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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.

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.

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