I am a recently retired legal aid attorney who served the poor in Schuyler and Chemung County for over four decades. I knew and worked with Sue for over two decades. She was a friend. I met her after a small in-service training I did in Watkins for various agency people, included her. She brightened up in the meeting when she realized that she could help long term unemployable residents on welfare get federal disability benefits and in the bargain save the county taxpayers tens of thousands of dollare in returned benefits,reduced Medicaid charges and removal of people from the local assistance rolls. Over the years, she saved the County hundreds of thousands of dollars in public assistance and Medicaid money in doing so. She became my go to person, and a phone call to her solved so many problems, including helping us keep the our state contract to get people off welfare. She was very smart, agency wise, knew everybody - good and bad, had a wry sense of humor that I loved, and showed a great work ethic. One would call her number after hours, expecting to leave a message, and she was there in person.
I heard of her death in a local TV newscast, but our local newspaper of record did not publish her name, saying only that officials would need time make a positive identification. The paper has never published her death notice. I found this obituary by searching the funeral homes.
Suffice it to say, I and my colleagues at legal aid are greatly saddened by her passing, and we will miss our interactions with her.
Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm