News Flash Home
The original item was published from 4/21/2020 3:47:00 PM to 4/21/2020 3:47:48 PM.

News Flash

News Flash Announcements

Posted on: March 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

covid cdc for website


From the desk of City Manager Sarah Purdy...


COVID-19 UPDATE

April 21, 2020


Sometimes it’s hard to believe it has only been about six weeks since everyone started focusing in earnest on COVID-19. At times it seems more like six months.

Recently there have been news reports about our City government needing to cut services and programs due to loss of sales tax revenue caused by the COVID-19 shutdown. The April 6 City COVID-19 Update referred to economist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman comparing our economy to a patient with a traumatic brain injury who has been placed into a coma to reduce the swelling. Mr. Krugman stated that, just as the patient being brought out of the coma is monitored to assess functions and capabilities, so our economy will need to be monitored to gauge what recovery strategies are necessary.

The April 6 COVID-19 Update went on to say “It is not too soon, however, to start planning for if and how we all reopen. In terms of City services, City Comptroller Tim Johnson and I are looking at what revenues we expect will not meet projections in the current fiscal year, and what adjustments will need to be made to the delivery of City services. New information is still coming in daily. We will analyze it, and I expect to make a first presentation to City Council about what we recommend at Council’s April 27 meeting.”

There is no doubt that budget reductions will be necessary. The City of Ogdensburg is by no means the only municipality that will need to make adjustments. It’s even possible that more than one set of adjustments might need to be made during the course of this year as we see how the economy fares.

This is not going to be easy. Options will be presented to our City Council, and your input will be valuable. It may be that different alternatives are requested as a result of discussion and of your input. It may be that decisions are made in phases. But it is even more true today than it was on April 6 that the time to start strategizing is now, and at next Monday’s City Council meeting.

Be hopeful, stay safe, stay healthy and stay together yet six feet apart. “Take 5 for New York” by calling someone and chatting for five minutes. To access the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department’s information please go to the County’s website at www.stlawco.org . In addition, here are links to several other sources of COVID-19 information that you may find useful.

Department of Labor Cares Act Information

US Small Business Administration

St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency

Governor Cuomo’s Website

New York State Department of Health

Protect Yourself & Stop the Spread of Germs

What You Need to Know

Please revisit this page for important updates from the City of Ogdensburg.


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News Flash Announcements

IMG_9509

City Council Meeting Videos

Posted on: January 4, 2021
Ogdensburg city 1868

Public Updates Resumed

Posted on: January 6, 2023
Ogdensburg city 1868

Waste Receiving Station Now Open

Posted on: January 6, 2023
Parking Ban

Overnight Parking Ban Notice

Posted on: December 1, 2022
Biddy Basketball

Biddy Basketball Registration

Posted on: November 7, 2022
Ogdensburg city 1868

Letter From City Manager Stephen Jellie

Posted on: October 5, 2020
Hometown Hero

Hometown Hero Banners

Posted on: May 12, 2022
Ogdensburg city 1868

Long Term Debt Presentation

Posted on: March 29, 2022
Updates

Monthly Department Updates

Posted on: September 29, 2021
Oshwagatchie-River-1-1-1024x324

Waterfront Revitalization Website

Posted on: August 9, 2021
Ogdensburg city 1868

Former Diamond National RFP

Posted on: July 14, 2021
Helpful Info Pic

Helpful Community Links

Posted on: February 12, 2021
Ogdensburg city 1868

Financial Restructuring Board Report

Posted on: January 21, 2021