LIBERTY – Months after the state said it would move its Sullivan County Health Department office to Orange County, the state announced it has opened a new office in the Town of Liberty.
Members of the county legislature were vocal in their opposition to the closure of a Sullivan office.
Now, with the announced location of a new field office in the county public health office at 50 Community Lane in Liberty, legislature Chairman Rob Doherty said lawmakers are pleased that “we were able to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution that keeps the New York State Department of Health’s office presence here, which is a critical imperative.”
He said as a legislature, they “deeply value the DOH’s local efforts, resources and staff, and having them next door to our public health team will ensure year-round coordination, to the benefit of our residents and visitors.”
State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh) said she is “not happy to see the full office move out of the county (but) I am encouraged that a presence will be maintained. The important work of those staffing this office will continue to keep the residences and visitors of Sullivan County safe.”