Lewisboro's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:11:34 -0400 HamletHub.com Virtual Take a Look Tuesday: Explore Ridgefield Academy's K-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2241-virtual-take-a-look-tuesday-explore-ridgefield-academy-s-k-82241-virtual-take-a-look-tuesday-explore-ridgefield-academy-s-k-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/events/2241-virtual-take-a-look-tuesday-explore-ridgefield-academy-s-k-82241-virtual-take-a-look-tuesday-explore-ridgefield-academy-s-k-8

Your child is ready for more academic challenge. At Ridgefield Academy, imaginations flourish while academic excellence takes root. Would you like to learn more?

Join us on Tuesday, April 21, from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. for an online information session. Meet with our Associate Head of School & Director of Enrollment David Suter as he moderates a conversation with Head of Middle and Upper School Clinton Howarth & Head of Preschool and Lower School Alison O’Callaghan. They will give you insight into what makes Ridgefield Academy the premier K-8 independent option in our area; talk about the importance of culture, community, and connection in the all-important elementary and middle school years; and walk attendees through the admissions process for September 2020. Plus, prospective families will be able to ask any questions to the panelists.

Tuesday, May 5; 11:00 - 11:30 am; Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning Basil Kolani and David will explain how your child will engage deeply in our forward-thinking curriculum designed to prepare students with the skills of the future.

Tuesday, May 19; 11:00 -11:30am; RA parents will speak about their experience partnering with teachers and being part of our vibrant community. They will be glad to answer questions.

Register today and find out why parents say the strength of RA’s program is in our overall approach to curriculum development and the teaching staff.

The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool community celebrates childhood, pursues excellence, and cultivates kindness. Our educational program is intellectually inspiring, and we foster joyful learning and mutual respect in all that we do. We empower each student to rise to their authentic self, preparing confident graduates who shape their future with ingenuity and integrity.

kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Events Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:04:12 -0400
April 6: Westchester County COVID-19 Numbers https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2242-april-6-westchester-county-coronavirus-numbers2242-april-6-westchester-county-coronavirus-numbers https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2242-april-6-westchester-county-coronavirus-numbers2242-april-6-westchester-county-coronavirus-numbers

County Flags in Westchester at Half Mast, Ceremony Planned to Recognize Residents who have Died

Westchester County Center to open as temporary hospital with 120 beds

Westchester County Numbers

  •        Total Number hospitalized (cumulative)             718
  •        Total currently in hospital                          377
  •        Number Hospitalized in Westchester County      345
  •       Number of Deaths 211 (updated last 4/4 STATE NUMBER) 

Watch the full press conference for details at this link: https://youtu.be/qutzjIiC3tM 


kerry@ducey.org (Westchester County) Neighbors Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:24:44 -0400
Town of Lewisboro COVID-19 Update: 17 Residents Test Positive, All Park/Perserve Parking Lots Closed https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2240-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-17-residents-test-positive-all-park-perserve-parking-lots-closed2240-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-17-residents-test-positive-all-park-perserve-parking-lots-closed https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2240-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-17-residents-test-positive-all-park-perserve-parking-lots-closed2240-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-17-residents-test-positive-all-park-perserve-parking-lots-closed

According to the New York State Department of Health, 17 Lewisboro residents have tested positive for Covid-19.  

For those of you who understood the intent of Friday’s message, thank you for your support.  We aimed to communicate the severity of the situation and encourage compliance.  For others who felt we publicly shamed individuals and questioned the relevance of the numbers we chose to disclose, we apologize.  We hope we were able to respond to all in a timely and satisfactory manner.  As we upgrade our communications systems and capabilities, a blip here and there is to be expected.  I feel there are positive results from our efforts thus far and so we will continue to put out daily updates until further notice, while also increasing our social media presence. 

EFFECTIVE TODAY:  All parking lots of Lewisboro parks and preserves are closed.  At this time, County Parks remain open and if people abide by the rules, that will continue to be the case, according to County Executive Latimer’s most recent statement.  Please check the Westchester Parks website: https://parks.westchestergov.com/ before(link is external) venturing out for the most up to date information. 

On behalf of the Nature Conservancy, please be advised the following preserves in Lewisboro are closed until further notice:

1. Mt. Holly Sanctuary
2. Marriam Yarrow 
3. Mildred E. Grierson
4. Mt. Holly Preserve


STAY HOME, STAY HOME, STAY HOME, STAY HOME, STAY HOME.  WHY???  BECAUSE IT KEEPS YOU, ME, YOUR FAMILY, MY FAMILY AND ALL OF US AS SAFE AS CAN BE.  WE LIKE SAFE – THANK YOU!!!https://www.westchestermedicalcenter.org/news/coronavirus-update-1401(link is external)

Drive-Thru Testing is now available:  https://www.westchestermedicalcenter.org/news/coronavirus-update-1401(link is external)

Spring Weather Safety

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/spring-presentations(link is external)

Homeland Security - NTAS - Alerts

http://www.dhs.gov/national-terrorism-advisory-system (link is external)


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TOMORROW, APRIL 1ST 2020 IS CENSUS DAY!!  One way to show your support to our local first responders during this crisis is to submit your 2020 census response now. The amount of federal money that our local hospitals, police and other critical services receive for the next 10 years will be based on the 2020 Census numbers. Please respond online to the census mailing you received in the mail, or go to https://2020census.gov/en.html to(link is external) respond today.



If you are food or shelter insecure please follow this link www.communitycenternw.org or(link is external) call (914) 232-6572.

‘Ride Connect of Family Services of Westchester’ has initiated a volunteer program that will match a volunteer with a senior for grocery shopping.  Any interested volunteer can contact Ride Connect and give their name, phone # and town of residence.  Seniors can also call Ride Connect and give their information.  Once the volunteer and senior are matched, they work out an arrangement for shopping and exchange of money or credit card information.  Call Ride Connect at 914-242-7433 


• Pedestrian Bike/Ped Committee Meeting is on for tonight,Tuesday, 3/31 @8PM.  For login information please contact Dan Welsh at dwelsh@lewisborogov.com(link sends e-mail)

Following are updates from

THE LEWISBORO LIBRARY: The Library continues to issue new or renew expired library cards remotely.  Residents can reach us by email at lewisborolibrary@gmail.com(link sends e-mail). In addition to her Mon/Wed 10:30 Streaming Storytimes, Miss Anna will be streaming a live read-along of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 pm, beginning March 31. Preschoolers and elementary students can join Miss Anna for "Boredom Busters" every Friday at 3:30 pm, starting April 3. She'll be doing crafts, trivia and science experiments, so catch her live on our Facebook page or afterwards in our FB videos.


FAMILY ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS: DAY 13 - Happy last day of March - or was it April with so many showers?!?

Paper and Pencil Game/Activity – MONSTER O MONSTER

Number of Players
· 2 or more

Materials Needed
· Paper for each player
· Markers (crayons, pen the more colors the better)
· Creative imagination
· Timer

How to Play
1. Everyone gets a piece of paper and pen.
2. Follow the “Round” rules; allowing 2 minutes per round.

Round # 1:
· Each player draws a head at the very top of their paper.
· Then draws a neck (two lines coming from the head).
· Then fold the paper over at the neck line (so you can’t see the head).
· Pass the paper to your left.

Round # 2:
· Each player draws the top half of a body (mid-section/arms).
· Then fold the paper over at the bottom of the body (you don’t want your neighbor to see it).
· Pass the paper to your left.

Round # 3:
· Each player draws the bottom half of a body (legs/feet).
· Pass the paper back to the person who drew the head (two people to your right).
· Open it up to see the “Monster Oh Monster” you have created & give it a name!
· Share everyone’s works of art vote on a winner.
· Hang the winning monster on your refrigerator.

Active Game – INDOOR HIDE AND SEEK - Needs a minimum of 2 players. There are few rules other than the basic point of the game, which singles out a seeker, known as “it,” while the other players find hiding spots. The seeker counts aloud to a number previously agreed upon by all players so they know how much time they have to hide.

This in turn allows them to venture to an appropriate distance and situate themselves before the seeker finishes counting. The usual speech goes like this: “One, two, three…twenty. Ready or not, here I come!” It is very important to tradition that the seeker say “Here I come” to let the other players know their time is up.

The seeker must close their eyes and often is required to face a wall away from the players. While the seeker counts, the other players look for hiding places and once they are positioned, they cannot move. The seeker finishes counting and the hiding players stay quiet as possible until they are found. They are not allowed to change hiding places once the seeker has finished counting.

Creative Activity - A-Z SCAVENGER HUNT OF ITEMS IN YOUR HOME. List A - Z down the left side of the paper. Then go from room to room to find items with every letter of the alphabet and the room you found it in. A= album in living room B = book in family room C = Candle in bathroom, D = door in front hallway E = empty glass in dining room - etc.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Lewisboro) Life Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:29:00 -0400
Town of Lewisboro COVID-19 Update: 15 Residents Test Positive, Parking Lots at Town Parks Closed https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2239-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-15-residents-test-positive-parking-lots-at-town-parks-closed2239-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-15-residents-test-positive-parking-lots-at-town-parks-closed https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/life/2239-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-15-residents-test-positive-parking-lots-at-town-parks-closed2239-town-of-lewisboro-covid-19-update-15-residents-test-positive-parking-lots-at-town-parks-closed

Coronavirus Update from Town of Lewisboro Town Clerk, Janet Donohue

Dear Residents,

Today is Friday, March 27th, 2020.  According to the New York State Department of Health, 15 Lewisboro residents have tested positive for Covid-19.  That is an uptick of 5 since yesterday.  Going into the weekend we feel it necessary to repeat the following information:

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:  Parking lots of major parks and preserves are closed.  This affects the following properties: Leon Levy, Lewisboro Town Park, Onatru Farm Park, Fox Valley and Vista Playground.  Do NOT leave your vehicle outside of our parks & preserves on the roadway. This measure has been implemented to enforce social distancing for the benefit of all residents and visitors. Failure to comply will result in police enforcement.

As our recreation space becomes more condensed, be extra mindful of the following health precautions

• If you have tested positive for Covid-19, were exposed to someone who has tested positive, are displaying symptoms of the virus or have been in contact with someone displaying those symptoms – DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE!
• Covid-19 Symptoms:  Cough, respiratory symptoms, high fever.  If you have symptoms call your healthcare provider and, if first responders will be assisting in your transition to care let them know the reason for it.
• Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water.  Sneeze or cough into your elbow.  Do not use your hands to touch your face.  Stay a minimum of 6 feet distance from individuals with whom you are not sheltering.


• Known Covid positive cases have been witnessed outside and about town.  This behavior is IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNCARING and puts our entire community at RISK and is why we are considering more stringent/restrictive actions.
• Lewisboro have highest per capita number of Covid-19 positive cases
• Lewisboro have the highest percentage increase of Covid-19 positive cases 

• Pedestrian Bike/Ped Committee Meeting is on for Tuesday, 3/31 @8PM.  For login information please contact Dan Welsh at dwelsh@lewisborogov.com(link sends e-mail)

THE PLANNING BOARD:  The Planning Board has temporarily pared back on submission requirements.  There is a link on the homepage for our Planning Department to “Applications to Planning Board During Covid-19” under the “Key Topics” label.  For any inquiries kindly call (914) 763-5592.


FAMILY GAME SUGGESTIONS: DAY 9 - It's Friday!!! We got through another week.

Paper and Pencil Game/Activity – WRITE A LETTER OF APPRECIATION - A THANK You to a Soldier, Veteran, Emergency Personnel, Medical Personnel, - Most soldiers, firefighters, police officers, and medical personnel are required to miss their family meals, work in dangerous situations and work through the night to save lives and keep everything running smoothly. Many of these emergency response workers are unsung heroes, and while they don’t actively seek out gratitude for what they do it’s important to remember to thank them for their hard work and dedication. Send your letters to the Lewisboro Police Department, Goldens Bridge Fire Dept, South Salem Fire Dept., Vista Fire Department, Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corp, or visit https://supportourtroops.org/cards-letters to(link is external) get the mailing address for a soldier.

String up a divider as a net and see how many times you can volley the balloon over the net without it touching the ground. Fly swatters, plastic spatulas or wooden spoons could work well for the tennis game, but they aren’t absolutely necessary. (This works best with only two children playing for safety reasons.)

Creative Activity - HOMEMADE PLAYDOH -
2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
· 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
· 1/2 cup salt
· 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
· Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in
increments until it feels just right)
· food coloring (optional)
· few drops glycerin (optional- adds more shine!)

1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing
2. Add food coloring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (color optional)
3. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
4. Add the glycerin (optional)
5. Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
6. (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right) and then store in an air tight container for up to 4 months.

THE LEWISBORO LIBRARY:  The Library continues to issue new or renew expired library cards remotely. Lewisboro Library card holders can access all Westchester County Library digital content offerings, like tutor.com where students can get help with homework. Go to http://www.lewisborolibrary.org/ and(link is external) click on the Online Resources tab to access tutor.com. Residents can reach us by email at lewisborolibrary@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)

THE JUSTICE COURT:  You can leave a message on the Court answering machine (914-763-5417) for any urgent matters - YOUR CALL WILL BE RETURNED. Please state your name (spell your last name), phone number and date of birth.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT:  The Highway Department has reduced our daily staff by splitting our crew in two. Each crew will work one week on and one week off.

If you have a concern/issue we ask that you email the office at highway@lewisborogov.com(link sends e-mail).

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Lewisboro Town Clerk Janet Donohue) Life Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:24:29 -0400
Westchester D.A. Scarpino Raises Alarm on Coronavirus Scams https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/publicsafety/2238-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams2238-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/publicsafety/2238-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams2238-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.
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/lewisboro/charities/2237-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic2237-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/charities/2237-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic2237-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


kerry@ducey.org (Lily Newman) Charities Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:42:31 -0400
7 Lewisoboro Residents Test Positive for COVID-19, Important Information from Supervisor, Peter H. Parsons https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2236-7-lewisoboro-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-important-information-from-supervisor-peter-h-parsons2236-7-lewisoboro-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-important-information-from-supervisor-peter-h-parsons https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2236-7-lewisoboro-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-important-information-from-supervisor-peter-h-parsons2236-7-lewisoboro-residents-test-positive-for-covid-19-important-information-from-supervisor-peter-h-parsons

In a message to the Lewisboro community today, Town of Lewisboro Supervisor, Peter H. Parsons announced that 7 Lewisboro residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Please read below and STAY HOME!
Today is Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. According to the New York State Department of Health, 7 Lewisboro residents have tested positive for Covid-19. In this update we are asking you to STAY HOME! Keep off Town Fields, Courts and Playground Equipment and PASS IT ON.
Today, a Town Employee had to intervene with families using Town playground equipment. We are doing our very best to get the word out and keep the public informed in a responsible manner but please - help us do our part. Email this to one or two people who may not get it. Encourage others to sign up for the Town’s “Community Announcements” from our homepage: www.lewisborogov.com We are happy to walk you through the process. Call (914) 763-3511 for the Town Clerk’s Office or (914) 763-3151/(914) 763-9035 for the Supervisor’s Office.
In the Governor’s Update he stressed the importance of staying home. While predictions are hard to make, the State did make some, and the number of cases is higher than expected. That means double the need to STAY HOME!
If you ordered protective medical equipment such as gloves and/or n95 masks, and don’t need them now that you are home, please be in touch. Local healthcare workers have reached out and need them.
Want to Help from Home?: Support our local businesses who are hurting badly right now
·    Town Board Meeting is on for Monday, 3/30. We will be using ZOOM and login instructions will be forthcoming.
·    Ms. Anna will be leading LIVESTREAM STORYTIME from The Lewisboro Library on FACEBOOK tomorrow, Wednesday, 3/25 at 10:30AM.
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION: All town offices are closed and employees are working remotely.  You can still reach us at (914) 232-6162 and leave a message and we will reach back at you.  We are placing signage today at all fields, courts and playgrounds. They are homemade and the best we can do to weather proof but we hope they will help spread the word to those who are unaware that these resources are OFF LIMITS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Many of you have already received our 2020 Spring and Summer Brochure which was in production before life changed for all of us due to the Coronavirus. All programs, activities, special events and permits are postponed until further notice. Once we are back up and running, everyone will be notified as to when registration will start and activities will resume.  We thank you for your understanding.
It is critical to us that our at-risk population remain in the comfort and safety of their homes. With this in mind, the Department has been contacting our local grocery stores to see what arrangements can be made for home delivery.
Resource for Home Delivery of Groceries and INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS: 
‘Ride Connect of Family Services of Westchester’ has initiated a volunteer program that will match a volunteer with a senior for grocery shopping. Any interested volunteer can contact Ride Connect give them their name, phone # and town of residence and the senior can also call Ride Connect and give their information. Call Ride Connect at 914-242-7433
Once the volunteer and senior are matched, they work out an arrangement for shopping and exchange of money or credit card information.
THE LEWISBORO LIBRARY: The Library will continue to issue new or renew expired library cards remotely. Lewisboro Library card holders can access all Westchester County Library digital content offerings. Residents can reach us by email at lewisborolibrary@gmail.com
THE JUSTICE COURT: You can leave a message on the Court answering machine (914-763-5417) for any urgent matters. Please state your name (spell your last name), phone number and date of birth.
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: The Highway Department has reduced our daily staff by splitting our crew in two. Each crew will work one week on and one week off. If you have a concern/issue we ask that you email the office at highway@lewisborogov.com.
kerry@ducey.org (Town of Lewisboro Supervisor, Peter H. Parsons) Neighbors Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:16:12 -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/lewisboro/politics/2235-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny2235-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/lewisboro/politics/2235-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny2235-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:


Total Positive

New Positive

Albany County



Allegany County



Broome County



Chenango County



Clinton County



Columbia County



Delaware County



Dutchess County



Erie County



Essex County



Fulton County



Genesee County



Greene County



Hamilton County



Herkimer County



Jefferson County



Livingston County



Monroe County



Montgomery County



Nassau County



Niagara County



New York City



Oneida County



Onondaga County



Ontario County



Orange County



Putnam County



Rensselaer County



Rockland County



Saratoga County



Schenectady County



Schoharie County



Suffolk County



Sullivan County



Tioga County



Tompkins County



Ulster County



Warren County



Washington County



Wayne County



Westchester County



Wyoming County



kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:45:16 -0400
Town of Lewisboro Updates from Supervisor Peter Parsons https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2233-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons-15845706002233-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons-1584570600 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2233-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons-15845706002233-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons-1584570600

Today is Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.  We are happy to report that there remain 0 confirmed cases of a positive test in Lewisboro.  We have received some self-reports from Town Employees and citizens who have traveled or been exposed to someone who tested positive outside the County, and all report taking all necessary precautions during that time.  We thank those responsible citizens who have self-reported and want to communicate that self-reporting is encouraged and will be kept confidential.  

Essentially, if you abide by the following guidelines and are not already ill, we should be able to successfully mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus if we all play by the rules:

SOCIAL DISTANCING has become a familiar phrase to us all in the last week!  What does it mean? 

• No gatherings over 10 people and every individual should stay SIX FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER.  Realistically, if you aren’t immediate family, meet outdoors, if at all.  And even then, keep SIX FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER.  
• You’ll likely be highly aware of any sneeze or cough you elicit.  Make sure to do so into your ELBOW and DON’T PANIC.  Sneezing and coughing is our body’s natural way of getting out debris and it is allergy season so it is to be expected.  
• Wash your hands with frequency – 8-10 times a day and keep them away from your face.
• For the love of Lewisboro – if you are in an “at higher risk” category and have family, friends or neighbors offering to do your shopping, please let them.  You deserve it.  If you’re lonely – we’ll figure that out, but for now – stay healthy.  
• For more information on the evolving situation you may always call the Coronavirus Hotline: 1 (888) 364-3065.


• ACME in Golden’s Bridge is providing “Extra Clean Shopping Hours” each weekday from 7am-9am and open regular hours outside of that.
• Greenway in Cross River is providing “Extra Clean Shopping Hours” each day from 8am-9am.
• Greenwich Produce in Vista is open regular hours 6am-10pm. 
• The H.A.R.T. bus continues to run from Ridgefield to Katonah with on planned interruptions.  

Please support local businesses as much as possible right now.  Get takeout from a local restaurant. We and they thank you for your support as we navigate this together.


Census 2020 has launched their online program for this year.  If you can, complete it that way.  As for updates on the field efforts of the government on this please use this link:

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/operational-update.html(link is external)


• All government buildings are closed to the public
• All Departments are still working and available by phone and email
• 3/23/2020 Town Board Meeting
• 3/25/2020 ZBA Meeting
• 4/7/2020 ACARC Meeting

Following are updates from:

WESTCHESTER COUNTY:  The County is seeking the expertise and service of MD’s and RN’s. Use the following link to sign up: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professi...(link is external)

THE TOWN HOUSE:  You can use the mail slot on the front door of the Town House 11 Main St, South Salem, NY to deliver any paperwork.  For an accessible mailbox, please use the ramp located at the back of the building and you will find the newly secured black mailbox for placement of materials.

PARKS & RECREATION:  We are pleased to offer a wide variety of maintained preserves and trails. We have received several phone calls where to hike in town – please click on our preserve page to see maps of each preserve or park and their trail systems.  Leon Levy is by far the most popular but Old Field is a wonderful relaxing place to stroll.  https://www.lewisbororecreation.com/the-parks-and-preserves-of-lewisbor (link is external)   

Many people have reached out to us to offer any type of assistance to our Senior Adult population both in our office and on social media.  We greatly appreciate that.  The Seniors are very grateful for everyone stepping up to assist at this time.  To limit exposure to our Seniors we have one staff member delivering Meals on Wheels to them, bringing in supplies and doing welfare checks.   Additional assistance is not needed at this time.  WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO REACH OUT TO YOUR NEIGHBORS WHO MIGHT BE IN NEED.   

PLANNING BOARD: From chair Janet Andersen re: the pilot ZOOM meeting for the planning board last evening, “I was not sure if it would be a success or a failure, but I'm glad we took the risk. I feel it went pretty well.  In particular, we had about 20 attendees on the call.  Some came via
computer or iPad video, some were computer audio only, and some accessed by phone.  Some members of the public had some disruptive background noises, and we made good use of the ability of the administrator to mute the line.  We were able to record the call.

THE JUSTICE COURT:  All Vehicle and Traffic Court that was adjourned from 3/30/2020 to May 25th is being rescheduled.  Parties will be notified of the rescheduled date.You can leave a message on the Court answering machine (914-763-5417) for any urgent matters - YOUR CALL WILL BE RETURNED. Please state your name (spell your last name), phone number and date of birth.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT:  The Building Inspector’s office number has been forwarded to his work cell number and he is responding to phone calls and messages.  The Department is not currently accepting applications as they do not have the means to process anything online. The Department has been working with owners and contractors to keep current projects moving along by allowing certain inspections to be certified by their design professionals.

THE LEWISBORO LIBRARY is currently considering how to use their resources, skills and interests to bring programming to you at home.  We are waiving all late fees and all holds will be frozen in their current status.  Our book drop will remainopen for returns.  Now is a great time to explore our entire virtual collections, including eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming movies, TV, and music.  Please visit www.lewisborolibrary.org to(link is external) access our full menu of digital offerings.  A library card is needed to access them.  Please call (914) 875-9004 or email lewsborolibrary@gmail.com(link sends e-mail) for any assistance at all.  We will receive the message and gladly respond as soon as possible.

kerry@ducey.org (Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons) Neighbors Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:30:00 -0400
Ridgefield Resident is First COVID-19 Death in Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2234-ridgefield-resident-is-first-covid-19-death-in-connecticut2234-ridgefield-resident-is-first-covid-19-death-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2234-ridgefield-resident-is-first-covid-19-death-in-connecticut2234-ridgefield-resident-is-first-covid-19-death-in-connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement regarding the first death in Connecticut due to severe complications from coronavirus (COVID-19):

“It is with sadness today that we are confirming the first death of a person in Connecticut due to severe complications from COVID-19. The patient, a man in his 80s, had recently been admitted to Danbury Hospital, where he was receiving treatment. He had been a resident of an Man. I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals at the hospital who did everything in their power to save his life. I also want to acknowledge the dedicated professionals from hospitals and medical centers throughout our state who continue to work on the front lines and treat patients, in addition to all of the support staff who are providing critical assistance through this trying time.

“We know that people of advanced age and in certain conditions are among the most at risk of this disease, however I urge everyone in Connecticut – regardless of age or condition – to take an active role in doing their part to reduce the spread of this virus throughout our communities so we can protect one another.”

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Neighbors Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:08:33 -0400
Town of Lewisboro Updates from Supervisor Peter Parsons https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2231-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons2231-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2231-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons2231-town-of-lewisboro-updates-from-supervisor-peter-parsons

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all those who celebrate!  I hope you find a way to do so in the comfort of your own home while responsibly keeping yourself distant from others.  

I want to begin this update with a hearty ‘THANK YOU’ to our Town employees.  In this unprecedented time, each employee has stepped up to their role and beyond in a united effort to serve you.

To that end, I will be declaring a State of Emergency for Lewisboro effective tomorrow.  This allows me to make executive decisions related to this emergency without consulting my Board. There remain 0 confirmed cases of Covid-19 originating in the Town of Lewisboro.  We are not privileged to know how many have been tested.  To keep this number at a minimum please observe the recommendation to KEEP SIX FEET AWAY FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS.  For more information on the evolving situation you may always call the Coronavirus Hotline: 1 (888) 364-3065  

Local Cancellations/Postponements Until Further Notice:

• Senior Adults Weekly Meeting
• Senior Adult Non-Essential Recreation Trips
• 4/17 Shredding at The Town Park

Greenway Markets has heard your feedback and adjusted their “Senior Shopping Hour” from 8:00am-9:00am.  Please use the frequently and often.  They need our support always and most definitely now. 

The Town House, Town Offices, Fire Departments and LVACare closed to the public.  The Town has closed the old LES building effective today. This plus other measures will allow us to comply with the Governor's requirement that all municipalities cut the number of employees on site in half. This does not prevent them working at home. At the same time I have to ask you to be patient if we are a little slower than normal to respond to your requests.  Additionally, our first responders have and continue to receive training to be able to respond as needed give the current scenario.  Thank you to them for voluntarily placing themselves on the front line for the health and safety of Lewisboro residents.

Following are updates from:

The Town House:  You can use the mail slot on the front door of the Town House 11 Main St, South Salem, NY to deliver any paperwork.  For an accessible mailbox, please use the ramp located at the back of the building and you will find the newly secured black mailbox for placement of materials.

Planning Board:  The Planning Board meeting will take place as scheduled this evening at 7:30PM via remote contact using ‘zoom’.  Please see the Town Website for instructions if you are interested in attending. www.lewisborogov.com

The Court:  The Vehicle and Traffic Court scheduled for March 30, 2020 at 6:30PM has been re-scheduled to May 25, 2020 at 6:30PM.

You can leave a message on the Court answering machine (914-763-5417) for any urgent matters -YOUR CALL WILL BE RETURNED. Please state your name (spell your last name), phone number and date of birth.

Parks & Rec:  We are pleased to offer a wide variety of maintained preserves. In response to  Executive Orders from the Governor’s office mandating gatherings of no larger than 10, we have locked the basketball court and baseball field at Town Park.  We have turned off court lights in order to conserve money.  All playground equipment remains off limits as it is not being sanitized.

The Lewisboro Library is closed to the public through the end of March, at the least.  We are waiving all late fees and all holds will be frozen in their current status.  Out book drop will remain open for returns.  Now is a great time to explore our entire virtual collections, including eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming movies, TV, and music.  P

lease visit www.lewisborolibrary.org to(link is external) access our full menu of digital offerings.  

A library card is needed to access them.  Please call (914) 875-9004 or email lewsborolibrary@gmail.com(link sends e-mail) for any assistance at all.  We will receive the message and gladly respond as soon as possible.


kerry@ducey.org (Peter Parsons) Neighbors Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:23:36 -0400
Cross River Greenway Markets Offers Special Shopping Hours for Seniors https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/places/2232-cross-river-greenway-markets-offers-special-shopping-hours-for-seniors2232-cross-river-greenway-markets-offers-special-shopping-hours-for-seniors https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/places/2232-cross-river-greenway-markets-offers-special-shopping-hours-for-seniors2232-cross-river-greenway-markets-offers-special-shopping-hours-for-seniors

Green Way Markets stores including the location in Cross River, has instituted Special Store Hours from 8:00AM to 9:00AM for Seniors and Immunodeficiency Shoppers and their Families.  We kindly ask healthy adults to help in accommodating our neighbors with special needs at this time.

Along with the special hours we will continue to disinfect shopping carts, baskets, handles, registers & pin pads.  The team training is reinforced multiple times a day to follow proper protocols in ensuring the continued health of each other and the community we serve.

Together by practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and other methods we can and will help to contribute to the greater well being of our global community.

Visit Cross River Greenway Markets on Facebook here. The store is located at 20 N. Salem Road in Cross River, New York. 

kerry@ducey.org (Greenway Markets) Places Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:04:26 -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/lewisboro/politics/2230-governors-from-ct-ny-nj-actions-to-compat-covid-19-take-out-delivery-only-for-food-establishments-bars-movie-theaters-gyms-closed2230-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/lewisboro/politics/2230-governors-from-ct-ny-nj-actions-to-compat-covid-19-take-out-delivery-only-for-food-establishments-bars-movie-theaters-gyms-closed2230-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.”

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:13:12 -0400
Coronavirus Update from Supervisor https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2229-coronavirus-update-from-supervisor-15843155962229-coronavirus-update-from-supervisor-1584315596 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2229-coronavirus-update-from-supervisor-15843155962229-coronavirus-update-from-supervisor-1584315596

We continue to cooperate with our local county, state, federal and global entities.  One thing cooperating very well, at the moment, is our weather.  I was pleased to note the abundance of usage of local hiking trails while I was out today enjoying a hike at the gorgeous Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park.  

We are using this Covid-19 State of Emergency as an opportunity to tighten our emergency communication strategies, both internally and externally.  Jane Crimmins is functioning as our Public Information Officer and the overarching goal is a consistent message over a variety of platforms.  She’s working hand in hand with Adam Ochs, chair of the Emergency Management Committee and Tony Goncalves, liaison to the Emergency Management Committee.  We’ve established new internal and external modes of communication, but we expect kinks.  

We could not be more grateful to staff who have worked over the weekend to pilot new communications strategies.  Mary Hafter, Jennifer Caviola, Dana Mayclim, Chief Dave Alfano, Sargeant Llewellyn and, of course, my Board members.  Volunteers are not to go unnoticed:  Dan Murtha, LVAC Captain, Jeff Peck, Chief of the VFD, Mike Lynch, Chief of the SSFD, and James McManus, Chief of the GBFD.  

We are also accessing input from the public via social media, email and phone channels and trying to address concerns through a daily update. 

There remain 0 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the TOL.  

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17thbegins at 7PM and, as of right now, we are considering options for teleconferencing that will facilitate the discussion between the applicants and Board.    

Feedback is welcome but please know we are doing our best at this time to develop policy while improving communications one step at a time.

I hope you and your families continue to be well. 

My next SUPERVISOR UPDATE will take place at 6PM tomorrow, Monday, March 16th.


kerry@ducey.org (Town of Lewisboro Supervisor Peter H. Parsons) Neighbors Sun, 15 Mar 2020 15:39:56 -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/lewisboro/neighbors/2227-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-192227-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/lewisboro/neighbors/2227-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-192227-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."

kerry@ducey.org (NY Governor Andrew Cuomo ) Neighbors Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:36:22 -0400