Somers's HamletHub Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:13:09 -0400 Troop K Child Seat Check event on July 22, 2020

New York State Police will be hosting a child passenger safety seat event BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at Troop K headquarters, 2541 Route 44, Salt Point, NY, on Wednesday July 22, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Our child safety seat technicians will be on hand to assist with the installation of your child’s safety seat, and answer any questions.  AN APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY for this event, please contact Sergeant Anderson at (845) 677-7334.

]]> (New York State Police) Public safety Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:55:00 -0400
Let NY Vote Releases Priorities for July Legislative Session

A Coalition of 175 + voting organizations urge NY lawmakers to protect

democracy and plan for November now

With less then one week until New York lawmakers head back into remote session and Boards of Elections (BOE) staff continue to count absentee ballots, the Let NY Vote Coalition - a statewide network of over 175 member organizations - released legislative recommendations that will protect and secure our upcoming November election.

In June, millions of voters cast their ballot absentee, early, or on Election Day. For the first time, all voters were allowed to vote via absentee because of an executive order issued by Governor Cuomo that has since expired. The BOE had two months to scale up their absentee program with limited funding and staff. While a majority of voters had a seamless voting experience, in some cases there were long lines, and voters never received their absentee ballot, or failed to get their absentee ballot postmarked in time.

In response, Let NY Vote released the following legislative priorities (and attached):

  • Codify the expansion of expanded absentee voting for the duration of the public health crisis.
  • In April, Governor Cuomo correctly issued an Executive Order (EO) expanding absentee voting so all voters could request a ballot in the mail due to the pandemic. The EO has since expired. These bills would codify the EO into law: (S8015B (Biaggi) /A10217A (Blake), or A10169A (Dinowitz).
  • Ensure every properly cast absentee ballot is counted.
  • Right now, BOEs are counting a record number of absentee ballots. The BOE can legally invalidate ballots for a myriad of reasons including stray marks, improper sealing, and late postmarks. These bills would address technicalities:
  • S8368 (Myrie)/A10744(Paulin): protects ballots where voters intent is unambiguous
  • S8369 (Myrie)/A10746(Paulin): deals with methods for sealing absentee ballots
  • S8370 (Myrie)/no same as: allows for absentee ballot curing process due to observer challenge
  • S8367 (Myrie)/no same as: deals with absentee ballot postmarking issues and forces the USPS to use Full Service Intelligent Mail, which allows tracking of the absentee ballots through the postal service. Use of intelligent Mail would eliminate the possibility that a ballot mailed after the deadline would accidentally be counted.
  • Providing a return postage guaranteed envelope with absentee ballots.
  • Currently, BOEs are not required to send envelopes for ballots with prepaid postage. S8004 (Sanders)/A2327 (May) would require pre-paid postage.
  • Temporarily enable the use of an online voter registration portal in New York City.Increase the minimum number of early voting sites to 10 per County S6922 (Kaplan)/A9791(Lavine).
    1. The pandemic has caused a drop in voter registration across the state. This bill would make it easier for voters to register by allowing temporary use of the New York City Campaign Finance Board's online portal and would sunset as soon as the New York State Board of Elections online voter registration portal goes live in/by 2022: (S6463 Myrie /A8473 Blake)
  • Provide students with voter information and application for voter registration (S7194 (Benjamin)/A8998(Dinowitz)

"The June primary election was unprecedented, but democracy does not pause, it adapts. The Boards of Elections -- faced with an unparalleled task of mailing out absentee ballots to every voter -- did a credible job, but it was not without problems. New York lawmakers must prioritize planning for the November election today. The Boards of Elections need ample time to prepare for the Presidential Election to guarantee that all votes count," said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.

"This November, New Yorkers will go to the polls in one of the most critical elections of our lifetime. Every New Yorker must have access to the ballot in order to participate in the election of leaders who will directly impact their rights and freedoms, including access to reproductive health care. In this pivotal moment for our state and nation, we need to take every available step to ensure all New Yorkers can exercise their right to vote," said Robin Chappelle Golston, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts.

"NYCET and our partners are strongly committed to ensuring that every New Yorker is able to cast their ballot this upcoming General Election. Our communities deserve legislation that meet our needs as we continue to navigate the Covid crisis by making voter registration more accessible, guaranteeing access to absentee ballots and protecting our votes. We demand that Albany do right by all New Yorkers," said, Marcela Barrientos, Interim Executive Director at NYCET.

"Now more than ever, it's imperative that we empower every voter with safe options for how to cast their ballot this fall. All voters should have the option to easily vote by mail, participate in early voting or go to the polls on Election Day," said Crisanta Duran, NY State Director of DFER & former CO Speaker of the House.

"2020 has brought New Yorkers unprecedented challenges. Voting safely, without risk of disenfranchisement should not be one of them. The Legislature must enact these reforms as soon as possible to ensure every voter can safely cast a ballot and have that ballot be counted come November," said the New York Democratic Lawyers Committee.

"The June Primary was just a test run for conducting an election during a pandemic. The problems we saw last month could be multiplied manyfold In November if lawmakers do not act now. We must ensure voters can easily request, receive, and mail their absentee ballots, that young New Yorkers can register online, and that all votes are properly counted. We don't have a moment to waste," said Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of Citizens Union.

"The June primary highlighted many of the obvious inadequacies in New York State's absentee ballot counting procedures. Voters throughout the state were unsure whether their ballot would arrive in time to be counted, or whether their ballot would be rejected without their knowledge. This package of bills will address issues surrounding absentee voting in New York State as well as assuring voters that they will be able to continue to vote via absentee ballot during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic," said Jennifer Wilson of the League of Women Voters of NYS.

"COVID-19 presents many challenges to voting in this State and country. We can't provide voters with a choice between their health and their civic duty, so the Let NY Vote priority legislation list is an essential part of keeping our voters safe this fall. Absentee ballots are easy and convenient. They are so easy that officials like President Trump employ it!" said David H. Stonehill, Esq., David H. Stonehill, PC.

"The timing, pace, and scope of the current public health crisis has disrupted schools across New York, bringing civic engagement initiatives to a standstill and leaving hundreds of thousands of young people with limited opportunities to register to vote and exercise their rights. Generation Vote heard from educators across New York who had difficulty educating their students about how to apply for absentee ballots, and from students who were disenfranchised by not receiving their absentee ballots in time for the primary. We encourage the Legislature to make it easier for CUNY/SUNY students to receive critical information about how to vote absentee and to protect our right to vote in the most consequential election for our generation," said Generation Vote, Co-chairs of the LNYV Youth Working Group.

"As June primary results are canvassed, New Yorkers continue to witness how voting rights can be jeopardized during a State of Emergency when we lack modern election infrastructure and legal safeguards to ensure due process, said Jarret Berg, Co-Founder of VoteEarlyNY. We urge Albany lawmakers and the State Board to institute these proposals this summer, to make our elections more resilient in the face of crisis, and so New Yorkers have clarity and certainty that they will be able to safely access a ballot that will count this fall."

"We have no idea what November is going to look like. It is imperative that the legislature takes steps NOW to ensure that our elections run smoothly regardless of whether or not the situation improves in the next 4 months," from the Brooklyn Voters Alliance.


The Let NY Vote coalition - a statewide network of over 175 member organizations - has been a leading voice on common sense election reform.

  • Let NY Vote's full list of wins in the 2019/20 legislative session include:
  • Early Voting (enacted into law): in place in 37 other states and now New York, allowing citizens to cast ballots in person days, sometimes weeks, before an election. The 2019 New York State budget included $14.7 million for electronic poll-books and $10 million for counties to implement early voting.
  • Pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds (enacted into law): 13 states plus DC allow for pre-registration for voting at 16 and 17 years old. Pre-registration increases the likelihood of voter participation among young adults. Engaging potential voters at a young age and bringing them into the voting process early helps create lifelong voters.
  • Consolidation of Primary Dates (enacted into law): Currently New York has two primary days in June and September, confusing voters. New York is the only state with two primaries.
  • Vote by mail (passed in leg, requires constitutional amendment): No eligible voter should have to provide a reason to be able to vote absentee.
  • Same day registration (passed in leg, requires constitutional amendment): 18 states and DC have Same Day Registration. Same Day Registration enables voters to register and vote at the same time and increases voter turnout.
  • Flexibility to Change Party Affiliation (enacted into law): New York has the most restrictive deadline in the country, locking out hundreds of thousands of voters during the primaries. The change of party deadline must be shortened to allow people to make an informed decision.
]]> (Let NY Vote) Politics Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:45:18 -0400
County Executive George Latimer Signs Legislation to Enact Term Limits on His Own Office

County Executive George Latimer’s proposal for Executive Term Limits – imposing a restriction on himself as the chief executive of one of the State’s largest Counties – was approved by the Board of Legislators by a vote of 12-4 on Monday, July 13. The law was signed by Latimer this afternoon. 

The legislation submitted and signed by Latimer would reduce the existing three term limit (12 years) for County Executives enacted in 2011 in Westchester, down to two terms (eight years).

Latimer said: “This move not only limits my own power but sends the message that no executive should deem themselves infallible. If eight years is enough for the Chief Elected of our Country – it very well is for our County. While many in power seek to hold on and never let go, this move – at a time when our Country is shifting toward progress – flies in the face of that notion.”

Latimer is now mid-way through the third year of his four-year term as County Executive.

From committee report attached to local law amending Chapter 110 of the Laws of Westchester County to impose a limitation on service by a Westchester County Executive, the report outlines:

“[…] term limits prevent government officials from serving for more than a specified number of terms to bring fresh perspectives to government and ensure responsiveness to voter demands.  […]  Longtime office holders can often become more interested in serving their own reelection interests than serving the interests of the people they represent and challengers with new ideas are at an unfair advantage when running against incumbents with higher name recognition. Your Committee believes that restricting the service of lawmakers through term limits prevents politicians from amassing too much power and removes the intense focus on politics and places it back on policy. Term limits encourage younger, minority and other aspirants to run for office as the hurdle to defeat a well-entrenched and senior incumbent is lowered.  In addition, term limits result in greater voter turnout particularly in local elections if people feel there is a real race going on and their votes can count.  Your Committee believes that implementation of term limits keeps a steady, fresh supply of leaders to serve in elected offices.  Many talented potential leaders will simply not run for a particular office because of the challenges and battles of running against an incumbent.” 

At the time of introduction Latimer said: “All of our local governments follow that Revolutionary Era philosophy; restricting the reach of government. I have been a student of government as well as a practitioner these many years, serving on three different levels: city, county and state. Now, as I complete my second year as County Executive, I see the authority granted this position - and I strongly believe it should be further limited to ensure a balance of interests are better served.”

While Latimer’s move limits the term of County Executive, no change in legislative term limits, which currently allow a maximum of service of 12 years (six terms) were proposed or enacted.  The new term limit reduces Latimer’s available to run for future terms from three terms to two. 

Again, at the time of introduction, Latimer said: “I have included my tenure as covered within the law. Oftentimes, incumbents are "grandfathered" in, meaning the restrictions apply to the next occupant of the seat. But, they will apply to me as well. Eight years is a period of time most common where Executive term limits apply, and I think it is a defensible change. The length of my tenure is up to the voters, but to limit the total years to eight makes good sense, and ensures the proper check and balance.”

]]> (Westchester County) Politics Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:02:32 -0400
County Exec to hold Facebook live regarding 2020 Census

Westchester County releases new Census Commercials in English and Spanish

Westchester County Executive George Latimer will be joined by Department of Planning Commissioner Norma Drummond, and Assistant to the County Executive Blanca Lopez for a Facebook LIVE discussion on the County’s response to the 2020 Census.

Watch the conversation on Facebook Live:

Thursday, July 16

10 a.m.

Latimer will discuss Westchester County’s overall response rate thus far in the 2020 Census, as well as new initiatives the County is undertaking to achieve an accurate count in the Census.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline to complete the Census to October 31, 2020, and County Executive George Latimer is asking all residents to help Westchester get counted. Westchester County Government has created new Census commercials in English and in Spanish built around the current response rate of approximately 60% of the county’s housing units. The commercials will be airing on local media, to encourage everyone to participate in the 2020 Census.

Watch “Make Us Count: Westchester County Census” (English Version)

Watch “Make Us Count: Westchester County Census” (Spanish Version)

]]> (Westchester County) Politics Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:54:31 -0400
Join the "Friends of Melissa" and The Knights of Columbus in the search for a kidney donor for Carmel woman

The Friends of Melissa is an informal group in Carmel trying to help Melissa Manfredi, a long time Carmel resident, in her search for a kidney and you may be able to help! The Knights of Columbus are also getting involved as Melissa is the wife of a long time member of the local Council, Robert Manfredi. Both Melissa and Robe have been very active in local organizations and have given so much to the community they call home. Melissa no longer has either of her kidneys, and has been undergoing debilitating dialysis treatments three times a week for close to seven years. 

Melissa had a kidney donor lined up, and waited patiently over the past 7 years for all of the medical clearances required for both her and her donor. Unfortunately, Melissa recently learned that her donor will not be able to donate a kidney. The waiting list for kidney donors is very long, so Melissa is hoping that somebody in our caring and supportive community will step forward and be a donor. 

Healthy people are born with two kidneys, which filter waste in the body, release hormones that control blood pressure, and help make red blood cells and vitamin D.

The first step to becoming a donor is very simple: Just fill out a one-page "Potential Kidney Donor Questionnaire" from New York-Presbyterian Hospital. It can be returned by mail or fax using the information at the top of the form, or you can return it to the Carmel Knights of Columbus Council located at 10 Fair Street. 

This questionnaire will help the transplant center make sure there are no medical or other reasons why you would not be a good candidate to be a donor. After your questionnaire is reviewed, you will be informed if you can proceed with a compatibility assessment, which requires a simple blood test that can be performed in wide variety of locations. 

The Knights of Columbus remember and remind people that Charity of the first principle of our Order. In that spirit, please join the Knights of Columbus in praying that the right person will find it in his or her heart to fill out the questionnaire and send it in for review. Be a Friend of Melissa. Send in your questionnaire today! 

You can download the questionnaire here: http://carmelknights org/DonorQ_Manfredi.pdf

For more information, contact the Our Lady of the Lakes Council Grand Knight, Ralph Fleischman, or email 

]]> (Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of the Lakes Council #6318) Charities Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:20:00 -0400
Teaching Kitchen Calendar July 2020

The New York Presbyterian Hospital located in Cortlandt Manor, NY is “Bringing the Teaching Kitchen to Your Kitchen” 

To help you eat well, and to provide a fun, family-friendly activity NY P Hudson Valley Hospital will be hosting free cooking classes via ZOOM. 

July Zoom Classes

1) Register: You can sign up for a class by calling 914-734-3780 or emailing You will be emailed the Zoom link to the class.

2) Be Prepared: Ingredient lists and recipes will be posted on our website, and the link will be

shared with you via email prior to the class. Make sure you have downloaded Zoom ahead of time.

3) Join in: Click the link 5 minutes before the class starts to join.

Please be mindful of ingredients for food sensitivity and allergies.

July 2020 Teaching Kitchen Calendar

Plant-Based Meals to Last All Week

Tuesday, July 21, 5:30-6:15pm

Tired of cooking night after night? In this

class, you will learn recipes that you can enjoy

all week in different ways.


Quick & Filling Lunch

Thursday, July 23, 10:00-10:45am

Lunch can be a challenging meal to balance.

In this class, we will make some simple,

healthy lunches that adhere to the My Plate

Dietary Guidelines, and are kid-friendly too.


Seasonal Summer Soups

Friday, July 24, 11:30am-12:15pm

Soups aren’t just for Winter. This Summer

pack more nutrients into your bowls and learn

to cook colorful soups using fresh, seasonal



Light Spanish Tapas

Tuesday, July 28, 5:30-6:15pm

Back by popular demand, join us for a special

cooking class in which we will make and enjoy

Spanish tapas.


Satisfying Heart Healthy Snacking

Thursday, July 30, 10:00-10:45am

Learn to prepare nutritious, heart-healthy

snacks that are easy to grab-and-go, ensuring

that you fuel each day with supportive foods.


Better Breakfasts

Friday, July 31, 11:30am-12:15pm

In a breakfast rut? Mix it up with this cooking

class and learn to prepare quick and healthy

breakfasts that will keep you full until lunch.


 Visit for more information or visit

The Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen Phone- 914-734-3780

]]> (NY Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital) Events Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:44:30 -0400
Children's Activities on July 16 & July 17 with the Somers Library

Pajama Story Time with Doris Jane Smith
Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 pm
Pre-Registration is required for this Zoom program no later than by 3 pm on Wednesday, 7/15.
Register here to receive the link to participate.
Drop-In Crafts @ Home
Look for a new craft with instructions posted on our website each Friday for you to do at home.
No registration necessary.
Summer Reading fun has begun!
Find more details and sign-up information on our
Somers Children's website here.
K-2 Bingo Card #3 is available to download!
Looking for something to read? We have lots of summer reading books and more ready for Curbside Pick-Up.
Look for more Fun Stuff at Home activities on Thursdays!
Funding for programs provided by Friends of the Somers Library
]]> (Somers Library) Places Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:48:28 -0400
Katonah Museum of Art to Reopen on Sunday, July 26

We are excited to reopen the Museum to the general public on Sunday, July 26.

To plan your visit, please go to the Visit page on our website to purchase a required timed-entry ticket and secure your admission to see Bisa Butler: Portraits, now on extended view through October 4. Admission to the Katonah Museum of Art is by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff.

The KMA is also happy to welcome families back to the Museum's Learning Center. Timed tickets for the Learning Center will be available to small family groups (no more than four people) and must be reserved for the same time slot as your main Museum admission. Additional details are available here.
Tickets will be sold one month at a time for the foreseeable future. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:15 AM and Sundays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM are reserved exclusively for populations at risk. Thank you for your support of the Katonah Museum of Art.
Purchase tickets HERE.
Please note that we cannot register over the phone as there are documents to comply with COVID-19 regulations that must be completed online.
]]> (KMA) Events Tue, 14 Jul 2020 20:11:11 -0400
Cuomo adds 4 states to Travel Restriction Quarantine, and impose fines

NY to fine those that do not provide contact tracing information upon arrival in NY

New York has added four states to its coronavirus quarantine list requiring visitors from those states to isolate themselves for two weeks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin now have significant community spread of the coronavirus and meet the state's metrics to qualify for the advisory. Delaware was removed from the list, bringing the number of states on the advisory to 22.

This comes on the heels of his announcement that fines will be imposed on travellers from those states that do not register their contact information upon arrival in NY State. Cuomo said that travellers by air will be given a form to fill out and turn in upon gate arrival at all NY airports.They will have to provide their contact tracing information and where they intend to stay in NY. Failure to turn in the form will result in a $2,000 fine. They are also subject to the 14 day quarantine rule.

Cuomo on Monday said a travel enforcement operation will begin at airports to ensure that travelers are adhering to the quarantine restrictions.

The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average, or a state with at least a 10 percent positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average

The 4 states added yesterday join those below that Cuomo had originally put on the list which is based upon Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205, issued June 25, 2020.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi 
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

This is based upon a seven day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.

]]> (Peter Carey) Public safety Tue, 14 Jul 2020 08:34:46 -0400
Statement from New York State Fair Director concerning cancellation of this years Fair

On July 6th, Governor Cuomo announced that the 2020 Great New York State Fair would be canceled to ensure the health and safety of New Yorkers and all fairgoers. This is the second time in the Fair’s long history that it has been necessary to cancel the State Fair: the first was during World War II, and today in 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In both cases, the cause was just and proper: to protect people.
We are proud to put on the Great New York State Fair and provide a showcase for the best of New York agriculture, but our number one concern is always the health and safety of our fairgoers, vendors and staff.
Those who bought tickets for this year’s Fair during our special sale will be able to use them next year or get refunds, with details to come on that. Last year’s purchased tickets that would have been honored this year will be honored in 2021. Vendors who sent in deposits will receive full refunds.
We dearly wish we could hold the Fair this year and know that one day soon we will come out of the darkness. When we do, the things we enjoy and the people we love will be there. This is a difficult chapter in our history, but it is only one chapter and the next chapter will be our best ever. We will see you next August. Until then, stay safe and be strong.
]]> (Troy Waffner, Director, NY State Fair) Places Tue, 14 Jul 2020 08:22:58 -0400
Katonah Museum of Art to Reopen on Sunday, July 26

We are excited to reopen the Museum to the general public on Sunday, July 26.

To plan your visit, please go to the Visit page on our website to purchase a required timed-entry ticket and secure your admission to see Bisa Butler: Portraits, now on extended view through October 4. Admission to the Katonah Museum of Art is by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff.
The KMA is also happy to welcome families back to the Museum's Learning Center. Timed tickets for the Learning Center will be available to small family groups (no more than four people) and must be reserved for the same time slot as your main Museum admission. Additional details are available here.
Tickets will be sold one month at a time for the foreseeable future. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 – 11:15 AM and Sundays from 12:00 – 1:00 PM are reserved exclusively for populations at risk. Thank you for your support of the Katonah Museum of Art.
Purchase tickets HERE.
Please note that we cannot register over the phone as there are documents to comply with COVID-19 regulations that must be completed online.
]]> (KMA) Places Tue, 14 Jul 2020 07:34:33 -0400
ACT Announces New Episode of STORY TIME with Godspell's Shaylen Harger Reading HOORAY FOR HAT!

It's a new episode of STORY TIME! This week’s reader is Shaylen Harger who starred in our 2020 production of Godspell! We love partnering with our friends at Books on the Common for a new episode each and every week! This week, Shaylen Harger reads HOORAY FOR HAT! Sheylen appeared in ACT of Connecticut's production of Godspell.

Elephant wakes up grumpy—until ding, dong! What’s in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too—until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. This sturdy board book is an irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing, and fabulous hats.

Recommended for grades K-3.


]]> (ACT of CT) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jul 2020 07:10:33 -0400
USDA Expands Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Hudson Valley Apple Growers

After Advocacy from Maloney, USDA Expands Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Hudson Valley Apple Growers


 Following a bipartisan call for action, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will now expand the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for Hudson Valley’s apple growers. This critical pandemic response program for agricultural producers was established through funds allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Rep. Maloney helped pass in March.

“Not only do Hudson Valley’s apple growers produce the best apples in America – they also bring jobs to our communities and support local tourism. They need more help during this pandemic – just like all of our farmers and producers,” said Rep Sean Patrick Maloney. “I’m encouraged that my call for action was heard by the USDA, and urge all of our apple growers in the Hudson Valley to take advantage of this valuable direct payment program.”

Apple growers were initially only eligible for CFAP if crops were spoiled, unpaid for or left unharvested because of the pandemic. In order to be eligible based on price decline, commodity growers must prove a 5-percent-or-greater price decline during the months of January through April.  Despite a product price decline during the peak of the pandemic ranging from 6.5% to 24.9%, the USDA had determined that apples did not meet the criteria. Apple growers can apply for CFAP assistance starting today, July 13, 2020.

The CARES Act provided $9.5 billion in emergency funding for agriculture producers impacted by the coronavirus, including producers of specialty crops, producers that supply local food systems, and livestock producers. Applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will close August 28, 2020. Eligible farmers will receive a one-time CFAP payment of up to $250,000 per person or entity.

Farmers and producers should apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. More information and loan application paperwork can be found by visiting Farmers can also reach out to Rep. Maloney’s office for more information about the program by calling his Newburgh office: 845-561-1259.

]]> (Office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney) Life Tue, 14 Jul 2020 05:25:32 -0400
Cuomo appoints four Appellate Division of the Supreme Court

Appointments Fill Vacancies in Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department

of New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced four appointments to fill vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, in the First Department of New York State. The justices selected today reflect the diversity, talent and experience present throughout New York's judicial system.

"New York State's courts have enormous impact on the laws that shape citizens' day-to-day lives, and their judges should display strong commitments to justice and fairness," Governor Cuomo said. "I am proud to appoint four individuals whose exemplary service qualifies them to serve in the Appellate Division of New York's Supreme Court and wish them well in their work for New Yorkers in Manhattan and the Bronx."

Appellate Division-First Department Appointees:

The Governor appointed Supreme Court Justices Saliann Scarpulla, Manuel Jacobo Mendez Olivero, Martin Shulman, and Tanya R. Kennedy to fill vacancies on the Appellate Division-First Department. The First Department covers Manhattan and the Bronx.

Honorable Saliann Scarpulla

After graduating law school Justice Scarpulla clerked for the Hon. Alvin F. Klein in Supreme Court, New York County. When her clerkship concluded, Justice Scarpulla joined Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn as a litigation associate.  Justice Scarpulla later moved to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Senior Counsel.  From the FDIC Justice Scarpulla became Senior Vice President and Bank Counsel to Hudson United Bank. Justice Scarpulla returned to the New York State court system as Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Eileen Bransten. She was then elected to the New York City Civil Court in 2001, appointed to the New York State Supreme Court in 2009, and elected to the Supreme Court in 2012.  Since February 2014, Justice Scarpulla has been sitting in the Supreme Court, New York County Commercial Division.  In 2019 Justice Scarpulla was also appointed to handle all international commercial arbitration matters pending in the New York State Supreme Court. Justice Scarpulla is active in several New York City and statewide bar associations and is a Business Court Representative to the American Bar Association. Justice Scarpulla earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, cum laude.

Honorable Manuel Jacobo Mendez Olivero

Justice Mendez has been a Justice of the Supreme Court, New York State, since his election in 2012 and has been since 2018 the coordinating judge of the New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL).  Prior to his election, Justice Mendez was elected Judge of the Civil Court, New York County in 2003, and had served as a Judge in the Civil Court from 2004 to January 2010.  He presided by Designation in Bronx Criminal Court from 2008 to January 2010, and as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Bronx County from January 2010 to January 2011, and then New York County until his election to Supreme Court in 2012.  Before his election to the Civil Court, Justice Mendez was engaged in the private practice of law as a solo practitioner (Law Office of Manuel J. Mendez, P.C.), from 1999 through 2003, and as a partner in the firm of Kwasink & Mendez, P.C. from 1993 through 1998. He worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in the Bronx from September 1990 to October 1993. Justice Mendez earned a J.D. from the Universidad Central Del Este School of law in the Dominican Republic.

Honorable Martin Shulman

Justice Shulman was first elected to the New York County Supreme Court in the First Judicial Department in 2005 with his term ending in 2019, and in 2019, was re-elected to the New York County Supreme Court for another 14-year term. At the First Judicial Department, he served as the Presiding Justice in the Appellate Term, a position Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks appointed him to in 2018. Justice Shulman first became a Justice of the Appellate Term when Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau appointed him in 2009. From 1999 to 2004, he served as an Acting Justice after being appointed by then Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman. In addition to his time with the New York County Supreme Court, Justice Shulman was also a Judge at New York County's Civil Court from 1995 to 2014. Judge Lippman also appointed Justice Shulman as the Supervising Judge of the New York County Civil Court. Before becoming a Judge, Justice Shulman was an Associate, then Partner, at the real estate litigation firm of Shaw & Binder. Prior to Shaw & Binder, Justice Shulman held numerous positions at the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (Formerly New York City Conciliation and Appeals Board), including Deputy Chief of the Administrative Review Bureau, a Supervising Attorney and a Staff Attorney from 1982 to 1987. He was also a Court Attorney for the Hon. Eugene L. Nardelli from 1981 to 1982. Justice Shulman earned a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy

Justice Kennedy has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court, New York County, since January 2016, after election in November 2015. She was elected to Civil Court in November 2005 and thereafter served in Criminal Court (January 2006-September 2008), Civil Court (September 2008-December 2009), Family Court (January 2010-December 2010), as Acting Supreme Court Justice (January 2011-December 2012) and as Supervising Judge of Civil Court (January 20l4-December 2015). As an Acting Supreme Court Justice, Justice Kennedy presided over an integrated guardianship and landlord-tenant calendar and conducted bench hearings on a daily basis from January 2012 to December 2013. Before her election to Civil Court, Justice Kennedy was principal law clerk to Hon. Barry A. Cozier both while he was an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department (March 2001-December 2005) and while he was a Justice in the Commercial Division, New York County (May 1999-March 2001). Before her clerkship with Justice Cozier, Justice Kennedy served in the Office of the Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department, as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Bronx Family Court Division (August 1992-August 1994) and in the Bronx Tort Division (August 1994-August 1997), where she was promoted to Assistant Deputy Chief. Justice Kennedy earned a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

The Judicial Screening Committee for the First Department, Appellate Division reviewed the applications and conducted interviews of dozens of applicants. Only those applicants deemed "highly qualified" by the Committees were submitted to the Governor for his consideration. To be found "highly qualified," candidates must display integrity, independence, leadership, intellect, legal ability, judgment, temperament, and experience.

The Governor's Office will continue to review candidates that successfully advance through the screening process to fill vacancies in the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court.

Under the New York State Constitution and Judiciary Law, the Governor has the authority to appoint Justices to each Appellate Division from among those who have been elected as Justices of the Supreme Court. These appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation.

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Cuomo Announces Quarantine Travel Enforcement Operation at Airports Across NY State

Enforcement Teams Will Be Stationed at Port Authority and Regional Airports Beginning Tuesday, July 14th to Request Proof of Completion of State DOH Traveler Form

New Electronic DOH Traveler Form is Now Available, Making it Easier and More Efficient for Travelers to Complete

State DOH Issues Emergency Health Order Mandating that Out-of-State Travelers from Designated States Complete DOH Traveler Form Upon Entering New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a travel enforcement operation will commence Tuesday, July 14th, at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state's quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York State. As part of the enforcement operation, enforcement teams will be stationed at airports statewide to meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed to passengers by airlines prior to, and upon boarding or disembarking flights to New York State. A new electronic version of the DOH traveler form is now also available, making it easier and more efficient for travelers to complete the form.

State DOH has also issued an emergency health order mandating that all out-of-state travelers from designated states complete the DOH traveler form upon entering New York. Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $2,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine. Airlines have all pledged to help make passengers aware of the new requirement using pre-flight emails, pre-flight announcements, in-flight announcements and other methods. Additionally, travelers coming to New York from designated states through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the DOHtraveler form online. 

On June 24th, the Governor announced a joint incoming travel advisory with New Jersey and Connecticut requiring that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Nineteen states currently meet the criteria for required quarantine based upon a seven day rolling average of positive tests in excess of 10 percent, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents. More information on the state's travel advisory is available here.

"New York's success in fighting the COVID-19 virus is under two threats: lack of compliance and the virus coming to New York from other states with increasing infection rates," Governor Cuomo said. "We have already implemented a quarantine order for travelers coming in from states with the highest infection rates, but we are experiencing non-compliance with the order that can lead to outbreaks and threaten the tremendous progress we've already made. The State Department of Health is going to issue an emergency health order today mandating that out-of-state travelers complete the DOHtraveler form before leaving the airport, and we are launching an enforcement operation at airports across the state to help ensure travelers coming into New York are following this order." 

Enforcement at Port Authority Airports

Enforcement teams stationed at Port Authority airports will be comprised of peace officers from state agencies and will be supplemented by State Department of Healthstaff and supported by Port Authority police officers. The enforcement teams will meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State DOH traveler form. The Port Authority will facilitate the physical set up of enforcement area with proper queuing and social distancing measures taken. 

Enforcement at Regional Airports

MacArthur, Westchester, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls Airports will have enforcement teams on site daily based on daily arrivals from impacted states. Elmira, Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh Airports will have enforcement teams on site based on non-daily arrivals from impacted states. The enforcement teams stationed at these regional airports will be comprised of State DOH peace officers and staff supported by State Police personnel and will meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State DOH traveler form. Each airport will facilitate the physical set up of enforcement area with proper queuing and social distancing measures taken.

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