In observance of Thanksgiving on November 26, please note that Town offices will be closed on Thursday and again on Friday November 26, and will reopen on Monday November 29 at 8:30am.

Please have a safe holiday!

Supervisor COVID-19 Update

Wednesday November 25

You will find the most recent COVID numbers in every one of my newsletters by clicking on the red hyperlink button above. It will take you directly to the COVID-19 numbers, where to get tested, and other COVID information. To return to the top of this newsletter, click on the grey arrow that is on the right side of the page!

Our Winter 2021 Brochure has arrived! We may have had to make some adjustments due to the current challenges, but we have a great array of programming scheduled for all ages. A reminder that we are no longer printing our seasonal brochure, but it is always available on our department website for reference and review, or for downloading and printing.

Click here to read the brochure

Katonah Chalker Visits the Community Center of Northern Westchester!

Stop by the Community Center at 84 Bedford Road in Katonah to see the elusive Chalker’s beautiful community-inspired mural – and while you are at it, please bring some much-needed food to contribute to the CC’s Holiday Food Drive!

The following items are particularly needed:

Frozen Turkeys (up to 12 lbs.)
Frozen Turkey Breasts
Frozen Roaster Chickens (6-7 lbs.)
Flour (1 or 2 lb. bags)
Sugar (1 or 2 lb. bags)
Vegetable Oil (small bottle)
Coffee (instant or ground)
Tea Bags (small boxes)
Hot Chocolate
Butter or Shortbread Cookies

COVID-19 precautions are being taken on-site with social distancing and masks required. Customers will not be permitted to handle the trees. Cash or check payments can be made on site.  To learn more about this event visit: www.bedfordarmonkrotary.org.

    Every year Rodger Guest, the Veterans Advisory Committee co-chair and Commander of the Mount Kisco American Legion organizes an effort to place wreaths on the graves of local cemeteries on National Wreath Day, December 19th. Our efforts are underwritten by generous donations in the community.

    If anyone would like to contribute to help with the cost of the wreaths, please click on the green links below: 

    These are the cemeteries where wreaths are presented for veterans buried at those locations.  Wreaths are placed on every veterans’ grave.

    Northwind Kennels – An Explanation to the Community

    My Town Board colleagues and I have been contacted by many in the community expressing their concerns that the owners of Northwind Kennels may lose the property due to delinquent property taxes.  From the outset I should explain that NYS Real Property Tax law and the Westchester County Tax Charter impose significant obligations on towns in the collection of property taxes and allow very little discretion in the instance of property owner default of such payments.

    The Town has received a number of messages concerning the Northwind Kennels and the Town’s property tax foreclosure proceeding for taxes that have not been paid since 2016 and subsequent years.  For the past five years, the Town has pursued a path of encouraging a number of property owners, including Northwind Kennels, to pay their unpaid taxes, without resorting to legal action.  The Town, however, is required by law to collect unpaid real property taxes for Town, County, School and special district taxes and to pay them even in the instances in which the Town doesn’t receive them.

    Under the law, the town makes the other taxing districts whole.  In other words, if a property owner does not pay their school tax, the Town pays the school district the unpaid taxes and then seeks payment from the property owner.  The Town does not sue the property owner personally, but rather the law limits the Town’s right of collection to proceeding against the property, in what is referred to as an In Rem proceeding to foreclosure upon the property.  The Town is required to seek title to and possession of the property as satisfaction for the unpaid taxes.  The Town has the legal requirement to take these actions under New York State Real Property Tax Law and the Westchester County Tax Charter.

    The Northwinds Kennel property has not paid its 2016 taxes and other years’ taxes and the current unpaid taxes total approximately $158,000.  Since 2016, the Town has had to apply Town reserve funds to pay over $100,000 of Northwind’s unpaid taxes to the other taxing districts.  In accordance with NYS law, numerous notices have been sent since 2016 to the Northwind property owner advising it of the unpaid taxes and the ability to enter into an installment agreement to pay the unpaid taxes over time.

    Despite the Town’s offers, Northwind did not take up the offer and enter into an installment agreement until December, 2019, by which time a motion had been filed with the Court seeking title to and possession of the property.  The Town exercised its limited discretion and withdrew its motion upon the condition that the 2019 taxes owed at that time be paid and the balance of the unpaid taxes be paid over the 24 months of the installment agreement.  Unfortunately, two months after entering the agreement, the property owner defaulted and no payments have since been received.

    This fall the town contacted the property owner in an effort to have the taxes paid.  They were not and the property owner was advised a motion would be resubmitted to the court seeking title to the property.  After further discussion, and in recognition of the difficulties businesses are facing due to Covid (but recognizing the underlying problem started back in 2016 and continued for years before the onset of the pandemic), the Town, within the constraints of the NYS Real Property Tax Law, offered the property owner the opportunity to reinstate the installment agreement if the missed payments and current taxes in the approximate amount of $98,000 are received by December 18th. We understand the property owner is trying in good faith to make that payment.  If the payment is not made, the Town has the fiduciary duty and legal obligation to proceed.  The Town cannot treat this property owner any differently from others who have defaulted on payment of their property taxes.  The Town Attorney advises the Town has no authority under the NYS Real Property Tax Law and the Westchester County Tax Charter to waive or modify the amount of unpaid taxes.  The Town Board recognizes the hardship this can cause, but the Town Attorney advises the Town has no choice under the law, but to proceed if the payments are not made by December 18th.

    We are fortunate to live in a community where issues like this are infrequent and when they do occur, especially to a business that serves the local community, the public takes an interest and wants to know the facts.  We hope the community now may better appreciate the Town’s legal and fiduciary obligations.

     About Those Confusing Letters from NYSEG

    NYSEG service area customers of Westchester Power’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program which had contracted with Direct Energy to supply renewable electricity for CCA customers and have been receiving a so called “switch letter”. As you may know, the CCA program is operated by Westchester Power a part of Sustainable Westchester which is a non-profit consortium of Westchester municipalities.

    The switch letter, which comes from NYSEG as required by the Public Service Commission, which understandably creates confusion (my wife and I got our switch letter on Saturday) states that Direct Energy Services LLC “will no longer be providing electricity supply.” What the letter does not explain is that unless you opted out of the CCA program, you would still be obtaining renewably sourced electricity through CCA’s new supplier Eligo.

    Westchester Power went out to bid on our electrical power in August and Eligo won the bid to supply us renewably sourced energy so it is the new supplier for people in our CCA program. Depending on the timing of your meter read, some in the community may actually get two letters – one stating that you are exiting to NYSEG, and then following this, another saying you are enrolling with Eligo.

    If you’re happy with CCA, please ignore the switch letter(s). I do hope this helps.

     

    TOWN BOARD NEWS

     


    Seeking Applicants for Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Task Force

    The Town Board will be appointing members to the newly-established Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Task Force. The mission of the CEMP Task Force is to perform risk-assessment and develop an up-to-date Town Emergency Management Plan that will take into account crises from extreme weather events and public health emergencies to large-scale hazmat incidents. The target implementation date is Summer 2021 and this will include a community education and public awareness campaign.

    The CEMP Task Force will be comprised of up to 16 members, in addition to the Chair, endeavoring to include at least one member from each of the following Town agencies: Katonah Fire Department, Bedford Hills Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department, Katonah Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Bedford Police Department, Bedford Department of Public Works. Many thanks to these agencies whose support has been integral to establishing this Task Force.

    We are seeking applicants from the community with backgrounds in the following:

    • Public Works Town Planning and Design
    • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Public Health
    • Engineering and Architecture Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • Technology Emergency Management
    • Utilities

    Do you have the background and the ability to see the big picture, identify problems in their early stages and experience with ‘out of the box’ thinking? Apply! Being proactive, and having cultural and environmental awareness a plus.

    To be considered, please e-mail 
    supervisor@bedfordny.gov and bbittker@bedfordny.gov with a short letter of interest and submit your application and resume at https://bit.ly/CEMPTaskForce. 

    The process will include resume and application review and an interview with members of the Town Board.

    Earlier this year, the Bedford Town Board approved the Climate Action Plan proposed by Bedford2030.
    Please click here to read it. 

    DEPARTMENT REPORTS

    2021 Preliminary Town Budget

    At our November 17 meeting, the Town Board adopted the 2021 Preliminary Town Budget in compliance with NYS law which requires adoption of the preliminary budget before the end of November. We started with instructions to our Comptroller as follows: no lay-offs, no furloughs, no slashing of services, no dipping into fund balances and a tax cap compliant budget (fortunately, we did well on growth factor). Our revenue and expense budget figures are highly conservatively so with all those factors, the 2021 Preliminary Budget which we adopted on Tuesday would result in a tax levy increase of 3.34% and a tax rate increase of 4.47%.   link to the Preliminary Budget

    The Town Board scheduled a public hearing for 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 1 for consideration of the final budget.

    Finance Department Report – October 2020 

    Abraham Zambrano
    Comptroller

    EXPENDITURES

    General and Highway Funds.  Due to effects of the pandemic on Town “normal” operations, the overall year-to-date expenditures percentage for the General and Highway Funds are substantially below normal at the end of the tenth month. As of October 31st, the total expenditure percentage for the General Fund is 69.5%, while the Highway Fund’s is at 60.8% of the total yearly budget. Both funds’ year-to-date operating expenses at this point should at about 80%. Although there are seasonal expenses that have not yet been recorded, we are projecting that overall, expenses will be lower than budgeted by year end.

    REVENUE AREAS OF NOTE-

    Mortgage Tax.  As reported in September, the total Mortgage Tax Revenue received for 2020 is $1,148,029; an amount that exceeds the 2020 budget by $158,029. Keeping in mind that the October through December 2020 mortgage tax revenues will be accounted for in 2021, we will continue to provide information provided by the County to keep the Town Board informed.  The Westchester County Clerk’s office reported Mortgage tax revenue for the month of October in the amount of $227,667

    Sales Tax.  At the time of this report, the Westchester County Department of Finance had not reported sales tax revenues for the month of October. However, based on the amounts reported through September 30, the third quarter sales tax revenue is $956,491. Based on actual amounts received through September, we are projecting to exceed the $3.242 million budgeted by over $300,000 for the year.

    Parking.  Unlike Mortgage and Sales Tax revenues, actual and projected parking fees continue to reflect a deficit for the year.  Currently, we are 69% less than in 2019 as the result of the Governor’s Executive Order that closed businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. At this point, we are projecting a substantial short fall in parking revenues for the year.

    Fines and Forfeited Bail.  The NYS Office of Court Administration closed all local Justice Courts as required by the Governor’s Executive Orders.  However, some activity has continued and the revenues collected are drastically lower than the amount budgeted for the year.  Revenue projections for the rest of the year will depend on the Court’s ability to resume to normal operations.

    Safety Inspections.  Revenue collections for Safety Inspections increased in the month of September and based on the department’s activity, we anticipate being able to exceed the $650,000 budgeted for the year by about $80,000.

    Department of Public Works  Report – October 2020

    Kevin Winn
    Commissionerof Public Works

     

     The Town of Bedford Leaf Pick Up Schedule

    Please click here to read and print out

    Recreation & Parks

    Chris Soi
    Superintendent

    Bedford Hills Community House – Renovation Project Update

     On Thursday, November 12 the Bedford Hills Community House Renovation Project Team met in preparation for on-site work to commence beginning on Tuesday, November 17.  The project team includes staff from the Town of Bedford, architects and administrative staff from K,G,&D Architects and  management, project superintendent and administrative staff from contractor, Piazza, Inc.

    A focused and efficient discussion was led by the construction management team from K,G,&D, with final details being addressed by all parties prior to Piazza, Inc. mobilizing on-site.  This extensive renovation project that will maintain the unique character of the Community House, while bringing much needed updates and improvements to the building, is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2021.

    The Town of Bedford is extremely excited to be moving this project forward into the construction phase, and we look forward to providing regular updates on the progress of this project.

     

    Bedford2030:

    Climate Action Plan approved by the Town Board

    Click here to read

    Recreation and Parks

    The Chowder  & Marching Park Improvement Project

    The C&M Pavilion at Bedford Village Memorial Park recently received a renovation as a result of hard work and financial support from the Bedford Chowder & Marching Club.  The pavilion renovation is part of a two part park improvement project that includes the installation of an inclusive playground feature, and was approved by the Town Board in the Fall of 2019.  After some Covid-19 related delays, the pavilion renovation was completed in October of this year, and we plan to have the playground work scheduled in the near future.

    The Bedford Recreation & Parks Department is extremely thankful for C&M’s support and engagement in park improvement projects at BVMP over the years, and we look forward to our continued partnership in beautifying and improving our parks.

    Chris Soi
    Superintendent
    Recreation & Parks Department

    Click here to visit our page for more information on events and updates from Recreation and Parks.

    From our Leaf Blowers Committee

    Please keep in mind that we are still in Leaf Season. Attached are the guidelines and the list of streets in the hamlet zones. Please print it out as a reference, or as a friendly reminder to be shared with those who may be new to the community, or for others who have forgotten the Leafblower law. Thanks! Click here to read, or print out.

     

    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 http://www.leaveleavesalone.org/

     

    Under this layer of leaves is a healthy patch of pachysandra.

    We’ve never removed the leaves from the pachysandra – by the spring they will mostly have fallen to the roots and decomposed. It’s a waste of time, money and highly polluting to use leaf blowers to remove leaves from robust ground cover like pachysandra, vinca, English ivy etc. Please tell your landscapers to Leave the Leaves Alone!

    SENIOR ADULTS:

    FREE flu shots

     

    It’s not too late to get your vaccine! Sign-up to receive a FREE senior high-dose flu shot while inventory lasts at Northern Westchester Hospital’s Center for Healthy Living at 480 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY 10514, located directly next to Whole Foods.

    This is a drive-up clinic, you will not need to get out of your car. To sign-up, call nurse Margaret Ribaudo at 914-552-3246 for a 15 minute appointment during the dates/times below:

    • 12/2 – 10am-1pm
    • 12/3 – 10am-1pm

    COVID-19 NEWS

    NYS COVID-19 Tracking  Visit DATA.NY.GOV for latest  numbers.   Click to review the Regional Dashboard

    TOWN UPDATE

    Bedford Positive Cases 91
    As of November 25, there have been
    a total of 459 cases.

    To view the map click here

    COUNTY UPDATE

    Current Westchester Data
    (as of November 24, 2020)
    Total tested on 11.24:  7,831
    Total positives on 11.24:  332
    Westchester Positive Cases: 47,964
    Total Westchester Tests: 1,048,673

    STATE UPDATE

    NYS data as of November 24
    New York State Cases: 613,266
     Total tested: 18,525,686
    New Positives 6,265

    Testing Facilities: Scroll down

    Testing Facilities in Westchester County

    Many thanks to our County Legislator Kitley Covill for sharing the links to COVID-19 testing facilities in Westchester County. Please stay safe. Do not fall victim to “COVID-19 Fatigue”.

    Please click HERE to read or print it out the chart

    Messages from the County Executive’s Office:

    County Executive Latimer’s 11.25 Press Conference
    regarding COVID Updated information

     Westchester Jewish Community Services Announces Covid Support Groups

    Click below for flyers:

    F.A.C.T. Facing Advanced Care Together

    Covid Support Group

    Governor Cuomo Announces New Guidelines
    Allowing Out-of-State Travelers to “Test Out” of
    Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine

    The new protocol is effective beginning, Wednesday, November 4.

    • Travelers Must Get Tested Within Three Days Prior to Landing in New York, Quarantine for at Least Three Days Upon Arrival, and Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival
    • If Travelers Receive a Negative Test On Day Four of Quarantine They May Exit Quarantine When They Receive Negative Result
    • States that are Contiguous with New York Continue to Be Exempted from Quarantine Protocol — Essential Workers Also Continue to be Exempted
    • Travelers Who Were Only Out of State for Less Than 24 Hours Do Not Need to Quarantine but Must Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival Back in NY
    • All Travelers Covered by The Advisory Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. Click here for more details.

     

     

    Help Keep Bedford Safe for the Holidays!

    We share the concern in the community regarding the spike in the number of those testing positive – as you may know, we report the numbers in these weekday newsletters. We’re all looking ahead to the holidays with family and friends, and this year – more than ever – we need a bit of holiday cheer. But as a community, let’s commit to avoiding a further spike in COVID-19 infections by considering the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control with respect to holiday celebrations and small gatherings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

    In addition, the Governor recently revised the travel restrictions with the coming holidays in mind. The guidelines provide for testing out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine – provided testing requirements are met: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.   We also wish to share the Governor’s most recent COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings, which became effective on Friday, November 13.

    Ultimately, there is still a fair amount of discretion left up to individual residents with respect to how we will approach COVID safety this holiday season. For the safety and well-being of your families and of all Bedford residents, we ask that you err on the side of caution and consider the CDC guidelines in your holiday planning.

    RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
    RETURNING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    As the holidays approach, now is the time to be thinking ahead to those who may be planning on a visit – and this includes your college students returning home. The following information has been shared with us from County Executive George Latimer’s office ofPublic Health & Infrastructure.

    Consider and discuss your plan now with those who are coming from restricted states:

    1)      People, including college students, returning from any states on the restricted travel list at the time they return, have to quarantine for 14 days. Please refer to the travel advisory, and the list that is generally updated Tuesdays: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory).

    Concerning other members of the household – to minimize risk of transmission, if possible, the quarantined person should use a separate bedroom/bathroom and limit time in common spaces like kitchens.
    Quarantine protocol: https://health.westchestergov.com/images/stories/PDF/quarantineprotocol092020.pdf

    2)      SUNY Colleges are recommending on-campus students to get a COVID test before they leave campus for the holidays.  I don’t believe this is required for non-SUNY NY State colleges.

    3)      The CDC has put out guidance around travel and holiday gatherings that will need to be reinforced for everyone prior to the holidays —https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#thanksgiving and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

    11.20.2020

    A message from The Bedford Playhouse

    Dear Friends,

    I’m sure you have been keeping an eye on what is happening around Westchester, New York, and the country, so I wanted to keep you up to date with what is happening at the Playhouse.

    Per Governor Cuomo’s guidelines for the operation of movie theaters, only those theaters in counties that have a 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate of under 2% can operate.  Given the current circumstances, we are once again pausing our cinema operations until such time that Westchester falls below the 14-day 2% threshold and we are confident that our Patrons can safely return to the movies.

    As we enter the Holiday season, the Playhouse Café will remain open on weekends for dine-in and carry-out.  With your safety in mind, we’ve upgraded the Café in the following ways:

    • Limited seating capacity with more than 6′ between all tables
    • Enhanced air filtration system with MERV-13 filters
    • Hourly cleaning protocols, including all touch-surfaces, doors, and restrooms
    • Masks are required to be worn when Patrons are not in their seats enjoying food & beverages
    • Plexiglass dividers available if you are dining with someone from outside your household
    • Hand sanitizer stations readily available throughout the Café
    • Disposable menus

    The Playhouse will also continue to offer world-class virtual programming… with new custom content produced right here in our Playhouse!  Check out our first Playhouse Live concert – Liz Callaway:  Home for the Holidays – available on our Virtual Cinema starting December 11th!

    We look forward to welcoming you back to the movies as soon as possible.  Until then, thank you for being there as we weather the storm together.  Stay safe and be well.

    All the Best,

     

    WHAT’S UP, BEDFORD

    Thank you to our County Legislator Kitley Covill for sharing Catalyst Program information below.
    If you would like to receive Kitley’s newsletter, click here.

    The Westchester County Office of Economic Development is now accepting applications for the Launch1000 program.

    This initiative is designed to jumpstart 1,000 new businesses. Westchester County is providing this program in response to the significant economic disruption we have seen in 2020, with the goal of enabling 1,000 Westchester residents to start a business or develop an income stream for themselves and their families. READ MORE.

    Pedestrians, Bikers and Runners:
    Long summer days are over – practice safety measures out there!

    Here are some tips from the AAA as a guide

     

    An update from the Cemetery Committee

    Phases Four and Five of the Buxton Cemetery wall project have recently been completed. The cemetery, located at the corner of Bedford Center Road and Succabone Rd, dates to 1788. It contains the graves of over 1000 of Bedford’s residents, including twelve Revolution-ary War soldiers.

    The stone wall work was done by Leo’s Tree Service of Mt Kisco and was overseen by Ceme-tery Committee member Dick Schmitt, who has some 150 ancestors buried at Buxton cemetery.

    Chris Soi, Superintendent of Recreation & Parks, worked to get the project completed even with the increased challenges Covid-19 has presented this year. For more information on Buxton cemetery or any other Bedford cemetery, visit The Friends Of Bedford Burying Grounds at: https://www.friendsofbedfordburyinggrounds.org

    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

    NEWS FROM OUR LIBRARIES

    NEWS

    Local –  County – State – National

    BEDFORD NEWS

    Con Ed Notice:
    ROADWORK 10.8-11.27

    Residents on Bedford Road between Harris and
    Sunrise Ave. Bedford Hills,

    please click here

    BEDFORD NEWS

    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:

    https://www.nyintergroup.org/

    https://aa.org/

    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 katonahshop@yahoo.com for an appointment to drop off your donations.

    3. Why is the flag at half-staff? Gov. Cuomo’s directive

    4. Food Support
     Contact the Community
    Center at
    914 232 6572 Ext.110

    www.communitycenter.org

    5. Sewer Project  FAQs  |
    The Sewer Project page

    COUNTY NEWS

     

    Westchester County’s Spanish language PSA is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFU4OQms-mo

    Westchester County’s extended-length Spanish Language PSA is available here: https://youtu.be/t5-ou91sR54

    Click here for the County
    Calendar of events

    Visit Westchester County’s Website

    News from our Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

    Here to Help
    My office has a simple, three-word mission statement: we help people. Please give my Newburgh office a call to find out more about how we can help you and your family.

    You can call 845-561-1259, or send me an email by visiting seanmaloney.house.gov

    Visit https://seanmaloney.house.gov/coronavirus-emergency-response

    STATE NEWS

    Read about the Virtual Passport program to help promote craft breweries in Upstate NY, along the Empire Trail.

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Delivery and Curbside Pick-Up without Alcohol May Continue After 10 PM
    • Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings at Private Residences Will Be Limited to 10 People
    • Gyms Also Required to Close Daily at 10 PM Statewide
    • New Rules Effective Friday at 10 PM
      READ MORE

    “COVID is raging nationally, setting record numbers of cases and hospitalizations with each passing day,” Governor Cuomo said. “While New York is doing better than just about any state in the United States, we are not immune from the national trend. Now it’s up to what we do. There is no pre-destined future here. It’s a pure consequence of our actions. If we stay New York Tough and don’t fall subject to COVID fatigue and we stay smart through the holidays, through Thanksgiving, through Christmas, through Hanukkah, we’ll keep it under control.

    New Yorkers just have to continue to take it seriously. I know it has been a long time, but these next weeks are going to be key and we really need people to buckle down to fend off the tide.” Read More

    Prior Posts of Continued Relevance

    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!

    Gallery News

    Mireille Duchesne

    Artistic Journey

    THROUGH THANKSGIVING AT OAK & OIL GALLERY  89 KATONAH AVE

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE

     

     

    Rachel White

    CHROMATIC VARIATIONS
    CB Gallery
    73 Valley Road
    Katonah, NY10536
    917 520 3234
    Click here for more

    Community Solar

    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: communitysolar@sustainablewestchester.org or give them a call: 914-242-4725 ext. 112.

    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.

    1. Residential
    2. Multi-Family: coned.com/multifamily
    3. Small Business and Large Commercial/Industrial
      Large Commercial can also get to their page directly

    NYSEG Overview

    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!

    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.

    Please click here for DMV office location, document guide, and the overall, DMV reopening guide.

    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 supervisor@bedfordny.gov 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

    Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry

    Neighbors Link

    Community Center of Northern Westchester

    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

    RideConnect  Read more

    The Westchester Community Foundation
    Visit www.wcf-ny.org to learn more and to make a contribution.”

    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-hoursAsk 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:

    https://www.nyintergroup.org/

    https://aa.org/

     

    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 – August 11-17

    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!

     

     

    Chris Burdick
    Town Supervisor
    914-666-6530
    supervisor@bedfordny.gov.

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