JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson said he’s not sure if he will allow or not allow Trick-or-Treating in the city on Oct. 31.

The mayor made his comments during discussion at the Common Council meeting Monday night at City Hall, after being asked about Halloween.

Jackson said he’s “holding back” on making a ruling on Trick-or-Treating this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he’s awaiting word on whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be modifying his stance, which is currently to allow Trick-or-Treating.

“Things are popping,” said the mayor, who may make a decision by October.

He noted schools have opened now during the pandemic, but he said the best decision will be made in the interests of public safety.

“I want Trick-or-Treating,” the mayor said.

In other discussions during the council meeting, Jackson said he received an email from Fulton County government about this year’s U.S. Census for the county. He said the response rate has been 65.6 percent, which is 4.1 percent lower than the last county census in 2010.

Jackson asked city officials who are talking to members of the public who haven’t filed their U.S. Census Bureau information to urge them to do so.

“It’s very, very important,” the mayor said.

Jackson said he received an email from a paramedic telling the story of a young boy from South Melcher Street who may have saved the life of himself, his mother and others. The mayor said the boy’s mother was having medical distress as a driver, and the boy of eight to 10 years old took the wheel and guided the vehicle to safety. The boy was commended for his actions, and may be formally acknowledged by the city in the future.

A proclamation was noted by the city proclaiming Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in the city. Jackson noted Sept. 17 is the 233rd anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.


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