Ryebrook's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook Sat, 04 Apr 2020 10:44:27 -0400 HamletHub.com DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH OFFERS SUPPORT TO RESIDENTS OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO HELP THEM COPE WITH THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5305-department-of-community-mental-health-offers-support-to-residents-of-westchester-county-to-help-them-cope-with-the-impact-of-covid-195305-department-of-community-mental-health-offers-support-to-residents-of-westchester-county-to-help-them-cope-with-the-impact-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5305-department-of-community-mental-health-offers-support-to-residents-of-westchester-county-to-help-them-cope-with-the-impact-of-covid-195305-department-of-community-mental-health-offers-support-to-residents-of-westchester-county-to-help-them-cope-with-the-impact-of-covid-19

The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH), together with its partner agencies, will be offering guidance and support to Westchester County’s residents as they cope with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  It is projected that the health crisis precipitated by COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on the mental health of the citizens of Westchester. People may experience stress, fear, grief, depression and anxiety. DCMH will be implementing educational and supportive services through various forms of communication, including a dedicated telephone resource line, social media, taped video recordings, chat lines, printed materials and linkage to counseling.

DCMH will partner with different organizations and private clinicians to provide the following supports:

  •        DCMH Information, Support and Referral line at (914) 995-1900 8 a.m. to 8 p.m./Text #914-461-7281.
  •        Behavioral Health Crisis Prevention and Response Team (Available for psychiatric emergencies).
  •        On-going educational and supportive services on such topics as coping, addressing anxiety, parenting through this difficult time, and mindfulness exercises through various tele-communication.
  •        Psychological response to targeted groups as needed.
  •        Peer-to-Peer Support through DCMH provider network.
  •        Access to counseling and other supportive services through provider network and pro bono clinicians.
  •        Services and supports to targeted populations such as parents, teens, seniors, health care workers, first responders, LBGTQ communities and those with pre-existing mental health or substance use conditions.
  •        Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all County employees and contracted municipalities 995-6070 or email pkj1@westchestergov.com.

The following organizations will be partnering with DCMH to provide these services. DCMH anticipates additional providers to join to support our collective effort.  American Foundation Suicide Prevention – Mid-Hudson Chapter, JED Foundation, Mental Health Association of Westchester, Mental Health Empowerment Project Mind, Body & Spirit Coalition of Westchester, My Sisters’ Place, National Association of Social Workers - Westchester Division, Nonprofit Westchester, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, St. Vincent’s Crisis Prevention and Response Team, Southern Westchester BOCES Westchester Citizen Therapists Westchester Jewish Community Services, and the Westchester Putnam Peer Support Team.  

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Fri, 27 Mar 2020 08:09:34 -0400
Westchester D.A. Scarpino Raises Alarm on Coronavirus Scams https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5304-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams5304-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5304-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams5304-westchester-d-a-scarpino-raises-alarm-on-coronavirus-scams

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

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

What do scams look like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reminder regarding medical and other questions:

  • For Westchester County COVID-19 Information Call the Westchester County Help Line at 211.
  • The NYS Department of Health experts are available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 via phone. Call the Hotline (888) 364-3065.
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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester DA) Life Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:51:36 -0400
Feeding Westchester, a Vital Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5303-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic5303-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/charities/5303-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic5303-ridgefield-resident-lily-newman-is-feeding-westchester-a-vital-need-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Feeding Westchester here

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lily Newman) Charities Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:42:31 -0400
FDA takes action to increase U.S. supplies through instructions for PPE and device manufacturers https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5302-fda-takes-action-to-increase-u-s-supplies-through-instructions-for-ppe-and-device-manufacturers5302-fda-takes-action-to-increase-u-s-supplies-through-instructions-for-ppe-and-device-manufacturers https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5302-fda-takes-action-to-increase-u-s-supplies-through-instructions-for-ppe-and-device-manufacturers5302-fda-takes-action-to-increase-u-s-supplies-through-instructions-for-ppe-and-device-manufacturers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action today to increase U.S. supplies to support the U.S. response to COVID-19 by providing instructions to manufacturers importing personal protective equipment and other devices.

One of FDA’s priorities in combating the COVID-19 pandemic is facilitating access to critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and devices. We are engaging with importers and others involved in the import trade community during this pandemic to facilitate the entry of needed products, including PPE, into the U.S. These instructions to importers clarify the types of PPE that can be imported without engaging with FDA. They also include information about the type of information importers can submit to facilitate their entries. We have adjusted our import screening to further expedite imports of legitimate products and are continually monitoring our import systems to prevent and mitigate any potential issues.

The FDA established a special email inbox, COVID19FDAIMPORTINQUIRIES@fda.hhs.gov, for industry representatives to quickly communicate with the agency and address questions or concerns.

The agency is providing maximum flexibility to those seeking to bring PPE into the U.S. and are ready and available to engage with importers to minimize disruptions during the importing process.

Many companies are stepping up across America to help with manufacturing critical and life-saving medical supplies to strengthen the U.S. response. To support their efforts, we are setting up additional avenues of communication to FDA so they can contact us with any questions or concerns around the clock.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (The following is attributed to FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.) Public safety Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:26:01 -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/ryebrook/politics/5301-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny5301-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/ryebrook/politics/5301-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny5301-governor-cuomo-signs-the-new-york-state-on-pause-executive-order-and-releases-todays-totals-on-corvid-19-cases-in-ny

10-Point Policy that Assures Uniform Safety for Everyone

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

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

Directs 90-Day Moratorium on Any Residential or Commercial Evictions

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany County

61

18

Allegany County

2

0

Broome County

2

0

Chenango County

2

0

Clinton County

2

0

Columbia County

1

1

Delaware County

1

0

Dutchess County

36

5

Erie County

31

3

Essex County

1

0

Fulton County

1

0

Genesee County

1

0

Greene County

2

0

Hamilton County

2

0

Herkimer County

2

1

Jefferson County

1

0

Livingston County

1

1

Monroe County

32

5

Montgomery County

2

0

Nassau County

754

382

Niagara County

3

2

New York City

4408

1939

Oneida County

2

0

Onondaga County

8

3

Ontario County

3

2

Orange County

84

33

Putnam County

7

2

Rensselaer County

8

2

Rockland County

101

48

Saratoga County

24

6

Schenectady County

21

3

Schoharie County

1

0

Suffolk County

371

193

Sullivan County

8

5

Tioga County

1

0

Tompkins County

7

1

Ulster County

12

2

Warren County

1

0

Washington County

1

0

Wayne County

1

0

Westchester County

1091

293

Wyoming County

2

0

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:45:16 -0400
Metro-North to Move to Electronic Payments Only, Closes Select Station Ticket Offices https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5300-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices5300-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/places/5300-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices5300-metro-north-to-move-to-electronic-payments-only-closes-select-station-ticket-offices

A top priority of Metro-North is keeping our customers and employees safe, and we are taking all measures possible to prevent the spread of COVID19. That's why we are disinfecting our stations two times a day, sanitizing our trains daily and performing a complete cleaning of our trains every 72 hours. However, also reducing hand-to-hand contact is one of the effective ways to stop the spread of COVID19.

Therefore as a precaution, starting Tuesday, March 17, Metro-North will no longer be accepting cash fare payments at its ticket counters or on trains. Metro-North will continue to accept credit card payments for tickets transactions, or you can use cash at a ticket vending machine. We also urge customers to use MTA eTix, the fast and easy way to pay directly from your smartphone.

In addition, in line with the NY State guidelines so that customers and employees are not potentially exposed to the virus, on Wednesday, March 18, we are temporarily closing the following station ticket offices:

Bronxville
Croton-Harmon
Mount Vernon East
New Rochelle
North White Plains
Rye
Tarrytown
White Plains

As a further precaution in reducing hand-to-hand transmission, Metro-North's Lost and Found Office, which is located on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal, will be closed until further notice as of March 17. If you have left an item on the train or in one of our stations, please file your initial claim online. 

We appreciate your patience while we deal with this unprecedented situation, and we hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

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kerry@ducey.org (MetroNorth) Places Wed, 18 Mar 2020 05:24:34 -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/ryebrook/life/5299-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-195299-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5299-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-195299-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (NY Governor Andrew Cuomo ) Life Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:36:24 -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/ryebrook/neighbors/5298-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-195298-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/neighbors/5298-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-195298-all-new-york-city-westchester-suffolk-and-nassau-public-schools-will-close-this-week-to-limit-spread-of-covid-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (NY Governor Andrew Cuomo ) Neighbors Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:36:22 -0400
NYC Cancels St. Patrick's Day Parade https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5297-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade5297-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5297-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade5297-nyc-cancels-st-patrick-s-day-parade

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

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

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

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

Visit nycstpatricksparade.org stpatricksparade.org for more.

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

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

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Peter Carey) Life Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:21:36 -0400
FREE Animal Vaccinations for Westchester County Residents on April 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5295-free-animal-vaccinations-for-westchester-county-residents-on-april-265295-free-animal-vaccinations-for-westchester-county-residents-on-april-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5295-free-animal-vaccinations-for-westchester-county-residents-on-april-265295-free-animal-vaccinations-for-westchester-county-residents-on-april-26

FREE Rabies Clinic for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets of Westchester County Residents

Westchester County residents can bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for free rabies vaccinations on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stamen Animal Hospital, 61 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle.

Advanced appointments are needed, call (914) 632-1269. No examination will be given; cats and ferrets must be brought in carriers; dogs must be on a leash; aggressive dogs MUST BE MUZZLED; all pets must be supervised by an adult.

“Vaccinating your pet against rabies will protect your pet and your family in case your pet has contact with a rabid or potentially rabid animal,” said Westchester County Health Commissioner, Sherlita Amler, MD. 

Under New York State law, dogs and cats must receive their first rabies vaccine no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccine, with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used. Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $2,000.

Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of infected animals. Those animals most commonly infected are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. However, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are also at risk because they can easily contract rabies from wild or stray animals.

A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need to get a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known or suspect rabid animal. Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal.

A change in an animal’s behavior is often the first sign of rabies. A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame. It may lose fear of people and become docile, or become excited and irritable. Staggering, spitting and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted in infected animals. Adults should encourage children to avoid touching unfamiliar animals, and to immediately tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal.

All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000. After hours, callers should follow instructions in the recorded message for reporting public health emergencies 24 hours a day. 

 Learn more about rabies.

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kerry@ducey.org (Westchester Dept. of Health) Life Sat, 07 Mar 2020 14:35:15 -0500
Spring Ahead Weekend is HERE! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5296-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-15835889895296-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-1583588989 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5296-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-15835889895296-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-1583588989

Daylight Saving Time 2020 (note: it is Saving is singular) began at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

What does this mean?  At 2 a.m. on Sunday, you will lose an hour or spring forward an hour and the correct time will be 3 a.m.  This hour is not lost forever. On November 1, 2020, the clocks will be readjusted backward and you will gain an hour.

For many of us, the adjustment of clocks will be minimal since smartphones, tablets, computers and more adjust automatically.  However, the adjustment of our body clocks might take a bit longer, so prepare yourself for a "tired Monday!"

The idea of daylight saving was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, back in 1784.

Learn more about daylight savings time, its history, and more - here.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Sat, 07 Mar 2020 03:49:49 -0500
Spring Ahead Weekend is HERE! https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5093-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-15520847505093-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-1552084750 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5093-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-15520847505093-spring-ahead-weekend-is-here-1552084750

TONIGHT, Saturday, March 7, most responsible Americans set their clocks ahead and kiss goodbye (or goodnight) to the hour we won't see again until November.

Daylight Saving Time 2020 (note: it is Saving is singular) begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

What does this mean?  At 2 a.m. on Sunday, you will lose an hour or spring forward an hour and the correct time will be 3 a.m.  This hour is not lost forever. On November 1, 2020, the clocks will be readjusted backward and you will gain an hour.

For many of us, the adjustment of clocks will be minimal since smartphones, tablets, computers and more adjust automatically.  However, the adjustment of our body clocks might take a bit longer, so prepare yourself for a "tired Monday!"

The idea of daylight saving was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, back in 1784.

Learn more about daylight savings time, its history, and more - here.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Sat, 07 Mar 2020 01:39:00 -0500
Coronavirus Update From Rye Brook Mayor https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5294-coronavirus-update-from-rye-brook-mayor5294-coronavirus-update-from-rye-brook-mayor https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/publicsafety/5294-coronavirus-update-from-rye-brook-mayor5294-coronavirus-update-from-rye-brook-mayor

 

Dear Rye Brook Residents:
 
The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus is climbing in the U.S. each day. I want to assure our residents that the Village of Rye Brook is remaining diligent regarding the potential impacts of the spread of Coronavirus.
 
Current Coronavirus Situation:
As of today there are 33 positive cases of Coronavirus in New York State, including approximately 25 in Westchester County.  Approximately 44 people statewide, including nine in New York City, are under a NYS mandatory quarantine order.  No positive cases are reported in Rye Brook at this time.  It is anticipated that the number of positive cases in the region will increase, as well as the number of people who are quarantined due to either positive cases or for preventative reasons.
 
Am I likely to become infected with Coronavirus? 
While there are known cases of Coronavirus in Westchester County, the risk of becoming infected with Coronavirus remains low. If widespread cases were to occur in our area, most people are likely to experience mild to moderate disease symptoms prior to full recovery.  Officials have said that 80 percent of people who get Coronavirus self-resolve with no additional treatment necessary.  In addition to staying informed, you can reduce your risk of becoming infected by taking proper prevention measures similar to what is recommended to avoid the common cold and flu.  
 
Where can I receive accurate, up-to-date information?
This is a situation that is rapidly changing.  It is for this reason that I strongly recommend that residents go to the following sources to remain up to date on the latest developments and recommendations on this important health issue:
 
Helpful Links about Coronavirus:

 

What is Rye Brook doing?
 
Some of our local efforts include the following:
 
  • Attending executive and health department briefings from Westchester County and New York State
  • Reviewing information from the Center of Disease Control; the Westchester County Health Department, the NYS Health Department, and the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Taking additional steps to clean office doorknobs, counters, and other common spaces in our public buildings
  • Restocking and ordering additional sanitizers, dispensers, and personal protective equipment
  • Arranging an informational session for seniors at the AJP Community Center
  • Meeting with emergency response personnel regarding response protocols and protections
  • Distributing information to employees
  • Sharing information with several of our neighboring municipalities
  • Distributing information on our web site www.ryebrook.org and through social media
Is Rye Brook Cancelling any Events or Programs?
At the current time, Rye Brook is NOT cancelling any previously scheduled events, programs, or public facilities.  However as I indicated this is a rapidly changing situation, so if factors change or worsen, cancellations of certain village programs is a distinct possibility. 

Coronavirus Symptoms:
The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

How Does the Coronavirus Spread?
Most cases are now likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing.

What can I do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other respiratory viruses?
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
While we don’t know to what extent the virus will spread throughout the population, we are working closely with county and state health authorities to monitor the extent of the outbreak.  Anyone who has traveled to a destination which is experiencing widespread sustained transmission of Coronavirus should self-quarantine at home for 14 days.  If you need to go to a doctor or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
 
The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline at (888) 364-3065 where Department of Health experts will be available to answer your questions regarding Coronavirus.
 
Thank you!
Paul Rosenberg
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annaleder@yahoo.com (Paul Rosenberg) Public safety Fri, 06 Mar 2020 15:43:30 -0500
FAIR AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING EXPO AT WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER, MARCH 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5293-fair-and-affordable-housing-expo-at-westchester-county-center-march-145293-fair-and-affordable-housing-expo-at-westchester-county-center-march-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/life/5293-fair-and-affordable-housing-expo-at-westchester-county-center-march-145293-fair-and-affordable-housing-expo-at-westchester-county-center-march-14

 Free Workshops for All Interested in Affordable Housing Opportunities in Westchester County

Westchester County’s 2020 Fair and Affordable Housing Expo will take place on Saturday, March 14 at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westchester County Executive George Latimer invites residents from across the County to attend, driving home the message that safe, affordable housing should be a basic right for everyone living in Westchester County.

Latimer said: “Those who attend the Affordable Housing Expo can meet with realtors, mortgage lenders, inspectors and not-for-profit housing counselors who will be available to answer their questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Affordable Housing Process, and the County’s commitment to creating more fair and affordable housing opportunities across Westchester.”

Throughout the day, various workshops will be held to help answer questions such as:

  • Am I eligible for affordable housing?
  • Is it better to rent or own?
  • I’ve heard there is a new law that offers protection to renters; how can it help me?
  • How much money do I need for a down payment?
  • Are there any programs that help with down payments and closing costs?
  • What is the importance of credit, and a good credit score?
  • What is the role of the not-for-profit counselor, the realtor, inspector, the attorney and the lender?

The first workshop of the day begins at 11:45 a.m., and is all about available resources for down payments, closing costs and home improvements.  At 1 p.m., a workshop on Fair and Affordable Housing will discuss affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, as well as the application and selection process. Counselors will be available all day to demonstrate how to navigate Homeseeker, a website that provides information about affordable home ownership and rental apartment opportunities in Westchester.

At 2 p.m., a workshop entitled Rental Housing will provide visitors with an opportunity to meet with not-for-profit counselors, who will advise and describe the process of finding affordable rentals.

For more information on the Expo, contact Westchester Residential Opportunities at 914-428-4507 x 314 or mzarfes@wroinc.org; or the Housing Action Council 914-332-4144 or hac@affordablehomes.org.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. The event is co-sponsored by Westchester County, the Westchester Interfaith Housing Corporation and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Life Wed, 04 Mar 2020 07:16:25 -0500
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend at Stamford Museum & Nature Center https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5292-maple-sugar-festival-weekend-at-stamford-museum-nature-center5292-maple-sugar-festival-weekend-at-stamford-museum-nature-center https://news.hamlethub.com/ryebrook/events/5292-maple-sugar-festival-weekend-at-stamford-museum-nature-center5292-maple-sugar-festival-weekend-at-stamford-museum-nature-center

Maple Sugar Festival Weekend at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 11:00am and Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 3:00pm

Celebrate the sweetness of the maple sugaring season at this annual family favorite festival!

Join us as we make our very own line of maple syrup from the 200+ mature maple trees found right here our 118-acre campus. We’re one of only two official maple sugar producers in Fairfield County!

Our annual First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival weekend features a ton of activities for your family, including traditional favorites like maple syrup tastings and tree tapping demonstrations, and new offerings like indoor sock skating, an indoor game zone, and breakfast all day at our “All Day Pancake Café!” Enjoy animal interactions, face painting, planetarium shows, live music, children’s crafts and games, and more!

Visit our museum in the Bendel Mansion to catch our breathtaking exhibition, Thomas D. Mangelsen – A LIFE IN THE WILD, and participate in live demos at our Artisan Market. Make sure this family-friendly festival is on your calendar! Purchase your tickets today!

Family Plus & Director's Circle members:  FREE
Members: $6/person
Non-members:  $12/person

 Visit http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/index.html for detailed program and admission information.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Museum & Nature Center) Events Tue, 03 Mar 2020 07:44:51 -0500