News that a SUNY Oneonta student who suffered a head injury in a September downtown fight is feeling better was welcomed Thursday by Oneonta police.
The Southampton Press reported Wednesday that Tyler D. Giancola, 21, of Westhampton was making great strides after spending more than two weeks in the neurological intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center.
“Everyone here is happy to hear the good news,” Oneonta police Lt. Douglas Brenner said. Joseph P Schof, 18, of Bullville was charged with second degree assault, a felony, following the incident. “We are still investigating the case” and locating witnesses to the Sept. 14 fight in which Giancola, a sophomore, was injured, Brenner said. He added that he hopes Giancola is able to recover fully.
Longtime family friend Paul Haines of East Moriches in Suffolk County said the last hurdle Giancola faces before he is moved to a rehabilitation facility closer to home is regaining the ability to swallow.
“We may be getting close to that,” he said. Giancola is in a regular room and is walking with the help of a physical therapist. His parents, Dan Giancola and Beth Flanagan, are staying in a nearby hotel so they can visit him regularly.
Haines said he has been in touch with Flanagan to follow the recovery. Haines, a Dallas Cowboys fan, said he is looking forward to resuming his football rivalry with Giancola, a New York Giants fan. When he visits him, “I’ll be sure to wear all my Cowboy gear,” Haines joked.