In the election for Cayuga County Coroner, Steve Pelc is the Democratic endorsed candidate. His Republican endorsed opponent, (A. Duckett), is trying to trick the voters on many topics. Even though it’s Trick or Treat season, don’t be tricked! Vote for Steve Pelc on Tuesday, November 4th.
Here are 3 facts to set the record straight about the position of County Coroner:
The Coroner is not required to be a physician. Steve Pelc’s opponent is trying to trick you into believing that the County Coroner needs to be a physician. In New York State Coroners do not have to be physicians. In fact, according to the NYS Association of Coroners the majority of elected Coroners in the State are not physicians. (http://www.nysaccme.org/)
Only a Forensic Pathologist can perform an autopsy. There are no Forensic Pathologists in Cayuga County. In fact, there are only about 1,000 in the entire country. Steve Pelc’s opponent is trying to trick you into believing that he will be able to perform autopsies. He can’t and nobody in Cayuga County can. The current Coroner, who is a physician, sends all autopsies to the Onondaga County Medical Examiners office.
Steve Pelc’s opponent is trying to trick you into believing that a Coroner is required to sign a death certificate. In fact, the attending physician of the deceased individual will sign the death certificate in the overwhelming majority of deaths. Steve Pelc knows that family of the deceased will prefer the attending physician to sign the death certificate. The overwhelming majority of unattended deaths need to be sent to Onondaga County for an official autopsy. In fact, the current County Coroner has signed very few unattended death certificates.