Village of Odessa mayor says they’re moving forward with Phase 2, County says no

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UPDATE: Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn tells 18 News that Odessa does not have the authority to reopen on its own.

“To be clear this is driven by the state, not by any individual municipality, not by the county. This is a state directive and something we have to abide by… The Mayors of the respective villages don’t have the authority to make that decision.”


Odessa, N.Y. (WETM) – According to a post from the Village of Odessa Facebook page, Mayor Gerry Messmer states that Odessa is in Phase 2 of reopening, violating Governor Cuomo’s state order.

The exact quote from the Facebook page reads, “Folks, Odessa is now in Phase 2 and all businesses in this category can open as planned. Use common sense, social distancing, masks, hand sanitizer, perhaps outdoor seating for our minimal venues, and all other businesses feel free to open up as well. I will assume responsibility and defend you. It’s time to get things moving! The Governors office is dragging their feet, and quite frankly, have no authority over Odessa or private businesses so we will open using current CDC guidance and items as mentioned above and any precautions you deem necessary as a business owner. – Mayor Gerry Messmer

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