Watkins Glen says they’re moving into phase two, county says no

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UPDATE: Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn tells 18 News that Watkins Glen 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.”


Watkins Glen, N.Y. (WETM) – According to a post from Watkins Glen mayor Luke Leszyk’s Facebook page, the Village of Watkins Glen will also be taking a stance against New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

Lesyzyk says in his post, “Despite the indecision of our governor and their lack of guidance I would say that we are officially in phase 2 of reopening”.

Lesyzyk also saying quote, “I would like to include outdoor seating for our restaurants though that wasn’t included but I feel makes sense. If any businesses get push back or complaints I will take full responsibility. Watkins Glen is on its way to being back open”.

This is a developing story and 18 News will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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