March 19, 2020
HORNELL, NY – Mayor John Buckley held an emergency meeting of the Board of Public Safety on Thursday, to ask the commissioners to enact a temporary curfew to further protect residents from the spread of the Coronavirus. Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray made the suggestion earlier in the week. Murray cited concerns that school age children are congregating in groups at night. The Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve the curfew.
Mayor John Buckley: “We have a new reality we are dealing with and need to take appropriate precautions to protect residents of all ages. Imposing a curfew is something I don’t take lightly, but at this moment in time, I feel it is necessary. When this crisis comes to pass, we will lift the curfew. In the meantime, we should follow CDC recommendations and practice social distancing.”
St. James CEO Bryan O’Donovan: “I fully support Mayor Buckley and the City of Hornell with instituting an underage curfew.”
School Superintendent Jeremy Palotti: “Given the current situation and the emphasis on creating social distance, initiating a curfew will only help support the cause. With a curfew in place and followed, it will also allow the HPD to focus their efforts elsewhere.”
The curfew goes into effect at 10pm tonight.
The resolution is below:
Effective immediately, a curfew is hereby imposed on all individuals 17 years old or less between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless said individuals are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or unless they are going to and from work. Any violation will be subject to a fine not to exceed $250.00.