Welcome to the official website of Jefferson County New York

General Information
Kathleen Kazakoff
Deputy Director
NY Connects
Louise Haraczka
Aging Services Specialist
Health Insurance Information Counselor
Michele Mahon
Aging Services Specialist
Health Insurance Information Counselor, NY Connects
Danielle Fazio
Aging Services Specialist
EISEP Case Manager
Dori-Ann Froelich
Aging Services Specialist
EISEP Case Manager
Renee Williams
Aging Services Specialist
Long Term Care Coordinator
Kenneth Thomas
Aging Services Specialist
Home Delivered Meals Case Manager
Monique Medsger
Senior Account Clerk
Michelle Malbouf
Principal Account Clerk
Brenda Stauber
Sabrina Cummins
Registered Dietician
Mary Beth Knowlton
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
175 Arsenal St
2nd Floor

Office for the Aging

Jefferson County Office for the Aging invites you to join “Respite Haven”  offered at two locations, Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown and River Community Church in Clayton.

Respite Haven is a respite volunteer day program for seniors that is held 10-2, Thursdays and Fridays at River Community Church and 10-2 Monday and Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church. This program provides structured person centered activities that include Tai Chi for beginners, memory improvement games and craft activities to name a few. A lunch will be provided for participants while socializing with other seniors. Respite provides an opportunity for caregivers to drop off their family member in a safe supervised setting so they can get a take a break and attend to their own personal appointments or needs.

There are opening for both Volunteers and Caregivers. Anyone interested in attending or volunteering in Respite Haven call the Jefferson County Office for the Aging at 315-785-3191. Everyone must be vaccinated and we are following CDC guidelines.

Online Donations

The ability to make donations online for Home Delivered Meals, Respite, and HIICAP or EISEP is now available. Go to the Jefferson County website https://co.jefferson.ny.us/departments/OfficefortheAging

Click on the tab at the top right side of the page that reads “I Want To”

At the bottom of the drop down that appears, click on “Pay a Bill”

Enter your name as customer, select Office for the Aging under Payment type, and pick what service you want the donation to go and the amount you wish to donate. 

We are OPEN!  Any in-person services are by Appointment Only.

Schedule your appointment by calling (315) 785-3191.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 Current office hours are  8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Jefferson County Office for the Aging

Kathleen Kazakoff RN, MS, Director

175 Arsenal Street, 2nd Floor
Watertown, New York 13601

Phone (315) 785-3191
Fax (315) 785-5095

Office Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM




Our Mission:

The mission of the New York State Office for the
Aging (NYSOFA) is to help older New Yorkers be
as independent as possible for as long as
possible through advocacy, development, and
delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented,
and cost-effective policies, programs, and
services that support and empower older adults
and their families, in partnership with the
network of public and private organizations that
serve them. For more information, please visit
www.aging.ny.gov .


The Older Americans Act of 1965 established the Federal Administration on Aging, the State Units on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging. In Jefferson County, older citizens were drawn together by their common problems and began to organize and by 1972, a countywide steering committee called the Senior Action Council of Jefferson County was formed.

It was largely through the efforts of this group, the Community Action Planning Council, Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of Ogdensburg and other area churches that the Jefferson County Office for the Aging was established and open for business on January 1, 1974. Since then the Office has been serving citizens who are 60 years of age and older with a variety of programs.