FAQ: All

Q: Who do I call with a question about someone released from a State prison?

A: If you have a question about someone released from State prison, contact Parole at 845-452-0620.

Q: What is the difference between probation and parole?

A: Probation is a sentence or disposition imposed by a criminal court or family court. In general, probationers are released in the community without serving a period of local incarceration, although in certain circumstances they may be sentenced to both local imprisonment and probation.  The sentence of incarceration is a condition of and runs concurrently with a sentence of probation. Probation is a county function in New York State.  The Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) provides regulatory oversight and funding to local probation departments. Parole is a portion of a correctional sentence served in the community following a term of incarceration in state prison. For offenders serving an "indeterminate" sentence, the NYS Board of Parole makes decisions whether an eligible state inmate is granted or denied parole. Offenders sentenced to a "determinate" prison term generally are released after serving 6/7 of their sentence. The period of supervised release following incarceration for such offenders is known as "Post-Release Supervision" or parole. Parole is intended to assist offenders in returning to society. These offenders are supervised in the community by parole officers, who are state officials employed by the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Corrections.

Q: How do I find out if my exam has been cancelled due to the weather?

A: Listen to radio stations 92.1 FM, 92.7 FM, 93.3 FM, 94.3 FM, 96.1 FM, 97.7 FM, 99.3 FM, 100.1 FM, 101.5 FM, 1490 AM, 1370 AM (or visit their websites) or call Ulster County Community College at: 845-687-5000 and listen to the recording.

Q: Do I have to be an Ulster County resident to take a civil service exam?

A: Generally no, but a few examinations require residency in Ulster County.

Q: How do I find my rank on an eligible list?

A: Make a request in writing to 244 Fair Street, 5th Floor, Kingston, NY 12401 or by email to ucpers[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us .  The request must include the examination title.  You will receive a response within 1 week.

Q: How long will it take to receive my test score on a civil service examination?

A: Approximately 90 days.

Q: What should I do if I cannot appear for my performance exam?

A: Write a letter to the Personnel Department at 244 Fair Street, 5th Floor, Kingston, NY 12401 asking for it to be rescheduled to the next performance exam.

Q: What if I have another event scheduled on the day I am supposed to take my written exam?

A: Ulster County has an Alternate Test Date Policy. In order to be scheduled for an alternate test date, you must meet certain criteria. Contact the office at 845-340-3540 for more information.

Q: How long will my name remain on the eligible list?

A: It depends on the list.  Eligible lists are established for a minimum of one year and may be extended up to a maximum of four years. There are some eligible lists that are established for a period of two years.

Q: What must I do to notify your department that my address has changed?

A: You must write a letter to the Personnel Department at 244 Fair Street, 5th Floor, Kingston, NY 12401 indicating that your address has changed. The letter must include your new address, the examinations you have applied for and/or the eligible lists on which your name currently appears. For Police titles, you must provide a voter registration card from the Board of Elections showing your new address.

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