulton County — are starting to see a slowdown in persons seeking vaccinations. He said the vaccine is now available to all age groups.

He said the Fulton County COVID-19 Task Force is beginning to reach out to the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, and larger local businesses to pass the POD link to employers.

By Patricia Older