Somers's HamletHub Tue, 07 Dec 2021 03:37:33 -0500 Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance!

The Surprise attack by Japanese forces 80 years ago, destroyed a total of 188 U.S. aircraft! 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday, December 7, 1941. The United States was a neutral country at the time; the attack led to its formal entry into World War II the next day. The Japanese military leadership referred to the attack as the Hawaii Operation and Operation AI, and as Operation Z during its planning.

Japan intended the attack as a preventive action to prevent the United States Pacific Fleet from interfering with its planned military actions in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and those of the United States. Over the course of seven hours there were coordinated Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines, Guam, and Wake Island and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time (18:18 GMT). The base was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese aircraft (including fighters, level and dive bombers, and torpedo bombers) in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers.

Of the eight U.S. Navy battleships present, all were damaged, with four sunk. All but USS Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. A total of 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. Important base installations such as the power station, dry dock, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 64 servicemen killed. Kazuo Sakamaki, the commanding officer of one of the submarines, was captured.

Japan announced declarations of war on the United States and the British Empire later that day (December 8 in Tokyo), but the declarations were not delivered until the following day. The British government declared war on Japan immediately after learning that their territory had also been attacked, while the following day (December 8) the United States Congress declared war on Japan. On December 11, though they had no formal obligation to do so under the Tripartite Pact with Japan, Germany and Italy each declared war on the U.S., which responded with a declaration of war against Germany and Italy. There were numerous historical precedents for the unannounced military action by Japan, but the lack of any formal warning, particularly while peace negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy". Because the attack happened without a declaration of war and without explicit warning, the attack on Pearl Harbor was later judged in the Tokyo Trials to be a war crime.

]]> (Wikipedia) Life Mon, 06 Dec 2021 19:00:01 -0500
December 6: County Executive George Latimer Gives Westchester Weekly Update

December 6: County Executive George Latimer Gives Westchester Weekly Update

President and CEO of White Plains Hospital Susan Fox joined Latimer to provide an update on COVID at the Hospital and share how Hospitals are continuously working to stay prepared to provide care for our community 

View full briefing here:



 Help Westchester County Kick COVID to the Curb – Get Vaccinated Today! 

 If you have not yet gotten your COVID-19 vaccine or your booster shot, it’s not too late! The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, and it is highly effective at reducing the spread of the virus. To stress the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot, Westchester County is launching a “Get Boosted Campaign.”

The campaign will consist of a video Public Service Announcement to be released later this week, a social media campaign highlighting the necessity of “getting boosted” and a paid advertising campaign. The goal of this campaign is to reach as many Westchester residents as possible through a variety of mediums to underscore the importance of getting your COVID-19 booster shot.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We want Westchester County to emerge on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, and getting your vaccine or booster is more important now than ever with the Omicron Variant making its way into our region. One thing that we do know is that the vaccinations are working, and it is the best way to help prevent the spread of this disease. We know that nearly all of Westchester County’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and we appreciate everyone doing their part to keep our communities healthy and safe. But – if you have not yet gotten the vaccine or your booster, please make an appointment to do so. Help us turn the corner on this deadly disease.”

Westchester County is hosting multiple COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics at locations throughout the County. Visit the County Health Department Website to schedule an appointment today.  

The Department of Health is holding vaccine booster clinics for eligible individuals by appointment only, at 134 Court Street in White Plains. Schedule a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson Booster shot HERE.

The New York State Vaccination Clinic for anyone ages five and up has moved from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Appointments are required. Make an appointment HERE.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free, and everyone five years of age and older is eligible to receive it. To locate pharmacies and other community sites offering the COVID-19 vaccine, use the Vaccine Finder Tool.  

Westchester County, in partnership with New York State, has established an in-home vaccination program to help those who are homebound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment or other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider. Find out more about the in-home vaccination program HERE.   

County Executive Latimer is offering senior and disabled constituents, including those who are not registered with ParaTransit, free transportation to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. Call ParaTransit reservations at (914) 995-7272, 24 hours prior to your vaccination date to schedule your ride. For additional questions, email Evan Latainer, Director of the Office for People with Disabilities at

Dec 6:  CE George Latimer Gives Westchester Weekly...

]]> (Westchester County) Politics Mon, 06 Dec 2021 16:10:00 -0500
Avoiding a money mule scam

Scammers are looking for people to help them move stolen money. They visit online dating, job search, and social media sites, create fake stories, and make up reasons to send you money, usually by check or Bitcoin. Then they tell you to send that money to someone else by using gift cards or wire transfers. But they never say the money is stolen, the stories are lies, or — if you sent the money — you might be acting as what law enforcement calls a money mule.

If you help a scammer move stolen money — even if you didn’t know it was stolen — you could get into legal trouble. You’ll be at financial risk, too. If you deposit a scammer’s check, it might clear at first. When it turns out to be a fake check, the bank will want you to repay the full amount. You may be charged fees, and your account may be overdrawn or closed. And using a scammer’s money to buy gift cards and turning over the PIN codes, or sending wire transfers is almost like sending cash. In both cases, the scammer gets the money quickly, and it’s almost impossible to recover.

How can you avoid a money mule scam?

  • Don’t forward money for an online romantic interest who sends you money. That’s always a scam, and a way to get you to move stolen money.
  • Don’t accept a job that asks you to transfer money or packages — even if they tell you to send money to a “client” or “supplier.” You may be helping a scammer move stolen money or gift cards.
  • Don’t accept a grant or prize award and forward some of the money. That’s another way to get you to move stolen money.

If you think you might be involved in this scam, stop the payment transaction and stop communicating with the person. Tell your bank, the wire transfer service, or any gift card companies right away. If a scammer has your bank account information, close your account immediately. Then tell the FTC at

]]> (Federal Trade Commission) Public safety Mon, 06 Dec 2021 14:23:55 -0500
Virtual Presentation - The Films of Alfred Hitchcock at Somers Library

Virtual Presentation - The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, December 7, 7:00 - 8:00 pm 


Alfred Hitchcock is probably the most famous film director who ever lived. For five decades, first in England, then in Hollywood,he made fifty-four films, including classics such as The 39 Steps, Rebecca, Notorious, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. Few filmmakers have been as popular, critically celebrated, and as influential, not only as a director but also as a multi-media showman through his TV series, magazines, book anthologies, even extending to board games and record albums. This presentation looks at his achievements as “the master of suspense,” and through dozens of film clips, examines his extraordinary creativity as one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers.

Presenter - Brian Rose is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. He’s written several books on television history and cultural programming, and conducted more than a hundred Q&A’s with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America. Please register on our online calendar at or call the library at 914-232-5717 in order to have access to these meetings. You will receive an email prior to the meeting with a Zoom invitation.

 Our programs are funded by The Friends of the Library - thanks for your support!

The Somers Library ~ 914-232-5717 ~

]]> (Peter Carey) Events Mon, 06 Dec 2021 13:12:14 -0500
"SantaCon" comes to Jefferson Valley

We're bringing Santacon to The Valley! (the Jefferson Valley Mall) on December 11th, from 2pm until 6 pm.

Dress up in your best Santa Suit or ugly Christmas sweater and get ready to crawl around The Valley!

Peekskill Brewery to Imagine VR to Flame Asian Bistro (drink specials at each stop), with plenty of stops in between for kids activities and hot cocoa to make this a family friendly event! Mechanical Shark Riding, Bounce House & Photo Ops.

Plus a giant Holiday Market for any last minute shopping you need to get done!

We all want to be as fun and safe as possible so please drink responsibly!

]]> (Jefferson Valley Mall) Events Mon, 06 Dec 2021 06:04:15 -0500
Small security measures that make a big difference when it comes to online safety

Cybercrime is a constant concern in the online world which means everyone must be mindful of risks when they share devices, shop online and interact on social media. While this may seem overwhelming, it doesn't have to be. A few small security measures can lower the risk of exposure to online safety threats.

Beware of sharing personal information
No one should reveal too much information about themselves. People can keep data secure by only providing what is necessary. This reduces online exposure to criminals. For example, birthdays, addresses, age and especially Social Security numbers are some things that should not be shared freely. In fact, people should not routinely carry a Social Security card in their wallet or purse. Taxpayers should only share government issued ID after first verifying the nature of the request by contacting the agency or visiting the agency’s website. If someone calls requesting personal or financial information, verify their request separately, otherwise hang up and report the contact.

Protect personal data
Adults should advise young users to shop at reputable online retailers. They should treat personal information like cash and shouldn’t leave it lying around.

Use security software
People should make sure their security software such as anti-virus, and firewalls is always turned on and can automatically update. They should regularly backup and encrypt sensitive files stored on computers. Sensitive files include things like tax records, school transcripts and college applications. They should use strong, unique passwords for each account and enable two-factor or multi-factor authentication for online accounts where possible. They should also be sure all family members have comprehensive anti-virus protection for their devices, particularly on shared devices.

Know the risk of public Wi-Fi
Connection to public Wi-Fi is convenient and often free, but it may not be safe. Criminals can easily steal personal information from these networks. Always use a virtual private network when connecting to public Wi-Fi.

Learn to recognize and avoid scams
Everyone should be aware of common scams. Criminals use phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts to pose as IRS employees or other legitimate government or law enforcement agencies. People should remember to never click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.

Be aware of compromised accounts
Suspicious contact may appear to come from someone the user knows who has had their online accounts such as email, or social media, compromised by a criminal; meaning the account is theirs, but they didn’t send the request.

More Information
Publication 4524Security Awareness for Taxpayers

]]> (Internal Revenue Service) Public safety Mon, 06 Dec 2021 04:48:06 -0500
Hochul Announces 'Ski For Free' COVID-19 Booster and Ages 5-11 Vaccine Incentive Sweepstakes COVID-19 VACCINE

Random Drawing for Lift Tickets at Participating New York Ski Mountains

Children Ages 5-11 Who Receive Their First Vaccine Dose or Anyone Who Has Received a COVID-19 Booster Eligible 

Choice to Ski in the Eastern or Western Part of the State 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the new 'Ski for Free' COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes for children ages five to 11 and booster shot recipients. The six-week sweepstakes—the beginning of which will be announced in the coming days—is intended to bolster vaccination rates among children ages 5-11 as well as individuals eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster dose. Eligible New Yorkers will be able to enter a random drawing for free lift tickets to participating mountains, thanks to Ski Areas of New York and the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

"Our new 'Ski for Free' incentive for children and booster recipients allows New Yorkers to take full advantage of our state's incredible mountains while protecting themselves and their loved ones from this pandemic," Governor Hochul said. "The vaccine is our best weapon in the fight against COVID-19 and we need to encourage every eligible New Yorker to get their shot, whether it be a first dose, second dose, or booster."  

Tickets awarded through the 'Ski for Free' Sweepstakes can be used any time during the 2021-2022 Winter season and will contain information on any holiday blackout dates that may apply. Entrants will be able to select their region of choice, in either the east or west of the state. Participating mountains in each region are: 


  • Holiday Valley 
  • Bristol 
  • Woods Valley 
  • Greek Peak 


  • Whiteface 
  • Gore 
  • Belleayre 
  • Windham 
  • West 

The 'Ski for Free' sweepstakes includes the following prizes:

  • Children ages 5-11: Winners for a total of 240 two-packs of tickets (one adult pass and one child pass) will be selected over the six-week sweepstakes period. 40 two-packs of tickets will be awarded per week, divided evenly between the two regions. Children ages five-to-11 who received their first vaccine dose after Nov. 3 are eligible to enter the sweepstakes. Entries must be completed by a parent or legal guardian, and the winners will receive an adult/child pair of ski tickets. 
  • Booster recipients: Winners for a total of 120 single tickets (one adult pass) will be selected over the six-week sweepstakes period. 20 single tickets will be awarded per week, divided evenly between the two regions. Individuals ages 18 and older who received their booster dose after Nov. 3 are eligible to enter the sweepstakes. Entries must be completed by the individual who received the booster dose, and the winner will receive one adult ski ticket. 

Olympic Regional Development Authority CEO Mike Pratt said, "Ski resorts in New York State are open and we're excited to welcome guests for outdoor recreation and adventure at our mountains this winter. We're fortunate to have many outdoor recreational opportunities in New York State and the ski areas appreciate working together with State Health Officials to promote healthy lifestyles."

SKI NY President Scott Brandi said, "We are proud to partner with Governor Hochul's administration for the 'Ski for Free' Covid Vaccine Sweepstakes. Many of our ski areas have opened, others are getting ready, and all are making snow when the temperature drops! We urge you to get your vaccine, enter the sweepstakes, and come join us at one of our ski areas!"

Information about the 'Ski for Free' sweepstakes is available here. When announced, instructions on how to enter the sweepstakes will be posted on the website.  

Eligible children ages five-to-11 must be a resident of New York State (though they do not need to be US citizens), be between the ages of five and 11 on the date of their first vaccination, and have received at least their first dose of an immunization against the virus that causes COVID-19 authorized for emergency use for their age group by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as of the date of entry. Eligible booster recipients must be a resident of New York State (they do not need to be US citizens). 

Neither booster shot recipients nor parent, step-parent or legal guardian, spouse, sibling, grandparent or residing household member of the five-to-11 entrant can be an employee of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), or the New York State Executive Chamber.  

Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speed skating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development. 

]]> (Office of the Governor) Public safety Mon, 06 Dec 2021 03:47:47 -0500
Hat Tricks Rout Delaware to Kick Off Homestand

The Danbury Hat Tricks (8-3-1, 23 pts) launched 70 shots on goal to defeat the Delaware Thunder (0-8-1, 1 pt) 5-0 on Friday night.
The Hat Tricks leaned on their experience on Friday, with Jonny Ruiz, Steve Mele and Dustin Jesseau all recording multiple points.
After a scoreless first period, Ruiz started quickly in the second, scoring a power-play goal 56 seconds into the frame. Steve and Tom Mele assisted on Ruiz’s first of two goals on the night.
“We played well in all three zones tonight and put a lot of pressure on them in their own zone,” said head coach Dave MacIsaac. “It was a complete performance.”
With his two goals, Ruiz extended his point streak to start the season to 12 consecutive games. He leads Danbury with 18 points this season.
After Ruiz scored his first, Jesseau took control of the game for Danbury. With 3:06 left in the second, Jesseau went in hard on a short-handed forecheck.
Through four Thunder players, he came away with the puck, feeding it to Steve Mele to place it in a wide-open cage.
Jesseau scored twice in the third period, including an individual effort escaping from the corner to the front of the net and roofing a puck over the glove of Thunder goaltender Trevor Babin.
Babin was spectacular in the game, despite giving up five goals. The Delaware netminder stopped 65 pucks, recording a .929 save-percentage in the loss.
Prior to the two Jesseau goals, Ruiz added his second from Johnny Macdonald and Zachary Lazzaro. On the goal, Macdonald registered his first career point in his first professional game.
Hat Tricks goaltender Brian Wilson made his team-debut on Friday night, stopping all 23 shots he faced.
Danbury returns to the ice tomorrow to wrap up the two-game series with Delaware. It will be Military Appreciation Night and all active and retired military can register for a free ticket.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and will be available to stream on the Hat Tricks YouTube channel.
]]> (Danbury Hat Tricks) Todays events Sat, 04 Dec 2021 03:58:27 -0500
Hochul Announces Statewide Initiative to Help Connect Job Seekers to Employment

Community Partnerships Will Focus on Assisting New Yorkers Served by Pandemic-Related Programs including Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Record 220,000+ Jobs Available in New York State Job Bank

Upcoming Virtual Job Fairs in Every Region of the State

Efforts Will Build Upon the Current Campaign Focused on Helping New Yorkers Find the Job They Love

DOL Will Offer 1,000 Additional Virtual Career Appointments Per Week

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new initiative to build upon extensive efforts already underway by the New York State Department of Labor to connect job seekers to the record more than 220,000 available jobs, tools and training resources.

"After the hardship New York's workforce has experienced as a result of COVID-19, it is crucial that we connect individuals looking for jobs with businesses looking to hire," Governor Hochul said. "Streamlining the recruitment process benefits everyone involved, as well as the state as a whole. I look forward to seeing the good that will stem from this initiative as we build New York back better and stronger than it's ever been before."

The New York State Department of Labor continues to proactively connect New Yorkers with jobs through recruitment, skill-matching, marketing, community outreach, virtual career services, a broadcast and social media campaign, and other ongoing efforts as part of New York State's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this new initiative, the New York State Department of Labor will expand those existing services to collaborate with additional community partners across the state to educate New Yorkers about no-cost resources available to connect them with jobs. The Department of Labor will also partner with Community Based Organizations, including those who assisted New Yorkers through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to connect those in need to jobs, training and other resources.

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive shift, not only in the type of jobs that are available, but also who is looking for work -- when, where, and how -- and the systems and programs needed to assist them. We have to reimagine how we connect job seekers to these jobs while also meeting the needs of our employers and we need all of our partners, from workforce development to our local community organizations, to help us educate New Yorkers about these critical resources."

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Executive Deputy Commissioner Barbara C. Guinn said, "Many New Yorkers lost jobs or were unable to work with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to struggle to find steady employment. Our office will engage community based organizations that already support low and moderate income households throughout the state so they can help make sure residents are aware of the services available from the Department of Labor to help them connect with jobs, training and other important resources to improve their skills and opportunities for employment."

Partner Organization Training

The NYS DOL will train customer-facing staff at non-profits, state agencies and other community partners who regularly assist New Yorkers in connecting to services, including pandemic-related assistance, on these vital career resources so there is consistent messaging throughout New York State that expands and improves access to job seeking services and assistance.

Organizations can sign up to take train-the-trainer sessions here.

The training for community partners will focus on the many career services available, how to access these services and how to use them effectively. Services include career exploration, job search assistance, resume writing, interviewing skills, and virtual career services such as a virtual career center and virtual career fairs. DOL will host webinars and provide resources they can share directly through their networks.

DOL already offers thousands of virtual one-on-one career services appointments to those receiving unemployment benefits. As part of this partnership, it will add 1,000 additional appointments slots each week across the state and will provide an online referral form for job seekers to complete to request a virtual appointment with a career counselor. People can sign up for appointments here.

In addition to the new series of tools for job seekers, the NYS DOL continues to encourage businesses to take advantage of no-cost recruitment services and hiring incentives available.

Virtual Career Fairs

Job seekers in every region can now engage with businesses in a job fair setting without leaving home, browse available jobs, and connect directly with businesses hiring to ask questions. The Department has also been partnering with other state agencies to highlight and recruit for opportunities within New York State government.

A full listing of career fairs and virtual workshops can be found here. Some of the upcoming virtual fairs include:

  • Dec 7 - 11 AM - New York City Virtual Career Fair
  • Dec 8 - 11 AM - Central NY Virtual Career Fair
  • Dec 8 - 11 AM - Finger Lakes Virtual Career Fair
  • Dec 9 - 11 AM - Capital Region Virtual Career Fair
  • Dec 14 - 11AM - Western NY Virtual Career Fair
  • Dec 15 - 11 AM - Hudson Valley Virtual Career

In addition to direct email outreach to New Yorkers, the NYS DOL has also launched a broadcast and social media campaign to connect New Yorkers with available jobs. This includes radio, television, social media, and public transit ads.

The Department has also launched a new campaign called "This is Why" to introduce New Yorkers to new career paths including truck drivingmanufacturing, and nursing, among others.

No-Cost Resources for Job Seekers

NYS DOL offers many no-cost resources to assist New Yorkers looking for work, including:

  • New York State Job Bank and JobZone: Now topping a record 220,000+ available positions, the Job Bank website allows New Yorkers to browse open jobs by location, job title and company name. Additional job search and career development tools are designed to help individuals plan their future, organize their job search, develop resumes, and explore careers.
  • Virtual Workshops: Daily live webinars on relevant topics like resume writing, job search and interviewing techniques.
  • Career Center Services: Learn from the experts and gain access to career counseling, resume development and job search resources offered virtually via phone or video conference. NYSDOL has launched a holistic virtual career center platform and New Yorkers can make an appointment here. Additional resources can be found here.
  • Coursera: Based on results from a recent Business Survey, NYS DOL has worked to prioritize the top skills businesses say are most in need and make online training courses available for free to unemployed New Yorkers. More than 56,000 people are already using online training through Coursera, which offers thousands of courses in skills relevant to high-demand industries, to upskill and explore other career paths.
  • SUNY Training: NYSDOL is working to connect job seekers to SUNY's broad spectrum of learning opportunities provided by SUNY both online and in-person.
  • Registered Apprenticeship: Job seekers interested in proven training for a wide range of trades (manufacturing, construction, information technology, child care, teacher, etc.) can learn about paid on-the-job and classroom training available through Registered Apprenticeship programs.
  • Part-Time Hiring Opportunities Job Bank: In the wake of COVID-19, NYS DOL revised its Partial Unemployment Insurance system which now bases unemployment insurance benefits on the number of hours actually worked over the course of a week, instead of just the number of days worked. Under this new system, unemployed New Yorkers can get back to work in a part-time capacity without the risk of losing their UI benefits. To compliment this change, NYS DOL launched a website now listing 27,0000+ part-time jobs in New York State which job seekers can sort by location, job title and company.

No-Cost Resources for Businesses

Additionally, NYS DOL offers many no-cost resources to assist businesses looking for workers, including:

  • Access to Millions of Job Seekers: NYS DOL has no-cost programs and services to save businesses time and money. Businesses can post jobs on the NYS Job Bank through indexing from your existing site, self-post or with staff assistance. In addition, they can access the NYS Talent Bank with millions of qualified job seekers to meet current hiring needs.
  • Career Fairs: NYS DOL's Virtual Career Fair platform allows businesses to engage with job seekers without leaving their office. They can provide resources, list their jobs, chat, review resumes and make hires all through one platform.
  • Tax Credits and Hiring Incentives: NYS DOL provides businesses a direct connection to available federal and state tax credits and other hiring incentives.
  • Training Funds: Training funds are available to help upgrade worker skills or bridge skills gaps for new workers. In July, the State launched the second round of the Workforce Development Initiative funding, making $48 million available to help New Yorkers find quality, well-paid jobs and to meet the short and long-term workforce needs of businesses.
  • Labor Market Information: Access to the most current and accurate data available on labor supply, wages, occupational projections, commuting patterns and jobs.
  • Registered Apprenticeship: Businesses can build a supply of skilled workers while increasing productivity and reducing turnover through hands-on work experience and classroom instruction.
  • Shared Work: Helps employers avoid layoffs by letting workers receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours.
]]> (Office of the Governor) Politics Sat, 04 Dec 2021 03:38:53 -0500
Candy Cane Lane today at Jefferson Valley

Bring the kiddos for some fun with the Lake Mohegan Fire Department and Valley Pediatric Dentistry! Bouncy houses, costume characters, the Bubble Bus, and of course - candy cane's for all!
Peekskill Brewery will also be out there with some beer for the adults. 
Find us outside by the Food Truck Park near lower main entrance. Look for the fire truck!
Afterwards don't forget to make an appointment with the best kid's dentist around - right across the street from the Mall!
Thank you @ValleyPediatricDentistryPC and Lake Mohegan FD!!!!! 
]]> (Jefferson Valley Mall) Todays events Fri, 03 Dec 2021 19:53:41 -0500
'Holidays on the Hill' Annual Train Show At Lasdon Park Levels Up!

This year, the Lasdon Holidays on the Hill Annual Train Show is going to another level… literally at the re-imagined Holidays on the Hill Train Show in the Conservatory at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, in Somers, which opens Saturday, November 27. Dates, times and tickets available at

The show has been expanded to more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. Starting with a stroll through whimsical holiday scenes leading to the Conservatory where G-scale trains will be chugging on nine multi-level tracks, over bridges, under tunnels and through colorful holiday plants! The happy elf, Santa, will be available to meet with children in his Holiday Cottage located opposite the Conservatory at scheduled times during each session. Visits with Santa are available as space and time permits.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Westchester County is filled with holiday traditions and the Lasdon Holidays on the Hill Train Show is one not to be missed. Kids and adults will make lasting memories walking through the many holiday scenes and taking pictures with Santa.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said: “The Lasdon Holidays on the Hill Train Show never disappoints. Thank you to our hard working and creative staff for making it an even bigger show this season.”

Tickets will be sold online only with scheduled viewing times, no tickets will be sold on-site.

Tickets are available through December 31. Admission is $20 per adult, $10 per child and free for ages 2 and under. $15 per senior age 62 and over.

The Holidays on the Hill Annual Train Show will be open as scheduled, rain or shine.

The exhibit is presented by Westchester County Parks and the Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum with support from SavATree in Bedford Hills and Prospero Nursery and Masonry in White Plains.

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is a Westchester County Park on Route 35 in Somers. The GPS address is 2610 Amawalk Road, Katonah, NY 10536.

Go to the Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum website at or call (914) 864-7268 for more information.

]]> (Westchester County) Events Fri, 03 Dec 2021 15:08:29 -0500
New York State Police arrested 183 people for impaired driving over the Thanksgiving holiday

The New York State Police today announced that it issued a total of 12,975 tickets statewide during this year’s special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period.

The Thanksgiving enforcement period began on Wednesday, November 24 and continued through Sunday, November 28, 2021.

During the campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices.

Troopers arrested 183 people for DWI and investigated 1,041 crashes, including one fatal crash.

As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued.

Speeding                     4,609

Distracted Driving           440

Seatbelt violations       1,526

Move Over Law              119

During the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday enforcement campaign, the State Police issued 13,887 total tickets and arrested 155 people for DWI.

The results of the campaign broken down by Troop:




DWI Arrests

(# of persons)

Distracted Driving

Child Restraint/

Seat Belt

Move Over



(includes other violations)


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Southern Tier








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Finger Lakes








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Five Confirmed COVID-19 Omicron Variant Cases in New York

Governor Kathy Hochul yesterday announced the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in New York State. So far, the five cases appear unrelated and have been confirmed through sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. One case is from Suffolk County with a history of travel to South Africa. The individual was asymptomatic while traveling home and after returning became symptomatic. Sequencing performed at the Pandemic Response Lab (PRL) confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant. The other four cases are New York City residents. Two cases from Queens and one from Brooklyn were confirmed at PRL, while the other case, whose borough of residence is still being determined, was confirmed by the New York City Public Health Lab.

"As I've said since we first became aware of the emergence of the Omicron variant and said earlier today, it was only a matter of time before it was detected here in New York State," Governor Hochul said. "I want to thank Mayor de Blasio and his team for working closely with us in this effort to detect the Omicron variant and for our joint pandemic efforts. I also want all New Yorkers to know that we are prepared for this and will continue to communicate openly with New Yorkers as we work closely with our partners at the national, state and local level. Thanks to the life-saving tools at our disposal, like vaccines and boosters, we have the tools in our arsenal to fight this pandemic - including the Delta and Omicron variants. I urge every New Yorker to take the necessary steps to keep themselves and their communities safe: get vaccinated, get boosted and wear a mask."

These New York State cases come after Governor Hochul's morning announcement, alongside Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, that the Omicron variant had been detected in a Minnesota resident who spent time in New York City at a recent anime convention at the Javits Center. The Governor and Health Commissioner urged anyone who attended to get tested for COVID-19. These cases are believed to be unrelated to that convention.

"As I said earlier today at the Governor's briefing, the most important advice we can give New Yorkers at this time is to get vaccinated, get a booster shot if you are already vaccinated and wear your mask," said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. "We urge the public not to panic, as we are still learning more about this variant and are prepared to handle it. Labs across New York State, including our world-renowned public health lab, the Wadsworth Center, have ramped up sequencing efforts to detect and study the Omicron variant and we will continue to work with our premier public health experts to protect New Yorkers."

New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratory continues to actively monitor COVID-19 virus samples selected throughout the State to compare sequences and identify circulating and new variants, including Omicron. The Department also monitors all data submitted to public sequence databases by the many other sequencing laboratories throughout New York State and across the US, contributing to a robust and collaborative surveillance program for variant analysis. The Wadsworth Center is currently sequencing COVID-19 virus specimens with a capacity up to approximately 100 per day. Specimens are selected at random from throughout the state to provide surveillance across all geographic locations and data analyzed across the entire sequence of the virus. The analyses include assessment for mutations that indicate variants of concern and variants of interest.

Other laboratories in New York State are conducting similar work. These results from Wadsworth and other laboratories are uploaded into public databases, primarily GISAID. From this database, sequence data from all contributors can be downloaded and analyzed for a more complete picture of virus trends across the state and the distribution of variants from these analyses summarized over time. The State has made this data available for all New Yorkers at their COVID-19 Variant Page.


]]> (Office of the Governor) Public safety Fri, 03 Dec 2021 08:29:36 -0500
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 5-11

NIVW is an annual observance in early December to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu to be protected during the upcoming winter months. NIVW materials are available for others to encourage vaccination among people who haven’t gotten their flu vaccine. Visit CDC’s NIVW Digital Media Toolkit page for more resources and information. 

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Byrne Announces Holiday Food & Gift Drive

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) is pleased to announce he is partnering with the United Way of Westchester and Putnam for his annual Holiday Food & Gift Drive this year. The drive will collect non-perishables as well as new and unwrapped gifts for pre-teens and teens in need.

“Everyone deserves a little holiday cheer. I hope our neighbors will join us in helping local families in need,” said Byrne. “This year, in addition to collecting non-perishables, we are focusing on pre-teens and teens who, unfortunately, are often not the primary focus of many other holiday gift drives. The collection will run until Monday, December 20 so please consider helping by giving what you can.”

Food donations can include:

  •       Non-perishable foods

Donations for pre-teens and teens can include:


  •       Makeup kits
  •       Straightening irons
  •       Curling irons
  •       Face masks
  •       Shaving/self-care kits
  •       Bath bombs
  •       Nail polish
  •       Perfume & cologne
  •       Slippers
  •       Candles
  •       Diffusers
  •       Blankets
  •       Sports posters
  •       Behind the door basketball hoops
  •       Skateboards
  •       Sports balls (basketballs, footballs, etc.)
  •       Anti-stress coloring books & pencils
  •       Anti-stress weighted stuffed animals
  •       Weighted blankets
  •       Jewelry
  •       Scrunchies
  •       Journals/notebooks
  •       Puzzles
  •       T-shirts
  •       Sweatshirts
  •       Joggers
  •       Wallets
  •       Watches
  •       LED string lights


Drop off locations include:

  •       JV Bagels of Brewster – 2505 Carmel Ave., Brewster, NY 10509
  •       Carmel Diner – 63 Gleneida Ave., Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512
  •       Dunkin Donuts Somers Plaza – 325 Route 100, Somers Town Center, Somers, NY 10589
  •       JV Bagels of Jefferson Valley – 1 Lee Blvd., Jefferson Valley, NY 10535
  •       Southeast Town Hall – 1360 NY-22, Brewster, NY 10509
  •       Putnam Valley Town Hall – 265 Oscawana Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY 10579
  •       Mahopac Library – 668 US-6, Mahopac, NY 10541

Assemblyman Byrne represents NY’s 94th Assembly District, which includes portions of Putnam and Westchester counties. Byrne is the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Health, serves as chair of the Assembly Minority Program Committee.

]]> (Office of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne) Life Fri, 03 Dec 2021 02:30:56 -0500