Next testing date:
Tuesday June 2
8:00 am – Noon, 1:00-4:00 pm
click for more information
This weekend’s Updates are a combination of the weekly and monthly. Stay well.
Supervisor COVID-19 Update
Sunday May 31
Our gratitude goes to Deirdre Breen, Katonah Resident and Yoga Master Teacher, and Town Board member Ellen Calves for this idea.
Welcome to mindful moments – a new offering from The Town of Bedford. Each day beginning June 3rd, you can enjoy 90 seconds of mindfulness along with a video scene from our beautiful community. This practice is easy and accessible to everyone. It can be experienced in any moment and costs only your attention – as much as you can give. To learn more, click here, or listen here for what is to come!
Thank you to Chip Rachlin for sending us a portrait of Billie. Our pets (dogs cats, birds,, turtles, fish, rabbits, etc.) are emotional anchors, helping us through our most anxious times. We invite you to send us a photo of your pet to be included in a gallery of Silver Linings. Chip, thank Billie for inspiring this idea! As they come in we will add to the gallery.
5.31 Road and Rail UPDATES
Exit 6 Closures Beginning Sunday Night I-684 Paving Work will require some closure of Exit 6 entrance and exit ramps next week between 5/31 and 6/4 after 7 PM. Detour signs will be in place.
Metro North Safety Improvements at Jay Street Railroad Crossing
Metro North’s safety improvements are underway. My thanks to Peter Nardone for the photos of the work which included repaved asphalt area at approach to tracks and in between tracks; delineators (tall pylons to channel traffic) and crossing pads will be extended 8 feet north to accommodate future pedestrian crossing. Future improvements include pedestrian crossing gates and signage and additional red flashing lights.
County Legislator Kitley Covill and I invited Metro North for a Town Hall meeting earlier this month to discuss the work. Bedford Grade Crossing 5.20 slide presentation, or to view the live presentation of the Zoom Town Hall, Click Here.
Our thanks to Peter Nardone who shared some photos of this weekend’s work. The work involves replacing the existing rubber surface with a new concrete surface which will improve safety at the crossing. In addition they plan to install delineators, which are reflective posts, in order to make it clear to drivers not to turn onto the tracks.
“They are placing new upgraded electric conduits below before they set the new concrete slabs for the grade crossing. Weather is cooperating !!The saw that the sewer contractor has two crews with equipment working on Katonah Ave doing manholes, main pipe runs and laterals to buildings . They are progressing methodically and productively. They certainly took advantage of the Covid19 shut down with minimal impact in the hamlet which will help all stakeholders before business can open 100%. From my infrastructure construction back round, I am impressed with their productive work and maintenance and protection of traffic.”
The crossing is closed to traffic until 4:00pm on Monday, June 1. The following weekend the crossing will shut down on Friday June 5, from 10:00 PM through 4:00 PM on Tuesday 6/9. Note the extra day on the next weekend.
Phase I – Going Well
Phase I of the Governor’s reopening of the Mid-Hudson Region began on Tuesday. My thanks to the community for it going well – observing social distancing and wearing face masks where social distancing cannot be maintained. This is a tough time for everyone. The weather is lovely, and everyone wants to get out to enjoy it. We reopened the parks to vehicles. Here, too, my thanks to the community for making it work. We’re happy to be opening the dog park on Monday.
I appreciate the advocacy of those who’ve contacted me whether it be regarding tennis, the parks, outdoor dining, the summer parks program. Please do continue to let me know your thoughts.
Metro North Railroad Information
One of our readers recently shared the email below. For the most update information on using rail service click here.
Metro-North Mobile Ticket User:
On all Metro-North property and until further notice, all customers are required to wear a mask or face covering and to maintain social distance, particularly while in Metro-North stations, on our platforms, and in Grand Central Terminal; to board trains at all available doors and to take seats that maximize social distancing. We also recommend that customers consider riding our trains at non-peak hours, such as before 7 AM and after 6 PM, where possible.
Metro-North continues to undertake the most aggressive cleaning and disinfecting program in agency history – fully sanitizing our stations every 12 hours, and trains every 24 hours. At Metro-North, we’re here for the region’s critical workers and first responders. Please only use the trains for essential travel.
Opening Your Business? Remember to Adopt Your Safety Plan and Affirm It
We are only a few days into Phase 1 of reopening. Understandably there are questions on how to go about it. I attach the May 26 Memorandum of County Attorney John Nonna which business owners will find helpful. One of the key points is that it is necessary to adopt a Safety Plan. Here’s an excerpt from the memorandum:
New York State has also developed detailed re-opening guidelines for each industry; businesses must “affirm that [they] have read and understand [their] obligation to operate in accordance with this guidance.”
Each reopening business must also: develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. … This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
Industry-Specific Guidance: Click Here
Affirmation form for Business Compliance with New York Forward Reopening Guidance: Click Here
Business Safety Plan Template: Click Here
Plans for Hamlet Parks, Pools, Day Camp, & Canine Commons
We’re very pleased to be re-opening the parks on a phased basis. Working with Recreation & Parks Superintendent Chris Soi and Police Chief Mel Padilla, we re-opened the hamlet parks and Canine Commons to vehicular traffic today. Tennis courts already are open (social distancing)
Here’s the further schedule:
- May 29 re-opening of platform tennis courts
- Monday, June 1 re-opening of Canine Commons (aka dog park)- not just for cars, but with access to the field and fenced areas.
This schedule allows Parks Staff to phase in as they can address additional signage, attend to minor maintenance issues, and respond accordingly if any issues arise. A full Park staff will return on Monday, June 1.
Please note that to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders and the phased “reopen”, restrictions will continue to apply regarding social distancing, certain facilities off limits, and other measures.
We get lots of requests that we open the hamlet park swimming pools and day camp. We’d like to get them open too! We are going to do everything we can to open both as soon as we are permitted to do so. As mentioned below, the Governor announced today that the Mid-Hudson Region has met all seven metrics to allow Phase One of the reopening to begin. We are hopeful that he soon will lift the prohibition on “water parks” to be open. Water parks include public swimming pools.
The Westchester County Department of Health would need to issue a permit to allow our town pools to open. We also need a permit from WCDOH for day camp. We can do one without the other, but we have every intention to do both. We intend to keep the town apprised every step of the way, and we appreciate your patience and understanding.
Remember to Social Distance and Wear Face Masks!
As the weather warms up and we all head outside, please remember to maintain safe social distancing (at least six feet) and to wear a face mask when you cannot maintain this safe distance. While it is nice to see our friends and neighbors as we walk around the neighborhood, let us keep one another healthy and safe by following these social distancing rules.
Masks are likely to be part of our lives for a while. Handmade masks sewn by volunteers in our community are available. Masks are free, but you are welcome to make a donation to the Community Center to show appreciation for their organization of this effort if you’d like. To obtain masks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call her 914-666-4475.
Composting has never been so easy! SIGN UP BY JUNE 1ST and Save more than 50% on curbside food scrap pick up for a year. The discount is limited to the first 75 residents who sign up.Learn more and fill out an application at https://bedfordny.gov/curbside-pick-up-program/
Community Action Plan
2030 Virtual Town Hall Meeting on June 4 at 7pm
In 2010, Bedford was one of the first towns in the state to write a plan to address the climate crisis. Through a decade of grassroots outreach, public-private partnerships, policy, and community action, our community has exceeded our initial goal. But the climate is still in crisis. We need to do it again!
Bedford 2020 wants to share with you a draft of a bold, new plan to continue to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community over the next 10 years. The Community Action Plan (CAP) identifies how our community can continue to be a model community for clean air, healthy homes, sustainable land use, and climate action. As with the first plan, the new plan requires collaboration and participation by community members, organizations, houses of worship, the municipality, schools, businesses, and civic groups to be effective. We need your input, your ideas, and your help.
Please join us at an upcoming virtual town hall meeting:
- June 4 at 7pm
- June 9 at 5pm
- June 10 at noon
Register Here: www.bedford2020.org/cap2030
Mark Your Calendars – Drive-In Movie Night Friday, June 26
We’re happy to announce that the Recreation & Parks Department will present its first drive-in movie night on June 26.
So here are the details as of now…
- Date: Friday, June 26
- Location: Bedford Village Memorial Park
- Time: Event entry opens at 8:00pm, Movie to start at 9:00pm
- Fee: Free
- Movie: TBD
Pre-registration will be REQUIRED! Space is limited. Registration for the event will take place through Bedford Recreation & Park’s Online registration site. No vehicles will be allowed to enter the park unless they have registered in advance, and have received a confirmation e-mail.
More details to follow… Please be patient and thanks for your understanding.
Introducing the Town of Bedford’s newest library, a Little Free Library at the Town Hall. While our town libraries remain closed not everyone is able to access their digital collection, or they may just like holding a real book and reading. Our kids wanted to give back to community, so we built the new LFL to provide a bit more reading material during this time.
Please stop by on your walks along the bike path, you can now give a book or take a book. Pick up the next greatest novel, or a graphic novel, an old favorite, or find a new one. Consider making a donation of a gently used book for ANY reader, infants to adults, babies to boomers!
A big SHOUT OUT to Bella, Andrew, and David Zapsky who built the Free Little Library!! We very much appreciate it.
Caramoor’s Summer 20/2.0 Music
Today, Caramoor announced that the music continues in its gardens this summer. While the original season has been cancelled, Caramoor pivoted and is planning for a few ways it still might be able to bring needed inspiration to our community virtually, and hopefully, in person beginning in July.
A Message From Community Solar
Bedford Leads the State in Adoption of Community Solar!
As a leader in climate action in Westchester County and New York State, we’re proud to announce that Bedford has enrolled its eligible electricity accounts in community solar through nonprofit, Sustainable Westchester. We’re pleased to be the first municipality in Westchester, and one of first in the state, to participate in this clean energy opportunity that will save the Town up to 10% on electricity bills while spurring development of new solar farms.
The Town is doing everything possible to combat the climate crisis and is considering adopting ambitious climate action goals, which include 85% renewable energy supply by 2030. The community expects the Town to act with a sense of urgency. To move us ahead, we are taking decisive action— first to enter into a community solar agreement for our smaller accounts and then to be an anchor participant for one of the largest solar farms in the state, located in Tioga County, New York.
Residents Can Join the Town’s Community Solar Initiative
We urge residents, faith organizations and small businesses in the Town to join us and take advantage of Community Solar for guaranteed savings on their electricity bills while promoting renewable energy. Subscribers can enroll on the same terms as the Town, locking in the opportunity to save up to 10% on electricity bills for up to twenty years. Bedford 2020 is also working with Sustainable Westchester to promote community solar to residents and to help the community further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region.
Energy produced by the solar farm is sent to the electric grid and subscribers receive a credit on their electricity bill, representing the value of their share of the energy produced. Subscribers then pay the owner of the solar farm a discounted amount for that solar credit. Enrolling is easy and takes about 7 minutes. Have your utility information and information to set up automated payment for the solar credits handy. Visit www.sustainablewestchester.org/solar to learn more and enroll. You can also reach out to Sustainable Westchester with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2020 Census:
Counting = Funding
People who are not counted now remain uncounted for 10 years. If someone lives in a community and uses the community’s services, they need to be counted so they can be supported.
The June 23 Primary Has NOT Been Cancelled
Please be aware that the June 23rd Presidential and Local Primary Elections are NOT cancelled.
For more information, click here.
Guidance for New York State Agricultural Industry
Some highlights of the updated guidance for agricultural, horticultural, and landscaping activities:
- Landscaping is open statewide
- Gardening is open statewide
For further information, please click here
The COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Facility
Next Test Date:
Saturday May 30 | 8:00 am -12 Noon and then 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Update: Partnering with Mt. Kisco Mayor Gina Picinich, we opened the drive through facility a month ago and then expanded it to include Lewisboro, through Supervisor Peter Parsons, and Pound Ridge, through Supervisor Kevin Hansan. Approximately 1,000 people have utilized the facility. There were fewer than 4% of those tests whose results were positive. Those that were tested positive for the most part were asymptomatic – so with no symptoms, they didn’t know they were infected leading to quarantine and needed treatment. One of the metrics which the Mid-Hudson Region needs to keep in place is continued testing capacity. We are continuing the facility in place through June. We thank our partners of Mt. Kisco, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge for helping us provide police and other coverage to continue the facility in operation. We also thank Dr. Steven Murphy of Murphy Medical Associates for his work in operating the facility.
Please consider providing and delivering lunch to the volunteers at the testing facility. Unfortunately, they had to close the facility for 45 minutes on Saturday to pick up lunch. If you are so inclined, please e-mail email@example.com or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank you in advance.
The facility is located at Commuter Lot 4 at the Bedford Hills train station and is open to residents of Bedford, Lewisboro, Mt. Kisco and Pound Ridge as well as their first responders and employees. A nasal swab is taken for a diagnostic (PCR) test for the presence of active COVID-19. It does not test for the presence of antibodies if you presently do not have an active COVID-19 but had it previously. The antibody test will detect antibodies if you previously had the virus, but it does not test for an active virus. That’s why you might consider both tests.
All towns are sharing in the services, such as police coverage, which are needed for the operation of the facilities. Operations resume Tuesday June 2, FOR ALL from 8:00 AM until Noon and then again from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. If you wish to use the facility, try to register at https://coronatestct.com/ (physician referral is not necessary). You will need to provide certain information including insurance, but you will be able to utilize the facility if you do not have insurance. If you have trouble registering, please contact Murphy Medical Associates as follows:
Isabel Gomez at email@example.com 203 442 1072 (call or text)
Sarah McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org 203 614 9820 (call or text)
Spanish: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you still have trouble registering, just go to the test site when it is open.
No cost, no pay, no billing
No one will be turned away
If you went through the drive-through facility more than three business days ago and have not received your results, please e-mail Ahmad Altajar, MD email@example.com
With regard to data from the testing site at the Bedford Hills Train Station,
Why should you consider getting tested?
The main reasons for anyone to get the diagnostic test are (1) to find out whether you may be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus and identify individuals who are infected who then need to quarantine; (2) to provide for contact tracing for those identified as being infected; and (3) to provide data to scientists and medical professionals to further their research, helping them learn more about the virus and assist in making determinations about when the current restrictions can be reduced or lifted. Even if you are not sick, it is still a good idea to get tested for the above reasons. Of course, it is your personal choice and (with a few very limited exceptions) there is no requirement to be tested.
We are grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo and County Executive George Latimer for increasing testing capacity, especially for antibody testing. Hospitals, medical practices, urgent care facilities and other health care facilities, including Open Door in Mt. Kisco and other Westchester locations, also are increasing testing capacity. Click here to learn more about testing locations and options or view Westchester_County_COVID-19_Testing_Locations.
Can you help?
We know that for us to come out of this pandemic crisis, we need a great deal of testing (and critically, followed by after care and tracing). We ask your help. Dr. Murphy is currently operating the Bedford Hills drive-through facility with three staff members and a logistics member.
We ask for volunteers. Click the green link below to view the list of our volunteer positions, the requirements per NYS and roles they perform.
Antibody Testing through Northern Westchester Hospital
Our thanks to our partner Northern Westchester Hospital who just began antibody testing for first responders in Bedford, Lewisboro, Mt. Kisco, Lewisboro, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown Heights.
To learn more information or to watch a webinar on antibody testing please click here
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.
This guide is chock full of information on NYS rules; resources for seniors, grocery store hours and other individual needs; health and wellness; small business resources; State/Federal Policies; employment information and related; FAQs and much more.
Safe Use of our Local Roads
It’s great to see cyclists, walkers and joggers getting out and enjoying the spring weather. And many of us just want to get out and take a spin in our cars. But there needs to be a partnership of shared responsibility among all to keep everyone safe. When walking please walk FACING TRAFFIC. DO NOT ASSUME THAT A DRIVER SEES YOU WHEN YOU ARE SHARING THE ROAD.
I wish to thank Whitney Hill on the Town’s Traffic Safety Working Group (and a cyclist herself) for putting together most of the following. My thanks as well to Geraldine Zikeley also on the TSWG. READ MORE
Go Take a Hike!
How You Can Support Our Community
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
5.23: UPDATED: Soap Project Needs Your Help!
The women who live in our two prisons are Bedford residents. In an attempt to keep them safe, they have lost all rights to visits from family and all volunteer programs which sustain them, such as Puppies Behind Bars and Hour Children. They are scared, they are helpless, and they are at the mercy of others. “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” – Bryan Stevenson. We all need grace. We all need mercy.
Soap is even more essential for this group of women who live in tight quarters and as a result, are more vulnerable. The women in prison are issued lye-based soap by the State, which causes their hands to chafe when used for the necessary frequent washing required to help to prevent COVID-19. The Prison Relations Advisory Committee has organized a soap drive to provide non-alcohol, individually-sealed bars of soap to our neighbors. Thanks to the generosity of this community, we have been able to provide non-lye-based soap during the pandemic when frequent hand-washing is essential.
But…we need a lot more bars of soap. Remember, we are all in this together. Soap is hope to someone who has so little.
Our health and safety depend on everyone who lives in our community being safe and having access to good hygiene
To donate soap, you can safely leave it on the porch of The Church House of the Katonah Presbyterian Church at 31 Bedford Road, or mail it to that address. Thank you to our wonderfully generous community.
If you have questions, please contact Sharon Griest Ballen, Chair, Prison Relations Advisory Committee at email@example.com
Update from the Town
1. Bedford Positive Cases As of May 27, there have been a total of 239 cases. Here is the latest map of COVID-19 cases of which the Westchester Department of Health classifies for each municipality the number of positive cases, and parenthetically, the number of active cases (this number is derived simply by taking the total number less than those that were active two weeks ago). We are suspending the graph, at least at the present, because of the different reporting mechanisms. We appreciate your patience. For more information, click here.
2. I-684 Paving Project – Resuming Work Work will be done on I-684 beginning Monday May 18. There will be a speed reduction for both northbound and southbound lanes of traffic. Please be aware that the Exit 6/SMRP closures will begin with the drainage work on the SMRP NB/684 ramp on the northbound side as basin/crossing work progresses. READ MORE
3. SAVE THE DATE: Shredder Event June 18th from 11am-2pm
A Mobile Shredding Truck will securely destroy documents on June 18th from 11am-2pm at the Recycling Center (323 Railroad Ave., Bedford Hills).
Please let’s make this a success by observing the following: please put all items to be shredded in the trunk of your car. We ask that cars line up from the Harris Road side and that you remain in your car while in the shredding line. Proshred personnel will remove the items from the trunk of your car and place the contents into a Security bin for transport to the mobile shredding unit. The company can shred paper, paper clips, rubber bands, staples and even the black clips. They cannot shred 3-ring binders, or anything that is non paper (CDs, tapes, DVDs, hard drives, etc.).
4. Extension of Deadline for Applications for Tax Assessment Exemptions READ MORE
5. Status of Parks Parking is now allowed. Please note that to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders and the phased “reopen”, restrictions will continue to apply regarding social distancing, certain facilities off limits, and other measures.
6.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. Dig IN with Bedford2020 & Healthy Yards.
Join us weekly at 5:00 pm this spring for community workshops about healthy yards and sustainable food! We will be partnering with organizations around the region to bring you fun and interactive things you can do at home right now. Come be inspired about a new topic each week!
10. Bedford Playhouse is thrilled to announce the launch of Curbside Concessions on Friday nights.
Update from the County
Current Westchester Data (as of May 30, 2020)
Westchester Cases: 33,481
Westchester Tests: 158,532
Go to covid19tracker to read the latest data. Updated daily.
On May 29, was on a conference call with County Executive Latimer and other elected officials. The county reported that:
- Westchester County’s beaches will open this weekend, but will again prohibit non-County residents from using the facilities.
- Westchester County has determined to close its portion of Croton Gorge Park again this weekend in lieu of continued heavy traffic. Depending on traffic this weekend, Westchester County may close parking lots in order to restrict traffic to over-utilized facilities.
- On Monday, June 1, Westchester County will announce its Economic Development Task Force. This group will work in coordination with Bridget Gibbons to help guide our local businesses through reopening.
- New York State has issued new guidelines pertinent to phase 2 of reopening. Barbershops and nail salons will be permitted to reopen, while malls will be barred from reopening. Stores inside malls which possess outward-facing-entrances will be permitted to reopen. Westchester County may enter phase 2 on June 9 if we continue to meet NYS’s metrics.
- All businesses must file an affirmation with New York State – businesses reopening as part of phase one may currently complete this document here: https://forward.ny.gov/
- New York State is circulating documents to promote the contact tracing initiative. These documents advise residents on what to expect from contact tracers, and how to distinguish and avoid fraudulent callers. documents in English and Spanish can be accessed here:
- Antibody testing continues at Westchester Medical Center; over 4,000 emergency first responders and county and municipal employees have so far been tested. The testing site is now available for members of the public.
- Westchester County’s Bicycle Sunday will occur this Sunday, May 30.
- CE Latimer cautioned municipalities against criminalizing noncompliance to social distancing. Although violations are thoughtless and inconsiderate, the hope is that all of us will once again return to these behaviors—making the best response (to a violation) one which facilitates a keen understanding of why social distancing is so necessary.
- Westchester County has created a memorial for victims of COVID-19 at Lenoir Nature Preserve. More information on the purple Ribbons of Remembrance are available here: https://www.westchestergov.com/home/all-press-releases/8444-westchester-county-remembers-over-1-100-residents-who-have-died-of-covid-19
- Contact Tracing Westchester County is piloting one of New York State’s first contact tracing initiatives. Individuals interested in working as contact tracers can apply at this link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help
The Deadline for April 30 taxes has passed.
You can apply for an extension until July 15, 2020
Update from the State
NYS data as of May 30
a. New York State Cases: 370,770
b. Total tested: 2,063,825
c. New Positives 1,110
Visit DATA.NY.GOV for latest numbers
Click to review the Regional Dashboard
- New York City will enter Phase I of reopening on June 8th.
- Campgrounds and RV parks are opening statewide.
- Veterinarian practices will be allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday, May 26th.
- Governor Cuomo released a guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan, along with the state’s regional monitoring dashboard.
- New York State has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day, and has more than 700 testing sites. We encourage eligible New Yorkers to find a nearby testing site and get tested. Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
- New Yorkers are reminded to vote for finalists in the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest by Monday, May 25th at ny.gov.
- The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. See more info here.
- The New York State sales tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020.
- Summer school will be conducted through distance learning.
- Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.
- 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.
- Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.
Update from Washington
Guide for Stimulus Payments U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s office provided an excellent guide for individuals for getting Economic Impact Payments under the federal relief package.
Available Funding Through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/CARES Act
A third wave in coronavirus relief funding has been allocated. This wave includes a total of $1 billion available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Grantees may select from more than 25 eligible CDBG activities to shape their local programs to meet their needs, including:
- A wide range of public services to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, such as providing food and health services for low-income elderly persons and children;
- Small business assistance or emergency housing payments for entities and families impacted by economic and housing market disruptions; or
- Acquisition and rehabilitation of structures for health facilities, food banks, or public improvements needed to support community coronavirus response, preparation, or prevention. For example, grants may assist improvements to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in a local grocery store to protect employees and shoppers, or alterations to neighborhood business district sidewalks and facades to enable curbside pick-up or social distancing.
For more information, please click here for HUD’s press release on the available funding.
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!