County Workers Healthiest In Western NY

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County has scored highest for workplace wellness in Business First’s lists of extra large employers.

County Executive Vince Horrigan made the announcement at Wednesday night’s Human Services Committee meeting.

Forty-one companies made the fourth annual list of healthiest employers in Western New York, with WCA Hospital in first place for the large employers category.

“We’ve got a healthy workforce,” Horrigan said, adding that Kitty Crow, budget director, had been instrumental in the award.

In other matters, Kayse Diamond of ProAct Inc., told the committee that county employees had saved a total of $4.2 million since 2009 with the use of the prescription program.

ProAct provides county employees with discount prescriptions, and a total savings of $170 million has occurred statewide for counties partnering with ProAct.

Next, Christine Schuyler, director of Health and Human Services, informed the committee that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation had awarded the department a grant in the amount of $4,240 for educational materials.

“The grant will be used by our staff to increase awareness about cancer,” Schuyler said.

Lastly, a resolution was discussed for the county to accept reimbursement for youth programs funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, which is further disbursed by the county Youth Board.

The county must accept $152,596 for agencies providing youth programs, such as the Boys and Girls Club.

“The Youth Board works really hard and takes this very seriously,” Schuyler said, adding that towns and villages must apply for the funding, but the process involves lots of red tape. “A lot of towns and villages don’t apply because of the tremendous amounts of paperwork.”

Youth programs may involve tutoring, skill building and academic enrichment.

Approval of resolutions and further discussion will take place at Wednesday’s meeting of the full legislature in the legislative chambers of the Gerace Office Building in Mayville at 6:30 p.m.