Somers's HamletHub Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:09:28 -0400 Message From Somers Tax Receiver Regarding Property Taxes

As the Corona virus situation continues to develop, please be careful and stay safe – we wish you and your families the best during these trying times.

The 2020 Town/County Tax Bills have been mailed.
Full payment is due by 4/30/2020

Please note: The law under which our Town & County property tax bill falls is New York State’s Real Property Tax Law (RPTL) which means the deadlines and penalties associated to this Town & County Tax Bill cannot be changed by our office or your local Town Board. At this time the State has not allowed for a change to the deadline so this bill is due by 4/30/2020.
Mailing your payment is best. Please make sure it is postmarked by 4/30/20.
Many banks offer online bill pay. You can pay your taxes this way by initiating the bank to mail a check in for your taxes. Just make sure it is made out to Michele McKearney, Receiver of Taxes, include your bill number and address in the memo portion of the check and mail in time to be received by 4/30/20.

If you have any questions or have not received a bill at this time please contact my office at 914.277.3610 or email

]]> (Town of Somers Tax Receiver) Politics Thu, 02 Apr 2020 02:29:33 -0400
Cuomo's Daily Email update to New Yorkers

Many people have asked me, how bad is this pandemic going to be? While we can't predict the future, we are using a number of models to forecast when and what the "apex" of the virus might be. The forecasts show a range of possibilities based on the key factor of how successful our social distancing efforts are. In other words, how well New Yorkers like you follow social distancing will make all the difference in the final outcome. So help us. 
Stay home, reduce the spread, and we will be able to save the lives of hundreds, or even thousands, of your fellow New Yorkers.
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
1. New York-based company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is creating 500,000 much-needed test kits for the State at no charge. The first batch of test kits was delivered on Monday and the State will receive an ongoing delivery of 25,000 kits per day. Additionally, Corning has donated 100,000 tubes and provided an additional 500,000 tubes to the State at reduced cost and expedited delivery.
2. New York City playgrounds will close because they have been too crowded. Open spaces in New York City will remain open for fresh air and sun — but you must stay six feet apart from others. 
3. The Department of Labor released a new PSA to help New Yorkers applying for unemployment benefits. The PSA provides information on how to apply for UI benefits and reassures New Yorkers: If your unemployment filing is delayed, you will still receive every cent you are owed. And if you have questions about the expanded COVID-19 UI and whether you qualify, click here for more information.
4. Happy Census Day. Today, every New Yorker must now respond to the Census. Responding to the Census is simple, safe, private and can be done online from your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": New York City pet owners affected by Coronavirus can get free dog and cat food, and other supplies like cat litter, through the ASPCA's New York City pet food distribution center. New York City residents can call the ASPCA Helpline at 1-800-738-9437 for information and appointments.
]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:34:46 -0400
Want to get your Coronavirus relief check? Scammers do too.

You’ve probably heard the news by now – the government is sending out relief checks as part of the federal response to the Coronavirus. Scammers heard the same thing, and they’re hoping to cash in on yours.

The details of how this will all work are still coming together, but we do know a few things about how this will – and will not – work. For now, here are some things to know.

  1. You don’t need to do anything. As long as you filed taxes for 2018 and/or 2019, the federal government likely has the information it needs to send you your money. If you haven’t filed taxes recently, you’ll need to submit a simple tax return to get your check. (More on who’s eligible here.)
  2. Do not give anyone your personal information to “sign-up” for your relief check. There is nothing to sign up for. Anyone calling to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security number, PayPal account, or bank information is a scammer, plain and simple. Also be on the lookout for email phishing scams, where scammers pretend to be from the government and ask for your information as part of the “sign-up” process for the checks.
  3. To set up direct deposit of your check, communicate only with the IRS at And you only need to do this if you didn’t give the IRS your bank information on your 2018 or 2019 return. In the coming weeks, the IRS will be setting up an online form available through But nowhere else, and never in response to an email, text, or call.
  4. No one has early access to this money. Anyone that claims to is a scammer. The timeline for this process is not exact, but it looks like funds will start going out in the next few weeks. Scammers are using the lack of detail to try to trick people into giving their personal information and money.

To get official updates and more information, visit the IRS’s page on economic impact payments. And if you come across a scammer trying to take your check, we want to hear about it. Report it at

]]> (Federal Trade Commission) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:18:12 -0400
County Executive gives todays Covid_19 update via News Briefing

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gave his daily briefing updating both statistics and the County’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch full press conference online at this link:

]]> (Westchester County) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:50:43 -0400
Yorktown Launches COVID-19 Data Platform

A data feature offering daily updates on confirmed coronavirus cases in Yorktown and Westchester County launched today on the town’s website. Click the accompanying picture to enlarge the graph for todays statistics.

The Town of Yorktown stands by our commitment to providing verified and accurate information to the public. While we have been giving nearly daily updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in Yorktown, not everyone has been able to watch and get the information we share. This dashboard ensures anyone seeking the most up-to-date numbers in our community can find it with a click of a button.” said Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater.

Yorktown’s COVID-19 webpage will be updated daily around 5:00 p.m. The webpage’s figures are based on numbers released by county health officials.

Click the History tab under each figure to show a bar chart that indicates how Yorktown’s coronavirus cases have exponentially grown since March 20. As of April 1, Yorktown had 125 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Click the top right corner of any box to expand that box for a better view.

Yorktown’s data page is accessible at

]]> (Town of Yorktown) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:33:38 -0400
Somers Board Agenda for Virtual Meeting on April 2nd

Click on link below for the Town of Somers Town Board Meeting Agenda for Thursday, April 2, 2020. Please also review the options below for ways to view the virtual meeting.

How to Access Upcoming Virtual Town Meetings Remotely

Residents will be able to view and participate virtually in the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings. Please see the options below:

View on TV:
Residents can view the meeting live on the Town’s local Cablevision Channel 20 or Comcast Channel 12.

View on the Internet:
The meeting will be streamed live on the Town of Somers NY YouTube page:

Call in during designated time during meeting to provide comments and ask questions:

Text comments/questions to:

Email comments/questions to:
Town Board --
Planning Board –
Zoning Board of Appeals --

Please Note: For the Town Board meeting on April 2, 2020, the Public Hearing for the establishment of the Somers Sewer District # 2 in Lake Shenorock and Lake Lincolndale will be opened and adjourned. Comments will be received at a future date.



]]> (Town of Somers) Politics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:03:25 -0400


Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York City playgrounds will close to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. Open spaces in New York City will remain open.

Video of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp.4) format here  

AUDIO of today's remarks is available Here

Governor Cuomo: "I've said this 100 different ways. The compliance is still not where it should be. You saw the models on the differential in the compliance versus major compliance and minor compliance. So we're going to take more dramatic actions."

Governor Cuomo: "I've talked about this for weeks. I warned people that if they didn't stop the density and the games in the playgrounds - you can't play basketball; you can't come in contact with each other - that we would close the playgrounds."

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York City playgrounds will close to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. Open spaces in New York City will remain open.

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.  

AUDIO of today's remarks is available here.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:


My favorite topic - young people must get this message and they still have not gotten the message. You still see too many situations with too much density by young people. They can get it. They're putting their lives at risk. This can kill young people. Rare circumstances, but it can. But you get infected, you give it to someone else. So think about somebody else. And I've said this 100 different ways. The compliance is still not where it should be. You saw the models on the differential in the compliance versus major compliance and minor compliance. So we're going to take more dramatic actions.

We are going to close down the New York City playgrounds. I've talked about this for weeks. I warned people that if they didn't stop the density and the games in the playgrounds - you can't play basketball; you can't come in contact with each other - that we would close the playgrounds. I spoke to Speaker Johnson from New York City, who feels very strongly about this and did from day one. We agreed initially with the mayor that we would try compliance and the mayor was going to try to use the NYPD to enforce compliance, social distancing in playgrounds. It is still a problem. We're working with the speaker; we're working with the mayor, but we're going to close down the city playgrounds and leave the open spaces available. So use the open space in a park, walk around, get some sun - great. No density, no basketball games, no close contact, no violation of social distancing, period. That's the rule.

*Editor's Note: No date was given as to when the order takes effect, what agency(s) would enforce the order and or what would be the consequences for violating the order.

]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:01:16 -0400
Maloney urges NY'ers to complete their Census forms.

In celebration of the once-a-decade Census Day, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) is encouraging Hudson Valley residents to respond to the 2020 Census today, either online or by phone.

“It is critical we get as big a response to the 2020 Census as we can from the Hudson Valley. The Census determines our share of federal funds, and will help grow our economy, expand access to resources, and keep our schools strong here in New York,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “As we celebrate the once-in-a-decade Census Day, I encourage everyone to take the time to fill out the Census online with your family and help shape the Hudson Valley.”

Most households in New York should have already received official Census Bureau mail to their homes, which includes a unique Census I.D. for completing the Census online. It also includes information on responding by phone or mail.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, filling out the Census online or by phone is the best method to respond and get counted. This will help proactively limit door-to-door interaction later this year with local census-takers in New York. More information on new Census survey methods can be found on the Census Bureau website:

More Information on the 2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution requires the U.S. Census Bureau to count the number of people living in America once a decade. The federal government and communities across America rely on census statistics for accurate congressional representation and districting, determining where to build new schools, businesses and hospitals, and allocating federal grant funds and loans to communities in need.

Many communities throughout New York’s Hudson Valley, including the towns of Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Fishkill, Tuxedo, Wappinger, Wallkill and Warwick, were considered “Hard to Count” regions in the 2010 census, with several census tracts returning only half of mailed census questionnaires. This resulted in possible undercounting in the region.

The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency, and is dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places and economy. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.

More information about the 2020 Census can be found at: or

]]> (Office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney) Politics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:12:54 -0400
New Suicide Prevention Funding Opportunity from CDC’s Injury Center

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CDC-RFA-CE20-2001) will support the implementation and evaluation of CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to implement and evaluate this approach to suicide prevention, with attention to vulnerable populations* that have higher suicide rates than the general population and account for a significant proportion of the suicide burden. The program’s goal is to reduce suicide and suicide attempts in vulnerable populations by 10%.

Suicide is a growing public health crisis in the United States. In 2018, suicide took more than 48,000 lives, with rates increasing 35% since 1999. Suicide has devastating consequences on individuals, families, schools/workplaces, and entire communities. There is no single cause of suicide. Factors increasing suicide risk occur at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels and may include job/financial, health, criminal/legal, and relationship problems, substance use, loss of a friend or loved one to suicide, a history of suicide attempts, and mental health concerns, among others. 

In order to address this range of risk factors and prevent suicide, CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention is needed. This approach includes the development of a strategic action plan with the following components:

  • Strong leadership to convene and connect multi-sectoral partnerships 
  • Use of data to identify vulnerable populations with increased risk of suicide and to better characterize risk and protective factors in these populations 
  • Inventory of existing programs; identification of gaps in prevention for the vulnerable population(s); and selection of multiple policies, programs, and practices with the best available evidence using CDC’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices
  • Rigorous evaluation of the overall approach and individual activities 
  • Use of data for continuous quality improvement and sustained impact 
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a communication and dissemination plan 

Pending available funding, CDC’s Injury Center intends to commit approximately $7 million per year for five years to support up to ten cooperative agreement recipients. 

More information is available at

For questions about this announcement, please email: 


Important Dates

  • April 8, 2020: Pre-Application Conference Call to address questions from eligible applicants. Questions and answers from the discussion will be shared online and included in an amended NOFO. 
  • 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Toll-Free Number: 800-988-9479
  • Participant code: 1270825
  • Web Link: 
  • April 30, 2020: Due Date for Letter of Intent
  • May 26, 2020: Due Date for Applications

* Vulnerable populations include, but are not limited to, veterans, tribal populations, rural communities, LGBTQ, and people who are homeless.

Click here for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Funding Opportunity
]]> (Center for Disease Control) Life Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:04:33 -0400
Party Entertainers Offer Free Virtual Shows for Kids Stuck At Home

Due To COVID_19 out of work event professionals give back to their quarantined community through free Facebook live shows.

With kids stuck at home and all events have been canceled, owner Steven Burchard of Magical Memories Entertainment is bringing his entertainers together to still keep our community entertained during these difficult times.

Magical Memories Entertainment in Pleasantville is offering some of their most popular shows for free on their Facebook page for families looking for entertainment while sitting in their homes. Magical Memories Entertainment is an event company that brings entertainment and shows to all different types of parties from weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to kid’s birthdays and school functions.

With the spread of COVID_19 this industry has come to a grinding halt. For the first time, Magical Memories Entertainment is going virtual and offering their amazing show on Facebook live for free. "I got into this business because I love to make people smile, laugh and have a good time and the Corona virus won’t stop that," said Burchard." The entertainer kicked off this project with the first kid’s magic show this past weekend and a juggler show this coming Sunday, April 5th. 

The company plans to continue each week. Check it out at  Magical Memories Entertainment or contact Magical Memories Entertainment at 914-548-2048

]]> (PR2) Neighbors Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:22:11 -0400


 The Bee-Line Bus System is scaling back service due to a drop in ridership. Starting Wednesday, April 1, the Bee-Line Bus System will operate on a Saturday schedule six days a week, Monday-Saturday.  Bee-Line will continue to operate Sunday service on Sundays. While a Saturday schedule is being used on weekdays, it is subject to modification as needed.  In order to better serve our passengers, the following routes will have extra trips in addition to their regular Saturday schedule: Routes 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 42, 43, & 60.  These extra trips will be in effect on weekdays only, and a regular Saturday schedule remains in effect for all routes on Saturdays.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “I’d like to thank our Bee-Line drivers who continue to show up to work every day and keep our bus system operational during this very challenging time.  This is an essential service that our community relies on.  Our riders can count on us to get them where they need to go.”

The schedule change follows the “New York State on PAUSE” order, which directed New Yorkers use of public transportation for only essential travel and limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders. Bee-Line has previously taken every precaution to protect passengers and drivers, including implementation of rear-door boarding, and the elimination of payment transactions.

Latimer said: “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure the system remains safe and operational during this difficult time.”

For Bee-Line service alerts and updated schedule information please visit  All schedules are subject to modification; please visit our website daily for updates.

]]> (Westchester County) Life Wed, 01 Apr 2020 04:26:56 -0400
Maloney Invites Constituents to Connect Through Facebook Live and Telephone Town Halls

Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) held a Facebook Live Town Hall, and answered questions from New Yorkers about Congress’s recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, financial and food assistance programs available to New Yorkers, and ways his office can help constituents cut through government red tape.

Watch Rep. Maloney’s Facebook Live here:

“Digital and Telephone Town Halls are a great way for folks across the Hudson Valley to connect with me, and learn more about how my talented team of caseworkers can help families and small businesses cut through government red tape during the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage everyone to sign up for my next Telephone Town Hall by visiting my website, or by calling my office. I am here to help,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

On Thursday at 3:30 p.m., Rep. Maloney will hold a Telephone Town Hall with a caseworker from his office. Constituents are encouraged to sign up through his website to be called (link below). 

WHO:                                                 Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

WHEN:                                              Thursday, April 2, 2020; 4:00 p.m.

CALL IN:                                          Sign up to be called here: (MEDIA NOTE Press should RSVP for call-in number)               


Maloney’s Caseworkers Can Help New Yorkers Cut Through Government Red Tape:

Rep. Maloney’s office has a team of dedicated staff trained to help New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley who need assistance cutting through government red tape. Rep. Maloney’s office can help with issues like:

  •   Working with the Social Security Administration and Medicare
  •   Accessing SNAP Benefits and nutrition assistance programs
  •   Connecting with doctors and medical staff at the VA 
  •   Signing up for unemployment insurance 
  •   Getting help from the State Department for international travelers
  •   Applying for a Disaster or Emergency Loan from the Small Business Association
  •   Working with state and county governments

For more information and to fill out a privacy release form, visit Rep. Maloney’s website and click GET HELP on the homepage, or call 845-561-1259. Due to federal law, his office can only assist people who are residents of New York’s 18th Congressional District. 

More information about how to prevent, contain and treat the spread of the coronavirus can be found on Rep. Maloney’s website: Constituents can also sign up for email updates on the coronavirus and upcoming town halls by visiting

New York State’s coronavirus hotline is: 1-888-364-3065. More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found by visiting

]]> (Office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney) Politics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 04:08:21 -0400
State Supports Expecting Mothers & Support Person During Childbirth

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac) is pleased to report Gov. Cuomo recently signed an executive order with a directive which clarified a previous order barring all visitors in hospitals as a response to COVID-19.  The new directive clarified that a pregnant woman’s support person during childbirth is still considered essential, and thereby mandates all hospitals to allow pregnant women in labor to have one support person in the delivery room. Previously, different hospital systems had changed their policies, and in some cases restricted mothers from having a support person in the delivery room.  

            “This is an issue my wife and I have been following very closely as we are expecting our first child in about six to seven weeks,” said Byrne.  “This is not about having a ‘Kodak moment’ in the hospital. It’s about ensuring expecting mothers can have someone they know and trust by their side during a very vulnerable and, sadly sometimes frightening time in their life. Maternal mortality is still a serious issue in New York state. I believe it’s important that one support person, healthy and properly screened, be allowed to be there to provide assistance.”

Strict guidelines are in place regarding support persons to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect the health of patients, healthcare providers and all other essential workers in our healthcare system. According to the executive order, the support person is also allowed to be with the mother for the immediate postpartum period. The new updated New York State Department of Health guidance also clarified that a support person is also considered essential in pediatric emergencies.  Again, this important clarification is for only one support person, and a patient's entire family still cannot come to visit in the hospital. 

“For many couples expecting a child this year, this has been a major area of concern,” continued Byrne. “The CDC and NYSDOH have shared guidance documents and information for pregnant women, but the truth is it still remains largely unknown how the virus’s effect on pregnant women and their babies differs from the virus’s effect on the general public. This unknown can make the current pandemic even more stressful for these young families. I want to thank Gov. Cuomo and his team, as well as my colleagues at the state Legislature, for taking this important action which will, hopefully, help bring couples planning to expand their family some much-needed comfort during this difficult time.”

The Department of Health requires that any support person must not be showing symptoms of COVID-19, nor be suspect of having the virus. They are also required to be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 by hospital staff, which includes a temperature check every 12 hours, and for potential exposures to people who have tested positive for the virus.

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne is the ranking member of the Assembly Health Committee and represents the 94th Assembly District, including portions of Westchester and Putnam Counties.

]]> (Office of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne) Politics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 03:44:02 -0400
Westchester County Executive George Latimer Gives Monday's COVID-19 Update

Watch full press conference here:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gave his daily briefing updating both statistics and the County’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Municipality Name Cases

Ardsley 21

Bedford 32

Briarcliff Manor 18

Bronxville 21

Buchanan 4

Cortlandt 99

Croton-on-Hudson 17

Dobbs Ferry 46

Eastchester 76

Elmsford 15

Greenburgh 149

Harrison 58

Hastings-on-Hudson 20

Irvington 16

Larchmont 16

Lewisboro 17

Mamaroneck Town 36

Mamaroneck Village 32

Mount Kisco 56

Mount Pleasant 80

Mount Vernon 269

New Castle 42

New Rochelle 378

North Castle 28

North Salem 4

Ossining Town 22

Ossining Village 153

Peekskill 73

Pelham 26

Pelham Manor 22

Pleasantville 28

Port Chester 123

Pound Ridge 3

Rye Brook 36

Rye City 36

Scarsdale 71

Sleepy Hollow 42

Somers 27

Tarrytown 37

Tuckahoe 20

White Plains 170

Yonkers 608

Yorktown 105


Westchester Numbers

Total Hospitalizes Cumulative - 452

Total Currently 275

Number in Westchester Hospitalized 258

Deaths – 25



  • Town numbers reflect the unincorporated sections of the part of town outside villages within the town.
  • Numbers reflect the actual residents of the municipality, not “zip code” residents who live in an adjacent community.
  • Data lags state number by as much as 3 days, due to State release of data to the County only after the tested individual has been informed of their status.   
  • Bee-Line Bus
  •    The Bee-Line Bus service will be transitioning to an enhanced Saturday schedule beginning this Wednesday. 
  •    While a Saturday schedule is being used, it is subject to enhancement and busses added as needed. 



o   I have come under great pressure to close our county parks

o   I have resisted because I know how important it is to enjoy the outdoors and I know how important it is to the residents of this county

o   However – You MUST exercise social distancing

o   I drive by the dam I don’t like what I see

     1. People walking and chatting running close together

     2. Playing contact sports

     3. Don’t make me close these parks

]]> (Westchester County) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 02:21:51 -0400
Metro North RR now on an amended schedule until further notice

Metro-North Railroad is operating on a Saturday schedule on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines until further notice. The amended schedule provides all-day service for healthcare workers, first responders and essential employees who are on the frontlines of this public health crisis, from early in the morning until after midnight. The schedule has additional trains in the morning and afternoon peak periods, and hourly service during off-peak mid-day and evening periods.

During this special schedule, off-peak fares will be in effect. The reduction in service follows a significant drop in ridership in response to federal, state and local health precautionary directives against COVID-19. The measure is also being taken to protect the health and safety of customers and employees.
- On weekends, there will be no train or bus service between Wassaic and Southeast.
- Starting April 4, on weekends until further notice we will run an hourly service on every line.
- The previously publicized March 29 schedule change will not go into effect until further notice. You can access the amended schedule online at For train times, and real-time arrival and departure times on your phone, download TrainTime

]]> (Metro North) Life Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:19:33 -0400