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Howard issues warning, update

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Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:05 am

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard recently issued warning about area parks and recreational areas.

“Although people are encouraged to enjoy the wonders of Western New York, they should use common sense, be prepared, and be cautious,” said Sheriff Howard. “Many individuals are visiting these areas to exercise, breathe fresh air, and momentarily forget about the current pandemic. But with the arrival of spring, warmer temperatures and rain, trails can become slippery and unstable; soft ground can collapse and create slides.”

The Sheriff’s Office is recommending everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to casual hikers to:

•Stay on designated paths.

•Wear proper footwear and clothing.

•Stay a minimum of 6-feet away from cliffs and ravine edges.

•Tell someone about your plans, and when you will be home.

•Go with a partner.

•Have a fully charged mobile phone and an external battery pack.

•Carry extra gear such as a flashlight, batteries, clothing, and food in the event you become lost.

•Maintain social distancing and don’t gather in large groups.

Civil Enforcement Division updates

Howard also announced updates to the Civil Enforcement Division.

Effective immediately and in accordance with New York State Executive Order 202.8:

•The Civil Enforcement Division remains closed to the public until further notice. The division is at approximately 25% of civilian and Deputy staff. The division is still handling services, but processing has slowed.

•While tenants are not exempted from paying rent, all evictions, both service and execution, are halted until at least June 22, 2020.

•All time limitations in the CPLR, FCA, and any other pertinent law are hereby “tolled” or stayed until at least April 20, 2020. Among other applications, this will allow voluntary payments from defendants/debtors to cease until then. If we do not receive a voluntary payment from individuals by then, service upon their employer will occur on May 11.

For additional information and updates, please visit: http://www2.erie.gov/sheriff/index.php?q=civil-division.

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