CUBA, NY – Cuba village and town officials have implemented staff reductions and office closings at both municipalities until further notice, Town Supervisor Lee James and Mayor Michele Miller stated on the Cuba website.

Public works employees will maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Utility payments can be deposited in the drop box at the village office, by mail or online.

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Though the village office was closed Wednesday until further notice, services will not be disrupted, James and Miller said. Village office staff will conduct business and answer any questions by phone at (585) 968-1560 during regular hours. For appointments, individuals can call the same number.

James and Miller ask that playground equipment not be used, because the virus can live on plastic and metal surfaces for up to 12 hours. Additionally, they ask all residents to practice the guidelines provided by the CDC and follow the executive orders of the governor and the president. 

They also made a point of stating that New York  has expedited unemployment insurance rules to eliminate the waiting period for residents out of work due to COVID-19 but the flood of applicants has necessitated different organizational procedures.

Those with last names beginning with A through F can apply Monday; those with last names beginning with G through N can apply Tuesday, and those with last names beginning with O through Z can apply Wednesday. Individuals who miss those days can call Thursday and Friday. Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim, since all claims become effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.

Telephone filing hours have been extended as follows: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.

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