25 May Joint Public Statement from the Town of Cornwall & Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Boards May 25, 2022 By Danyelle Barrett General 0 For Immediate Release May 19, 2022 Subject: Proposed 3-Year Contract Between Cornwall and the New Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NWVAC) for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Services As most residents understand, individual municipalities are responsible for providing and maintaining an effective and sustainable ambulatory service to their communities. Of recent, it has become more difficult to provide this critical volunteer service due to soaring costs and the dwindling number of available volunteers. This issue has been a topic of debate within the New York State legislature recently, with legislation introduced to establish EMS (the provision of urgent pre-hospital treatment and transport for medical care) as an “essential service.” Long overdue, this effort could potentially reconfigure how ambulatory services are administered across New York State. Unless and until the County and/or State elect to make certain changes, municipalities must seek effective methods to sustain and improve services. Experts contend that the paradigm is evolving and that mergers, or consolidation, exist as an intermediate solution. For over a year, New Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NWVAC) has contracted with the Town and Village to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) services to Cornwall residents for a fee, while Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps (COVAC) provides Basic Life Support (BLS) coverage for a fee, as well. ALS includes the highest level of emergency medicine – paramedic-level treatment – and NWVAC (or another EMS provider with ALS capabilities) has long answered calls within Cornwall for mutual aid, bereft of a contract. COVAC, staffed with Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMTs, has remained a fixture in our community since 1955. A number of years ago, COVAC made the request to bill patients directly and a decision was subsequently reached to dissolve the “ambulance district” overseen by the Town. By billing insurance providers directly, this was to be a more efficient process that allowed for the Corps to remain solvent without monies allocated from Cornwall. The global pandemic and an attendant paucity of available volunteers has made staffing across the past several years a concern. This, coupled with significant debt accrual resulted in COVAC’s appeal for subsistence from the taxpayers – which the Town and Village jointly agreed to support. Despite the provided financial support, there continue to exist a number of issues that have not been resolved, as relates to the professional administration of ambulatory services to our residents. Public safety is of paramount concern. Both the Town Supervisor and Village Mayor have met privately with COVAC leadership and members of COVAC’s elected board and operational membership appeared before a joint boards’ special meeting on January 11, 2022. While COVAC maintains they have mitigated their insolvency issues and improved their first-call response rates, it is the consensus of both boards that NWVAC – widely regarded as the “gold standard” for local ambulatory care – will be contracted to cover both BLS and ALS responsibilities for Cornwall residents. This assumption of responsibilities can be considered a consolidation. Current COVAC members who wish to continue to serve Cornwall residents may interview with NWVAC, and be afforded opportunity to operate out of 1 Clinton Street location, be attired in Cornwall EMS uniforms, and respond to Cornwall service calls in a Cornwall-branded ambulance. This serves both professionalization and training standardization efforts. On balance, we believe that this decision for establishment of a contemporary public/private partnership model -- created and supported by multiple municipalities, including Town of New Windsor, Town of Cornwall and Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson -- will ensure our residents receive the high-quality emergency medical care they deserve. NWVAC enables Cornwall leadership to remain confident in the model’s financial viability and sustainability, administrative transparency, leader oversight, and accountability while serving as an example for the region. This was not an easy decision. Careful consideration was given to all impacted equities. Town and Village elected officials reflected deeply on the many decades of selfless service that COVAC and its volunteers have provided to our community; indeed, it is an honored local institution. But the primary responsibility of public officials is ensuring their constituents are afforded best available services for their hard-earned tax dollars. In our estimation, the proposed three-year contract with NWVAC ensures this. Know that we have explored innumerable options to guarantee confidence in the provision of EMS. And we have reviewed a number of similar municipal consolidated-services agreements. This is the best path forward for Cornwall. On Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., inside the Edward C. Moulton, Jr. Village Board Room, located at Village Hall, 325 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York 12520, the Town and Village boards will convene a joint special meeting to address this matter publicly. Meeting will be publicly-noticed and contract provisions will be disclosed. The public will be afforded an opportunity to speak and boards will address some factors that led to this decision. On behalf of the Town and Village Boards, Joshua Thomas Wojehowski Supervisor James A. Gagliano Mayor Related Articles Special Town Board Meeting 02-27-2023 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF CORNWALL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the Town's insurance policies and any other business that may come before the Board. The meeting location will be at Town Hall, 183 Main Street, Cornwall, NY 12518 with a secondary location for videoconference participation by Town Board Members pursuant to NYS General Construction Law §41 at 110 Anastasia Lodge Drive, St Augustine Beach, FL. 32080. Members of the public may attend the Town Board meeting at either Town Hall or the above-listed secondary location. BY ORDER OF THE TOWN SUPERVISOR Dated: February 21, 2023 Volunteer with The Town of Cornwall Friendly Visitor Program The Gift of Independence-Volunteer with The Town of Cornwall Friendly Visitor Program Attend a 90-minute Volunteer Zoom Training and complete an application! It is that easy. Tuesday 12/20/22 at 5:30 pm Thursday 1/5/23 at 10:00 am Tuesday 1/17/23 at 5:30 pm Other training dates available. Contact The Town of Cornwall Friendly Visitor Program. Call: 845-534-42168 or 845-341-1173 ext. 305 or email [email protected] to register for the training or for more information about services available. The 90-minute Zoom training will prepare you to provide support to older adults in your own community with the Friendly Visitor Program. Volunteers provide local transportation to essential appointments, grocery shopping, friendly visits, phone check-in calls and light chores. Volunteering is rewarding and flexible. Reservations are required. Background checks and Insurance while volunteering is provided. The Town of Cornwall partners with JFS of Orange County and the Office for the Aging to support older neighbors in Cornwall and Cornwall on Hudson Town of Cornwall Recreation Department Kinderkamp 2023 Town of Cornwall Recreation Department Kinderkamp 2023 Information Town of Cornwall Recreation Department Summer Playground Camp 2023 Town of Cornwall Recreation Department Summer Playground Camp 2023 Information Cornwall Goes Green! Recycle Day is Saturday, June 17th, 9:00 to noon at Town Hall. Cornwall Goes Green! Recycle Day is Saturday, June 17th, 9:00 to noon at Town Hall. 4th of July Parking Restrictions There will be NO PARKING from 08:00- 11:00pm on the following streets: Main Street from Hudson Street to Academy Avenue Hudson Street from Main Street to First Street North Street South Street Center Street Quaker Avenue from Elm to the Traffic Circle Hasbrouck from the Traffic Circle to Clinton Street Parking will be restricted to one side of the street on the following streets: McCann No parking on the West side of street Tamarra No parking on the West side of street Hazen Street No parking on the West side of street Union Street from Main to Clinton No parking on the West side of street Broadway No Parking on the West side of the Street Clinton Street No Parking on the South side Grand Street No Parking on the South Side The following restrictions will also be in place: **Main Street from the Circle to Willow No Parking either side from 3:00-6:30pm **Main Street from Willow to South Street No parking either side from 3:00-11:00pm ** These are the two areas of biggest concern as parking is parking is permitted on Main Street from the Traffic Circle to South Street up until 3:00PM then vehicles have to be removed in preparation for the parade. After the parade, vehicles may park on Main Street from the Traffic Circle to Willow Avenue but there is NO PARKING on Main Street from Willow Ave to South Street for the remainder of the night due to the large influx of pedestrian traffic Parking is permitted at the Cornwall Middle School, The Cornwall Elementary School at Lee Road and any street that doesn’t have any posted restrictions Comments are closed.