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Otsego County’s IT director Brian Pokorny, in this photo from spring 2019, poses with his staff in their basement headquarters at 197 Main. (Jim Kevlin/

Editor’s Note:  Reprinted from this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta newspapers, this is the first of “From The Front Lines” profiles of key players in our community’s fight against the coronavirus.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – A few years ago, Otsego County government was planning a $1.2 million microwave loop – down Route 28, up Route 33 – to connect its Main Street headquarters with The Meadows and county jail.

“I got to thinking a bit,” said the county’s IT director, Brian Pokorny.  “I knew we could put fiber optics in for cheaper than that, and we would have unlimited bandwidth.”

Instead of stringing the wire, “Why can’t we bury it?” he asked Ron Tiderencel, the county highway superintendent at the time.

And so it was.  Tiderencel’s highway crew dug the ditch from 197 Main to The Meadows, laid a culvert, and a fiber optics company pulled the wire through.

IBM Includes County Among Tech Pioneers

IBM Includes

County Among

Tech Pioneers

Internationally Distributed Release

Quotes Tech Director Brian Pokorny

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Brian Pokorny

COOPERSTOWN – When  computer behemoth IBM issued an internationally distributed press release yesterday on its “Watson Assistant For Citizens” tool for ensuring citizens get the information they need during the coronavirus threat, it listed Otsego County among its pioneering customers.

“The AI solution from IBM will be a great resource for the county’s residents and will help alleviate call-center volume to allow county employees to dedicate efforts elsewhere,” IBM quoted Brian Pokorny, the county’s director of Information Technology, as saying.

After ‘Unlawful Activities,’ Mayor Has Closed Milford Park Overnight

After ‘Unlawful Activities,’ Mayor

Has Closed Milford Park Overnight

MILFORD – The Village of Milford is closing its Wilber Park from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. after “continual unlawful activity” there, Mayor Brian Pokorny announced today.

While providing no details, Pokorny said “last night’s activities are being investigated” by the county Sheriff’s Department.

“Law enforcement will be expanding their coverage in the park,” the mayor continued. “Violators may be charged. (IMO, no reason for teens to be in the park at 2 a.m.)”

New Website Helps Citizens Connect With Otsego County

Plus, It’s Translatable, ADA Compliant

New Website Helps Citizens

Connect With Otsego County

If Otsego County government is Greek to you, now you can read about it in Japanese, and 90 other languages, including English.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

County IT Director Brian Pokorny tinkers with the newly launched (Jim Kevln /

COOPERSTOWN – On Otsego County government’s newly redesigned website,, you can read about board chair David Bliss or county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., in Japanese.

Or in any of 90 other languages.

Also, adapting to new ADA requirements means the redesigned site will adjust to whatever the size of your screen might be, from hand-held to huge.

For now, this is what Otsego County IT Director Brian Pokorny most wants you to know:  Don’t Google if you’re looking for a county office or service.  Just go to and type it into the search line.

Cyber-Attack Prompts County Site Shutdown

Cyber-Attack Prompts

County Site Shutdown

No Data Breached, IT Director Reports

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Government network has experienced a significant cyber attack believed to be due to a “zero-day”* vulnerability, Brian Pokorny, director/information technology, announced a few minutes ago.

In an abundance of caution, the county’s website, as well as some other services, have been taken offline and are undergoing a rigorous security review, he said.

Milford Park Dedicated In Former Mayor’s Name

In Milford, Park’s Naming

Surprises Former Mayor

After serving as mayor for the Village of Milford for 20 years, Sabine Curry now serves as the manager of the Milford Farmers’ Market. Today, the village recognized her service by naming a new Milford Community Park at the village’s north end in her honor. The dedication was a surprise to Curry, who reacted with tears as the sign was unveiled. The newly dedicated Sabine Curry Outdoor Recreational Park is the village’s newest park, and has served as the home for the village farmers’ market which, under Curry’s management, opened this year.  At today’s noontime announcement are, from left, Assistant DPW  Chief John Muir, Village Clerk Kitty Ruling, Village DPW Chief  Paul Francis, Trustee Taylor Brose, Deputy Mayor Dave West, Sabine Curry, Mayor Brian Pokorny and Otsego County Sheriff (and village resident) Richard J. Devlin, Jr.  Inset, West hugs Curry after the announcement.  (Parker Fish/

Otsego County Phone Lines Down

Otsego County

Phone Lines Down

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County government phone lines are down due to an issue with the county’s telephone provider. according to a press release by Brian Pokorny, IT director for the county.

911 is still operational, and for non-emergencies, Porkony said, the Sheriff’s Office line can be reached at (607) 547-1697.

Pokorny believes the issue will be resolved within a few hours.

Milford Opens New Community Center

Milford Cuts Ribbon On

New Community Center

Jim Seward, R-Milford, cuts the ribbon on the new West 1566 Community Center in Milford as Pastor Sylvia Barrett, left and Mayor Brian Pokorny, right, watch. The former American Legion building was acquired for a community center earlier this year, and has already hosted several events. (Parker Fish/
New Oneonta Manager; New Cooperstown Virus

New Oneonta Manager;

New Cooperstown Virus

With much enthusiasm, Oneonta Common Council unanimously voted to hire George Korthauer, a city manager with 25 years’ experience in Petoskey, Mich., as its chief executive. Meanwhile, a computer virus shut down Otsego County government’s communications before it was foiled by the IT Department. And much more … in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands today.
Otsego County Relay for Life To Be Hosted In Milford Park

Otsego County Relay for Life

To Be Hosted In Milford Park

MILFORD – The Otsego County Relay for Life a few minutes ago announced a new location for its 2017 fundraiser, which is coming up May 20:  Historic Wilber Park in the Village of Milford.

Mayor Brian Pokorny and the Village Board welcomed the news.  “Events like this are what small communities are all about,” Pokorny said.  “We wish the organizers great success raising money for such a worthy cause and hope they return for years to come.”

The relay, on a Super Hero theme, will be 11  a.m.-10 p.m .  It previously had been planned for the Clark Sports Center.

Brian Pokorny Elected Milford Mayor

Brian Pokorny Elected Milford Mayor

MILFORD – Brian Pokorny, the county’s director of information technology, was elected mayor of the Village of Milford tonight.  He had been serving as deputy mayor.

Taylor Brose, a Democrat, was elected to the single vacancy on the Village Board, over Republicans Bill Tallman and Michael Strong.

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