DRY ICE – AVAILABLE AT 7:30 PM FOR THOSE WITHOUT POWER
As we did last year, dry ice will be available by the front entrance of the Town offices at 425 Cherry Street –
you’re on your honor, 1-package per person.
April 14, 2020
Supervisor Update on COVID-19
For the upbeat postings on Face Book groups, the many family virtual meetings over Passover and Easter and everyone in the community pulling together (virtually) for mutual support and caring to fight the virus.
Thanks to the Holiday Inn in Mt. Kisco which is making rooms available at no charge for exhausted hospital workers at Northern Westchester Hospital who otherwise would travel a distance to get home after a shift.
We are very saddened to learn that Douglas Childs, manager of Bedford Hardware, has passed away due to Covid-19. Douglas was beloved by the Bedford Village Community and his loss is heavy to us all.
It hits home hard, a sobering reminder of the tragic toll this virus is taking across the globe, the country, the state, and even right here in Bedford. Thank you for the outpouring of love and questions of honor towards our friend. We will share information soon.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
To reduce repetition, we transfer guidelines, protocols, fact sheets and so forth from previous days’ updates in the Resource Guide.
It’s a “safe way to celebrate a special day! Participating apparatus will drive past your home to spread some cheer.” Read more here.
Update from the Town
1. Bedford Cases As of 4.10, there are 110 confirmed cases. Federal law (HIPAA and privacy rules) prohibits our disclosing the identity.
2. I-684 Paving Project Resuming I heard from the NYS Department of Transportation engineer in charge of the project that paving is resuming tomorrow with night work running from 8 PM through 6 AM. As before the work is subject to weather conditions.
3. Real Estate Taxes – County Measure to Provide Relief Because real estate tax bills already are in people’s homes, the Board of Legislators (BOL) is acting quickly to provide relief. The BOL has drafted a modification of the County law which would apply to all taxpayers and would apply to all real estate taxes due in April (County, Town and fire districts). It would reduce the fee for late payment (after April 30) to 0.5% down from 2.0% if paid in May and to 1.0% down from 5.0% if paid between June 1 and July 15. Please see County Legislator Kitley Covill’s explanation of the proposal.
Facilitating Real Estate Tax Payments
We wish to make it as easy as possible to pay your taxes. Please see the special notice from Tax Receiver Amy Pectol
4. Landscaping and Leaf Blowers As previously mentioned, the Governor’s Executive Order and guidance from NYS agencies implementing the order limit landscaping work to maintenance and pest control only. There also is guidance pertaining to social distancing and personal protective equipment.
Over the past two to three weeks, we have observed the practices of landscaping companies carrying out work at properties in Bedford. We have observed that multiple persons travel in a single vehicle and do not practice social distancing when performing the actual landscaping work. Based on the recommendations of our code enforcement and police and limited resources in carrying out the principal need for public health and safety, it was determined that landscaping be limited to a single person.
However, if there is a large property and persons travel separately and maintain social distancing, that could be acceptable under the guidance. In addition, please be reminded, as mentioned above, that all landscaping work is limited to maintenance and pest control which means that primarily only mowing and trimming of long grasses and pruning of dangerous trees is permitted.
Ornamental work, new plantings and so forth are not permitted. Based on the latest CDC and Department of Health guidance, it is also recommended that all landscaping personnel wear face masks and gloves.
4A.Leaf Blowers We have a special request in consideration of the many e-mails and calls we’ve gotten on this issue. Please consider your neighbors during this challenging period. Since families are all home, kids are doing schoolwork, and grown-ups are working from home, the noise from leaf blowers can be very distracting.
Please consider using leaf blowers sparingly, if at all, and limit their usage to the afternoon hours. We encourage you to convey this request to your landscapers as well.
Obviously, landscaping companies are also struggling with the logistics of the Emergency Order, and we all need to be patient and understanding with this “new normal.” But any steps that can be taken to limit or eliminate the added stress of leaf blower noise would be most appreciated. Thanks for your understanding.
5. Clean-Up Along the Roads One of the community events which is a casualty of the pandemic crisis is clean-up weekend which we had to cancel. We know that many still wish to take advantage of beautiful spring days to clean up along the road. We encourage families and community groups to do so, but ask that they do so safely and observing the following. Read more
6.Aggressive Driving There have been a number of reports regarding speeding and aggressive driving in the community. Please slow down! The Bedford Police Department is on alert.
7.Face Mask Project If you would like to sew masks for those who need them, read here
8.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
9.Local Food Sourcing Growing a Garden
11.First Responder State of Readiness We thank the community for the support for our first responders. Print ALL posters- click here.
13.2030 Climate Action Plan Update I’m pleased to report that the Town and Bedford 2020 are continuing work on a updated community Climate Action Plan. Read more here
14.Bedford 2020 Virtual Programming
Bedford 2020 invites the community to Zoom to these events:
Thursday April 16 at 5:00 PM via Zoom: Local Food From CSAs: How To and Why Now
15.The 2020 CENSUS: Did you fill it out yet? GET COUNTED!…CLICK HERE
If you have any questions, please contact Bedford Census Committee Chair Jodi Kimmel at email@example.com
KNOW ABOUT THE FRIENDLY WAGER WITH LEWISBORO? CLICK HERE
Update from the County
Westchester Tests: 59,462 (+1,163)
Westchester Cases: 19,786 (+473)
Westchester Hospitalized: 1,194
Westchester Fatalities: 557
NYS Tests 478,357 (+16,765)
NYS Cases: 195,031 (+6,337)
NYS Fatalities: 10,056
- New York State issued guidance making golf courses ‘non-essential’ businesses and necessitating the closure of public and private courses. New York State closed its courses, and in order to remain consistent with state policy, Westchester County has also closed its courses.
- Westchester County now advises that all first responders respond to all emergency calls as if there is a case of COVID-19 present.
- Yesterday’s storm forced testing sites in New Rochelle and the Westchester Medical Center. This has also left many residents without power. The County continues to monitor the situation.
The following information is accurate as of 5:00 pm on 4/13/2020:
- 11,700 Con Edison customers are without power in northern Westchester
- 6,780 NYSEG customers are without power in northern Westchester
- County Executive Latimer has monitored Westchester’s coronavirus outbreak by focusing on active cases (removing cases older than 2 weeks).
- Westchester County has arranged for several hotels to provide free accommodation to critical hospital staff. Additional information can be found here: https://www.westchestergov.com/home/all-press-releases/8384-westchester-county-and-its-hotels-team-up-to-house-healthcare-heroes
6. Mental Health resources are available through Westchester County and New York State. If you are experiencing anxiety or stress that has begun to affect your daily life and you feel you need support, call the Westchester County Office of Community Mental Health (914) 995-1900 (8am – 8pm) or text (914) 461-7281
New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling. Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
County Help for Small Businesses
Westchester County’s effort to connect small businesses with federal resources continues. Bridget Gibbons, the County’s Director of Economic Development, has enlisted over 200 volunteers to help staff this program. The volunteers will be trained to assist with the intake and processing of small business applications. The County may know this next week as to when the program will be operational and at a point to assist small businesses with their needs.
Update from the State
Looking Ahead to Reopening Governor Cuomo and several northeast state Governors announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy
A bipartisan effort is being made with Maryland Governor Hogan to call for $500 billion in state aid. An additional $200M in emergency food assistance will be available for low-income households enrolled in SNAP (food stamps)
New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities.
Essential Businesses: Face Masks Required
The Governor’s Executive Order 202.16 issued yesterday states: “For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.”
Getting Unemployment Benefits
New DOL Website and Process The astronomical increase in benefit applications resulted in the system crashing, applicants needing to phone literally over 100 times or more before getting through (following the initial filing) and the state partnering with Google and Apple to resolve the issue at least to some degree).
There’s a new website which has gone live. $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks.
The DOL site now states that you can file any day of the week 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM (EST) and that you do not need to call the call center to finish the application, but instead the DOL call center will call you directly.
Hopefully, this will avoid the frustration that many experienced of needing to call literally over 100 times.
All Voters Allowed to Vote by Absentee Ballot for the June 23 Primary
The Governor has announced an Executive Order to allow all voters to request an absentee ballot by reason of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the request may be made online. Further information will be provided as we learn the details from the New York State Board of Elections.
There will be significant challenges especially if the rules pertaining to social distancing and other restraints are in effect making it difficult for Board of Election workers and poll workers to carry out their responsibilities.
Governor Cuomo has sent a letter to the US Treasury to ensure that New Yorker’s stimulus check does not end up frozen or seized by creditors when they arrive.
Regional mass testing partnership between New York, Connecticut and New Jersey is forming as a critical piece to reopening the economy.
Fines for Social Distancing
NYS is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.
Overview of NYS Budget State Senator Shelley Mayer has provided an overview.
Update from Washington Click to view
Scheduling of Virtual Town Meetings
Until Further notice, all meetings are virtual meetings.
Please check the calendar on the Town of Bedford website
Town Meetings Re-Broadcast:
April 3- April 9
Weekly Program Guide for All Channels – BCSD TV
BCSD-TV is channel 18 on Optimum and 1982 on Verizon FiOS
Click to view
SO STAY WELL, STAY HOME IF YOU CAN – WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!
The library of Supervisor Updates related to the COVID-19 Emergency can be found on our website