Town of Southold & Supervisor Statement

Fishers Island is one of 10 ‘hamlets’ that make up the Town of Southold.

April 30, 2020
Southold Town Supervisor Scott A. Russell

Joint Statement- Southold Town/Southold Police Department/Greenport Village

This has been, and continues to be, a difficult time for all of us. There are glimmers of light. The community of Southold has taken all of the necessary steps to protect other members of this town, our families and ourselves. That is something we can all be proud of. Southold has seen a decline in the increase of new confirmed COVID-19 than we had seen during the month of March. Chief Flatley, Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard and Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell want to assure everyone that we will continue to work together with all of our partners including, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and his response team, other towns and villages and the Suffolk County Department of Health to meet the challenges that are still before us. As a community, we must stay vigilant and continue to work together:

Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley:

“The last several weeks have been extremely challenging as we all try to adjust to the Executive Orders coming from Albany but, all for a good reason. This is our way of helping to flatten the curve of this national pandemic. We have watched our confirmed Cases of COVID1- 19 rise steadily though the Month of March and we have suffered the loss of life associated with it. Now is not the time to let our guard down as we experience the downswing of the curve.”

Mayor George Hubbard:

“Thank you all for following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and New York State and, together, we can continue to slow the spread and keep each other safe. Village Hall may be closed but, we continue to work and stand ready to serve you once we can open again. Thank you to our police, first responders, medical personnel, teachers and neighbors-stay strong!”

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell:

“These past several weeks have been challenging, to be sure but, the people of Southold have shown their strength and resolve in adjusting to an event like no other ever before. Our schools, which made sure the education of our children would continue. Our volunteers and community based organizations who came forward in our time of need and, our heroes, the first responders and healthcare workers, whose courage and commitment never wavered. We are at a critical juncture. We must continue to be diligent and take all precautions necessary to continue the trend.

There will continue to be challenges that face all of us. The new normal might not be the normal we’ve known. As a community, we must stay the course and follow all safety precautions as we flatten the curve as we look to help our small businesses, our community members and ourselves move to a brighter day.”

April 10, 2020


A State of Emergency is hereby declared in the Town of Southold, NY effective at 4:01 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

This State of Emergency has been declared due to the spread of the COVID-19 Virus.
This situation threatens the public safety.

This State of Emergency will remain in effect until rescinded by a subsequent order.

As the Chief Executive of the Town of Southold, NY, I Supervisor Scott Russell, exercise the authority given me under the Section 24 of the New York State Executive Law, to preserve the public safety and hereby render all required and available assistance vital to the security, wellbeing, and health of the citizens of this Municipality.

I hereby direct all departments and agencies of the Town of Southold, NY, to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure, and provide such emergency assistance deemed necessary.

Scott Russell
Supervisor, Town of Southold, NY


Date:                    March 25, 2020
Contact:              Scott A. Russell, Supervisor
Re:                        Supervisor’s Statement

Southold has been, and continues to be, the town most impacted in Suffolk County by the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus. The virus has put a tremendous strain on our resources. Our community residents continue to be the most at-risk by the spread of this virus. A new trend is taking place that puts our local residents at even further risk – people seeking refuge from the metropolitan areas. It is simple math, the more people that come, the greater the spread and the greater the confirmed cases.

We have a limited number of stores that are trying to keep their shelves stocked and ration out supplies as best they can. Local residents are finding it difficult to meet even their most basic needs. Unnecessary hoarding and the recent, sudden expansion of the population by those who come are making this far worse.

Southold relies heavily on volunteer first responders who are trying to protect this community and their families, all while managing with limited protective gear.  Their heroic efforts are under substantial strain.

Our limited medical resources are over-burdened and, despite stellar healthcare facilities, they are reaching capacity which has the potential of limiting access to local residents.

I am joining Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman in requesting that Governor Cuomo put a travel ban to the east end in place limiting travel to only essential personnel. Our resources are scarce, the risk of spread is too high for a Town which is already seeing more than its share of confirmed cases and deaths. Southold should NOT be treated as someone’s personal isolation unit.

For those who already have come here, follow federal guidelines to self- quarantine for 14 days. It is essential to avoid public exposure to others at all costs and they need to stay in place.

This Town is in a crisis. It is bound to get worse and sometimes draconian measures are necessary. A travel ban is one of those measures. For others who have decided to use Southold as a shelter, respect this community and stay inside.


To:                  Town of Southold Department Heads
From:              Scott A. Russell, Supervisor
Date:              March 17, 2020
Re:                  Changes for Town of Southold Department Operations

Press Release from the Office of Supervisor Russell
March 17, 2020

Supervisor Scott Russell met with members of the Town’s Emergency Management team to discuss what changes needed to be made to the normal operations of the Town of Southold in our effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Each department was evaluated in the context of our State of Emergency and our efforts to reduce our workforce (and employee exposure) yet, maintain essential functions. Supervisor Russell has ordered the following offices to be fully closed:

Board of Assessors
Planning Department
Board of Trustees
Zoning Board of Appeals
Department of Land Preservation
Town Engineers
GIS Coordination Department
Town Historian
Recreation Department
Department of Solid Waste (office only)
Justice Court

All other Town offices will remain fully- opened or be open on a limited basis with limited staff. These closures went into effect on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm and will remain in effect until further order of Supervisor Russell. All Town buildings will remain closed to the public and people should contact Supervisor Russell’s Office at 631-765-1889 with any questions. Also, please be advised that all meetings and hearings will remain cancelled until further notice.

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