Swyonkers's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:56:34 -0400 HamletHub.com How to Lower or Erase Medical Bills https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2701-how-to-lower-or-erase-medical-bills2701-how-to-lower-or-erase-medical-bills https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2701-how-to-lower-or-erase-medical-bills2701-how-to-lower-or-erase-medical-bills

If you have ever swooned when you received your medical bill, a knowledgeable doctor has tons of advice.

Dr. Virgie Bright-Ellington is an internist in New York. She received her medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School and has been a doctor for more than 20 years. After a stint working at a health insurance company, Dr. Ellington left her practice and became an activist for proper medical billing.

Dr. Ellington has written a book titled. Crush Medical Debt. 

"No matter how much you owe, there’s a better way to get rid of your medical debt beyond bankruptcy.

When Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington became a cancer patient, she faced insurmountable medical bills. That’s when she took her insider industry knowledge and put it to work. In Crush Medical Debt." - Amazon Books

Dr. Ellington states that 90% of medical bills contain mistakes. When you receive your bill, check for errors. Call the billing department and insist on an itemized bill that displays  the CPT (medical billing code) for each item. Hospitals are required by law to do this under the HEPA act. HEPA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accounting.

If the hospital or facility has not submitted the correct code, your insurance may not pay for the procedure. Do not pay your bill automatically. You can google the correct code and challenge the bill according to the rate that Medicare pays. .  If you do not have an insurance provider, the facility must give you a good faith estimate on the cost of the care you received. You can negotiate that fee and arrange for a payment plan that fits your budget. Ask for an interest free payment plan. 

You may have received services from a out of network provider. Under the NO SURPRISES ACT, an out of network provider has to accept payment from an in network provider or negotiate the bill. 

If you have subscribed to a health sharing plan with your church,  you are not fully protected. It is not an insurance plan and it will not pay your medical bills. Opt out of it. 

If you are concerned about your credit score. the rules are in your favor particularly if you are a vet. Providers have to wait one year before they report a veteran's delinquent payment as of July 1st 2022. Medical bills of  $500 or less cannot be reported to creditors, effective in 2023.

However, if you need a covid test and you are not insured. the period of free covid testing expired on April 5, 2022. You can still be tested at community facilities for a small fee.

If you do have medical insurance, do not sign the electronic billing pad when presented. Instead, ask for a hard copy print out. Under the section about bills, write "I agree for treatment which is 2 x Medicare rates."  Debt collectors must show a signed financial agreement with your signature. It is akin to giving the the provider a blank check. For example, if the provider mandates a high rate of payment and you have signed the electronic pad authorizing it, the debt collector can garnish your wages to retrieve that amount. Always read what you are signing and write in the changes on your terms. 

Dr. Ellington will be a guest on Westchester Eye on the Radio on June 27th from 3-4pm. The show broadcasts on WVOX 1460am and is also streamed live at wvox.com. You can call in for questions at 914-636-0110..

Listen to Dr. Ellington here:   https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/137937/10-things-everyone-should-know-about-the-us-medical-debt-crisi



aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:07:12 -0400
Yonkers Store Owners Lose Money https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2700-yonkers-store-owners-lose-money2700-yonkers-store-owners-lose-money https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2700-yonkers-store-owners-lose-money2700-yonkers-store-owners-lose-money

Yonkers is an old city with the equivalent infrastructure. As a result, repair and replacement is inevitable. 

Getty Square has become a hub of evening excavation to replace old gas lines and enhance the  underground systems. 

Work crews begin in the evening and labor late into the night. At issue is the impact on local merchants in that corridor that operate into the late nocturnal hours. The work has been ongoing for three weeks and businesses are losing money. 

The approaches to N. Broadway from Getty Square are closed to traffic in the evening. Busses have been re routed and the businesses rely on the remnants of the foot traffic that was a by product of passengers debarking and embarking at the bus stops in that area. 

In addition, stores have lost business from vehicle traffic which is now not allowed during those hours. Cars that would normally make a brief stop to pick up food have been prohibited from entering. Food establishments with car driven delivery service face a hardship.  Getty Square Liquors laments that they have steadily lost revenue for three weeks. 

According to shop keepers, the North Broadway commercial sector between Manor House Sq. and Main Street is suffering. There has been no outreach from Yonkers BID, or their City Council District leader, Shanae Williams. 

Although the stores affected represent a small portion of the total businesses on that block, it is still significant. 

In a post pandemic recovery era, every penny counts. Lost revenue equals unsustainability. When a store closes, it is a blight that shows the fragility of the economic well being of a city. As the infrastructure work in Getty Square continues, store owners hope to find a solution.


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:14:14 -0400
More Bear Sightings in Yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2699-more-bear-sightings-in-yonkers2699-more-bear-sightings-in-yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2699-more-bear-sightings-in-yonkers2699-more-bear-sightings-in-yonkers


There appears to be yet more reports of bear sightings in the Yonkers area. The following discussion was posted on a local blog:

Saw Mill River Rd9 hr ago

Hello, just wanted to inform my neighbors that we have black bears in our neighborhood. Friday evening I had 2 black bears in my backyard. The cops mentioned that there is a family of 3 bears roaming around in Yonkers. Please be careful with leaving your children and pets unattended. Do not leave any food out or garbage bins open. Lets work together to stay safe and keep these bears out of our neighborhood.
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Was this sighting on Colin St?
8 hr ago
 • Saw Mill River Rd
Experts say to avoid leaving garbage outside which lures bears to the food supply. If you ever encounter a bear, the following video will instruct you on what to do.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHZ-prhA7E0
Photo credit to Carol Ann
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:28:11 -0400
Black Bears Reported in Yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2698-black-bears-reported-in-yonkers2698-black-bears-reported-in-yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2698-black-bears-reported-in-yonkers2698-black-bears-reported-in-yonkers

The #YonkersPD has received reports tonight regarding black bear(s) sightings in the Fox Terrace area adjacent to Dunwoodie Golf Course. The animal(s) retreated into the wooded area without incident.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation provides helpful information about black bear encounters:
Nuisance wildlife reports can be made to the DEC here:
Any aggressive, attacking, or emergency behavior should be reported immediately by calling 9-1-1.
aseward100@aol.com (Yonkers Police Department) Public safety Sun, 29 May 2022 19:19:39 -0400
Yonkers Highest in Motor Vehicle Accidents https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2697-yonkers-highest-in-motor-vehicle-accidents2697-yonkers-highest-in-motor-vehicle-accidents https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2697-yonkers-highest-in-motor-vehicle-accidents2697-yonkers-highest-in-motor-vehicle-accidents

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty reasons to celebrate.

Warm weather, a decrease in covid spread  and the opportunity to hang out with friends and family.

Many will take the opportunity to travel by plane but even more will drive.  U.S. Memorial Day weekend travel is expected to be the busiest in two years as more American drivers  disregard high fuel prices.

Unfortunately, more driving means more accidents.  Yonkers, according to DMV statistics has the highest rate of vehicle accidents in Westchester County.

The numbers vary. DMV cites crash reports in Yonkers as 693 for the year 2022. YPD cites upwards of 1000 according to police reports that were filed in 2022. The numbers are high from both sources which increases the concern for safe driving. 

The Yonkers sector with the largest volume of accidents is bounded by Park Hill, Elm and Van Cortlandt Park Avenue in South Yonkers. The area of Kimball Avenue, Bronx River Parkway and Cross County Parkway in east Yonkers, also shows a frequency of accidents. 

The area with the lowest number of incidents is located in the section of Central Park Avenue near Bronx River Parkway and the Sprain River Parkway.

The numbers speak for themselves. Motorists should exercise extra caution when driving in high impact areas. Speed and poor driving skills are listed as factors in the majority of the accidents. A good reason to slow down, skip the booze, and pay attention to the road. Distractions such as phones and other electronic devices have no place in the driver's seat.

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Thu, 26 May 2022 11:59:08 -0400
Stores Charge for Plastic Bags https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2696-stores-charge-for-plastic-bags2696-stores-charge-for-plastic-bags https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2696-stores-charge-for-plastic-bags2696-stores-charge-for-plastic-bags

Two years have passed since New York State adopted a ban on plastic bags. Yet despite the threat of fines, many stores continue to use them. Top Tomato, located at 420 South Broadway not only continues to use plastic bags but charges customers ten cents per bag if they do not bring their own.

Many store owners have continued to use plastic bags because they’re more convenient than paper bags   Paper bags tear easily and present a problem if a grocery item has a wet surface. Paper bags also do not fit items as well as plastic bags.   Another consideration is cost. Plastic bags cost a fraction of the price of paper bags. 

 So if you are nostalgic for fantastic plastic, stop by Top Tomato. But be prepared to pay the price.  

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Sat, 14 May 2022 19:24:33 -0400
Thieves Steal Cars with Apple Air Tag https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2693-thieves-steal-cars-with-apple-air-tag2693-thieves-steal-cars-with-apple-air-tag https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2693-thieves-steal-cars-with-apple-air-tag2693-thieves-steal-cars-with-apple-air-tag

There's a new scam in town and according to a Yonkers resident, it almost succeeded. The person posted in a local forum as follows:

 "I just wanted to report a creepy incident that happened to me last week at Ridge Hill. While my car was parked in one of the parking garages there last Wednesday night someone put an Apple Air Tag on my car. I only knew about it because the Find My Phone app on my iPhone alerted me about 5 minutes after I got into my car that there was an Air Tag near me and to call law enforcement if I felt in danger.
I'd never heard of an Air Tag before but reading that warning scared me! Luckily the phone alert had an arrow to press to Play Sound to locate the Air Tag. My husband and I located it pushed under a plastic piece of the car near the windshield wiper on the passenger side of my car.
I went to my local police station the next day and was told it was most likely someone after the catalytic converter in my car (older model Honda). I've since heard that creepy guys drop them in women's handbags in bars. So be careful out there! Thankful that the app on my phone alerted me to its presence."
According to law enforcement, this is yet another example of how tech savvy thieves are using the digital arena to their advantage. https://driving.ca/auto-news/crashes/clearing-the-airtag-apples-new-gizmo-linked-to-car-thefts
The good news is that law enforcement has partnered with Apple to deter the scheme. https://www.pcmag.com/news/apple-if-you-abuse-airtags-for-stalking-expect-police-to-come-knocking?amp=true
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Tue, 26 Apr 2022 11:21:15 -0400
SIDE SHOW returns to New York for Limited Engagement playing White Plains Performing Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/events/2692-side-show-returns-to-new-york-for-limited-engagement-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center2692-side-show-returns-to-new-york-for-limited-engagement-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/events/2692-side-show-returns-to-new-york-for-limited-engagement-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center2692-side-show-returns-to-new-york-for-limited-engagement-playing-white-plains-performing-arts-center

The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce its upcoming Mainstage production of SIDE SHOW, playing April 22 – May 8.

From the composer of Dreamgirls comes a remarkable, true story of famed entertainers and twins, Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became famous during the 1930’s. SIDE SHOW is a moving portrait of two women whose bond brings them the spectacle of fame, but denies them true love and acceptance.

As the starring act of a downtrodden touring sideshow on the Orpheum Circuit; they are eager to accept an offer of fame, fortune and potential romance proffered by talent scouts Terry and Buddy who ultimately launch The Hilton Sisters into Hollywood stardom. Nominated for 4 TONY Awards (including Best Score, Best Book and Best Musical); SIDE SHOW is a stunning reminder of the importance to accept and celebrate what makes us unique; a story that will undoubtedly touch your heart. 

The cast of SIDE SHOW is led by Jack Brewer (Cinderella: MUNY) as Buddy, Andrew Foote (Jekyll & Hyde, Les Mis Tours) as the Boss, Bronson Norris Murphy (Broadway:The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies Tour) as Terry, Rebecca Kuznick (Sistas) as Violet, Emily Kristen Morris (Something Rotten Tour) as Daisy and Miguel Ángel Vásquez (Ragtime, Showboat)  in the role of Jake.

Rounding out the cast is Matthew Blum, Brianna Brice, Logan Graye, Matt Henningsen, Keith Mankowski, Jenna Leigh Miller, Taylor Okey, David Neil Ossman, Alexander Rothfield, Emily Royer, Rebecca Skowron and Rosie Staudt.

“We are so excited to get to bring the original 1997 version of this show to our stage this season. says Stephen Ferri Executive Producer of WPPAC. “The show has been a personal favorite of mine for years and we look forward to giving the Side Show fans another chance to see this rarely done show while exposing a new generation of audiences to this beautiful show.”

“25 years later, SIDE SHOW resonates today more than ever. The show is a call for authentic universal empathy in order to advance our understanding of the human experience. We will only make meaningful change and progress once we remediate marginalization in all its forms in our society. In order to do that, SIDE SHOW asks us to find and see the other in each other.” Says Director Frank Portanova.

SIDE SHOW is Directed by Frank Portanova with Music Direction by Stephen Ferri and Choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo. Scenic Design by Christopher & Justin Swader, Lighting Design by Daisy Long, Sound Design by Jon Weston, Stage Managed by Suzi Bonnot. Music by Henry Krieger, Book & Lyrics by Bill Russell.

SIDE SHOW will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center Friday, April 22 8pm; Saturday, April 23 8pm; Sunday, April 24 2pm; Thursday, April 28 2pm; Friday, April 29 8pm; Saturday, April 30 8pm; Sunday, May 1 2pm; Thursday, May 5 2pm; Friday, May 6 8pm; Saturday, May 7 8pm; and Sunday, May 8 2pm.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact boxoffice@wppac.com.

kerry@ducey.org (WPPAC) Events Mon, 25 Apr 2022 13:47:51 -0400
Yonkers Shooting Incidents https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2690-yonkers-shooting-incidents2690-yonkers-shooting-incidents https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2690-yonkers-shooting-incidents2690-yonkers-shooting-incidents

According to Mayor Spano, the police involved shooting which occurred on April 21, 2022, was the third police involved incident of the year.

However, there have been numerous gun episodes since the Y.O slid into the new year starting on January 13, 2022.

A man was shot in the chest by an assailant at 44 Gorton Street. The perp drove up, shot and drove away, leaving the man critically wounded. 

On January 17, 2022, Yonkers police shot and wounded a man at 52 Main Street in the downtown area. A cop was injured during the incident. The perp survived with a gun shot wound to the leg. 

Shots were fired on February 20, 2022 in the vicinity of 105 McLean. There were no reported injuries or arrests.

March 3, 2022, a man was found with a fatal gun shot wound at 288 Riverdale Avenue. The matter is still under investigation.

On February 6, 2022, two patrons began arguing at the Duo Bar on Yonkers Avenue. Shots were fired and a security man was killed at the entrance to the establishment. 

A report of multiple shots fired on March 20, 2022 , yielded five bullet casings at Herriot and Hawthorne. No one was injured and no arrests were made. 

The following night, shots were fired at South Broadway and Radford. However, no evidence was recovered. 

Security has been stepped up in the Getty Square area but that did not stop an attempted robbery of a Blue Bar patron at 4am on April 4, 2022. As the person left the bar located at 30 N. Broadway, a car pulled up and fired several shots. They were not successful in the robbery and sped off. 

On April 6, 2022, there was a report of multiple shots fired at 78-83 Highland Avenue. Several bullet casings were found. No one was injured or arrested. 

The population of Yonkers is 211,000. There are approximately 600 police officers in the Y.O. which averages out to 33 citizens per officer. City of Yonkers officials report that crime has decreased. 


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Fri, 22 Apr 2022 12:05:28 -0400
Twin Brother Cops Involved in Yonkers Shooting https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2689-twin-brother-cops-involved-in-yonkers-shooting2689-twin-brother-cops-involved-in-yonkers-shooting https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2689-twin-brother-cops-involved-in-yonkers-shooting2689-twin-brother-cops-involved-in-yonkers-shooting

Bryant Adams Jackson Jr.

A dramatic daytime shooting took place in South Yonkers on April 20, 2022.

Yonkers detective Brian Menton, was assigned to the Westchester County Safe Streets task force in s sting operation to buy guns. Menton was in plain clothes. This was to be one of his final assignments. He is scheduled to retire in the upcoming week after 27 years of service with the department. Menton has received several honors throughout his career.

The most recent, 2020,  was the apprehension of a fleeing suspect  who was running through Getty Square in downtown Yonkers, with a gun and who fired at an FBI officer. Menton, along with other officers was able to wrestle the man to the ground as the perp fired five shots during the struggle to gain control of the gun. 

At 2pm, along with fellow officers, Menton attempted to arrest three suspects at a bodega on Elm and Linden. The area is known for gang activity.

One of the suspects, Bryant Adams Jackson Jr. age 28 and a father of five, brushed past Menton and fired a shot, striking Menton in the stomach. An FBI agent working with YPD shot Jackson, killing him. Another FBI  agent also working the sting was Menton's twin brother. He drove him to the hospital.

Officer Menton sustained  injuries to his colon, intestines and kidneys. After emergency surgery, he was listed in serious but stable condition. 

Additional details at this link:   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10737059/Gang-suspect-killed-veteran-Yonkers-officer-shot-stomach-shootout.html





aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Wed, 20 Apr 2022 18:01:35 -0400
Migrant Children Bussed to Yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2688-migrant-children-bussed-to-yonkers2688-migrant-children-bussed-to-yonkers https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2688-migrant-children-bussed-to-yonkers2688-migrant-children-bussed-to-yonkers

According to a Yonkers social media forum, groups of migrant children will be bussed to a Yonkers church facility located at 40 Brewster near Midland.

The building is a former school operated by St. Ann's Church, which was shuttered by the Catholic Archdiocese in 2020 for financial reasons. The church itself, however, is still in operation. 

The organization which will be responsible for transport and operation is Rising Ground.  https://www.risingground.org/supporting-immigrant-children/

Rising Ground plans on a staff of 110 workers to house and maintain approximately 200 predominantly male migrant children. 

The children will be kept at the facility for approximately ninety days and then reunited with their families in the United States.

Rising Group reportedly plans to operate the facility as a transit point that will bring in  new groups of children in ninety day cycles. 

Neighbors state that St. Ann's did not duly inform it's parishioners. 

A community meeting is planned for April 20th, 2022 to review the situation. 





aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Fri, 15 Apr 2022 12:30:03 -0400
Yonkers Man Charged in Brutal Asian Hate Crime https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2686-yonkers-man-charged-in-brutal-asian-hate-crime2686-yonkers-man-charged-in-brutal-asian-hate-crime https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2686-yonkers-man-charged-in-brutal-asian-hate-crime2686-yonkers-man-charged-in-brutal-asian-hate-crime

Yonkers Police arrest local man in brutal hate-crime beating of Asian woman
Yonkers, NY – On Friday, March 11th, 2022, at approximately 6:11 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to an apartment building in the confines of the 3rd Precinct on several reports of a dispute; information was given that a woman was bleeding at scene and the suspect was in front of the location. Upon arrival officers located the victim, an elderly female, in the vestibule of the building with severe facial injuries; she was transported to a local area trauma center. The suspect was located outside the building and placed into custody without incident.
Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene and interviewed subjects and witnesses, recovered surveillance video, and processed forensic evidence. Investigation yielded that the victim, a 67-year-old resident of the City of Yonkers, was returning home and saw the suspect in front of the building. As she walked past him, he called her an “Asian bitch;” the victim is of Asian descent.
Ignoring his comment, the victim entered the vestibule of the building and was attempting to open the second door to enter the lobby when, without warning, the suspect approached from behind and punched her in the head, knocking her to the floor; he then stood over her and proceeded to punch her in the head and face more than 125 times with alternating fist strikes before foot-stomping her seven times and spitting on her.
As a result of the beating, the victim suffered multiple contusions and lacerations to her head and face, facial bone fractures, and bleeding on the brain; she is currently listed in stable condition and is recovering in the hospital. The incident was captured on surveillance video.
Mayor Mike Spano stated, “Hate crimes are beyond intolerable in our city. I applaud our Yonkers Police for swiftly apprehending this violent criminal and removing him from our streets. I expect the suspect to be charged to the fullest extent of the law for his heinous actions. I continue to keep the victim and her family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Commissioner John J. Mueller stated, “This is one of the most appalling attacks I have ever seen; to beat a helpless woman is despicable and targeting her because of her race makes it more so. This defendant must be held to the maximum punishment allowed by law to send a clear message that hateful, violent behavior will not be tolerated in our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family, that she may make a full recovery.”
The suspect is identified as Tammel ESCO, a 42-year-old resident of the City of Yonkers. ESCO was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted Murder 2’ as a hate crime, a Class B Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law; and one count of Assault 2’ as a hate crime, a Class D Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law. ESCO was arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court on March 12th and remanded into the custody of the Westchester County Jail; his next court date is scheduled for March 25th. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Additional information may be released as it becomes available.
NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. ###
Click on link bellow to watch the video.
aseward100@aol.com (Yonkers Police Department) Public safety Mon, 14 Mar 2022 14:50:56 -0400
Alleged Mail Box Vandalism https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2685-alleged-mail-box-vandalism2685-alleged-mail-box-vandalism https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/publicsafety/2685-alleged-mail-box-vandalism2685-alleged-mail-box-vandalism

The City of Yonkers has seen it's share of mail box tampering. https://www.postal-reporter.com/blog/yonkers-ny-police-arrest-former-usps-employee-in-connection-with-mail-theft/

The activity appears to have slowed but just south of the Yonkers/Bronx border it still continues. 

A Riverdale resident, Thor Wickstrom, captured a man in action, recently. It should be noted that the actions are alleged. There is no proof that any mail was stolen, although a sticky substance was found on the mail slot after the individual left. That person also objected to having his license plate photographed. 


The Riverdale post office and the 50th precinct were notified. There has been no response to date. 

However, citizens are encouraged to deposit mail directly at the post office since mail boxes are subject to vandalism. 

Mail Box Vandalism

aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Public safety Fri, 11 Mar 2022 14:28:51 -0500
Yonkers Electric Bill Controversy https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2683-yonkers-electric-bill-controversy2683-yonkers-electric-bill-controversy https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2683-yonkers-electric-bill-controversy2683-yonkers-electric-bill-controversy

Yonkers residents recently received mail from Sustainable Westchester. It is a sustainable energy community electricity program established in 2016. Many Westchester Public officials serve on the board of directors https://sustainablewestchester.org/about/ The program claims to have a positive environment impact and boasts fixed rates compared to the variable Con Ed rates. Is it a scam or a slam?

Con Ed consumers will be automatically enrolled in the program, effective March 1, 2022 unless they chose to opt out. However, the request to opt out must be submitted by February 9th, 2022. 

Yonkers residents have complained that they were blind sided with the switch. The letters sent by Sustainable Westchester resembled junk mail and many recipients simply tossed the notice in the garbage. The problem is that without notification to opt out of the program, consumers will be automatically enrolled. Sources state that the Sustainable Westchester program will incur a 19% increase in electric bills despite their comparison with Con Ed's variable rates. In effect, the consumer will pay more if enrolled in the Sustainable Westchester program. 

It is not too late to act. If you do not want to participate in the program, these are the steps you must take. 

If you are presently taking power supply from an ESCo, or have blocked your account (see below), your electric service will NOT be affected by CCA.
If you presently are a full service Con Edison electric customer, i.e., have not signed a power supply contract with an ESCo, you can avoid CCA in two ways:
  1. Block Your Con Edison Account: At your request, Con Edison will block your account, keeping your supply service with Con Edison until such time as you request that your account be unblocked. To block your account, call the phone number on your bill where it says “For other information”. Work your way through the automated phone prompts by saying “it’s something else” until you reach a live person. Ask that person to block your account. You will be asked for the account number on the bill (find it under your name on the upper left corner of the bill), service address (find it under the account number on your bill), and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number to verify your identity. That’s all there is to it. OR
  2. Opt-Out: Before CCA takes effect, and any time thereafter, you may opt-out by filling out an online form here or by calling Westchester Power directly at 914-242-4725. They will ask you for the same information seen on that form: name of your utility, name on the account, email, phone, service address, and your city, state, and zip code.
In either case, the blocking or opt-out may take a full billing cycle to take effect. On the bill, look for “Your Supply Charges”. If it still mentions the name of an ESCo (e.g., Constellation Energy), the switch has not yet taken place. If no ESCo name appears, you’re back on Con Ed supply service.
It is against the law for any ESCO to automatically enroll you without your permission.  https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/liz-krueger/senator-kruegers-esco-slamming-bill-becomes-law
aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 01 Feb 2022 16:07:44 -0500
Covid Testing But No Appointments Available https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available https://news.hamlethub.com/swyonkers/life/2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available2681-covid-testing-but-no-appointments-available

The omicron variant has picked up speed and threatens to infect a large segment of the populations throughout the world.

Westchester County towns have been vigilant about testing and covid clinics have been popping up throughout the area. 

However, the messaging about the testing sites is sorely lacking. The Westchester County Center is scheduled to begin covid testing on December 29th, 2021. Their online application states that appointments are needed. Yet, according to their schedule, there are no appointments available for the next two months. 

Without accurate testing, the path out of the covid pandemic will be slow and devastating. 


aseward100@aol.com (Ardina Seward) Life Tue, 28 Dec 2021 20:56:24 -0500