Riverdale's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale Mon, 13 Jul 2020 08:18:55 -0400 HamletHub.com Adelphi's New Remote Gap Year Program Allows Students to Enhance Skills, Earn Credits https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4681-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits4681-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4681-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits4681-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits

Recent high school graduates or even current college students who have decided to take a gap year have traditionally tried to continue their education through travel, internships or volunteer projects -- avenues currently limited by the global coronavirus pandemic. Now, though, they have the option of staying connected to a higher education track through Adelphi University's new Gap Year Experience.

The 11-week program runs September 7 through November 20 (and repeats February 1 through April 16). It includes three weeks of training followed by eight weeks of projects working with a small team on projects for businesses or organizations, much like an internship. The program will run remotely, allowing students to connect and collaborate from anywhere in the world.

"Adelphi's Gap Year Experience is designed for students to learn problem-solving skills through a project-based approach," said Graziela Fusaro, director of the University's Center for Innovation. "Students will be divided into multidisciplinary teams and develop a consulting project for a selected partner company -- four to eight per group."

Students will have an average weekly commitment of 10-15 hours a week. By participating in a combination of a guest speaker series, lectures, company meetings, and team exercises, students will learn problem-solving frameworks and professional skills.

Projects will cover a wide range of subjects in business strategy, marketing, social work, health and other areas according to student interest and partner company engagement. Students will be able to choose to work with either a domestic or an international partner including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and start-ups.

Skills acquired from or enhanced by the experience include learning by doing, team-building with students from different backgrounds and interests, gaining digital experience (including working remotely), and "test driving" a planned college major by trying projects in different areas and exploring possible career paths.

Participants have the option of earning either three college credits or a certification. The program is open to those planning on continuing their education at Adelphi or students from other colleges and universities both domestic or international, as well as those undecided about their higher education plans.

To learn more or apply, visit www.adelphi.edu/gap-year. Students should apply for the fall term by August 24, 2020 (or spring term January 18, 2021). Applicants will be contacted by the Innovation Center staff for an individual interview or webinar shortly after the application is received.

Adelphi's Innovation Center launched during the spring 2020 semester and among its offerings have been virtual internship programs similar to the new gap-year program. Nearly 80 students have been involved in projects working with 15 outside organizations, who want to continue working with students in the fall. See more about the center at www.adelphi.edu/innovation-center.

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four-Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York-just 23 miles from New York City's cultural and internship opportunities-and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Adelphi University) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:38:50 -0400
20 Catholic schools in Archdiocese of New York will Not Reopen https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4682-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen4682-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4682-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen4682-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York today announced that 20 Catholic schools will be unable to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three schools will merge. The coronavirus public health crisis has had a devastating financial impact on Catholic school families and the greater Archdiocese. Mass unemployment and continuing health concerns have resulted in families’ inability to pay their current tuition, and a significantly low rate of re-registration for the fall; while months of cancelled public masses and fundraising for scholarships have seen a loss of parish contributions which traditionally help support the schools.

“Children are always the most innocent victims of any crisis, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York. “Too many have lost parents and grandparents to this insidious virus, and now thousands will not see their beloved school again. I’ve kept a hopeful eye on our schools throughout this saga and my prayers are with all of the children and their families who will be affected by this sad news. Given the devastation of this pandemic, I’m grateful more schools didn’t meet this fate, and that Catholic schools nearby are ready to welcome all the kids.”

Much deliberation and analysis went into the final determination of which schools would not reopen. It is expected these changes, which will impact approximately 2,500 students and 350 staff, will have the positive effect of ensuring the overall fiscal stability and strengthen the vitality of New York Catholic schools for decades to come.

“The reality of these schools being lost is painful, and it was only accepted reluctantly after a detailed study was conducted of their respective fiscal standing in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan. “I have been a Catholic school educator for more than 40 years, and could never have imagined the grave impact this pandemic has had on our schools. If more assistance is not forthcoming in the longed for HEROES Act now before Congress, I am afraid even more might close.  This is a very sad day for everyone in the extended Catholic school community. I send my love and prayers to the families, teachers, principals and staff of the affected schools.” Most of the schools affected are in NY C but there are several in Westchester County. St. James the Apostle in Carmel which is the only Catholic school in PUtnam County is not affected.

The following Catholic schools will not reopen: Schools in bold are located in Westchester County.

  • Corpus Christi School, Manhattan 
  • Divine Mercy School, New Windsor
  • Holy Family School, New Rochelle
  • Nativity of Our Blessed Lady School, Bronx
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta School, Staten Island
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Pelham Manor
  • Our Lady of Pompeii School, Manhattan
  • Our Lady of the Assumption School, Bronx
  • Sacred Heart School, Suffern 
  • St. Ann School, Yonkers
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Shrub Oak 
  • St. John’s School, Kingsbridge, Bronx 
  • St. Joseph-St. Thomas School, Staten Island
  • St. Luke School, Bronx
  • St. Patrick School, Bedford
  • St. Paul School, Yonkers
  • St. Peter School, Poughkeepsie
  • Sts. Peter & Paul School, Staten Island
  • Sts. Philip & James School, Bronx
  • St. Thomas Aquinas School, Bronx 

St. John School in Goshen will welcome the following school communities to their campus: 

  • Sacred Heart School, Monroe
  • St. Stephen-St. Edward School, Warwick

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools will work closely with each affected family, to help find a neighboring Catholic school for the fall. The directors of enrollment will provide each family with information and answer any questions that they may have, whether they are about enrollment, transportation or tuition. The best resource for continually updated information will always be https://catholicschoolsny.org/announcements

The superintendent’s office is dedicated to working in coordination with the teachers’ union to do everything it can to help faculty of the affected schools to find employment within the Archdiocesan school system.

About the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York:

For more than two centuries, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York have taught and nurtured children from diverse backgrounds and successfully provided students with the life-changing opportunities that are inherent in a Catholic education. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York currently serve more than 60,000 students from Pre-K through 12th grade at 191 schools across the counties and boroughs of New York. 


commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Places Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:43:51 -0400
KZA Realty Group Supports The Bronx With Two Major Real Estate Deals https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4676-kza-realty-group-supports-the-bronx-with-two-major-real-estate-deals4676-kza-realty-group-supports-the-bronx-with-two-major-real-estate-deals https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4676-kza-realty-group-supports-the-bronx-with-two-major-real-estate-deals4676-kza-realty-group-supports-the-bronx-with-two-major-real-estate-deals

1776 Boston Road, Bronx, NY1776 Boston Road, Bronx, NYKathy Zamechansky, president of KZA Realty Group.Duley Paniagua, Broker, KZA Real Group

Despite the current coronavirus pandemic, KZA Realty Group has secured two major leasing deals that will continue to support the Bronx’s ever-growing economic development.

“It is during these difficult times that we find ourselves coming together. For that reason, we will continue to have the Bronx’s best interest in mind and pursue avenues of opportunities despite the outbreak of COVID-19” said Kathy Zamechansky, president of KZA Realty Group.

In her latest business transaction, Kathy Zamechansky represented the owner, Emanuel Kokinakas of Mega Group Inc., at 2558 Marion Avenue. It was purchased at the agreed upon price of $600,000 by Pedro Alvarez of APG Holding LLC, as represented by Nelson L. Castro of Diaz & Associates. This 4,900 square foot lot contains a pre-existing storefront, parking lot, and a one-family house with additional office space.

The second location, also represented by Kathy Zamechansky, was the lease of 1,730 square feet of commercial space at 1776 Boston Road. Duley Paniagua of KZA Realty Group, represented Rosemary Simo, M.D., and secured a 10-year base lease for the price of $682,109.75. Dr. Simo plans on opening her Compassionate Medical Practice in this space, which is conveniently located under the High Hawk Apartment Building. She also has the option of extending her lease for another 5 years at the rate of $438,509.43.

"The 174th Street corridor (neighborhood) has experienced substantial residential growth over the last 7 years.  Dr. Simo’s medical practice is sorely needed in the area.  Dr. Simo taking newly constructed commercial space will ensure medical services are provided in the area for years to come. Kathy and her team did a great job driving the lease to execution and providing fair terms for both the landlord and Dr. Simo" said Mark Bourbeau of Sycamore Birch Management.

The High Hawk is an 8-story mixed use affordable housing building with 72 apartments and almost 6,800 square feet of retail space. It is within walking distance to major transportation and the Bronx’s Crotona Park.

KZA Realty Group www.kzarealty.com is a commercial real estate brokerage and development consulting firm based in New York City. Founded in 1998 by real estate professional Kathy Zamechansky, KZA specializes in commercial planning, project management, community and government relations, finance, marketing, and communications. She may be contacted directly via cell at (347) 386-9452or email at kzama@aol.com.

mjdardano@gmail.com (Michael Dardano) Life Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:32:12 -0400
The Rooftop Farm at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, Home to 60,000 Bees, Unveils First Harvest https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4680-the-rooftop-farm-at-st-barnabas-hospital-bronx-home-to-60-000-bees-unveils-first-harvest4680-the-rooftop-farm-at-st-barnabas-hospital-bronx-home-to-60-000-bees-unveils-first-harvest https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4680-the-rooftop-farm-at-st-barnabas-hospital-bronx-home-to-60-000-bees-unveils-first-harvest4680-the-rooftop-farm-at-st-barnabas-hospital-bronx-home-to-60-000-bees-unveils-first-harvest

For the past two months, the Rooftop Farm at St. Barnabas Hospital's soon-to-be-open SBH Health and Wellness Center has been home for 60,000 bees (in addition to a working farm).

Tomorrow morning (JULY 7, 2020) at 11:30 am the beekeeper will be on the roof for the bees' first honey harvest.  The center, which opens in September with a fitness center and teaching kitchen, as well as clinical offices, is four years in the making and is intended to transform the health of the Bronx (which perennially finishes in 62nd and last place in terms of health outcomes in NYS).

The beekeeper will remove the top box from each Beehive and use a small leaf blower to push the bees out of the boxes and back towards the hive. 



kerry@ducey.org (Vicki Jakubovic) Life Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:30:23 -0400
Stark Office Suites Expands in White Plains: Private, Full-Service Space Provides an Office Close to Home https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4677-stark-office-suites-expands-in-white-plains-private-full-service-space-provides-an-office-close-to-home4677-stark-office-suites-expands-in-white-plains-private-full-service-space-provides-an-office-close-to-home https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4677-stark-office-suites-expands-in-white-plains-private-full-service-space-provides-an-office-close-to-home4677-stark-office-suites-expands-in-white-plains-private-full-service-space-provides-an-office-close-to-home

Stark Office Suites11th floor at 445 Hamilton Avenue, downtown White Plains, NYStark Office Suites11th floor at 445 Hamilton Avenue, downtown White Plains, NY

Stark Office Suites has increased its Westchester executive office suite footprint and now occupies the entire 11th floor at 445 Hamilton Avenue, the company’s flagship site in the heart of downtown White Plains. Offering more than 26,000 square feet, this location is the largest suburban space in the Stark Office Suites portfolio. Stark Office Suites operates 11 locations in the New York City, Westchester and Connecticut business corridor, offering the benefits of a spacious private environment coupled with full-service support and amenities.

“People want to return to work in a safe, professional environment. Our clients want to be able to shut their doors but still not be alone. The ability to strike that balance has always been at the core of our offering and is a big part of what makes Stark Office Suites special,” said Adam J. Stark, president of Stark Office Suites. “By providing professionals and entrepreneurs with options that include private, furnished offices within easy driving distance from their homes that are equipped with leading-edge technology and administrative support to maximize productivity all while still being a part of a community of successful professionals and entrepreneurs, we’re helping our clients to maximize their productivity and efficiency while operating in a comfortable environment.”

Offering convenient locations near public transportation and major roadways, Stark Office Suites packages include flexible term options, superior amenities and technology solutions that can be tailored to fit any business need. Every suburban office comes with a complimentary parking space and most offer easy access to public transportation.

“We’re here to meet clients at whatever level they choose, whether it’s a virtual office to support a home set-up, a full time private office or a fully serviced suite,” said Stark. “And we let them adapt to any transitions that may come their way. Our trademark flexibility is perfect for professionals, particularly in this uncertain business environment, allowing businesses to establish a home on a worry-free basis.”

Stark clients have access to every Stark Office Suites property, including Stark’s largest suite located in the tower of One Grand Central Place – across the street from Grand Central Terminal – and in the Plaza District at 110 East 59th Street. Premium conference facilities in both of those locations provide Stark’s suburban clients a New York City home as well as a professional setting for their New York City client meetings.

Adapting to the new realities, Stark Office Suites enacted proven policies and practices to protect against COVID 19. And, to enhance client services, Stark Office Suites recently upgraded its video conferencing capabilities by offering enterprise grade video conferencing hardware and the secure, Cisco Webex platform at each location to provide seamless connections for conducting professional video meetings.

“We began here in White Plains by providing exactly what the market is looking for now: the ability to stay nimble,” said Stark. “The idea of working closer to home to avoid a daily commute while retaining access to all that New York City has to offer is an even more attractive alternative for many people. Our White Plains location has always been perfectly positioned for this situation and we’re excited to be able to grow our offering through our newest expansion.”

Stark Office Suites offers premium turn-key full-time single offices or managed suites as well as virtual office options, multiple conference room venues and state-of-the-art technology, including a complete fiber-optic solution. All Stark Office Suites are conveniently located close to major transportation. Stark operates eleven premium locations, including seven in New York including White Plains, Mount Kisco, Harrison, Scarsdale Village, Rye Brook/Westchester Avenue and two in Manhattan, as well as four CT locations in Greenwich, Stamford, Danbury and downtown Hartford, where the company bought The Stark Building, which blends the modern amenities of a contemporary office facility with the charm of a building steeped in history.

kerry@ducey.org (Michael Dardano) Places Fri, 03 Jul 2020 15:05:08 -0400
Visiting NY State Parks This July 4th weekend? Here's What You Need To Know. https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4678-visiting-ny-state-parks-this-july-4th-weekend-here-s-what-you-need-to-know4678-visiting-ny-state-parks-this-july-4th-weekend-here-s-what-you-need-to-know https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4678-visiting-ny-state-parks-this-july-4th-weekend-here-s-what-you-need-to-know4678-visiting-ny-state-parks-this-july-4th-weekend-here-s-what-you-need-to-know

Summer is here and New York State Parks are open for fun and healthy outdoor recreation. If you’re planning to visit please know your experience will be different this year as we take steps to protect visitor and staff safety during this public health emergency. To encourage physical social distancing, capacity limits are in effect. We expect many parks to reach capacity early and close to incoming visitors. Please have a plan ready to visit a different park or consider postponing your visit for another day.
For park capacity updates and closure information visit parks.ny.gov.

 Play Smart * Play Safe * Play Local  State Parks and the Department of Environmental Conservation have launched the PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL campaign to encourage all New Yorkers to recreate safely, responsibly, and locally this summer and to always treat fellow outdoor adventurers with respect. Take the pledge, and promise to use common sense to protect yourself and others when enjoying the outdoors.

Learn more: PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL pledge


Below are some specifics for State Park visitors:

Face Coverings: For the safety of all visitors, please wear a face covering when you cannot maintain social distance.

Pools: Pools are open, with density reduction measures in effect. Visitors will be asked to sign in with contact information to enable potential contact tracing measures. Visitors can check the individual park’s swimming hours of operation before they visit. Visit parks.ny.gov for a listing of State Parks with swimming pools.

Beaches: State Park beaches are open at 50% capacity or less and with heightened precautions. You must practice social distancing at a state beach. More details are available through our press release. Visit parks.ny.gov for a listing of State Parks with swimming beaches.

Restrooms: Public restrooms may be limited. Visitors should plan accordingly and call the park office for more information.

Travel Advisory: Please note New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut have implemented a tri-state travel advisory that requires any individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Visit health.ny.gov Covid-19 Travel Advisory for more information, including the daily updated list of affected states

NY State Parks Explorer App:  Download the free New York State Parks Explorer App, a user-friendly resource for park information, updates and alerts. Available for both iOS and Android devices. Google Play Store, AndroidApple App Store, iPhone


commandercarey@gmail.com (New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation) Places Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:15:37 -0400
Playland Park Will Remain Closed For The 2020 Season https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4679-playland-park-will-remain-closed-for-the-2020-season4679-playland-park-will-remain-closed-for-the-2020-season https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4679-playland-park-will-remain-closed-for-the-2020-season4679-playland-park-will-remain-closed-for-the-2020-season

With the health of Westchester residents and regional visitors on the top of everyone’s mind amid the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the difficulties of social distancing and sanitizing in a crowded park, Westchester County Executive George Latimer has announced that the amusement park at Playland Park in Rye will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Playland’s beach is open to Westchester residents, Tuesdays through Sundays. The pool is closed.

Latimer said: “As we’ve gone through the spread of the contagion and we started going through phase 1, and phase 2, and phase 3 – which is what we’re in now, there was not enough significant improvement to justify what happens when 8,000 people go to one place at one time. It’s analogous to what we face at the Kensico Dam Plaza with the ethnic festivals. So with that thought in mind, we delayed this decision. We lost Memorial Day Weekend as a revenue, we announced originally that it would stay closed to mid-July hoping that things would get better and knowing that the Governor’s Executive Order still kept in closed, but you know if things got better we’d reach out and make a case for why it should open, but realistically we’re at a point right now where we couldn’t make that case any further.”

The park’s regular season opening would have been May 9 this year. Aside from the public-health concerns, the park faced other factors that impeded preparations for the season, including restrictions on in-person hiring and training due to NYS on PAUSE guidelines and supply-chain interruptions early on.

While the amusement park, pool and other attractions will be closed to the public this year, this pause in operations during the warm weather also gives park management and staff an opportunity to advance some maintenance projects. These projects are addition to staff’s regular duties of maintaining each ride as the attractions cannot sit idle for long periods. Maintenance will also include the usual seasonal breakdown and winterization of rides and grounds.

The park will host two drive-in movies this year on Friday nights, July 24 and August 7. Details to be announced soon.

For information about Playland go to playlandpark.org

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Places Fri, 03 Jul 2020 02:26:05 -0400
Fordham Forward: The Plan for Reopening the University https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4675-fordham-forward-the-plan-for-reopening-the-university4675-fordham-forward-the-plan-for-reopening-the-university https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4675-fordham-forward-the-plan-for-reopening-the-university4675-fordham-forward-the-plan-for-reopening-the-university

Below, you will find a brief outline of the contents of the report prepared by the Fordham Forward Task Force with links that will take you directly to those sections of the plan that deal with the topics in the outline.

You may access the State’s guidelines for reopening higher educational institutions via this link.

A. Protecting the Health and Well-Being of the Members of the Community

This section contains information about daily screening, testing, contact tracing, and provisions for isolation and quarantining.

B. Creating and Maintaining A Safe Campus Environment

This section contains information regarding cleaning and sanitation, as well as the use of personal protective equipment.

C. Lessening Campus Density

This section contains information regarding Fordham’s effort to de-densify all aspects of campus life.

Please note: We will limit visitors to “invited guests” only, who are expected to abide by all building/campus protocols (including screening) and require University ID’s to enter on-campus buildings.

D. Additional Considerations and Plans for De-densifying the campus:

In order to lessen campus density, we will also seek to reduce the number of staff members on campus at any given time. To achieve this, managers will be asked to look into the creation of additional shifts and/or rotations for the members of their staffs. In addition, they will be asked to determine which jobs under their supervision can only be done on the ground.

  • Those tasks that can effectively be done remotely should continue to be done remotely.
  • Those tasks that can only be fully and effectively done on campus will require in-person activity. (Staff may be rotated or be spread out over shifts.)
  • Those members of the University community in a high-risk category or who have other personal circumstances are asked to contact the Office of Human Resources Management about accommodations by following the instructions on this page.

E. The Delivery of Instruction

The University will be using a flexible hybrid model of instruction that will contain a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements that will enable classes to be taught either fully or partially online, thus allowing us to pivot to full online learning if circumstances make that necessary.
F. Areas of Special Concern

The State’s directives for the reopening of higher education make it clear that all colleges and universities are to follow the industry-specific recommendations and directions for those parts of the University enterprise that are not covered in the higher education directives. Among those elements/operations would be dining venues (in our case, our cafeterias, and other food venues), gyms (in our case, all of our athletic and fitness facilities), retail stores (in our case, our bookstores) and post office (in our case, the mailroom). Fordham Forward contains both extensive and detailed plans for all of those enterprises and venues, which you will be able to find in the full document.

Travel: The University is continuing the suspension of university-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice. The United States Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to advise avoiding all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing transmission.

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (Fordham University) Places Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:01:18 -0400
PCSB Bank Donates $20,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4672-pcsb-bank-donates-20-000-to-the-naacp-legal-defense-educational-fund4672-pcsb-bank-donates-20-000-to-the-naacp-legal-defense-educational-fund https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/charities/4672-pcsb-bank-donates-20-000-to-the-naacp-legal-defense-educational-fund4672-pcsb-bank-donates-20-000-to-the-naacp-legal-defense-educational-fund

PCSB Bank has announced a donation of $20,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF).

The NAACP LDF is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, it seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

Joseph D. Roberto, Chairman, President and CEO, PCSB Bank, stated, “We are angered, pained, and saddened over the senseless death of George Floyd and the victims of racial injustice before him.” Mr. Roberto added, “We support the nationwide outcry for social justice reform and accountability in the hope that substantial, lasting change can be achieved. Our communities are hurting and we are here to provide support with our voices as well as actions.”

The PCSB Bank leadership group and employees of its 15 branches in four New York State counties are pledging to continue to help foster equality and fight against racial injustice. As a community-focused bank, PCSB will continue a long-standing tradition of an unwavering commitment to utilize its time and resources to help improve the lives of people throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.

“We are proud members of each and every community we serve and have stood with them every step of the way,” Mr. Roberto concluded. “We stand with them today for a brighter future.”

kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Wells) Charities Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:34:22 -0400
Cuomo Announces Lowest COVID-19 Deaths and Hospitalizations in New York Since the Pandemic Began https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4674-cuomo-announces-lowest-covid-19-deaths-and-hospitalizations-in-new-york-since-the-pandemic-began4674-cuomo-announces-lowest-covid-19-deaths-and-hospitalizations-in-new-york-since-the-pandemic-began https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/neighbors/4674-cuomo-announces-lowest-covid-19-deaths-and-hospitalizations-in-new-york-since-the-pandemic-began4674-cuomo-announces-lowest-covid-19-deaths-and-hospitalizations-in-new-york-since-the-pandemic-began

  • 0.99% of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive
  • 5 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday - Lowest Single Day Death Number Since March 15th
  • Hospitalizations Continue to Drop - Now below 900
  • Confirms 616 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 392,539; New Cases in 43 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State's lowest death toll and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Yesterday, there were five deaths and 869 hospitalizations in New York State. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

"As states across the country struggle with new outbreaks related to reopening, New York's numbers continue to go down to record lows," Governor Cuomo said.  "Our progress is a direct result of New Yorkers' discipline and hard work and an incremental, data-driven reopening. Yesterday, as our hospitalizations dropped below 900, New York had its lowest single-day death toll since March 15th.  While today's numbers are very encouraging, New Yorkers must remain vigilant or the numbers will shoot right back up.  Be smart, wear a mask, stay New York Tough!"

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 869 (-39)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 54 (-24)
  • Hospital Counties - 30
  • Number ICU - 229 (-1)
  • Number ICU that are intubated - 145 (+1)
  • Total Discharges - 70,369 (+133)
  • Deaths - 5
  • Total Deaths - 24,835

Of the 61,906 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 616, or 0.99 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:





New York City




Capital Region




Central New York




Finger Lakes




Long Island




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The Governor also confirmed 616 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 392,539 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 392,539 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:


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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Neighbors Mon, 29 Jun 2020 05:59:45 -0400
NY State Campgrounds and Day Use Areas opening on July https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4673-ny-state-campgrounds-and-day-use-areas-opening-on-july4673-ny-state-campgrounds-and-day-use-areas-opening-on-july https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4673-ny-state-campgrounds-and-day-use-areas-opening-on-july4673-ny-state-campgrounds-and-day-use-areas-opening-on-july


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the following campgrounds and day use recreational facilities will re-open on July 1, 2020. All campground and day use area visitors are expected to adhere to the NYForward guidelines while use the facilities.

Adirondack Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Catskill Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Campground Safety

According to the NYForward guidance for the reopening of New York State, campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to maintaining six feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, and excluding persons from the same household who are camping together. Visit Reserve America for details.

kerry@ducey.org (Peter Carey) Places Mon, 29 Jun 2020 03:23:35 -0400
NYC Pride Special Broadcast Event Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4671-nyc-pride-special-broadcast-event-tomorrow4671-nyc-pride-special-broadcast-event-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/events/4671-nyc-pride-special-broadcast-event-tomorrow4671-nyc-pride-special-broadcast-event-tomorrow

NYC Pride Special Broadcast Event Sunday, June 28 from noon to 2pm

NYC Pride and WABC Channel 7 is proud to announce a Pride broadcast special on Sunday, June 28, 2020, from 12pm to 2pm!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March held in 1970, and though it will be a very different type of celebration, the tradition of commemorating the LGBTQIA+ movement will continue.

In this unique year, NYC Pride is committed to saluting front-line workers alongside several leaders in the community being honored as Grand Marshals: Dan Levy, The Ali Forney Center, Yanzi Peng, and Victoria Cruz.

Learn more by viewing this event on Facebook here.

kerry@ducey.org (NYC Pride) Events Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:24:51 -0400
NYBG Prepares to Reopen, Announces Safety Guidelines https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4670-nybg-prepares-to-reopen-announces-safety-guidelines4670-nybg-prepares-to-reopen-announces-safety-guidelines https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/places/4670-nybg-prepares-to-reopen-announces-safety-guidelines4670-nybg-prepares-to-reopen-announces-safety-guidelines

New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has announced that they are planning to reopen as part of New York Forward's Phase 4, which is projected to begin on July 20. Stay tuned for our official reopening date, which NYBG will share as soon as it's confirmed. Check their Facebook page regularly for updates.

"Our reopening will begin with an Appreciation Week for Garden Patrons and Members, our Bronx Neighbors, and Bronx Health Care Heroes, followed by the general public," NYBG says.

Until then, NYBG says they are preparing the Garden to welcome you back with safety as their top priority.

Learn more about how NYBG is committed to providing you with an enjoyable Garden experience with some new guidelines in place here.

*Image courtesy NYBG Facebook Page.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:19:42 -0400
Statement on Juneteenth Holiday from District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4668-statement-on-juneteenth-holiday-from-district-attorney-anthony-a-scarpino-jr4668-statement-on-juneteenth-holiday-from-district-attorney-anthony-a-scarpino-jr https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/politics/4668-statement-on-juneteenth-holiday-from-district-attorney-anthony-a-scarpino-jr4668-statement-on-juneteenth-holiday-from-district-attorney-anthony-a-scarpino-jr

Statement on Juneteenth Holiday from District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. 

Today is Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It seems even more relevant this year with an overarching national call to end racism and injustice in America. It’s a day to commit once again, as President Obama said, “to the work that remains undone.”  And think about his reminder “that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow’s light.” I cannot agree more. 

At this time, we also support Gov. Cuomo’s call for an annual state holiday on June 19th, to celebrate the end to slavery and recommit to justice and equality for all.

kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Politics Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:52:23 -0400
Books in My Bag: Summer Edition https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4669-books-in-my-bag-summer-edition4669-books-in-my-bag-summer-edition https://news.hamlethub.com/riverdale/life/4669-books-in-my-bag-summer-edition4669-books-in-my-bag-summer-edition

Lazy summer days are meant for reading. Even if your beach vacation has turned into a staycation this summer, the slower pace of the season is perfect for diving into a good book. I like to read a mix of books: ones that make me think, ones that distract me, and ones that make me laugh. Here’s a few (all available at your local bookstore) that will be in my bag this summer.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This book has gotten quite a lot of buzz. It’s the story of identical twins, Stella and Desiree Vignes from Mallard, Louisiana in 1930. At age 16, they flee to New Orleans. Their paths diverge when Stella moves to California and realizes she can pass for white. Desiree, however, returns to Mallard with her daughter. The Vanishing Half is a timely and compelling book about race, identity, and the bonds of sisterhood and family.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Set in contemporary India, the novel follows three people whose lives intersect around a single harrowing lie: Jovan, who’s Facebook post sets the story in motion; Lovely, an aspiring actor; and PR Sir, Jovan’s former gym teacher. Told through multi-perspectives, A Burning touches upon the effects of income disparities, the justice system, and social media. 

If I had Your Face by Frances Cha

A riveting debut novel about the unlikely friendship between four young women – a hairdresser, a room salon girl, an artist, and a newlywed – all making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, sexism, strict social hierarchies, and wealth inequality in Seoul, Korea.

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

After Ruby’s mother is found murdered, leaving her along with her violent father, her friend Layla is the only one who truly understands her. Set in Chicago's South Side, it is a gripping tale that asks how far is one friend willing to go to save another?

Beach Read Emily Henry

I love reading books about writers. And a book about writers on the beach is perfect for summer. In Beach Read, a romance novelist who stops believing in love meets a literary writer...who happens to live just a few houses away from her summer beach getaway. Sounds like a fun, refreshing read.

The New One by Mike Birbiglia

Based on his one-man Broadway show, The New One is a laugh-out-loud book about Birbiglia and his wife’s decision to have a baby and how it “won’t change the way they live their lives.” It will appeal to anyone who is a parent or is thinking of becoming a parent but also anyone resistant to change. Birbiglia is one of my favorite comics, so I’m excited to read this one.

sally.stra@gmail.com (Julia Bruce) Life Fri, 19 Jun 2020 08:31:05 -0400