Yorktown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown Mon, 13 Jul 2020 06:06:33 -0400 HamletHub.com Employers required to report amount of qualified sick and family leave wages https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3101-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages3101-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3101-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages3101-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service has provided guidance in Notice 2020-54 to employers requiring them to report the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2. Employers will be required to report these amounts either on Form W-2, Box 14, or in a statement provided with the Form W-2.

The guidance provides employers with optional language to use in the Form W-2 instructions for employees. The wage amount that the notice requires employers to report on Form W-2 will provide self-employed individuals who are also employees with the information necessary to determine the amount of any sick and family leave equivalent credits they may claim in their self-employed capacities. Additional information about tax relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on IRS.gov.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Politics Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:00:58 -0400
Trump Signs Executive Order Expanding Hispanic Prosperity Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3106-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative3106-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3106-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative3106-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order expanding the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, which will help every member of our country’s proud Hispanic community prosper and achieve the American Dream.

The order will encourage pro-growth, pro-family, and pro-community policies such as school choice, personalized learning, family engagement, civic education, and more.
“Hispanic Americans are not only living the American Dream, but their incredible efforts are unlocking the American Dream for citizens all across our land,” President Trump says.
 Watch: How President Trump’s executive order benefits the Hispanic community

Hispanic-American workers and families have thrived under President Trump’s agenda. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the Hispanic unemployment rate reached a record low of 3.9 percent, and it remained under 5 percent for 23 consecutive months.
In 2018, the poverty rate for Hispanic Americans reached its lowest level on record, and since 2016, nearly 611,000 Hispanic Americans have been lifted out of poverty.
As the Coronavirus spread from China across the globe, President Trump worked tirelessly to ensure that all Americans could get back to work as quickly as possible. As a result, Hispanic employment increased by a sum of more than 2.1 million in May and June. This Administration won’t stop until every American is back on the job.
 President Trump: We will never let public charter schools be taken away!
And with today’s actions, America will continue to be a land of opportunity for our incredible Hispanic community, as well as for every other American family.
School choice is a big part of that vision. Nearly one-third of all students in U.S. public charter schools are Hispanic. President Trump is expanding educational opportunities for these students and others, both with today’s executive order as well as through restoring local control and ending federal overreach in education more broadly.

Community development is another crucial component. Under President Trump, new jobs and investments have poured into nearly 9,000 designated “Opportunity Zones,” which together are home to more than 9 million Hispanic Americans.

commandercarey@gmail.com (The White House) Politics Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:13:38 -0400
Flash Flood Watch for Northeast through midnight tonight https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/3108-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight3108-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/3108-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight3108-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Mid-Atlantic states and New England through midnight tonight. Tropical Storm Fay was centered just off the southern New Jersey coast at approx 1:30 this afternoon and was moving north, bringing heavy rains to the NYC area and its suburbs.

A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flash flooding.

Residents are usually urged to do the following when flash flooding is imminent:

  1. Be aware of any signs of heavy rain
  2. Move to higher ground if rapidly rising water is seen or heard
  3. DO NOT attempt to cross the flowing water 

In New Jersey, flooding has prompted the shutdown of the George Redding Bridge in Wildwood and Ocean City, Maryland has already seen over 5 inches of rainfall as of noon today.

Tropical Storm Fay will move north along the Jersey Shore Friday afternoon and then move inland over the lower Hudson Valley by Friday evening. Rain will spread from the Jersey Shore into parts of eastern Pennsylvania, central and eastern New York and southern and western New England. 

Fay was classified as a tropical storm Friday while it was centered off the Outer Banks and moving up the North Carolina Coast towards the North East states

commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Events Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:47:48 -0400
Adelphi's New Remote Gap Year Program Allows Students to Enhance Skills, Earn Credits https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/3099-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits3099-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/3099-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits3099-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits

Recent high school graduates or even current college students who have decided to take a gap year have traditionally tried to continue their education through travel, internships or volunteer projects -- avenues currently limited by the global coronavirus pandemic. Now, though, they have the option of staying connected to a higher education track through Adelphi University's new Gap Year Experience.

The 11-week program runs September 7 through November 20 (and repeats February 1 through April 16). It includes three weeks of training followed by eight weeks of projects working with a small team on projects for businesses or organizations, much like an internship. The program will run remotely, allowing students to connect and collaborate from anywhere in the world.

"Adelphi's Gap Year Experience is designed for students to learn problem-solving skills through a project-based approach," said Graziela Fusaro, director of the University's Center for Innovation. "Students will be divided into multidisciplinary teams and develop a consulting project for a selected partner company -- four to eight per group."

Students will have an average weekly commitment of 10-15 hours a week. By participating in a combination of a guest speaker series, lectures, company meetings, and team exercises, students will learn problem-solving frameworks and professional skills.

Projects will cover a wide range of subjects in business strategy, marketing, social work, health and other areas according to student interest and partner company engagement. Students will be able to choose to work with either a domestic or an international partner including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and start-ups.

Skills acquired from or enhanced by the experience include learning by doing, team-building with students from different backgrounds and interests, gaining digital experience (including working remotely), and "test driving" a planned college major by trying projects in different areas and exploring possible career paths.

Participants have the option of earning either three college credits or a certification. The program is open to those planning on continuing their education at Adelphi or students from other colleges and universities both domestic or international, as well as those undecided about their higher education plans.

To learn more or apply, visit www.adelphi.edu/gap-year. Students should apply for the fall term by August 24, 2020 (or spring term January 18, 2021). Applicants will be contacted by the Innovation Center staff for an individual interview or webinar shortly after the application is received.

Adelphi's Innovation Center launched during the spring 2020 semester and among its offerings have been virtual internship programs similar to the new gap-year program. Nearly 80 students have been involved in projects working with 15 outside organizations, who want to continue working with students in the fall. See more about the center at www.adelphi.edu/innovation-center.

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four-Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York-just 23 miles from New York City's cultural and internship opportunities-and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Adelphi University) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:38:50 -0400
Danbury Entry Level Firefighter Applications are Online. https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/3098-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online3098-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/3098-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online3098-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online

The City of Danbury Fire Department has announced that it is currently seeking individuals for the position of Entry Level Firefighter. 


The City is excited to announce the opportunity for dedicated and service-driven applicants to join the Danbury Fire Department. Danbury firefighters contribute significantly to the quality of life in the City of Danbury. We encourage all who are willing to commit to our community to apply for this rewarding career.

The mission of the Danbury Fire Department is to “Protect the life, property, and environment of all citizens in the most efficient and safe manner possible.” This mission is accomplished through emergency management, training, and education. Upon being hired, these individuals will participate in all aspects of the fire service including public education, emergency medical response, fire suppression, rescue, and many other emergencies. 

In order to be considered for the position, applicants will be asked to take written, psychological, and physical examinations and be interviewed by the Fire Chief. The recruitment schedule will be provided during the orientation session. Applications will be available from July 1 – Sept 1. Requirements for an entry-level fire position include holding a valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test) and a CT or National EMT certification.

CPAT – The Connecticut Fire Academy is offering a 1-day CPAT session on Friday, July 19th at the CPAT Testing facility in Meriden. This CPAT session is intended for candidates who have already attended previous CPAT orientation and practice sessions.
Registration: https://ctlms-cfa.ct.gov/
CPAT information and preparation guide: https://portal.ct.gov/CFPC/Candidate-Physical-Ability-Test

EMT – Here is one option for an accelerated EMT course beginning July 20th. https://code1web.com/accelerated-emergency-medical-technician-course/

Danbury Entry-Level Firefighter Informational Orientation is now live on the City of Danbury Youtube.

Requirements for an Entry Level Firefighter Position:

High School Diploma or equivalent
Valid Driver’s License
Valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test) – Candidates are responsible for maintaining a current CPAT throughout the life of an eligibility list.
Current CT or National Registry EMT Certification – Candidates are responsible for maintaining a valid CT or National Registry EMT Certification throughout the life of an eligibility list.
At least 18 years of age by application closing date
US Citizen or have manifested the intention of becoming a US Citizen
Vision & Hearing: 20/50 Vision in each eye, correctable to 20/20 in each eye and normal hearing without use of a hearing aid or other device.

Firefighter Recruitment Schedule

Firefighter Orientation Session:  June 18, 2020
Firefighter Application Opens:  July 1, 2020
Application Deadline: September 1, 2020
Firefighter Written Examination: September 26, 2020

commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:13:04 -0400
Reminder, Tip income IS taxable https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3089-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable3089-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3089-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable3089-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable

With the Covid induced tax filing deadline fast approaching on July 15th, the IRS would like to remind taxpayers that, generally, income received from any source, including tips, is taxable. Here’s some information to help taxpayers report tip income. 

All tips that taxpayers receive are income and subject to federal income tax. Taxpayers must include all tips they receive in their gross income. This includes:
• Tips directly from customers.
• Tips added using credit cards. 
• Tips from a tip-splitting arrangement with other employees.

The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes or other items of value is also income and subject to tax.

Three things can help taxpayers to correctly report their tip income.

• Keep a daily tip record.
• Report tips to their employer.
• Report all tips on their income tax return.

Use the Interactive Tax Assistant
This online tool provides answers to tax law questions. Taxpayers can use the Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov to find out if their tip income is taxable.

If an employee receives $20 or more in any month, they must report their tips for that month to their employer by the 10th day of the next month. The employer must withhold federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes on the reported tips. 

The tax filing deadline has been postponed to Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The IRS is processing tax returns, issuing refunds and accepting payments. Taxpayers who mailed a tax return will experience a longer wait. There is no need to mail a second tax return or call the IRS.

More information:
Is My Tip Income Taxable?
Form 4137, Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income
Publication 1244, Employee’s Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer
Tip Recordkeeping & Reporting
Publication 531, Reporting Tip Income

Tax Tip 2020-82


commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Politics Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:55:04 -0400
Pegasus introduces a Powerful New Program for First Responders https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/3096-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders3096-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/3096-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders3096-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders

Pegasus is honored to launch our First Responders program in partnership with the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services

Each session is 5-weeks long and meets once a week from 10am-2pm. This program is offered at no cost to our participants, thank you for all you do for our community!

First responders have an immense impact on their communities. We also know from first-hand experience the impact that secondary trauma can have, and that burnout is a reality that many first responders face. Our veteran's programs are a perfect fit for first responders. We believe that learning the art and skill of self-regulation, understanding how to make distinctions among seemingly conflicting emotions and building the capacity to process ‘the day’ before coming home are all part of maintaining healthy relationships — and all part of ensuring top performance when police, firefighters or EMT’s need it most.

The Equus Effect (TEE) believes that if the people who are called upon to respond to our community members’ in their times of crisis are better equipped to handle the stressors of their job, the community as a whole will better cared for and more resilient.  

TEE is a program that uses horses and highly trained facilitators, deals with social-emotional growth and trauma in people of all ages and circumstances. Through the restorative powers of the horse, clients are able to discover their own strength and healing through the experiential learning this program has to offer. Didactic elements of recognizing emotions and working towards emotional agility help participants manage their emotions in a positive and healthy way. All this is done through what we call “The Wisdom of the Prey” and connection with our equine partners. Our goal is that each individual leaves this program with a renewed sense of self-worth, well-being and empowerment.

For more information about this program and how to get involved please visit our website http://www.pegasustr.org/programs/first-responders/

commandercarey@gmail.com (Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, inc. ) Events Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:48:54 -0400
Malls in Mid-Hudson Region to to reopen today https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/15-todays-events/3105-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today3105-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/15-todays-events/3105-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today3105-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today

Malls in the Mid-Hudson region, and other areas of the state that have reached Phase 4, will reopen today, Friday July 10. Malls must have air filtration systems that can remove coronavirus particles from the air. Shoppers will also have to follow social distancing rules and stores will be restricted to 50 percent occupancy. The Mid-Hudson region includes Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

“We are happy to see that the malls will reopen,” Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell said. “With nearby states allowing mall shopping, this will level the playing field for New York State.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not permit gyms, indoor fitness centers and movie theaters to reopen as part of Phase 4, instead they must remain closed through August 5.

“We feel the pain of those small business owners, and we are disappointed with the delay,” said Kathleen Abels, president of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation. “Now, at least, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Barring a change, the governor’s Executive Order gives gyms, indoor fitness centers and movie theaters a projected reopening date of August 6.”

The same cannot be said for much of the rest of the country, 38 states are seeing large increases in infection rates. A travel advisory has now been expanded to 19 states, with travelers from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma added to the list of those who must quarantine for 14 days when they come to New York State.

In New York, the Mid-Hudson region has been getting back to normal, or the new normal, since the first phase of the reopening started at the end of May. Over the past six weeks, jobs came back, restaurants opened -- first for outdoor dining and then for indoor dining -- and now low-risk entertainment is returning.

In Phase 4, colleges and other institutions of higher education can reopen, as can zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, historic sites and cultural sites. Media production companies, including film, television, music and website producers, can also get back to business.


commandercarey@gmail.com (Putnam County) Todays events Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:58:06 -0400
20 Catholic schools in Archdiocese of New York will Not Reopen https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/3104-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen3104-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/places/3104-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen3104-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen


St. James the Apostle School in Carmel is spared

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York today announced 20 Catholic schools will be unable to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three schools will merge. The coronavirus public health crisis has had a devastating financial impact on Catholic school families and the greater Archdiocese. Mass unemployment and continuing health concerns have resulted in families’ inability to pay their current tuition, and a significantly low rate of re-registration for the fall; while months of cancelled public masses and fundraising for scholarships have seen a loss of parish contributions which traditionally help support the schools.

“Children are always the most innocent victims of any crisis, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York. “Too many have lost parents and grandparents to this insidious virus, and now thousands will not see their beloved school again. I’ve kept a hopeful eye on our schools throughout this saga and my prayers are with all of the children and their families who will be affected by this sad news. Given the devastation of this pandemic, I’m grateful more schools didn’t meet this fate, and that Catholic schools nearby are ready to welcome all the kids.”

Much deliberation and analysis went into the final determination of which schools would not reopen. It is expected these changes, which will impact approximately 2,500 students and 350 staff, will have the positive effect of ensuring the overall fiscal stability and strengthen the vitality of New York Catholic schools for decades to come.

“The reality of these schools being lost is painful, and it was only accepted reluctantly after a detailed study was conducted of their respective fiscal standing in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan. “I have been a Catholic school educator for more than 40 years, and could never have imagined the grave impact this pandemic has had on our schools. If more assistance is not forthcoming in the longed for HEROES Act now before Congress, I am afraid even more might close.  This is a very sad day for everyone in the extended Catholic school community. I send my love and prayers to the families, teachers, principals and staff of the affected schools.” Most of the schools affected are in NY C but there are several in Westchester County. St. James the Apostle in Carmel which is the only Catholic school in PUtnam County is not affected.

The following Catholic schools will not reopen: Schools in bold are located in Westchester County.

  • Corpus Christi School, Manhattan 
  • Divine Mercy School, New Windsor
  • Holy Family School, New Rochelle
  • Nativity of Our Blessed Lady School, Bronx
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta School, Staten Island
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Pelham Manor
  • Our Lady of Pompeii School, Manhattan
  • Our Lady of the Assumption School, Bronx
  • Sacred Heart School, Suffern 
  • St. Ann School, Yonkers
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Shrub Oak 
  • St. John’s School, Kingsbridge, Bronx 
  • St. Joseph-St. Thomas School, Staten Island
  • St. Luke School, Bronx
  • St. Patrick School, Bedford
  • St. Paul School, Yonkers
  • St. Peter School, Poughkeepsie
  • Sts. Peter & Paul School, Staten Island
  • Sts. Philip & James School, Bronx
  • St. Thomas Aquinas School, Bronx 

St. John School in Goshen will welcome the following school communities to their campus: 

  • Sacred Heart School, Monroe
  • St. Stephen-St. Edward School, Warwick

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools will work closely with each affected family, to help find a neighboring Catholic school for the fall. The directors of enrollment will provide each family with information and answer any questions that they may have, whether they are about enrollment, transportation or tuition. The best resource for continually updated information will always be https://catholicschoolsny.org/announcements

The superintendent’s office is dedicated to working in coordination with the teachers’ union to do everything it can to help faculty of the affected schools to find employment within the Archdiocesan school system.

About the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York:

For more than two centuries, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York have taught and nurtured children from diverse backgrounds and successfully provided students with the life-changing opportunities that are inherent in a Catholic education. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York currently serve more than 60,000 students from Pre-K through 12th grade at 191 schools across the counties and boroughs of New York. 


commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Places Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:43:51 -0400
Gov. Cuomo's daily email update for NY Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3103-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents3103-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3103-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents3103-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents

The number of total hospitalizations remains steady. Yesterday, there were 851 total hospitalizations. And we are encouraged and grateful that this week the number of people being intubated dropped below 100 for the first time since the crisis began in full.
We've made incredible progress as a state, but that progress is fragile. I've said before that "a virus anywhere is a virus everywhere," and we are very mindful of that reality as many states are seeing surges in COVID cases. We must continue to stay disciplined, smart and cautious. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
1. July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Today I advanced new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The proposed regulations from the NYS Department of Financial Services and DOH would strengthen insurers' obligation under both state and federal law to provide comparable coverages for benefits to treat mental health and substance use disorders.
2. Governors Island will reopen next Wednesday, July 15th. The island will reopen with reduced capacity and public safety precautions in place on both the island and on the ferry.
3. The State conducted 65,564 tests, of which 584, or 0.89%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 8 New Yorkers to the virus.
4. NASCAR weekend at Watkins Glen has been rescheduled. The event will be held at the Daytona International Speedway from August 14-16.
5. One of the greatest concerns of the pandemic is making sure all New Yorkers have access to food. No New Yorker should go to bed hungry. To find a food pantry that services your county, visit ny.gov/foodbanks
6. More New Yorkers need to respond to the Census. New York's Census response rate is at 57.5%, which is below the national average. It's important that every New Yorker responds to the Census. It's safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov
commandercarey@gmail.com (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) Politics Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:39:16 -0400
Boost Your Immune System in 14 Days https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/3068-boost-your-immune-system-in-14-days3068-boost-your-immune-system-in-14-days https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/3068-boost-your-immune-system-in-14-days3068-boost-your-immune-system-in-14-days

Calling all people who want guidance toward a healthier lifestyle. Health Coaches Stacy Hendrie, Daryl Moss and Lucy Diana facilitate a monthly 14 day Power Immune Boost. The premise is to add in healthy, immune supporting foods, to walk or exercise in some way, to reduce stress which helps to take at least ONE step in the direction of better health. One step leads to two, and so on. This is NOT a cleanse or deprivation program, but rather a very flexible program given the challenges we face today.

People with any preexisting conditions especially being overweight, diabetic or have heart disease are at greater risk for complications if they contract Covid19. With the world opening up and case numbers increasing, now is the time to take action.

Consider joining us on July 13. We have made this program FUN, EASY, TASTY and EFFECTIVE.

Please contact stacyhendrie@optonline.net if you have questions.

Register at www.thesynergy3.com/registration.

What’s included:

  • An Eguide of simple tasty recipes with many substitution options to make cooking easy.
  • A private Facebook group of participants to share information and ask questions
  • Video demonstrations of time saving tips in the kitchen
  • Encouragement to exercise and get outside
  • A variety of breathing exercises and stress reduction techniques
  • Strategies to reduce sugar cravings

Comments from a participant from June’s program in just 12 days:

I am on day 12 of a 14 day program. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on medication a few months ago. Drugs have not been effective in getting my pressure below the CDC recommended 140/80, but I am happy to say that 12 days in my blood pressure is 111/70. I went all in. I am getting 8 hours of sleep for the first time in forever, meditation, breathing and cutting out processed foods, coffee and alcohol. The meal suggestions are great and full a flavor and although quarantine has given me the time to prepare I am also learning shortcuts and using my freezer to make it easier and less time consuming so I can keep it up after we get back to normal. Can't thank or recommend Synergy3 enough.”  Tom W., June 2020

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Stacy Hendrie) Events Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:17:05 -0400
Productize - Steps for Turning Your Service Into a Product Presented by SCORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/15-todays-events/3100-productize-steps-for-turning-your-service-into-a-product-presented-by-score3100-productize-steps-for-turning-your-service-into-a-product-presented-by-score https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/15-todays-events/3100-productize-steps-for-turning-your-service-into-a-product-presented-by-score3100-productize-steps-for-turning-your-service-into-a-product-presented-by-score


Productize - Steps for Turning Your Service Into a Product

July 9, 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m PT

Founder, The Value Builder System™
Brian A. Trzcinski
Director of Business Market Development

Can't make the live webinar? Register anyway and we'll send you the recording.
Attend the live webinar to participate in the Q&A.

Consumers and businesses have drastically cut their expenditures on services to conserve cash and avoid human contact. However, we're still buying products that meet an immediate need.

To capitalize on this flight to purchase products that meet an immediate need, service providers need to "productize their service".

Join us today for this webinar, sponsored by MassMutual, presented by one of the U.S. top business-to-business marketers John Warrillow and Director of Business Market Development Brian Trzcinski, who will share how to do just that!

commandercarey@gmail.com (Score!) Todays events Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:44:25 -0400
Westchester County Encourages Local Municipalities to Enroll in Community Solar Programs https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3086-westchester-county-encourages-local-municipalities-to-enroll-in-community-solar-programs3086-westchester-county-encourages-local-municipalities-to-enroll-in-community-solar-programs https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/politics/3086-westchester-county-encourages-local-municipalities-to-enroll-in-community-solar-programs3086-westchester-county-encourages-local-municipalities-to-enroll-in-community-solar-programs

State Agencies Announce Additional Funding to help all residents

access Clean, Affordable Solar Energy


In an effort to help all Westchester County communities access clean, affordable and reliable solar energy, as well as add a new revenue stream for businesses and property owners, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is encouraging local municipalities to apply for funding through New York State’s Affordable Solar and Energy Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance Program. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced new and advanced initiatives to help address environmental justice. NYSERDA made available more than $10.6 million to help underserved communities access the benefits of clean, affordable solar and energy storage, representing the first step in implementing New York’s Social Energy Equity Framework.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, grants provided through the Program will help offset predevelopment costs to address system installation barriers. The funding opportunity is a real benefit to businesses and property owners, for them to affordably add solar to their buildings, facilities and property. 

Latimer said: “Many homeowners are ineligible to install solar on their homes for a host of reasons including that they may be renting a property, have too much shade, poor roof conditions or because of financial restrictions. However, Community Solar is designed to be accessible for all communities and residents, and the financial savings and environmental improvements will bring real relief to our local municipalities during these challenging times.”

Community solar brings the benefits of renewable energy to Westchester residents who have previously not had access to them. All residents, including renters and homeowners, can enroll and directly support the construction and operation of new solar installations located offsite, while savings money on their electricity bills.

NYSERDA will be hosting a webinar on July 14 to launch the funding opportunity, and provide information on how to apply. To register, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/aspta. Applications will be accepted on a rolling, quarterly basis through December 31, 2024.

Sustainable Westchester, a local non-profit whose members include Westchester County and almost every Westchester municipality, has played a leading role in bringing the benefits of community solar to local residents, businesses and organizations. The organization has partnered with solar developers, local governments, commercial property owners and others to both encourage new solar development and to provide community solar enrollment opportunities to Westchester residents and organizations.

Director of Solar Programs at Sustainable Westchester Nina Orville said: “Sustainable Westchester is committed to bringing the benefits of community solar to communities across the County. We are eager to continue to partner with community organizations, local governments, housing authorities and other partners to ensure that we are effectively reaching all who need the savings and other benefits of community solar most. We are confident that the Affordable Solar and Energy Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance Program will support these efforts in Westchester and elsewhere around the state.”

Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability Peter McCartt said: “This is another classic ‘Save Green by Being Green’ win-win-win opportunity. Property owners can receive funding for installing revenue-generating solar, local residents can receive a 10% discount on their electric bill, and Mother Earth obviously wins because we are burning less of the dirty fossil fuels.”

commandercarey@gmail.com (Westchester County) Politics Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:07:42 -0400
Maloney to hold Press Conference this morning regarding Moving Forward Act Passage https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/15-todays-events/3095-maloney-to-hold-press-conference-this-morning-regarding-moving-forward-act-passage3095-maloney-to-hold-press-conference-this-morning-regarding-moving-forward-act-passage https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/events/15-todays-events/3095-maloney-to-hold-press-conference-this-morning-regarding-moving-forward-act-passage3095-maloney-to-hold-press-conference-this-morning-regarding-moving-forward-act-passage

On THURSDAY July 9th at 11:00AM, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) will host a press conference in New Windsor to celebrate the passage of the Moving Forward Act, a major infrastructure package that will send billions of dollars to New York over the next five years, jumpstarting critical infrastructure and transportation projects in the Hudson Valley, and creating good-paying jobs.

Rep. Maloney will be joined by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.

Rep. Maloney’s bill, the Bridge Investment Act, was included in the Moving Forward Act. This bill will invest $28 billion to repair America’s 47,000+ structurally-deficient bridges. In New York’s 18th Congressional District alone, over 11 percent of bridges – 190 total – are in poor condition, and require major improvements.

The press conference will be held in New Windsor, near a structurally-deficient bridge that is crossed 24,000 times a day. The bridge, which crosses Moodna Creek, was built in 1932 and is currently rated in “poor” condition by the Federal Highway Administration. Bridges rated in “poor” condition are still safe travel over but require significant rehabilitation and repairs.

Mask use is strictly required, and social distancing will be practiced.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

THURSDAY, July 9, 2020; 11:00AM

9W Bridge over Moodna Creek – Parking and press conference will be near the New Windsor Kayak Launch

GPS - 2899 Rte 9W, New Windsor, NY (which will bring you to the parking area nearest the bridge)the lot nearest the bridge)

ADDITIONAL EVENT: Immediately following the press conference, Rep. Maloney and County Executive Neuhaus will travel to downtown Middletown to tour small businesses and discuss the reopening process with small business owners. RSVPs to the downtown business walking tour are also required.

commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney) Todays events Thu, 09 Jul 2020 02:26:56 -0400
Cuomo says a decision on schools re-opening will be made in early August, all county fairs cancelled https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/publicsafety/3094-cuomo-says-a-decision-on-schools-re-opening-will-be-made-in-early-august-all-county-fairs-cancelled3094-cuomo-says-a-decision-on-schools-re-opening-will-be-made-in-early-august-all-county-fairs-cancelled https://news.hamlethub.com/yorktown/publicsafety/3094-cuomo-says-a-decision-on-schools-re-opening-will-be-made-in-early-august-all-county-fairs-cancelled3094-cuomo-says-a-decision-on-schools-re-opening-will-be-made-in-early-august-all-county-fairs-cancelled

County Fairs Canceled Until Further Notice

Malls Can Open in Phase IV Regions Beginning Friday Only with Enhanced HVAC Systems 

State to Provide Masks and Hand Sanitizer for Distribution on Fire Island

Long Island Enters Phase IV of Reopening Today

1.2 Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive

11 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday 

Confirms 692 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 398,929; New Cases in 42 Counties


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will decide whether schools will reopen in the fall during the first week of August. New York State is now consulting with stakeholders on guidance, which will be finalized on July 13. Plans to reopen schools are due on July 31. 

The governor also announced that all county fairs will be canceled until further notice out of an abundance of caution. Governor Cuomo previously announced that the New York State Fair will be canceled this summer.

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Governor Cuomo also announced beginning Friday, July 10, malls can open in regions that have entered Phase IV of reopening if they have implemented an enhanced Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - or HVAC - filtration system and follow proper ventilation protocols. HVAC systems will be required to include filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value - or MERV - rating of which filters out the COVID-19 virus, but can, if the system makes additional protections, run on a minimum MERV of 11. Ventilation protocols include increased outdoor air, reduced air circulation, longer system run times and frequent filter checks. 

Governor Cuomo also announced that New York State will provide 1,000 masks and 1,000 2-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer for the Fire Island COVID Destroyers - a partnership that includes GMHC and Fire Island community leaders - to distribute on Fire Island.

During the first week of August, the state will announce a decision on whether or not those schools reopen, and we want to make that decision with the best available data because facts change here day to day and week to week.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Long Island enters Phase IV of reopening today. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov

"We have been consulting all stakeholders on guidance for how a school would reopen in September. We have 700 school districts in this state, and they range from rural to urban to suburban areas. Localities are very involved in their schools and school decisions, so we have been meeting with them," Governor Cuomo said. "During the first week of August, the state will announce a decision on whether or not those schools reopen, and we want to make that decision with the best available data because facts change here day to day and week to week. A week can be a lifetime with this virus because everything changes so quickly. The schools say they need a decision made by the end of the first week in August so they can then turn on the switches and get everything ready for September, and we'll look at the data in that first week and then we'll make a decision."


Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 841 (+5)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 84 (+16)
  • Hospital Counties - 31
  • Number ICU - 166 (+6)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 97 (-6)
  • Total Discharges - 71,185 (+94)
  • Deaths - 11
  • Total Deaths - 24,944

Of the 57,585 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 692, or 1.2 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:





Capital Region




Central New York




Finger Lakes




Long Island








Mohawk Valley




New York City




North Country




Southern Tier




Western New York




commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Public safety Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:15:00 -0400