Chappaqua's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:33:42 -0400 HamletHub.com Westchester D.A. Scarpino Raises Alarm on Coronavirus Scams https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/publicsafety/2688-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams2688-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/publicsafety/2688-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams2688-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams

The DA’s Office is amplifying warnings regarding Coronavirus and actions being taken by other state and federal offices including the NY Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other law enforcement agencies.

The DA has directed our Westchester Intelligence Center to monitor interagency data and alerts re: potential fraud as well as monitoring social media which may be spreading false information and trolling for cyber victims related to the virus outbreak. At this time, we have no reports of scams here in Westchester.

What do scams look like?

Only Give Money to Legitimate Charities
If you receive phone calls asking for charitable donations related to coronavirus outbreaks either in the U.S. or oversees, do not give credit card information. Do not send money or gift cards.

Avoid E-mail Phishing Attacks
Malicious cyber actors could take advantage of public concern surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by conducting phishing attacks and disinformation campaigns. Phishing attacks often use a combination of email and bogus websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information.

We encourage individuals to guard against COVID-19-related phishing attacks and disinformation campaigns by taking the following precautions:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in emails, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

If online fundraisers, like GoFundMe campaigns, are being circulated, do not respond unless you personally know the recipient of the money.

Bogus Products
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently no products, drugs, supplements or vaccines available to target or help cure COVID19. Whether sold via e-mail, over the Internet or door-to-door, do not buy.

Note to County residents: If you have fallen victim to any of these kinds of scams, keep any written or digital records you may have, and notify the DA’s Office by calling (914) 995-3414.

We encourage you to turn to trusted sources of information—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.

Reminder regarding medical and other questions:

  • For Westchester County COVID-19 Information Call the Westchester County Help Line at 211.
  • The NYS Department of Health experts are available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 via phone. Call the Hotline (888) 364-3065.
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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Public safety Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:51:34 -0400
Feeding Westchester, a Vital Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/charities/2687-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic2687-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/charities/2687-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic2687-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Editor's note: we are proud to welcome Lily Newman to our HamletHub team. She is a student at Wooster School and has been finding ways to serve those in need in the midst of our current health crisis. Here, she introduces readers to "Feeding Westchester", a philanthropic initiative she is involved with.

As a part of Feeding America, Feeding Westchester’s mission is to “end hunger in Westchester.” During this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, their efforts are so important. Many more families are struggling to get enough food due to illness or loss of income. To help those who are food insecure, they are setting up Mobile Food Pantries in different locations where all those who are in need are welcome to pick up fresh produce and meats. 

Matt Honeycutt, VP of Development, puts this time into perspective; “Every year, Feeding Westchester helps feed nearly 200,000 children, families, and seniors. Today, we’re seeing that need double overnight. Right now, we’re meeting the immediate needs of so many but we know the need is only going to grow as time goes on. That’s why we need everyone to pitch in now and give to support the work of food banks like ours.”

 On Wednesday, March 18th, Feeding Westchester held the first Mobile Food Pantry at North Salem MS/HS. Members of the community such as students and teachers came out to volunteer and help distribute the food. Boxes of foods like frozen meat, asparagus, apples, grapes, and melons were unloaded from the truck and onto tables. The food usually comes from donations from grocery stores, but with their empty shelves, a market in the Bronx supplied. As well as being able to pick up the food at the pantry, some families requested deliveries that volunteers brought to their homes. Dr. Stephanie Bell, the assistant principal of Pequenakonck Elementary in North Salem, remarked at how “humbled [she] felt to be able to provide for families.”

Of course, appropriate precautionary measures were taken: gloves, hand sanitizer, and distance between tables to keep everyone as safe as possible. Both families and individual people came, all in smiles. These interactions between the volunteers and those getting food were inspiring.

 In times like these, helping each other and reaching out is most important. One woman mentioned that her neighbor had called her to let her know Feeding Westchester would be handing out food that morning. 

These positive actions and connections help to keep our communities strong and make us feel good during this scary time. As Peter Pozo, their Mobile Food Pantry Coordinator, said: “All we ask of people in communities that can help is to participate, donate time, product or financially support our mission! Especially in these awkward and hard times. As human beings helping other human beings in need, we not only need to make a difference BUT be the difference!”

Learn more about Feeding Westchester here

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lily Newman) Charities Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:42:31 -0400
Landmark Preschool's Distance Learning - Recipe for Success! https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2686-landmark-preschool-s-distance-learning-recipe-for-success2686-landmark-preschool-s-distance-learning-recipe-for-success https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2686-landmark-preschool-s-distance-learning-recipe-for-success2686-landmark-preschool-s-distance-learning-recipe-for-success

Landmark Preschool's Distance Learning is SWEET! As part of a study on the letter "R", Ms. Wolf's students made these bright, yummy Rainbow Cookies! Here's the recipe:

Make Rainbow Cookies!
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
Food coloring-at least 6 colors (make sure one of them is red and remember - with red, blue and yellow you can make all the other colors.)

  • Mix sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Add flour and mix well.
  • Divide dough into six balls.
  • Add a different food coloring to each ball.
  • Roll each ball in a snake shape onto a floured surface.
  • Arch snake shape and press onto cookie sheet.
  • Add other snake shapes until the rainbow is formed.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-15 minutes. Enjoy!

Learn more about Landmark Preschool here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 24 Mar 2020 10:23:58 -0400
Message from New Castle Police Chief Jim Carroll https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/publicsafety/2684-message-from-new-castle-police-chief-jim-carroll2684-message-from-new-castle-police-chief-jim-carroll https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/publicsafety/2684-message-from-new-castle-police-chief-jim-carroll2684-message-from-new-castle-police-chief-jim-carroll

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Please maintain 6’ social distancing and talk to children about it

We are receiving reports regarding non-compliance of social distancing rules. Many of these reports are about our younger residents. They need to be reminded they aren't invincible: In fact, 54% of New York State Coronavirus cases are ages 18-49. Nobody should be endangering their own health, and they certainly have no right to endanger someone else's.

We are actively looking for social distancing violations and addressing them.  Please don’t hesitate to call the Police Department at (914) 238-4422 if you observe a violation you feel needs to be addressed.

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kerry@ducey.org (NCPD) Public safety Tue, 24 Mar 2020 05:51:33 -0400
New York State Seeks Personal Protective Equipment https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2685-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment2685-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2685-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment2685-new-york-state-needs-personal-protective-equipment

New York State has a critical need for Personal Protective Equipment including masks, gowns and gloves. New York State needs companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. New York will pay a premium and is offering funding.

  •        Need funding? Call 212-803-3110.
  •        Have unused supplies? Call 646-522-8477 or email COVID19supplies@exec.ny.gov
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Neighbors Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:29:25 -0400
Governor Cuomo Signs the 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order and releases todays totals on Corvid-19 cases in NY https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/politics/2683-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny2683-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/politics/2683-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny2683-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny

10-Point Policy that Assures Uniform Safety for Everyone

100% Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Statewide, Effective 8pm Sunday — Exceptions Made For Essential Services Such as Groceries and Healthcare

"Matilda's Law" Will Provide New Protections for Most Vulnerable Populations - New Yorkers Age 70 and Older, People with Compromised Immune Systems and Those With Underlying Illnesses

Directs 90-Day Moratorium on Any Residential or Commercial Evictions

Asks PPE Product Providers to Sell Non-Essential Products to the State and Encourages Companies to Begin Manufacturing PPE Products

Confirms 2,950 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 7,102; New Cases in 23 Counties

*Editors Note. The totals of confirmed cases does not include an additional 5 cases diagnosed in Putnam County (12) since the Governor announced the new measures and released the figures above.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.

Governor Cuomo also announced "Matilda's Law" - named for the Governor's mother - to protect New York's most vulnerable populations, including individuals age 70 and older, those with compromised immune systems and those with underlying illnesses. The measure requires this group of New Yorkers to stay home and limit home visitation to immediate family members or close friends in need of emergency assistance. If it is necessary to visit such individuals, the visitor should get prescreened by taking temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms. Both individuals should wear a mask for the duration of the visit.

AUDIO & PHOTOS of todays briefing are available by clicking the appropriate links

The Governor also announced a 90-day moratorium on any residential or commercial evictions.

Additionally, amid a shortage of personal protective equipment — or PPE — products in the state, including gloves, masks and gowns, the Governor is asking all PPE product providers to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state should contactSimonida Subotic at 646-522-8477 or covid19supplies@exec.ny.gov.

The Governor is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should contact EricGertler at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

We know the most effective way to reduce the spread of this virus is through social distancing and density reduction measures

 

The Governor's 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:

1.    Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;

2.    Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;

3.    Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;

4.    When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;

5.    Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;

6.    Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;

7.    Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;

8.    Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;

9.    Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations;and

10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

"Matilda's Law" includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:

  • Remain indoors;
  • Can go outside for solitary exercise;
  • Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
  • Do not visit households with multiple people;
  • Wear a mask when in the company of others;
  • To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;
  • Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
  • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.
 
Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,950 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 7,102 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 7,102 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany County

61

18

Allegany County

2

0

Broome County

2

0

Chenango County

2

0

Clinton County

2

0

Columbia County

1

1

Delaware County

1

0

Dutchess County

36

5

Erie County

31

3

Essex County

1

0

Fulton County

1

0

Genesee County

1

0

Greene County

2

0

Hamilton County

2

0

Herkimer County

2

1

Jefferson County

1

0

Livingston County

1

1

Monroe County

32

5

Montgomery County

2

0

Nassau County

754

382

Niagara County

3

2

New York City

4408

1939

Oneida County

2

0

Onondaga County

8

3

Ontario County

3

2

Orange County

84

33

Putnam County

7

2

Rensselaer County

8

2

Rockland County

101

48

Saratoga County

24

6

Schenectady County

21

3

Schoharie County

1

0

Suffolk County

371

193

Sullivan County

8

5

Tioga County

1

0

Tompkins County

7

1

Ulster County

12

2

Warren County

1

0

Washington County

1

0

Wayne County

1

0

Westchester County

1091

293

Wyoming County

2

0

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:45:16 -0400
Set your clocks! TONIGHT at 8 Broadway Comes Home! ACT of CT and The Ridgefield Playhouse Livestream! https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/events/2682-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream2682-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/events/2682-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream2682-set-your-clocks-tonight-at-8-broadway-comes-home-act-of-ct-and-the-ridgefield-playhouse-livestream

ACT of Connecticut and The Ridgefield Playhouse to livestream a star-studded performance (including Stephen Schwartz and Debbie Gravitte) TONIGHT at 8:00 pm

The show will be performed and streamed live from ACT of CT (without a live audience). Performing “Beautiful City” from GODSPELL will be Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz (composer of WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL to name a few). Also performing will be Bryan Perri (JAGGED LITTLE PILL), Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte, Sam Gravitte (WICKED), Matt Farnsworth (CATS, SUNSET BOULEVARD), Laura Woyasz (WICKED, ACT’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), Juliet Lambert Pratt (LES MISERABLES, ACT’s MAMMA MIA), Daniela Sikora (Ridgefield Chorale). ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine will host the show along with Ridgefield Playhouse Executive Director Allison Stockel and ACT’s Executive Director Katie Diamond. Ridgefield’s First Selectman Rudy Marconi will make an appearance as well.

This livestream event was created by ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine. Levine says, "The goal of this livestream performance is to keep Ridgefield audiences engaged during this time of physical separation and to give some relief to the town. People still need to be entertained and we want to assure everyone that, despite this temporary period of isolation, art and culture in Ridgefield will still thrive. We may just need to change the way that we enjoy live performances temporarily. We are hoping that this performance will be a bit of a launchpad for a town-wide "streaming platform” for all arts and cultural organizations in our town."

To view the live performance on Friday at 8pm, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Events Fri, 20 Mar 2020 07:47:46 -0400
New Castle Update on COVID19: Cases, Hospitalizations, Critical Information https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2681-new-castle-update-on-covid19-cases-hospitalizations-critical-information2681-new-castle-update-on-covid19-cases-hospitalizations-critical-information https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2681-new-castle-update-on-covid19-cases-hospitalizations-critical-information2681-new-castle-update-on-covid19-cases-hospitalizations-critical-information

The Town of New Castle remains relentless in our efforts to advocate for and safeguard our residents against COVID-19 and the many collateral issues associated with the Coronavirus. In doing so, please know that we will continue to share relevant information with you – our family – as efficiently as we can. As Governor Cuomo stated earlier today, “Panic and fear is wholly disconnected from reality.” With facts, perspective, and following best practices we might face uncertain times ahead, but we will get through this together and stronger than we were before.

Please take a moment to review the information below and do not hesitate to reach out to us at townboard@mynewcastle.org

  • Ivy Pool, Town Supervisor
  • Jeremy Saland, Deputy Town Supervisor
  • Lisa Katz, Councilmember
  • Jason Lichtenthal, Councilmember
  • Lauren Levin, Councilmember

The Numbers: Wednesday, March 18

  • Current cases in NYS: 2,382 
  • Current cases in Westchester: 538
  • Current tested in NYS/Westchester: 14,597/4,106

Remember two things. We are seeing more cases because we are testing more. It’s that simple. It’s here whether or not we test. Further, merely because you have flulike or COVID-19 type symptoms does not mean you will be tested but you should be told to stay away from others and follow the oft repeated best practices. Not everyone gets tested.

Hospitalization in NYS:

  • Wed: 549 of 2,382 (23%)
  • Tues: 264 of 1,374 (19%)
  • Sun: 137 of 729 (19%)

Good News: 108 individuals recovered and were discharged from the hospital.

Worldwide cases:

  • Wed: 204,264
  • Sun: 156,400

Worldwide deaths:

  • Wed: 8,244
  • Sun: 5,833

Worldwide recoveries:

  • Wed: 82,107
  • Sun: 73,968

Worldwide pending:

  • Wed: 113,913
  • Sun: 77,599

Critical Information:  Hospital Beds and Capacity

According to the Governor’s experts, the peak will come in approximately 45 days and we will need anywhere between 55,000 to 110,000 hospital beds and 18,600 to 37,200 ICU beds. 

NY only has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 ICU beds of which currently 80% of the latter are in use. Good governance demands we prepare for the worst and work together while hoping for the best.

All (Washed & Clean) Hands on Deck:  Calling Medical Professionals

The Governor is calling upon retired doctors and nurses to offer their assistance at:

Health.ny.gov/assistance

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.5, through April 17, 2020, and to the extent necessary, physicians licensed and in good standing outside NYS and those licensed and in good standing in NYS, but are not registered, may assist in the medical treatment of COVID-19 as prescribed by law. Similarly, the Executive Order addresses other medical professionals including nurses and physician assistants. If you qualify, please review the Executive Order and above website. Additionally, contact the New York State Department of Health for further information and guidance. 

Federal Government:  Filing Your Taxes & Increasing Hospital Beds

Federal income taxes must be filed timely on or before April 15, 2020. However, taxpayers can delay paying their income taxes on as much as $1 million in taxes owed for up to 90 days. Further information is available at:

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948.

At this time, New York State, Westchester County, and the School Districts have not provided for a similar delay. These taxes must be paid timely and in full to avoid a penalty.

USNS Comfort, a hospital ship with 1,000 hospital rooms and surgery capabilities, is being sent to NYS to assist in the potential surge of patients requiring hospitalization resulting from COVID-19.

NYS Regulations:  New Closure Policy

No business – public or private – can have more than 50% of employees report for work. A list of essential and exempted businesses is forthcoming from NYS.

 

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo indicated that he had no intention to implement a “shelter in place” policy. 

New Castle:  Important Information and Closures

Please note that while NYS waived park fees, all playgrounds are closed in New Castle. Children are not permitted to use New Castle’s playground facilities. Parents of college, high school and middle school children should firmly and unequivocally advise their children to refrain from gathering together and ignoring best practices including the six-foot social distancing guideline. Do not selfishly compromise the health of others with group playdates or other activities. Know that while there is currently no curfew, violations of Executive Orders and other regulations are potentially actionable. 

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, non-essential government employees must work from home and municipalities must reduce staffing of essential employees by 50%. While the New Castle Police Department will remain fully staffed, the Recycling Center will be closed until further notice. Your home garbage and recycling pickup remains on schedule and will not be affected at this time. 

Please be patient with the Town and communicate by email when possible. A directory of departments and contact information is available at www.mynewcastle.org.

New Castle:  Policy for Confirming COVID-19 Cases

Although there are no confirmed cases in New Castle, New York State is compiling positive tests for COVID-19 and sharing the same with Westchester County and local municipalities. Upon a positive test and as part of their due diligence, the Westchester County Department of Health will inquire about an individual’s employment and physical contacts to best share critical information with appropriate municipalities.

While we do not need a positive test to know that no community is immune from the virus, upon receipt of this information we will follow the County’s guidance and applicable laws, including HIPAA, before disseminating anything to the public. Please know that personal information of impacted persons will not be publicly shared. 
 

New Castle:  One Family Protecting One Another & Beyond

New Yorkers are a tough bunch and we, in New Castle, are a united family. Supervisor Ivy Pool, Deputy Supervisor Jeremy Saland, Council members Lisa Katz, Jason Lichtenthal and Lauren Levin, Town Administrator Jill Shapiro, and our Town staff and first-responders, have one shared priority – all of you. We are honored to serve you and will continue to do so to the best of our ability.

Town Hall Meetings and Board Packets


To find agendas, supporting documents, and meeting minutes for Board meetings, click here.
To watch videos from recent meetings recorded by New Castle Community Media Center, click here.


Stay Connected


To stay informed about your local government and community, click here to create a mynewcastle.org account, sign up for Town Hall e-News and Community e-News, and sign up with Nixle and Code Red to receive text messages and/or emails for emergency alerts and community events.


Contact Us! - Email Your Town Council and Town Administrator

You may contact your town board members and town administrator by using the links below, or as a group. For a full list of town contacts, click here.

 

 

The Town of New Castle remains relentless in our efforts to advocate for and safeguard our residents against COVID-19 and the many collateral issues associated with the Coronavirus. In doing so, please know that we will continue to share relevant information with you – our family – as efficiently as we can. As Governor Cuomo stated earlier today, “Panic and fear is wholly disconnected from reality.” With facts, perspective, and following best practices we might face uncertain times ahead, but we will get through this together and stronger than we were before.

Please take a moment to review the information below and do not hesitate to reach out to us at townboard@mynewcastle.org

  • Ivy Pool, Town Supervisor
  • Jeremy Saland, Deputy Town Supervisor
  • Lisa Katz, Councilmember
  • Jason Lichtenthal, Councilmember
  • Lauren Levin, Councilmember


The Numbers: Wednesday March 18

  • Current cases in NYS: 2,382 
  • Current cases in Westchester: 538
  • Current tested in NYS/Westchester: 14,597/4,106

Remember two things. We are seeing more cases because we are testing more. It’s that simple. It’s here whether or not we test. Further, merely because you have flulike or COVID-19 type symptoms does not mean you will be tested but you should be told to stay away from others and follow the oft repeated best practices. Not everyone gets tested.

Hospitalization in NYS:

  • Wed: 549 of 2,382 (23%)
  • Tues: 264 of 1,374 (19%)
  • Sun: 137 of 729 (19%)

Good News: 108 individuals recovered and were discharged from the hospital.

Worldwide cases:

  • Wed: 204,264
  • Sun: 156,400

Worldwide deaths:

  • Wed: 8,244
  • Sun: 5,833

Worldwide recoveries:

  • Wed: 82,107
  • Sun: 73,968

Worldwide pending:

  • Wed: 113,913
  • Sun: 77,599


Critical Information:  Hospital Beds and Capacity

According to the Governor’s experts, the peak will come in approximately 45 days and we will need anywhere between 55,000 to 110,000 hospital beds and 18,600 to 37,200 ICU beds. 

NY only has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 ICU beds of which currently 80% of the latter are in use. Good governance demands we prepare for the worst and work together while hoping for the best.
 

All (Washed & Clean) Hands on Deck:  Calling Medical Professionals

The Governor is calling upon retired doctors and nurses to offer their assistance at:

Health.ny.gov/assistance

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.5, through April 17, 2020, and to the extent necessary, physicians licensed and in good standing outside NYS and those licensed and in good standing in NYS, but are not registered, may assist in the medical treatment of COVID-19 as prescribed by law. Similarly, the Executive Order addresses other medical professionals including nurses and physician assistants. If you qualify, please review the Executive Order and above website. Additionally, contact the New York State Department of Health for further information and guidance. 
 

Federal Government:  Filing Your Taxes & Increasing Hospital Beds

Federal income taxes must be filed timely on or before April 15, 2020. However, taxpayers can delay paying their income taxes on as much as $1 million in taxes owed for up to 90 days. Further information is available at:

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948.

At this time, New York State, Westchester County, and the School Districts have not provided for a similar delay. These taxes must be paid timely and in full to avoid a penalty.

USNS Comfort, a hospital ship with 1,000 hospital rooms and surgery capabilities, is being sent to NYS to assist in the potential surge of patients requiring hospitalization resulting from COVID-19.
 

NYS Regulations:  New Closure Policy

No business – public or private – can have more than 50% of employees report for work. A list of essential and exempted businesses is forthcoming from NYS.

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo indicated that he had no intention to implement a “shelter in place” policy. 

 

New Castle:  Important Information and Closures

Please note that while NYS waived park fees, all playgrounds are closed in New Castle. Children are not permitted to use New Castle’s playground facilities. Parents of college, high school and middle school children should firmly and unequivocally advise their children to refrain from gathering together and ignoring best practices including the six-foot social distancing guideline. Do not selfishly compromise the health of others with group playdates or other activities. Know that while there is currently no curfew, violations of Executive Orders and other regulations are potentially actionable. 

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, non-essential government employees must work from home and municipalities must reduce staffing of essential employees by 50%. While the New Castle Police Department will remain fully staffed, the Recycling Center will be closed until further notice. Your home garbage and recycling pickup remains on schedule and will not be affected at this time. 

Please be patient with the Town and communicate by email when possible. A directory of departments and contact information is available at www.mynewcastle.org.
 

New Castle:  Policy for Confirming COVID-19 Cases

Although there are no confirmed cases in New Castle, New York State is compiling positive tests for COVID-19 and sharing the same with Westchester County and local municipalities. Upon a positive test and as part of their due diligence, the Westchester County Department of Health will inquire about an individual’s employment and physical contacts to best share critical information with appropriate municipalities.

While we do not need a positive test to know that no community is immune from the virus, upon receipt of this information we will follow the County’s guidance and applicable laws, including HIPAA, before disseminating anything to the public. Please know that personal information of impacted persons will not be publicly shared. 
 

New Castle:  One Family Protecting One Another & Beyond

New Yorkers are a tough bunch and we, in New Castle, are a united family. Supervisor Ivy Pool, Deputy Supervisor Jeremy Saland, Council members Lisa Katz, Jason Lichtenthal and Lauren Levin, Town Administrator Jill Shapiro, and our Town staff and first-responders, have one shared priority – all of you. We are honored to serve you and will continue to do so to the best of our ability.

 

Town Hall:  Learn More and Contact Us


Town Hall Meetings and Board Packets


To find agendas, supporting documents, and meeting minutes for Board meetings, click here.
To watch videos from recent meetings recorded by New Castle Community Media Center, click here.


Stay Connected


To stay informed about your local government and community, click here to create a mynewcastle.org account, sign up for Town Hall e-News and Community e-News, and sign up with Nixle and Code Red to receive text messages and/or emails for emergency alerts and community events.


Contact Us! - Email Your Town Council and Town Administrator

You may contact your town board members and town administrator by using the links below, or as a group. For a full list of town contacts, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Castle) Neighbors Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:44:25 -0400
New Castle’s Directory: Food/Beverage & Boutiques that Deliver or Take-Out https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2680-new-castle-s-directory-food-beverage-boutiques-that-deliver-or-take-out2680-new-castle-s-directory-food-beverage-boutiques-that-deliver-or-take-out https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2680-new-castle-s-directory-food-beverage-boutiques-that-deliver-or-take-out2680-new-castle-s-directory-food-beverage-boutiques-that-deliver-or-take-out

Thank you to the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce for their partnership. Here is a consolidated list of all Food/Beverage Shops & Boutiques that will deliver, provide curbside pick-up or both!  If other merchants want to be included please contact the Chappaqua Millwood Chamber of Commerce or Lauren Levin (llevin@mynewcastle.org).

Food & Beverage

 A&S Fine Foods Millwood (914) 923-8485

Curbside Pick-up


Bobo’s Café (914) 861-8001

Curbside Pick-up

Menu:  https://www.boboscafe.net/bobos-chappaqua

Chappaqua Village Market (914)238-4948

Curbside Pick-Up

2-3 hours to complete your customized order 

Minimal social exposure:  pick up between 5:30-6:30 pm. 

Chappaqua Wine & Spirit (914) 238-3114

FREE Delivery 10-mile radius or curbside pick-up.

Dodd’s Liquor Store & Wine Shop (914) 762-5511

FREE Delivery excluding south of I-287 or curbside pick-up

Hilltop Wines & Spirits (914) 238-8422
FREE Delivery 10-Mile radius or Curbside Pick-Up

Ibiza Kitchen (914) 458-5044

FREE Delivery 5-mile radius and take out 

Menu:  https://ibizakitchen.net/takeout-menu

Lange’s Little Store (914) 238-3553

Take-Out

Little Thai Kitchen (914) 861-8188

FREE Delivery and Take-Out

Le Jardin du Roi (914) 238-1368

Take-Out 

Menu:  https://www.instagram.com/p/B90Ci0kpCkF/?igshid=m4mgtaepppp8

Old Stone Trattoria (914) 238-8822

FREE Delivery and Pick-Up

Malito’s (formerly 238 Pizza) (914) 941-5300

$2 charge for Delivery or Curbside Pick-up

Pizza Station (914) 238-1400

FREE Delivery and Pick-up

Quaker Hill Tavern (914) 238-6416

Curbside Pick-up

Susan Lawrence (914) 238-8833

Curbside Pickup

Daily menus on-line www.susanlawrence.com

Taco Street 914-861-8500

FREE Delivery 5-Mile Radius or Curbside Pick-up

Villarina’s Deli & Catering (914) 238-7153

FREE Delivery 5-mile radius or curbside pick-up

Boutiques

Breeze (914) 238-1900

FREE Local Delivery or Curbside Pick-Up

Personal appointments available

Shop Online www.BreezeGifts.com

Chappaqua Paint & Hardware (914) 861-2777

FREE Delivery or Curbside Pick-Up

Chappaqua Cleaners & Tailors (914) 238-3414

FREE Delivery and pick-up   

Cosmetic Boutique (914) 954-8087

Curbside Pick-up

Drug Mart of Millwood (914) 923-9200

Curbside Pick-up

Desires by Mikolay (914) 238.2223

FREE Delivery 5-mile radius or curbside pick-up.

Shop online:  https://www.desiresbymikolay.com/

Eye Gallery (914) 238-5600

FREE shipping on any item (contact lenses, glasses) 

Email us:  eyegalleryofchappaqua@gmail.com

Family Britches (914) 238-8017

FREE Delivery or curbside pick-up

Hip-Kid (914) 861-2710; Trish at (914) 815-2712 or Lori at (914) 588-2318

Curbside Pick-Up

House of 29 (914) 861-2928

FREE Delivery 10-mile radius or Curbside Pick-Up

Personal appointments available

Shop online https://houseof29.com/

Petticoat Lane (914) 238 0872

FREE delivery 10-mile radius, curbside pick-up and free shipping 

Shop online: Bagshop.com

Scattered Books (914) 529-8013

FREE delivery of books, gifts and Easter baskets.

Open 10-3 and by private shopping appointment, 3-8pm. 

Shop at Dori’s Please email your orders at DoriC7886@gmail.com

FREE Delivery and Curbside Pick-Up

(914) 907-1832

Follow on Instagram @shopatdori

Squires (914) 238-4511

FREE Delivery or Free UPS Shipping and curbside pick-up

The King’s Scribe (914) 419-3526

FREE Shipping and Curbside Pick-up

Email:  Info@kingsscribe.com

Wags & Whiskers (914) 238-0244

FREE Delivery and Curbside pick-up of pets and supplies

Antibacterial shampoo on any dogs if the owner requests it. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Castle) Neighbors Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:23:52 -0400
Governors From CT, NY, NJ Actions to Compat COVID-19: Take Out/Delivery ONLY for Food Establishments, Bars, Movie Theaters, Gyms Closed https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/politics/2679-governors-from-ct-ny-nj-actions-to-compat-covid-19-take-out-delivery-only-for-food-establishments-bars-movie-theaters-gyms-closed2679-governors-from-ct-ny-nj-actions-to-compat-covid-19-take-out-delivery-only-for-food-establishments-bars-movie-theaters-gyms-closed https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/politics/2679-governors-from-ct-ny-nj-actions-to-compat-covid-19-take-out-delivery-only-for-food-establishments-bars-movie-theaters-gyms-closed2679-governors-from-ct-ny-nj-actions-to-compat-covid-19-take-out-delivery-only-for-food-establishments-bars-movie-theaters-gyms-closed

Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus – or COVID-19 – throughout the tri-state area.

These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people effective 8PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

The three governors also announced that restaurants and bars that serve food will temporarily be required to move to take-out and delivery services only. Bars that do not serve food will be required to temporarily close. These measures will take effect at 8PM tonight.

Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, and similar public workout facilities and studios. New York and New Jersey will close commercial casinos effective at 8PM tonight. Governor Lamont will do the same for the state’s physical off-track betting facilities, noting their willingness to voluntarily close. In addition, Governor Lamont and Governor Cuomo are strongly urging their tribal partners to close tribal casinos.

This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

Governor Lamont said, “We must do everything we can as a community to slow the spread of this virus so that we don’t overwhelm our healthcare system and we protect the most vulnerable. Viruses do not know borders, which is why taking a regional approach on this issue is the best plan forward. A national approach to these measures would be the best option to slow and mitigate the spread of this virus.”

Governor Cuomo said, “Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that. This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents ‘state shopping’ where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

Governor Murphy said, “With all we are seeing in our state – and across our nation and around the world - the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I’ve said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we’re all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn't just up to some of us, it's up to all of us.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:13:12 -0400
All New York City, Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau Public Schools Will Close This Week to Limit Spread of COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2678-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-192678-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2678-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-192678-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19

Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk to Close Public Schools Beginning Monday, March 16

NYC Must Have a Plan in Place within 24 Hours to Ensure Children Who Rely on School Meals Continue Getting Support and Parents - Especially Critical Healthcare Workers and First Responders - Have Access to Child Care

Cuomo: "Any school closings need to be done with these contingencies in mind so that children are not harmed and our hospitals aren't understaffed - otherwise we cut off our nose to spite our face."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk schools will close this week in an effort to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

Schools in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

New York City must develop a plan within the next 24 hours to ensure children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs will continue to receive that support, and parents - especially critical healthcare workers and first responders - will be provided access to child care as needed. New York City schools will close early this week.

"Our goal is to slow the spread of the virus to a rate that the healthcare system can manage, and one of the ways to do that is to reduce density," Governor Cuomo said. "Closing the schools is a good idea but you have to anticipate and correct any unintended consequences - we have to ensure children who rely on free school meals continue to get them and that there's adequate child care, especially for healthcare workers and first responders who are parents of young children. We will close these schools but it needs to be done with these contingencies in mind so that children are not harmed and our hospitals aren't understaffed - otherwise we cut off our nose to spite our face."

The Governor also called on 1199 SEIU President George Gresham, New York State Nurses Association President Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, Greater New York Hospitals Association President Ken Raske and United Federation of Teachers President Mike Mulgrew to work together to ensure children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs will continue to receive that support, and parents will be provided access to child care as needed, including temporary daycare centers. These centers would prioritize care for children of healthcare workers and first responders to ensure these school closures do not strain the hospital and emergency response systems.

Earlier today, the Governor tasked SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras with working with counties to develop contingency plans in preparation for school closings, including how to provide meals to food insecure children and ensuring families have adequate access to childcare.

The county executives from Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau joined a conference call with Governor Cuomo earlier today to discuss the closures and said the following:  

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, "Our county has been coordinating with the State to ensure an effective means of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Cancelling group events and meetings, limiting access for non-essential social contacts and anticipating additional testing and healthcare needs are all part of our response in concert with the Governor and his administration. Closing schools-with adequate childcare and nutrition provisions-is the next step we will undertake this week. We deeply appreciate the leadership shown by Governor Cuomo."

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "Over the last several days we have worked with our state and local partners on the potential closure of schools as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to increase around the state. As part of our larger social distancing efforts, we came to the conclusion that closing schools is the right thing to do at this time. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership as we deal with this crisis as well as our school districts for their partnership and swift action to protect Suffolk families."

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, "I thank Governor Cuomo for fully supporting our decision to close all public and private schools and for his unwavering commitment to ensure every child in Nassau County is fully taken care of while this crisis continues to unfold. We all agree that nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children."

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kerry@ducey.org (NY Governor Andrew Cuomo ) Neighbors Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:36:22 -0400
New Castle Update on COVID-19, Closures, Announcements https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2677-new-castle-update-on-covid-19-closures-announcements2677-new-castle-update-on-covid-19-closures-announcements https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/2677-new-castle-update-on-covid-19-closures-announcements2677-new-castle-update-on-covid-19-closures-announcements

Advisory on COVID-19/Coronavirus

From Ivy A. Pool, Town Supervisor, Jeremy Saland, Deputy Supervisor

The Town of New Castle has been working with Westchester County Executive George Latimer, and the Westchester County Department of Health and Department of Emergency Services to plan and prepare for the COVID-19/Coronavirus here in our community. 

This morning Temple Beth El announced that a part-time teacher in their Early Childhood Center, who was last in their building on Wednesday, March 4, tested positive for the virus yesterday.

With this information, as well as the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, the Town of New Castle is recommending the suspension of any community and social gatherings over 20 people, as a precautionary measure for the next 30 days. This guidance will be updated and revisited regularly over the coming days and weeks. 

  • The Town will suspend or reschedule all Board and Commission meetings. The Town Board Work Session on Tuesday evening will be a virtual meeting conducted via Zoom. A link for the public will be shared early next week.
  • All programs and Town facilities are closed, including the Community Center, which includes the Senior Center, the Art Center, and the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.
  • Town Hall will be closed to the public, however, all departments will be staffed and operating. For all routine business, please call Town Hall, do not come in. You can reach us at 914-238-4771/2 or www.mynewcastle.org.
  • Police Department will remain open to the public. 
  • There is a locked, drop box for paperwork outside of the police department for all Town Hall payments and correspondence. The Town strongly recommends providing payment via mail or online. For questions, call 914-238-4742. Items that will not fit in the lockbox must be checked in with the Police Department. Do not leave unattended parcels in the lobby.
  • All Town of New Castle Recreation programs are suspended for a period of 30 days. If you are currently registered and enrolled in a Town of New Castle Recreation program, you will receive a pro-rated refund or account credit. Registration for spring/summer programs will be accepted online only. 
  • Meals on Wheels will continue to provide home-delivered meals as scheduled. If you would like to assist with the delivery of meals, please sign up as a driver by contacting Christine Grey () or Bess Steiger (). If you know of any Seniors who may be in need of assistance, please call the Recreation office at 914-238-3909.
  • The Town is currently identifying all Town employees that can work remotely and will continue to make business continuity a priority.

The Town continues to be in regular communication with the County, as well as the Chappaqua Central School District and neighboring school districts, the fire departments and ambulance corps and our local houses of worship. We will continue to provide updated information as we receive it.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Please rest assured that the Town is taking action to ensure the health and safety of our residents – all of you are our top concern! We ask all residents to practice social distancing by staying home, if possible.  Lastly, we encourage you to be patient, kind, and tolerant towards one another. 


A message from Recreation and Parks

In light of the ongoing developments resulting from COVID-19 the Town of New Castle Recreation and Parks Department will be canceling all programming and closing the Community Center, Art Center and Chappaqua Performing Art Center for 30 days.

Things to know:

  • The Town of New Castle Recreation Department will issue a pro-rated credit to the accounts of those individuals who are registered for Winter programs ending by March 27th
  • Home Delivered Meals will operate as scheduled If you know of any Seniors who may be in need of assistance please call the Recreation office at 914-238-3909

Registration for Spring programs is on as scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 10am.

  • However, registration will only be accepted online or via mail.
  • No in person registration will be accepted.

The Town will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding programming, registration or Social Services, please call the Recreation office at 914-238-3909.


Community Program Cancellations

3/16 LWV - Action Civics: A 21st Century Approach to Educating Youth for Democratic Participation
3/20 Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund Spring Benefit
3/20 Chappaqua Library Author Talk: Dr. Kathy Reichs Conspiracy of Bones
3/22 New Castle Recreation Senior Concert "Pablo Casals"
3/23 Foreign Policy Discussion Group
5/13 New Castle Recreation Senior Broadway Trip - Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Programs Postponed

New Dates to be Determined
3/18 A Conversation with Christian Picciolini - Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism
3/22 New Castle Healthy Yards Environmental Fair

Programs Rescheduled 

3/21 Chappaqua PTA STEM FEST 2020 - NEW DATE May 30

For all upcoming events please confirm with the event manager that the event time has not changed or has been canceled.

Library Programs Cancelled Through May 1st

The Library is taking every precaution to safeguard the health and welfare of our patrons and staff. The Library has decided to cancel all programs through May 1, 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Explore the Library from home
The Library has a large variety of e-resources for books, music and movies available for home use with your Library card here.

No library card? No problem!
Get a free library card online here.

*To obtain a Chappaqua Library Card you must pay taxes to the Chappaqua School District. You may register online for one library card per household.

Library Board Position

The Library will have a vacant seat on the Board for the July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025 term. If you are interested in shaping the future of the Library please pick up a petition at the Library.

Potential candidates must submit their petitions to the District Clerk's office by 5 pm on April 20, 2020

Children's Series at the Chappaqua PAC

The Town of New Castle Recreation Department along with the Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center and the Chappaqua Library are excited to present a monthly Children’s Series at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

All performances are free, however, registration is required.

Sunday, April 19 at 2:00pm - The Bossy Frog Band  REGISTER
Sunday, May 24 at 2:00pm - Magic By Scott Jameson  REGISTER
Sunday, June 28 at 2:00pm - National Circus  REGISTER

New Castle Recreation and the New Castle Community e-News will
announce when registration opens for the Children's Series programs below.

September 13 at 2:00pm - Children's Author Adam Gidwitz 
October 18 at 2:00pm - To Be Announced
November 8  at 2:00pm - Chinese Dance Company Nai-Ni-Chen

Check the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center website for additional programs.  

Town Summer Camp Registration is OPEN

Visit MyNewCastle.org/camp for details and online registration.
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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Castle) Neighbors Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:25:30 -0400
Westchester County District Attorney Operations During the Coronavirus Outbreak https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/life/2676-westchester-county-district-attorney-operations-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak2676-westchester-county-district-attorney-operations-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/life/2676-westchester-county-district-attorney-operations-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak2676-westchester-county-district-attorney-operations-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

The District Attorney’s Office has more than 200 staff who work in offices in the County Courthouse and County Executive Building in White Plains as well as in eight branch offices around the County. District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. says, “Like every other organization, the health and well-being of our staff and those we work with and serve is important to us; but so is the important work we do every day to keep Westchester safe.

With that in mind, we are making provisions to mitigate unnecessary contact among staff and others. None of this will change how we investigate and prosecute crimes. We have notified police departments and other agencies of our emergency Office policies:

  • With the exception of court appearances, all interaction with outside agencies, such as meetings and training sessions, must occur by phone or via the internet, or must be canceled.
  • Interviews with witnesses and victims should take place by phone when possible and appropriate.
  • In addition, all travel on behalf of our office is canceled.

A number of local courts in the County have either closed and/or are rescheduling proceedings. That information can be obtained directly from the local courts or Office of Court Administration.
Defense attorneys and defendants will be notified by the courts in changes of scheduled appearances.

Hate Investigations:
The DA’s Office has received reports of threatening and hateful emails sent to at one least victim of the virus. Because the initial reports of the virus in Westchester were associated with a Jewish congregation, those emails have also included wording that could be considered anti-Semitic. The DA’s Office Hate Crimes Unit is currently working with local law enforcement to investigate these threats. We take them seriously. They are not widespread. But we would like to remind everyone to be calm during this time and be tolerant of your neighbors. And report any concerns you have that you or someone else may be a victim of crime.

Coronavirus Scams:
The DA’s Office is amplifying warnings regarding Coronavirus and actions being taken by other state and federal offices including the NY Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other law enforcement agencies.
The DA has directed our Westchester Intelligence Center to monitor interagency data and alerts re: potential fraud as well as monitoring social media which may be spreading false information and trolling for cyber victims related to the virus outbreak. At this time, we have no reports of scams here in Westchester.

What do scams look like?

*Only give money to legitimate charities:
If you receive phone calls asking for charitable donations related to coronavirus outbreaks either in the U.S. or oversees, do not give credit card information. Do not send money or gift cards.

*Avoid email phishing attacks:
Malicious cyber actors could take advantage of public concern surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by conducting phishing attacks and disinformation campaigns. Phishing attacks often use a combination of email and bogus websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information.

We encourage individuals to guard against COVID-19-related phishing attacks and disinformation campaigns by taking the following precautions:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in emails, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

If online fundraisers, like GoFundMe campaigns, are being circulated, do not respond unless you personally know the recipient of the money.

*Bogus products:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently no products, drugs, supplements or vaccines available to target or help cure COVID19. Whether sold via email, over the internet or door-to-door, do not buy. 

Note to County residents: If you have fallen victim to any of these kinds of scams, keep any written or digital records you may have, and notify the DA’s Office at (914) 995-3414.

We encourage you to turn to trusted sources of information—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.

Reminder regarding medical and other questions:

  • For Westchester County COVID-19 Information Call the Westchester County Help Line at 211.
  • The NYS Department of Health experts are available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 via phone. Call the Hotline (888) 364-3065.

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Life Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:12:15 -0400
NYC Cancels St. Patrick's Day Parade https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/life/2675-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade2675-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/life/2675-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade2675-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade

A revolution for Independence, 2 world wars and every horrendous type of weather imaginable couldn't stop the Irish from showing their pride and marching up 5th Avenue every 17th of March for the last 250 some odd years but it appears as though the Irish are no match for the Coronavirus known as CORVID-19.

Earlier today Mayor DeBlasio, who had indicated he was contemplating cancelling the parade but said would he would lean heavily on the advice of the parade organizers, has done just that and cancelled the annual trek up the Avenue according to several news reports. However, there has been no official word from the parade organizers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio would not confirm the parade's cancellation during a Wednesday afternoon press conference, stating that the city is "waiting for confirmation" and didn't want to reveal details of a "private discussion."

Governor Cuomo said "Why would you risk bringing thousands of people together knowing that this is a virus that easily communicates," Cuomo does have the authority to shut down the parade without the Mayor's approval and had earlier indicated that he was leaning in that direction.

Visit nycstpatricksparade.org stpatricksparade.org for more.

City Councilwoman Carolina Rivera (D-Manhattan) told the NY Post earlier this afternoon that the parade would NOT go forward.

There are 53 confirmed cases of the virus in the 5 boroughs at this time but over 200 statewide.

Almost 2 million spectators were were expected to line the parade route to watch the almost 150 thousand parade participants Tuesday but out of an abundance of caution that wont happen now. There is currently no further information available regarding a possible rescheduling of the parade such as what the City of Yonkers did earlier this week They have rescheduled their parade for Sept 19, 2020.

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kerry@ducey.org (Peter Carey) Life Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:21:36 -0400
New Castle News: Coronavirus Safety Measures https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/life/2673-new-castle-news-coronavirus-safety-measures-include-some-events-cancelled-or-postponed2673-new-castle-news-coronavirus-safety-measures-include-some-events-cancelled-or-postponed https://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/life/2673-new-castle-news-coronavirus-safety-measures-include-some-events-cancelled-or-postponed2673-new-castle-news-coronavirus-safety-measures-include-some-events-cancelled-or-postponed

As we are inundated with headline after headline of the Coronavirus’ perils, it is understandable that some of us are anxious or scared. In fact, being a bit nervous is healthy. To have no concerns is to ignore sound medical advice and scientific realities. That said, fear based not on facts, but an irrational and emotionally driven response, is a different kind of virus and one that is detrimental to our mental health and that of our families and community. As valuable as social media can be, it is critical that we source our information neither from salacious soundbites nor irreputable sites.

By no means am I discouraging anyone from following the news, but be responsible when you share misinformation or that which is incomplete. It is not about “likes” or comments on a Facebook  post. Self-validation should be of no consequence. Far more is at risk. Two great resources that I encourage you to review on a regular basis, and linked below, are the websites for both the New York State and Westchester County Department of Health. Remember, Westchester County and New York State, as well as your New Castle elected officials, Town Hall staff and first responders, have a priority – you. Your safety and health are our top priority. Of this you should have no misgivings.

Please know that as your Deputy Town Supervisor I have been in regular communication with County Executive George Latimer, his office and the Westchester Department of Health. I have also been in contact with Superintendent Christine Ackerman of Chappaqua Central School District and will be in touch with neighboring school districts, fire departments and houses of worship shortly so that we can efficiently share information as needed. To that end, many of you have seen my posts on Facebook and we will be sharing additional information by way of email and on our website.
 

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

Voluntary Town Hall Sign In Policy

We have instituted a voluntary policy that encourages any person who comes to Town Hall to sign in with his or her name, contact information and time they visited us regardless of the purpose. In the event there is a confirmed Coronavirus infection, this information will allow us to contact you. Please recognize that we have absolutely no intention to keep this information permanently. Our goal is a simple one. Efficient communication if, and when, necessary.

Chappaqua Train Station

I have asked the County to assist getting the MTA to install hand sanitizers in our train station waiting area. Whether or not this will happen, please keep the doors open to limit transmission of the virus from countless hands that go from mouths, noses and tissues to door handles, neighbors and back and forth from Grand Central Station. While a bit redundant, it should go without saying that we all must wash our hands, cover our mouths and nose when we sneeze or cough, stay home if we are sick, and call our health care provider before going to the hospital or urgent care. For that matter, please don’t feel compelled to shake another person’s hand. If it makes you feel better, there are plenty who didn’t want to shake mine - Now they have an excuse.

Cancellation of Events

If and when we need to make any closures or cancel events we will certainly do so. The guidance we are receiving from the County has not dictated that we shut down our events as a blanket policy. However, the following programs have been cancelled or postponed:

CANCELLED
3/16 Action Civics: A 21st Century Approach to Educating Youth for Democratic Participation sponsored by New Castle League of Women Voters
3/22 New Castle Recreation Senior Concert "Pablo Casals"
5/13 New Castle Recreation Senior Broadway Trip - Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

POSTONED
3/18 A Conversation with Christian Picciolini - Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, sponsored by Greeley's ENOUGH club and New Castle's Holocaust & Human Rights Committee - New Date to be Determined

Please remember, seniors or individuals with compromised health conditions should reconsider attending any group events and likely forego the same especially if they might be within close proximity to other.

Important Facts

While the number of infected people will likely increase due to ramped up testing, do not lose sight of the following: 

As of late afternoon, on March 10, 2020, there were 173 confirmed cases in New York State of which 108 are in the New Rochelle cluster. Of these, I am aware of only one or two hospitalizations. There have been no fatalities in New York State. Numbers aside, there are likely many people who have or had the virus and the infection has or will resolve itself without issue.

The containment zone in New Rochelle involves schools, houses of worship, and other large gathering facilities from March 12thto March 25th. The National Guard has boots on the ground not to enforce the zone – people can go in and out freely as businesses remain open – but to help with community-based needs and cleaning.

What is Next

As there is a push to increase testing and further efforts to control the spread of the Coronavirus, numbers and statistics may change from day to day or even hour to hour. However, even if things appear to get worse – THEY WILL GET BETTER. If there is any further news worth sharing after my call today with County Executive Latimer, the Westchester County Department of Health, and other municipal officials, I will certainly share it with you.

We are a family here in New Castle. Your Town staff, police, fire department, first responders, teachers, businesses owners and neighbors care about you. Do not let irrational fear keep you from living and enjoying your life. New Yorkers are a tough bunch. Be vigilant and responsible.

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kerry@ducey.org (Deputy Supervisor Jeremy Saland) Life Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:20:54 -0400