BUILDING DEPARTMENT PROCEDURES
Please either mail in all applications or drop off applications into the outside metal mailbox located in front of 425 Cherry Street.
Supervisor COVID-19 Update
Friday October 16
Kindness and Love: It’s all around us.
An invitation to join in!
For Liza Clymer, the artist and founder of the recent art installation titled “Kindness and Love”, banners around Bedford represent more than art, they are an opportunity to create empathy, harmony, understanding, and joy. As you drive around this weekend enjoying the colors of fall, please take note of the work. You can stop for a viewing at John Jay Homestead, the Maple Grove Farm off Rt. 121 in Bedford, at 117 in front of McDonalds, Historical Hall in Bedford and at the Bedford Hills Memorial Park. If you would like to contribute to the Kindness-Love Movement, send your work to instagram.com/kindness8love in the form of poems, words or photographs and they will do the rest. Our thanks to Liza and her brilliant partners Vanessa Smith and Jane Millard for this creative and inspiring idea.
From our Leaf Blowers Committee:
It’s leaf season and Bedford looks glorious!
In keeping with the Town’s Climate Action Plan we urge residents to encourage their landscapers to use leaf blowers very sparingly and to mulch-mow the leaves on their lawns. This is not only better for the lawns, adding nutrients and improving the soil structure, but it makes for quieter, cleaner neighborhoods.
We know that gas leaf blowers are highly polluting and recommend leaf mulching (mulch-mowing the leaves into lawns) to reduce the need for blowers and for the use of electric blowers on hardscapes.
For more information please visit www.leavelevesalone.org
Right around the corner is Halloween.
Concerned parents and residents have contacted me as well as my colleagues on the Town Board.
We need to adapt again.
We are fortunate here in Bedford that with few exceptions the community recognizes the need to observe the protocols issued by the NYS Department of Health, implementing the Governor’s COVID-19 related executive Orders. As a community, we have adopted the protocols and adapted our lifestyles to safeguard ourselves, our children and our neighbors. Each of our activities seems to require adaptation, whether it be work, school, going to the grocery store, “visiting” friends – nearly every aspect of our lives.
This Halloween will be very different. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cautioned that we need to avoid higher risk Halloween activities to help prevent the spread of the virus including “participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.
Following the advice of the CDC, we encourage the community to skip traditional door to door trick-or-treating this year. So the trick likely will be that many porch lights will be off this year in the popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods in Bedford Hills, Bedford Village or Katonah. So there will be slim pickings for children going door to door.
The good news is that the Town and community groups are
organizing safe alternatives.
Chowder and Marching is sponsoring a drive through celebration at St. Patricks on October 30. They are also inviting all local businesses to participate by dropping-off a carved pumpkin, which they will light and display.
The Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is offering a structured trick-or-treating event which will follow COVID-19 protocols. It will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bedford Hills Memorial Park. Every person who will be attending needs to register for the event; this includes parents/adults accompanying children.
Please visit the Recreation and Park Department online registration site, please visit our online registration site, and search “Special Events” for the Bedford Entry times will be set every 20 minutes to regulate the number of people.
Questions? Please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 666.7005
We also are delighted that community groups are organizing safe Halloween activities. We are happy to help get the word out on these activities, so if you wish to have us publicize the activities, please e-mail me at email@example.com and Phyllis Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also wish to mention that our Police Department will be patrolling neighborhoods to ensure that protocols are being observed as to gatherings, social distancing and so forth.
So please enjoy Halloween, but let’s do so safely.
From Chowder & Marching:
We are also inviting all local businesses to participate by dropping-off a carved pumpkin, which we will light and display for all of our guests.
These pumpkins will then be moved over to the stone wall by the Village Green for Halloween night, 10/31.
For more information go to chowderandmarching.org
Our thanks to Recreation & Parks Department Superintendent Chris Soi and his staff for a new Halloween event “Bedford BooFest” for the entire town.
It will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bedford Hills Memorial Park. This will be a structured, organized Trick or Treating event.
Event registration began TODAY, online on Wednesday, October 14 at 10:00am. Reminder, that every person who will be attending needs to register for event, this includes parents/adults accompanying children.
Please visit our online registration site, and search “Special Events” for the Bedford BooFest registration information.
News from the Town of Bedford Conservation Board
A ceremony has been scheduled for the planting on Wednesday, October 21 at 10 AM in front of the Town Hall.
The Town of Bedford was awarded a tree grant on September 23, 2020, from the New York State Urban Forestry Council under their program to celebrate those communities that have been a Tree City USA member for at least 5 years, and to support their on-going community street tree and forestry programs. Bedford has been a member for 18 years.
The grant amount of $1,000 is to be used to plant a large specimen tree in a prominent site within the community, accessible to the public.
Bedford chose to plant a native Swamp White Oak in front of the Town Hall, at 321 Bedford Road in Bedford Hills.
Besides being a powerful tool in sequestering carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, trees produce oxygen, improve air quality, conserve water, preserve soil, and support wildlife. But perhaps the best reason for trees is that they are both beautiful and majestic. They appeal to our innermost spirit.
Because of the special way Bedford obtained this tree, it will be named “The Generation Oak”, as our way of acknowledging passing along the value of this tree to future generations.
– Simon Skolnik
Chair, Conservation Board
Bedford Positive Cases 10
As of October 16, there have been a total of 314 cases.
Here is the latest map.
Current Westchester Data
(as of October 16, 2020)
Westchester Cases: 39,288
Westchester Tests: 760,436
NYS data as of October 15
a. New York State Cases: 481,107
b. Total tested: 12,611,431
c. New Positives 1,707
NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory Update
New York State Travel Advisories- COVID-1
In its battle against the pandemic, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been acting jointly in issuing travel advisories affecting anyone returning from travel to certain states with “a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. The advisories, which are frequently updated, are issued pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205, requiring such travelers to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of their last contact.
You can find the most recent advisories at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
COVID-19 TEST SITES
We have been receiving calls for information about COVID testing facilities that report results within 3 days, especially for family members who are traveling to New York from one of the designated restricted states. Currently, due to high demand for testing, testing results are taking longer in New York State. Click here to read a newspaper article to learn more on this issue.
List of Alternate Test Facilities in the Area
We also thank you for your comments requesting more information on the testing facilities listed in the chart, and in response, we have done so. We will keep this list available on this page and update it from time to time. Please e-mail me at email@example.com with any corrections or additions.
IMPORTANT VOTING DEADLINES
OCTOBER 27 – The last day to send an absentee ballot request for this year’s Presidential election.
ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION
You can request an Absentee ballot in any of the following ways:
- Submit your request electronically through the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Portal
- By sending an email request to BOE-WestAbsentee@
- By sending a fax request to (914) 995-7753 or (914) 995-3190
- By going in-person to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
- By mailing a paper application (which can be downloaded here in English, Spanish and other languages) to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
- By telephoning a request to the Westchester Board of Elections office by calling (914) 995-5285 or (914) 995-5291
Given mail delays, everyone is encouraged to request and return their absentee ballots as early as possible. You can also request an absentee ballot in person at the Board of Elections up until November 2 (25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601).
NOTE: If you requested an Absentee Ballot for the Primary because of Covid, you may have received an envelope from the BOE this summer which included an Absentee Ballot application for the General Election. This envelope did not include an Absentee Ballot. If you think you received an Absentee Ballot this summer, please check now.
NOVEMBER 3 – The last day your Absentee Ballot can be Postmarked and count.
ADDITIONAL VOTER INFORMATION :
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2020
Voting in New York Has Never Been Easier
Not only has it never been easier to vote in New York, but it is getting even easier. With the November 3, 2020 general election quickly approaching, we wish to provide information on your options for exercising your voting rights.
The good news is that voting has never been easier with expanded opportunities for absentee voting, continuation of early voting options and voting in person on November 3.
Voting In Person on November 3, 2020. The County Board of Elections has taken extraordinary precautions to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. You will need to wear a mask.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL NOT BE DROP BOXES, but there will be the opportunity to drop off ballots at any early voting location or at the polling place on November 3. Please see Westchester County Board of Elections at https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/absentee-ballots
You vote at your regular polling place anytime between 6 AM and 9 PM. For further information, please contact Town Clerk Boo Fumagalli at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 914-864-3868.
If you are interested in being a poll worker, please contact Board of Elections as follows:
Ericka Sterling, Democrat, by phone at (914) 995-8568 or by e-mail at: email@example.com
Jonathan Cannella, Republican, by phone at (914) 995-8563 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that even if you applied for an absentee ballot previous, you must re-apply for the general election. If you fail to re-apply, you will not receive an absentee ballot for the general election. Absentee Ballot application
- Emailing it to BOE-WestAbsentee@westchestergov.com
- Faxing it to (914) 995-7753 or (914) 995-3190
- Mailing it to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
- Dropping it in-person to the Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Early Voting begins on Saturday October 24.
In light of concerns about the reliability of mail delivery, you may wish to vote in person prior to November 3. You can vote at any of the 17 early voting locations during this 9-day period, and typically the locations are very quiet.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL NOT BE DROP BOXES, but there will be the opportunity to drop off ballots at any early voting location or at the polling place on November 3. Please see Westchester County Board of Elections at https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/voting/absentee-ballots
We encourage everyone to consider taking advantage of this excellent option.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from noon until 5 pm
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 from noon until 5 pm
Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 from 8 am until 4 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 from noon until 8 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 from 8 am until 4 pm
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 from noon until 8 pm
Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 from 8 am until 4 pm
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 from noon until 5 pm
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 from noon until 5 pm
Early Voting Locations:
You may vote early in any of the following locations:
Mt. Kisco Memorial Complex at Leonard Park, 1 Wallace Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Pound Ridge Town House, 179 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY 10576
Veterans Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
Westchester County Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607
Somers Town House, 335 Route 202, Somers, NY 10589
Mount Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595
Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709
Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Mount Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
New Rochelle City Hall Annex –90 Beaufort Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562
Peekskill Nutrition Center/Neighborhood Center, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566
Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710
Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701
Yorktown Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
SAVE THE DATES
From the Planning Department to residents in the Bedford Hills-Katonah Phase II Sewer District
BEDFORD HILLS – KATONAH
PHASE II SEWER ESTABLISHMENT VOTE
OCTOBER 19, 2020
ABSENTEE BALLOT TIMELINE
Last day to postmark application for an absentee ballot – October 12.
Last day to apply in person for an absent ballot – October 18.
Last day to postmark ballot – October 19
Must be received by Town of Bedford no later than November 2, 2020.
Last day to deliver ballot in person to Town of Bedford by close of Polls on Election Day, October 19.
Take It or Leave It (TIOLI) Shed is open on Saturdays through the end of October.
Saturday 31st, on Halloween day, the Shed will have its last opening day before the winter season We have announced it as follows in social media, but we appreciate it if you could announce it as well:
Come celebrate the end of another successful TIOLI-season! come as you are, or come hidden in your favorite costume, or look for a new outfit among the donations. Since the shed needs to be emptied for the winter seas
on, they will NOT accept household goods. But all your holiday items and costumes are welcome. https://bedford2030.org/gva_ event/take-it-or-leave-it- shed-tioli-2/
Stories in the Park
October 17 @ 10:30 am
Doesn’t it seem like The Town Camp just ended? Do you miss the Town Park? Well, come join us for “All-Age Stories” there!
This program is geared towards children ages 5 and under, but older children are, of course, welcome! The more the merrier! Parents or caregivers must stay close to their respective child/children to ensure that social distancing measures are followed.
For more information click the image above.
Practice Online ACT
Register for a FREE ACT practice test, online, through the Princeton Review. Click on the URL below to register for that exam, then sign in to www.princetonreview.com the morning of your exam! You will receive detailed instructions the day before your test, so we ask that you register before 5 pm the day before your chosen exam date.
Go to https://poundridgelibrary.org/event/practice-online-act-through-the-princeton-review/ for more details.
Come celebrate the end of another successful TIOLI-season! come as you are, or come hidden in your favorite costume, or look for a new outfit among the donations.
Since the shed needs to be emptied for the winter season, they will NOT accept household goods. But all your holiday items and costumes are welcome.
Bedford residents may drop off unwanted household items that are still in good/working condition, or pick up and repurpose some. Anyone may come to take items – free! The TIOLI Shed is a wonderful way to recycle and reuse items and reduce consumption and waste.
Check if your items are acceptable at TIOLI here.
Click the image above for more information.
The Katonah Museum of Art
The Katonah Museum of Art is pleased to reopen its galleries and grounds to its members and the public. You’re invited to explore the exhibtions currently on view and enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden. All visitors are required to purchase timed-entry tickets and make reservations in advance. A limited number of tickets is available per time slot. Click on image for more information.
Save the Date: Jukebox Bingo
Friday, October 23 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Jukebox Bingo is a combination of “Name That Tune” and traditional Bingo, with a little trivia thrown in all done via Zoom, in the comfort of your own home! Played like regular bingo, but with music. Games are all “themed” such as music from the 50’s, 80’s, Motown, Current Music, Love Songs, and more. Play with a partner, spouse or friend – grab a beverage and snack – have some fun, play some games and win some prizes!
More information can be found in the Town Of Bedford 2020 Fall Brochure. A link to that can be found here.
Save the Date: Career Planning
Tuesday, October 27, 6-7 pm
Unsure of how your resume should read? Still confused about what should be said in your cover letter? Questioning what LinkedIn is?
This virtual workshop offers advice and tips on resume and cover letter writing as well as explaining what LinkedIn is and how it’s used. Led by reference librarian Gabrielisa Borrero. Register for the Zoom meeting HERE.
Click the image above for more information.
Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest for middle and high school students about a
Hispanic person who they consider to be a hero. DEADLINE: 10.31.
This special opportunity was sent to us from our partners at Altice. Please share it with friends and neighbors who have students that can participate:
Altice USA, the parent company of Optimum, announced its annual Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest in partnership with Univision. Presented by Alejandra Espinoza, Univision On-Air Personality and TV host, the essay contest invites middle and high school students to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by submitting an essay that describes a Hispanic person whom they consider to be a hero and why. The full essay prompt can be found below.
We all have a hero. Someone we look up to. Someone who inspires us. Whether it is a civil rights activist, pop culture icon, or someone you know personally, heroes bring us hope when we need it the most. In 500 words or less, tell us about a Hispanic person, past or present, who you consider to be a hero and explain why.
Who: Optimum’s Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest in partnership with Univision
What: Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest for middle and high school students about a Hispanic person who they consider to be a hero.
- Students must be in grades 6-12 in the Optimum footprint
- You do not have to be Hispanic to apply
- Essays must be in English
Where: More information can be found at Optimum.com/HHM
When: Essay submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EDT on October 31, 2020.
Why: Grand prize finalists will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Additional three finalists will receive an iPad. Separate prizes for middle and high school categories.
If interested, please also feel free to promote the contest via social media. Below please find sample social media posts:
Facebook and Instagram:
I am excited to join @Optimum and @Univision in celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth. Students in grades 6-12 can enter the Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest for a chance to win great prizes. Visit Optimum.com/HHM for details.
Twitter: Students, enter @Optimum and @Univision Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest for a chance to win great prizes at Optimum.com/hhm
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for helping to spread awareness!
KEEP GOING! WE are at 72% and
HAVE SURPASSED OUR
2010 CENSUS RESPONSE RATE!
Extended to October 31
It’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire
will take about 10 minutes to complete.
It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
Here’s why Bedford need you to get counted:
Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
New York is thrilled to launch COVID Alert NY – the official Exposure Notification App created by the New York State Department of Health in partnership with Google and Apple. Now you can use your phone in the fight against COVID-19 and get exposure alerts, without compromising your privacy or personal information.
What is COVID Alert NY?
COVID Alert NY is New York State’s official Exposure Notification App. This is a free smartphone app for anyone 18+ that lives and/or works in New York available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store starting October 1st. The COVID Alert NY app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receiving an exposure notification, the app will encourage users to contact their physician or the State Health Department hotline (1-833-227-5045) to get more information about quarantining and testing.
Anyone who downloads the app does not have to worry about being tracked, identified or having their personal information shared. The app is completely anonymous and does not track your location or movement. No personal data is collected. COVID Alert NY uses Bluetooth proximity-enabled exposure notification technology provided by Apple and Google which is safe and secure. To learn more, click here
Recreation and Parks
Fall Tennis Program
The Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has been working on its fall program schedule and program brochure over the past few weeks. The overall fall program schedule has been modified from past years, however the department will be offering Youth Tennis Lessons with our program partners the Saw Mill Club. The tennis lesson program is scheduled to begin the week of September 14th.
There are still some registration details to work out, but keep an eye out for our updates provided through the department’s Facebook page, my update and the Recreation & Park Department e-mails
TOWN BOARD NEWS
Vacancy on Wetlands Control Commission
We are seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Wetlands Control Commission. The Commission is a permitting board of the Town which is responsible for administering the Town’s wetlands law which regulates certain activities, such as building, within the wetlands and the 100’ buffer from the wetlands. If you are interested, please e-mail your resume and a cover e-mail or letter email@example.com and kindly copy Commission chair Andrew Messinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also should feel free to contact Andrew for more information regarding the Commission and you should consider attending a meeting of the Commission.
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee
Greetings! We are excited to get IDEAC (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee) off the ground. Because the committee is new, our first tasks are organizational and housekeeping so, although we would all like to expedite this work, the substantive work cannot begin for a few months. When that work begins, meetings will open to the public. Until then, we will begin soliciting comments and suggestions from the community.
We encourage everyone who would like to attend meetings, participate in subcommittee work, or just follow our itinerary to sign up for IDEAC emails.
Please use this google link to sign up: http://bit.ly/IDEACemail
We look forward to working together to make Bedford a more equitable community.
Chair, IDEAC Committee
Alzheimer’s Association Wellness Retreat
Click here for flyer
Click here for the full list of events at the Bedford Hills Free Library
COVID-19, MENTAL HEALTH & OUR KIDS
George Latimer hosts discussion on schools, mental health and our kids with mental health & school officials and releases PSAs geared toward children featuring “Coaster” and “The Bee”
PSAs Cover “The New School Rules” on Face Masks, Handwashing & Social Distancing
- Watch County Executive George Latimer, White Plains School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Ricca, DCMH Deputy Commissioner Joe Glazer & DCMH Children’s Mental Health Services Program Coordinator Tori Shaw discussion on schools, mental health and our kids HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoXE5W6GeIk
Watch “The New School Rules” HERE:
- Face Masks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahDxSZ6wC_0
- Handwashing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKEuqFOepjw
- Social Distancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRhmJPHSfmM
(White Plains, NY) – As parents and guardians all across Westchester County learn to adapt to these challenging times and make decisions on sending their children back to school, County Executive George Latimer sat down with White Plains School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Ricca, Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Deputy Commissioner Joe Glazer & DCMH Children’s Mental Health Services Program Coordinator Tori Shaw to discuss the mental health challenges facing our children during these tumultuous times. Ricca and Glazer also serve as Co-Chairs of Latimer’s newly formed School Reopening Working Group
Following Latimer’s premiere earlier this week of two PSAs on the importance washing your hands and a reminder to #WearAMask, the County Executive wanted to make sure the County’s youngest residents were not forgotten.
That is why he teamed up with “Coaster,” Playland’s mascot, and the Bee-Line Bus System’s “The Bee” on a fun set of short videos to help them adjust to “The New School Rules” – be sure to share these videos with your little ones as we all learn to adjust to the new normal.
McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship
Today, McDonald’s announced the “HACER More Scholarship,” which will provide an additional 100 scholarships for Hispanic students seeking higher education. Bringing the total commitment to $1 million, the HACER National Scholarship is one of the largest programs committed to Hispanic educational success.
The increased financial strain caused by the pandemic has created uncertainty as parents and students work to fund and continue higher education. As a result, McDonald’s added the “HACER More Scholarship” to help more students pursue college degrees despite the pandemic.
The additional scholarship recipients will be selected from the 2019 HACER National Scholarship pool of applicants that meet the existing criteria for the scholarship and will be enrolled in school for spring of 2021
Eligible students can be awarded up to $100,000 to cover the cost of tuition and other educational needs. Since 1985, McDonald’s has awarded $31.5 million to Hispanic college students. This year, in addition to receiving scholarships, the winners of the 2020 HACER National Scholarship received a “tech backpack” that included a laptop, wireless mouse, and headphones—some of the tools needed to succeed in a virtual learning environment.
Hispanic college-bound high school seniors and their parents are encouraged to visit mcdonalds.com/hacer for additional college resources in English and Spanish and for details on how to apply for the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship. The scholarship application period for the next academic year opens on October 5, 2020, and runs through February 3, 2021. I encourage you to spread word of the scholarship to your constituents.
The McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship is just one of many company initiatives created to educate the next generation of youth. This includes the Black & Positively Golden Scholarships for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship program for Asian and Pacific-Islander American students. The Archways to Opportunity program for crew gives eligible employees at participating U.S. restaurants the ability to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education/career advising services and learn English as a second language.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for your time and attention.
McDonald’s Regional Government Relations Manager (NY, NJ, PA)
A Thank You from the Women of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
The Members of the Prison Relations Advisory Committee to the Town of Bedford want to thank this community for its extraordinary generosity to our neighbors at Taconic Correctional Facility and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility during this pandemic.
We are still collecting soap for our neighbors, as this pandemic continues. You can drop off your soap donations on the porch of the Church House of the Katonah Presbyterian Church, 31 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY for contact-less drop off.
Our deepest thanks,
Sharon Griest Ballen, Chair
Storytime on the Village Green
Thursdays at 11:15 on the Bedford Village Green, Starting September 3rd, weather permitting
Mats will be placed six feet apart for children, alternatively, families can bring their own blankets
Children will receive a craft to go at home which will be in a bag
Masks must be worn
We would like to try this for the month of September and see how it goes. If it is not successful we will go back to Zooming. We thought it would give children and parents a break from screen time. –Ann Cloonan, Director of Bedford Free Library
Local – County – State – National
Con Ed Notice:
Residents on Bedford Road between Harris and
Sunrise Ave. Bedford Hills,
1. Alcohol Addiction Resources
We recently received an email request to post a link from an organization that wanted to promote their commercial services under the guise of being a helpline.
For those who need support, please share the links below for from Sally A. Corbett-Turco, Executive Director of Stepping Stones:
2. Message from The Women’s Civic Club
Beginning on September 10, the Thrift Shop in Katonah, located at the Memorial House in Katonah (next to the Firehouse), has re-opened.
Days of operation:
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Hours: 10 am – 2 pm
To make donations, email email@example.com for an appointment to drop off your donations.
3. Why is the flag at half-staff? Gov. Cuomo’s directive
4. Food Support Please know that the Community Center is there for you should you need food assistance. All are welcome and everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Contact the Community Center at
914 232 6572 Ext.110 www.communitycenter.org
6. Questions About Your Lender’s Notice Regarding Your Tax Escrow?
We understand that lenders and their loan servicing agents are reviewing escrow accounts and sending out notices of adjustments. Understandably this leads to questions regarding property tax bills. Bedford’s Tax Receiver Amy Pectol is happy to field any questions which you may have. Please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her 914-666-4475.
Westchester County To Honor Those Who Died On September 11, 2001 With A Virtual Memorial Ceremony At “The Rising”
Friday, September 11
**PLEASE VIEW ON THE LIVESTREAM AT:
In a solemn ceremony like never before at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, Westchester County will pay tribute to those lost during tragic events of September 11, 2001 and heroes who gave their life helping us all move forward in its aftermath. Standing before “The Rising,” the County’s beautiful 9/11 Memorial, County Executive George Latimer will honor the Westchester residents who passed on that devastating day nineteen years ago, as well as those who have died from 9/11 related illness since the attacks.
Latimer said: “While we face societal challenges like never before in our current day, we must never forget the events that unfolded in front of the world’s eyes that morning nineteen years ago. That day changed all of us, and we will always continue to grieve. From the souls lost, to the heroes who selflessly rushed in that we are still losing to this day, we must – and we will – always honor them here in Westchester County.”
Tony Aiello, CBS 2 New York reporter, will emcee the event, adding: “I moved to Westchester in 1999 and remember well the tragic impact the terror attack had on the County. I was honored to emcee the County’s very first 9/11 commemoration in 2002, and it will be a privilege to once again gather with friends and neighbors to remember those we lost.”
NYS Publishes Guidance for the Reopening of Schools
Guidance for Pre-K to Grade 12 schools can be found in the Phase Four section of the New York Forward website.
- Schools must submit an affirmation that they have read and understand the guidance.
- Schools must also prepare and submit plan(s) for reopening and operating during the ongoing emergency by July 31, 2020.
New York State’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has issued the guidance relating to visitation and site visits, the delivery of telehealth and other essential services, and infection control. You can access all of these documents on the OPWDD COVID-19 resource page or visit the topic specific links below.
- Special education services and instruction may be provided in-person this summer; the Department of Health released interim guidance for these services.
- New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON
Fly the United States Flag at Half-Staff Immediately in Honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Flags should be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on the date of interment, which has not been determined
We will send an email when the date of interment has been established
News from our Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Monthly Finance Report from the
Town of Bedford Comptroller
To read Abraham Zambrano’s report please click here.
Monthly Report from the
Department of Public Works
Work during the month included pothole patching, maintenance of drainage systems, dirt road grading, and debris pick up. On August 4 tropical Isaias caused substantial damage throughout Town due to high winds and resultant downed trees and utility wires. The DPW worked with the utilities to open roadways and continues to collect storm debris.
The maintenance building construction is continuing at a slower pace to maintain adequate social distancing. Substantial completion is expected in September.
Response On Verizon and Optimum Service Outage
The following is the response from Debra LeBelle, Director of the Office of Telecommunications in NY’s Department of Public Services
As requested by Supervisor Chris Burdick
Customer credits for regulated voice service are not prescribed in the Commission’s regulations, but rather in each regulated voice provider’s tariff for tariffed services and/or its Customer Service Guide, for de-tariffed services. Regulated services would include voice services provided over either a traditional copper line, or fiber, except where the voice service is provisioned through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), as is the case for Fios voice service, where Verizon’s Terms and Conditions of Service would apply. In the case of Verizon, there are two sections of its PSC No. 15 tariff that speak to customer credits for service interruptions. I have attached a Word Doc that includes the full text of the tariff sections pertaining to customer credits for your convenience. Verizon’s Customer Service Guide contains the same language for credits during service interruptions for regulated, but de-tariffed services. In summary, for voice service covered by Verizon’s tariff or Customer Service Guide, when commercial power, or its equivalent, is required to operate the services and facilities provided by the company at the customer’s premises, the customer is responsible for furnishing such power and providing and maintaining all necessary power wiring and power outlets. In the event of a power failure, no allowance is made for interruption of service. Where an interruption of service is not the result of a power failure, credits are required if service is out for more than 24 hours. After 24 hours of service interruption, the company is required to issue credits in the amount of 1/30th of the monthly rate for each 24 hours (or fraction thereof) for service interruptions caused by storm, fire, flood or other conditions out of the company’s control. For service interruptions caused by conditions within the company’s control, credits are required in the amount of 1/30th of the monthly rate for the first 24 hours and 2/30th of the monthly rate for each additional 24 hours (or fraction thereof). In situations where service was interrupted for more than 24 hours more than once in the same billing period, credits are calculated at 2/30th of the monthly rate for each 24 hour period (or fraction thereof).
Customer credits for cable television service are required pursuant to Parts 890.61 and 890.65 of the Commission’s regulations (16NYCRR). These requirements are applicable to the video portion of any company’s bundled packages. The attached document includes the full text of the regulations pertaining to customer credits. In summary, Part 890.65 requires customer credits for any service outage that exceeds four continuous hours and some part of which occurs during the hours of 6 pm to 12 am. There are also provisions for customer credits for service outages exceeding four hours where no part occurs between those hours, upon customer request. The minimum amount of the credit is 1/30th of the applicable monthly charge for each 24 hour period during which the service outage continues for at least 4 hours. Part 890.61(m) defines a service outage as a loss of picture or sound on all basic channels or on all channels provided on any other service tier or on one or more premium channels occurring during normal operating conditions which is not caused by the subscriber’s television receiver or the subscriber. And Part 890.61(J) defines normal operating conditions as those service conditions which are within the control of a cable television company – those conditions which are not within the control of a cable company include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, civil disturbances, power outages, telephone network outages, and severe or unusual weather conditions, and those conditions which are ordinarily within the control of a cable television company include, but are not limited to, special promotions, pay-per-view events, rate increases, regular peak or seasonal demand periods, channel and/or service alterations, and maintenance or upgrade of the cable system. I note that additional standards for customer credits may be included in individual Franchise Agreements between a company and the municipal franchising authority.
Customers subscribing to a Triple-play or other bundled service receive any combination of video, voice and internet. Customer credits for the video portion of a bundled package are required per the Commission’s regulations as described above. Voice service provided in bundled packages is provided as a Voice over Internet Protocol service, and is therefore not subject to Commission regulation. Providers may have a policy on customer credits for these services in their Terms and Conditions of Service.
Verizon’s Terms and Conditions of Service for their Internet service and Fios Digital Voice do not specifically address customer credits for out of service periods, but include various limitations on the company’s liability for outages, including particularly those caused by commercial power outages and other force majeure events. Verizon does not normally issue automatic credits but grants them upon customer request in situations where the services have been out of service for over 24 hours and not caused by a commercial power failure or customer equipment. When customer credits are granted, they are calculated as 1/30th of the monthly recurring charge for the applicable service for each 24-hour period the service was out. Verizon recently announced that for outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, it will be issuing automatic credits for the internet and Fios Digital voice portions of customer bills for periods after power was restored, using the same calculation discussed above.
Altice’s Optimum Terms and Conditions of Service state that no credit allowances will be made for interruptions of Service that are:
- due to the negligence of or noncompliance with the provisions of the Terms of Service by Subscriber or any person authorized by customer to use the Service;
- due to the negligence of any person other than Altice including, but not limited to, the other common carriers connected to Altice’s facilities;
- due to the failure or malfunction of Subscriber-owned equipment or third party equipment;
- during any period in which Altice is not given full and free access to its facilities and Equipment for the purpose of investigating and correcting interruptions;
- during a period in which Subscriber continues to use the Service on an impaired basis;
- during any period when the interruption is due to implementation of a Subscriber order for a change in Service arrangements; or
- due to circumstances or causes beyond the control of Altice.
Altice has also stated on municipal calls that it will be issuing automatic credits for both the internet and voice portion of customer bills for outages due to Tropical Storm Isaias for periods after power was restored.
Prior Posts of Continued Relevance
Honoring Marian Rose, Ph.D., on her 100th Birthday
Environmentalist and Bedford Community Leader Marian Rose is celebrating her 100th birthday on Sunday October 11. We invited the community to share in the celebration during the “Public Session” of our Zoom Celebration, from 4:00pm until 4:45pm.
To read the many Proclamations to honor Marian, please click each link below.
Bedford Police Announce New Incident Reporting App
The Bedford Police Department has partnered with RELAY to build stronger relationships and communication between residents of the Town of Bedford and the Bedford Police Department.
The new incident reporting mobile app – RELAY – is live now and available for all Town of Bedford residents, allowing people to report non-emergency issues. Users will be able to add notes, pictures, and a location to their report. Information is immediately relayed to the Bedford Police. In addition, the Relay app has a broadcast messaging function that allows users to receive information about road closures, tips, and alerts.
The Relay app is free, easy to use, and can be downloaded at the Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store by visiting relayapp.com Relay provides a safe contactless way for the community and police to communicate.
RELAY IS NOT DESIGNED TO REPLACE 911. ALL EMERGENCIES SHOULD BE REPORTED VIA PHONE TO 911 OR (914)241-3111.
In the future, the Bedford Police may also use this tool to send out alerts to the community.
Download the Relay app today!
Last month, I sent a letter informing residents that the Town of Bedford had enrolled its eligible small electricity accounts in community solar and encouraging them to enroll too. Over one hundred Bedford residents have taken that step. For those interested, you can learn more and sign up here through our partner Sustainable Westchester.
On July 14th the Town Board took a further step of agreeing to enroll its large electricity accounts in community solar, as the anchor subscriber for the large solar farm that residents are also enrolling in. This deepens the Town’s commitment to renewable energy and will result in cost savings for the Town while enabling the construction of this substantial solar facility.
Nonprofit Sustainable Westchester vets community solar enrollment opportunities, seeking the best terms for those who enroll (they worked for about a year to obtain the terms that are currently available for NYSEG customers) and then is engaged by that community solar company to do community outreach and support enrollment. To maximize the benefits, Sustainable Westchester is contributing to the work of Bedford 2020 with each community solar enrollment in the Town.
Participating in community solar supports the Town’s newly adopted 2030 Climate Action Plan. I encourage people to learn more and consider enrolling here. Enrolling is easy and takes about 7 minutes. Have your utility information and information to set up automated payment for the solar credits handy. You will also find an FAQ on the website that may be helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them by email: email@example.com or give them a call: 914-242-4725 ext. 112.
Safety Plan for Access to Town Offices
As businesses have gradually re-opened over the last couple months, some of you have asked me when the Town Offices will re-open.
As of now, we do not have a firm date. We are currently developing a safety plan, which is required by law for businesses and municipalities. We are planning that any member of the public will have to schedule an appointment ahead of time before coming to the Town Offices in order to reduce building capacity and to ensure that at least six feet of distance can be maintained.
For the Town’s employees, Plexiglass dividers will be installed between office spaces. Our main priority is the health and safety of our residents and staff. I will keep you updated as plans become finalized and a date is set.
JOHN JAY HOMESTEAD:
The Farmers Market is open through November 21.
Fresh Vegetables for All!
Do you grow your own vegetables and have any extra? Help out our local food pantries by dropping some off at the John Jay Homestead every Wednesday 9:00-11:00 am. For more information, click here.
Con Edison Incentives
Con Edison offers incentives for energy improvement projects for Con Ed electric and gas customers.
The project is intended to reduce electric and gas use. Details can be found at the links below.
Click here to view a pdf from NYSEG. It includes an executive update for the year, underground and resiliency projects currently being planned and worked on in the area, and information on vegetation management.
Be Aware of the Waste You Generate!
While many of us are staying home as a result of the pandemic, please be mindful of how much trash you are generating. It is believed that the percentage of food waste and plastic waste may increase during this pandemic throughout the nation and worldwide in part due to more disposable plastics being used and farm/food supply chain waste with many restaurants being closed.
Here is a link to the Bedford 2020 website where you can find ways to reduce the amount of waste you generate and ideally be zero waste! Thank you for your individual efforts to help Bedford, the nation, and the world be environmentally sustainable! We can all do our part!
A Request to Our Students
The alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in New Castle resulting from a high school celebration is a clarion warning to us all. This crisis is far from over. COVID-19 is easily transmitted, it is highly contagious and we cannot be complacent lest we follow the fate of those states where disregard of safety measures has led to drastic increases in infections.
I ask our students in particular to please wear the facemasks and observe social distancing (both at once is a measure of safety). Please do so for you and your friends, for your parents and grandparents and for our community. Let’s beat this pandemic.
Thanks to our friend Peter Mandell for creating the graphic!
Governor Cuomo’s June 25th Executive Order 205 states that anyone traveling to New York after recently being in a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 10,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with positivity rate of higher than 10% over a seven-day rolling average must quarantine for 14 days when he/she enters New York. These measures were enacted in coordination with Connecticut and New Jersey. Kindly share this with those who have arrived in NY, as they may have missed this recent change.
“Beginning Tuesday, July 14th, a travel enforcement operation will commence at airports statewide to help ensure travelers coming into New York are following the state’s quarantine requirements.”
Current restricted states include but are not limited to Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. For more information and a complete and up-to-date list of restricted states, please click here.
Current Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Regulations
On June 1st, state-run DMV offices in the counties of Albany, Onondaga, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and the five boroughs of New York City began to process registrations and other transactions by mail. On June 4th, transactions began to be accepted through secure drop boxes located at each office. In person services, such as, restoring a revoked or suspended license, applying for a conditional/restricted license, commercial driver license permit test or driver license change/update, obtaining a NY non-driver ID, as well as changing your name on a photo document are open for appointments only. Driving tests can be made by appointment whilst following the proper COVID-19 protocols but learner’s permit testing is still not accessible.
Metro-North Railroad Adds Rush Hour Harlem Line Trains
There will be 12 additional trains on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines. In addition, the north end entrances of Grand Central Terminal will be open. For commuters travelling to/from District Two, the Harlem Line will now have two additional inbound and two additional outbound trains. Details of the trains added are available here and the full amended schedule is online at https://new.mta.info/.
A reminder that face coverings are required for all riders.
Now more than ever we need to shop local. In our community many stores and restaurants are still open and could use your support!
Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like an organization/fundraiser to be highlighted in “Support Your Community”.
Hopedelivers.com. High school volunteer network who shop & deliver groceries to your doorstep for free.
Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester They are serving as an emergency childcare site for Northern Westchester Hospital personnel
Feeding Westchester as little as $25 can provide 100 meals
And our local print newspapers, hit by plummeting advertising purchases, have asked for support. You can help the Record Review givebutter.com/recordreview (tax deductible) and the Katonah-Lewisboro Times
Lexington Center for Recovery Now Offering Remote Treatment Options. For assistance, call 914-666-6740 during the daytime and 1-833-515-4673 on the off-hours. Ask to speak to Doreen Lockwood, Program Director. We are available 24/7. Lexington Center for Recovery accepts most insurances and offers services to all those in need regardless of ability to pay.
Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence READ MORE
From Sally Turco-Corbett of Stepping Stones:
Here’s your ticket to our 2020 Film Festival
We know some of you were unable to make the drive in screening of our Film Festival, so we have made it available to you right in your own home. But, before you click the link to see these amazing films, please consider making a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor. Your contribution will allow us to present LIVE, professional theatre when it is safe to do so. Please show your support here:
Here is the festival link just for you and other KCS supporters:
Enjoy the films!
Order your merch! Give us an address and we’ll send it to you.
We are a nonprofit. Please consider a tax deductible donations here:
Safe Use of our Local Roads
It’s great to see cyclists, walkers and joggers getting out and enjoying the spring weather. READ MORE
Looking for Scenic Places to Go Walking?
Check out our list of nearby parks and preserves! From the Mianus River Gorge in Bedford to the Bronx River Parkway Reservation in Scarsdale, you can find it here. This guide provides you with information related park/preserve availability, and any other information, such as museum, bathroom or playground closings. I thank Chris Marcogliese for his hard work developing this guide!
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden
Going fishing for the first time? Are you an experienced fisherman who is looking for an app that provides you with up-to-date information related to fishing and outdoor activities? Or, are you simply looking for new lakes or ponds in the area to catch a few more fish? Check out our comprehensive fishing resource guide here! My thanks goes to Chris Marcogliese for putting it together!
Photo Credit: Greysen Johnson
Photo Credit: Shelley Pauls
Excited that it’s farmers market season again?! Below are a few you can choose from:
John Jay Homestead – Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm
One person per family allowed to attend, social distancing must be observed and masks must be worn. For further information on rules and registration, please click here.
Muscoot Farm – Sundays 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
One person per family allowed to attend, social distancing must be observed and masks must be worn. For further information and rules please click here.
Rye’s Down to Earth Farmer’s Market – Parking Lot on Theodore Fremd Ave – Sundays 8:30 am – 2 pm
One person per family allowed to attend, social distancing must be observed and masks must be worn. For further information and rules please click here.
Scheduling of Town Meetings
Until Further notice, all meetings are virtual meetings. Please check the calendar on the Town of Bedford website
Town Meetings Re-Broadcast:
Weekly Program Guide for All Channels
BCSD-TV is channel 18 on Optimum and 1982 on Verizon FiOS
SO STAY WELL, STAY HOME IF YOU CAN – WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!