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 www.AllOTSEGO.com
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.
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.
COOPERSTOWN – On Otsego County government’s newly redesigned website, www.otsegocounty.com, 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 www.otsegocounty.com and type it into the search line.
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.
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.
MILFORD – Deputy Mayor Brian Pokorny has issued a statement asking villagers to continue to conserve water, following the use of 300,000 gallons of village water to extinguish last night’s fire at the Milford United Methodist Church.