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Residency requirement waived for five Fulton County jobs

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted unanimously to approve waiving the in-county residency requirement for five county positions — opening up eligibility for the jobs to residents of contiguous border counties.

Fulton County Personnel Director Terri Souza recommended the board pass the resolution, which was sponsored by county personnel committee chairman 2nd Ward Supervisor Michael Kinowski.

Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Greg Young said Fulton County currently has 46 vacant positions, most of them in the county’s Department of Social Services.

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“While we would prefer to have county residents occupy those positions, ultimately it serves county residents to have them filled, so that’s why we voted to expand recruitment for these five posts to contiguous counties,” Young said. “This is definitely the worst it’s been [to fill these vacant county jobs] in recent memory.”

The five positions affected by the resolution and the hourly pay rates posted to the county’s website www.fultoncountyny.gov:

• Caseworker for the Department of Social Services and Office for the aging — starting hourly wage $16.83, which increases to $19.80 per hour after one year of benefits eligible service.

• Social welfare examiner Department of Social Services — starting hourly wage $17.12, which increases to $20.14 after one year of benefits eligible service.

• Account clerk/typist — starting hourly wage $15.56, which goes up to $18.31 after one year.

• Typist — starting hourly wage $15.25, which goes up to $17.94 after one year of benefits eligible service.

• Senior typist — no wage listed.

The residency waiver comes at a time when the state Department of Labor’s July unemployment figures showed Fulton County has a 6% unemployment rate, tied for the 10th highest unemployment rate among the 62 counties in the state but still better than some of its contiguous border counties like Montgomery County (6.3% unemployment, 6th highest) and Herkimer County (6.1% unemployment, 7th highest), although not as good as Saratoga County (4.2% unemployment, 3rd lowest).

Fulton County’s neighbor to the north, Hamilton County, in July had the lowest unemployment rate of any New York state county at 3.9%.

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