Giardino gets nod to seek state accreditation for FCSO

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently authorized Sheriff Richard Giardino to commence the process for state accreditation of his department’s Road Patrol Division.

The sheriff’s office division would be accredited through the state Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Giardino has requested to commence the application for accreditation, which stems from the newly-adopted Fulton County Police Reform and Reinvention Plan. The plan enumerated five sheriff’s “goals and objectives for the future,” including DCJS accreditation.

The plan was the product of the Fulton County Police Reform Advisory Committee, which was formed after Gov. Andrew Cuomo last June 12 issued an executive order requiring local governments to adopt a police reform plan.

In other recent board action:

∫ Supervisors reappropriated $40,975 in insurance recovery funds from 2020 to replace a patrol vehicle in the sheriff’s department. The funding will be used to replace a patrol vehicle.

∫ The board accepted $211,943 in additional state funding for 2020-21 for local programs through the Community Services Department.

∫ Advertisement for bids for the Children with Handicapping Conditions Transportation Program will be accepted until 2 p.m. May 19 at the County Office Building.

∫ The board authorized a reorganization of the Financial Assistance Unit in the county Department of Social Services. DSS Commissioner Anne Solar has reviewed the staffing structure of her department and is recommending the reorganization of certain job titles in the unit.

∫ Supervisors approved $6,500 agreements with three entities for the 2021 lease of the county’s Communications Tower space on Bleecker Mountain. Agreements are with Lexington Center, the state Department of Transportation, and National Grid.

∫ Over $40,000 in 2020 state Homeland Security Grant funds were reappropriated for purchase of equipment for the county Emergency Management Office. Purchased will be cybersecurity, fiber network, and closed-circuit TV camera equipment.

∫ Resolutions were approved authorizing applications through the office of District Attorney Chad Brown for two grants. They are a 2021-23 Smart Prosecution – Innovative Prosecution Solutions Grant; and a 2020-21 Criminal Justice Discovery Reform Grant.

∫ Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene told the board he wished to “take note” of the recent passing of Mayfield resident Earl Hare, who died in a fire. He said Hare was a longtime member of the Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District. Greene said he was a “character in the nicest sense of the word.”

Greene also touched on Hare’s extensive volunteerism in the area, including the Boy Scouts.

“He was really a nice guy and I’m sure he touched a lot of people’s lives,” the supervisor said.

By Patricia Older