The Governor’s Phased “Reopen”
First, it’s complicated. It’s also clear that this is going to be a slow process. As you may know, the Governor has outlined a phased reopening of activities based on a number of factors as applied by region (we’re in the Mid-Hudson region) which considers risk (of infection) versus reward (economic impact).
County Executive George Latimer discussed the plan as it applies to Westchester County in yesterday’s call with elected municipal officials, reporting that our region has a ways to go before the first phase of reopening may begin. The plan is described on the Governor’s website at https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/new-york-forward
We also are receiving updated NYS and County guidance on certain activities, the most recent of which pertains to outdoor tennis. For those who have inquired, we are evaluating whether tennis in the parks may be reopened on a restricted basis in compliance with the new guidelines. We may be able to do so, in which case, I am hopeful that it can be implemented early next week.
Please know that this pertains only to tennis and the guidelines do not extend to other activities (e.g., paddle court).
The Deadline for April 30 taxes has passed.
If paying by April 30 posed a financial hardship, take advantage of the reduced penalty options:
1. May 1-31: 1/2 of 1%
2. June 1-July 15: 1%
3. You may defer without penalty tax payment up to July 15* if you apply and qualify for a financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Download the certification form here.
*THE FORM WAS NOT DUE ON APRIL 30. THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR THE FORM IS JULY 15.
RideConnect I want to say thanks to the many volunteers in our community who have been working with RideConnect, a division of Family Services of Westchester, to purchase and deliver groceries for seniors who are most vulnerable in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. RideConnect has had an overwhelming number of calls from our own seniors, fearful of venturing out for groceries as well as doubling its volunteer army with area residents who find themselves at home as part of NY Pause, and want to give an hour or two of their time to help those most at risk.
The stories are heartwarming and the experience is rewarding for both senior and shopper. If you are a senior in need of help– call. If you have a little extra time to volunteer, you should call too. 914-242-7433
HELPING YOUR NEIGHBORS
Our community is hurting. The COVID-19 virus has touched us all, via personal illness or the stories of care or loss of a loved one – we are all tangled in the emotional ties amidst the stories of friends, strangers and stream of news reports. Some are also tangled by the financial health burdens of the pandemic.
With this in mind, we are adding a section to our updates for those families to reach out to the community. Families in Bedford who are struggling with health costs. If you have a story you want to share, send us the link to your GoFundMe page, and we will list it here. We are not endorsing any of the posts, but simply are providing a forum.You should evaluate them yourself and reach your own independent judgment.
Click on the link to learn more. Thank you. COMMUNITIES HELP