Schoharie County health director Amy Gildemeister, who enforced state and federal COVID mandates, has long been opposed by anti-maskers, and anti-vaxxers, including Republican Assemblyman Chris Tague, who, like most republican politicians, toes the GOP party line.
The Schoharie County Board of Supervisors has forced her out of her job. Also, the board removed Fulton Town Supervisor, Phil Skowfoe, from the Public Health Committee for failing to support the board”s initial decision by calling for a re-vote. It appears that they — like their counterparts in the nation’s capitol — are without shame.— wfw
Schoharie County health director forced out following COVID-19 conflicts, as reported by the Times Union (Albany, NY).
SCHOHARIE — Simmering tensions between Schoharie public health experts and county legislators came to a head last month, resulting in the ouster of the county’s top public health official — creating a leadership void as the county grapples with a surge in the respiratory disease being experienced nationwide.
Schoharie County health director Amy Gildemeister joins the many public health leaders across the U.S. who have resigned or been forced out in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the state level, more than half of New York’s 57 county health officials — 29 in total — have retired or left their jobs since 2020, according to data collected by public health advocates.
Gildemeister — who was hired in 2014 during a period of upheaval for the agency for the largely rural county — was unanimously recommended for a six-year term by the seven-member county Board of Health last month. However, the Schoharie Board of Supervisors, the county’s legislative body, opted not to renew her $94,700 annual salary at a December meeting, the Times Journal first reported.
“It is what it is,” she said Tuesday in an interview. “I feel that we have done excellent work. I feel that the work we have done has saved lives.”
Gildemeister, who holds a doctorate in environmental health science from the University of Michigan, has “qualifications that are beyond reproach,” her critics acquiesced during a board meeting Tuesday night.
Board chairman Bill Federice alleged the results of an investigation led to the decision — but refused to provide specifics, calling it a “personnel” matter.
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