Schoharie County government defies state order to reinstate health director
Dr. Amy Gildemeister was unanimously approved for a new contract by the county Board of Health, but the supervisors’ board has refused to authorize her salary.
Rachel Silberstein Jan. 27, 2023Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 3:22 p.m.
SCHOHARIE — Defying a direct order from New York’s health commissioner to reinstate Schoharie County’s longtime health director, the county Board of Supervisors — which previously criticized the ousted health official’s implementation of state COVID-19 guidelines — has locked her out of county offices and put an interim health officer in her place, according to email communications obtained by the Times Union.
Amy Gildemeister, who has served the county for nine years, was unanimously reappointed for another term by the county Board of Health in December, but the county supervisors, who act as the rural county’s legislative body, have refused to authorize her salary.
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