Chemung County executive Moss details ‘Cuomo politics’ in vaccine site selection


Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss posted this message Thursday on Facebook about his experience with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and the selection of a state vaccination site in the county:

“Over a month ago, on February 16th Governor Cuomo personally told County Executive’s that the state would be willing to partner with any county that wanted to work together on a mass vaccination center. I sent a letter to the Governor’s Office indicating are (sic) willingness to partner with the State as well as other pertinent information on our centralized location, capacity, parking and etc.

“After 4 weeks of no response, NYS opens a “regional vaccination center” on top of Spencer Hill at Corning Community College. While I’m in favor of getting as many people vaccinated as soon as possible, whomever is responsible for this decision didn’t do their homework, So, as opposed to having a centralized location with easy access off of I-86 so residents from Steuben and Tioga Counties can easily find the vaccination center, we’re sending people, many unfamiliar with the area, to Spencer Hill.

“Local health departments throughout the Southern Tier have continually requested additional amounts of vaccine, only to be told it’s unavailable, yet the state can open up a new clinic 7 days a week a (sic) 11 hours a day? Where’s the vaccine coming from? Cuomo politics and empty promises, business as usual out of Albany.”