ONEONTA, NY – The Oneonta common council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to approve paid sick leave for any city employee forced to stay home as a way to contain the coronavirus.
The virus has forced thousands of people out of work and could potentially force out thousands more.
The resolution takes effect retroactively on March 17 and is set to expire on May 15, unless Governor Cuomo’s executive order is extended.
The measure also guarantees that affected city employees will also continue to receive their health insurance benefits.
“It was pretty clear to me that the intent of the council was that none of our employees, part-time or full time, would be losing pay because of COVID,” said City of Oneonta personnel director Katie Bottger.
“The executive order said that employees should be allowed paid leave without accruals. Part-timers are in that gray area, they don’t have accruals. So this covers them.”
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig also announced at the meeting the formation of a COVID-19 relief and recovery fund to support organizations and residents affected by the coronavirus.
The fund was created by the New Community Foundation of Otsego County.