The Supervisor’s Update

Friday, May 21st

MaryAnn Carr, Town Supervisor

 

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Leaf Blowers: Off Season Has Begun

A reminder to residents and landscapers that gas powered leaf blowers are prohibited at all times in Bedford’s hamlets beginning May 15. Outside of the Hamlets, there are restrictions on the times in which a leaf blower may be used. More information is available at www.bedfordny.gov/green-initiatives or read here.

The Leaf Blower Committee is reviewing the current leaf blower ordinance and considering amendments for recommendation to the Town Board. 

A community forum was held on Monday, April 19, 2021.Here is the recordinghttps://youtu.be/NVSM7O3KLpI

 As the Leaf Blower Committee formulates recommendations to the town board, its members are interested in hearing community views on the leaf blower issue and how the current ordinance is working. Before emailing the Committee, please review the facts about leaf blowers to see why their use is a concern in Bedford. These are outlined in these two documents:

Gas Leaf Blowers: Next Phase and Mitigating the Health, Environmental, and Quality of Life Impacts of Leaf Blowers

 

People of Bedford and Beyond!

May is Asian-American Heritage Month!

Celebrating Tree Grant with BHES students!

 

BCSD Superintendent Joel Adelberg, BHES Principal Zbynek Gold, Board of Ed member Beth Staropoli, BHES teachers and students joined with Supervisor MaryAnn Carr, and members of the Town Board Ellen Calves, Don Coe, and Bobbi Bittker, Commissioner of DPW Kevin Winn and Chair of the Conservation Board Simon Skolnik celebrate the recent planting of twenty five trees, as well as the $50,000 grant that the Town received from NYSDEC for tree maintenance. As Yale environmental scientist William Moomaw said in a recent interview, “The most effective thing we can do is to allow trees that are already planted, that are already growing, to continue growing to reach their ecological potential, to store carbon, and develop a forest that has its full complement of environmental service.” The Town is pleased to be able to maintain our existing trees while also planting new trees for the future. Four of the twenty five trees were planted at Bedford Hills Elementary School. These trees will provide environmental benefits, absorbing carbon and hosting birds and insects, while also beautifying the school property.

Rehabilitation Through the Arts Releases Short Video

 

Today Rehabilitation Through the Arts released Unlocked – a short video featuring the voices of formerly incarcerated men and women – kicking off a major social media campaign to raise awareness about RTA’s work. Bedford residents Karin Shiel and Allison Chernow produced a 7 minute video that illustrates an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment.

To watch the full video, click here: www.UnlockedVoices.org

Several notable figures and organizations have signed on to share the video including Van Jones, Lauryn Hill, David Byrne, Senator Cory Booker, John Grisham, Now This and others. If you use social media, you can help spread the word by sharing RTA’s posts on Facebook @RTAARTS, Twitter @RTA_ARTS, and Instagram @rta_arts. Thank you for watching and sharing!!

Fox Lane Middle School Principal Sue Ostrofsky

Fox Lane Middle School Principal Sue Ostrofsky has been in the Bedford Central School DIstrict for over 25 years, and has over 30 years of teaching experience.

She holds a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from Columbia University Teachers College and a master’s degree from Long Island University. After teaching in Dobbs Ferry for nine years, she came to BCSD in 1994, and became principal of Mount Kisco Elementary School in 2004.

In 2017, she was appointed interim principal of Fox Lane Middle School and later was appointed to the permanent position. Although she announced her retirement in 2018, she was persuaded to stay at the school, where she continues to make a positive impact in the lives of all of her students and the entire community.

To read Sue’s address to the FLMS graduating class of 2021, click here.

Longtime Bedford Resident Marie Scanlan

During her many years in Bedford, Marie Scanlan has worked diligently to make the town and surrounding community a better place. With her strong leadership skills and innovative thinking, Marie has worked closely with a number of groups and organizations around Bedford, including the Bedford Central School District and the Bedford Chowder & Marching Club.

She has over a decade of volunteer experience at Bedford Village Elementary School, including as co-president of the parent association. She was also a founding member of the non-profit Foundation for Bedford Central Schools, where she served as Chair for 5 years, and remains on the Advisory Board.

Through her work with both BCSD and the Chowder & Marching Club, Marie has constantly demonstrated her commitment to people of all ages. Most recently, she has been a key organizer in the Chowder & Marching Club’s Tag Sale, which is taking place on May 7th and 8th.

Lt. Patricia McGraw becomes first woman promoted to Lieutenant at the Bedford Police Department

Patricia McGraw becomes the first woman promoted to lieutenant at the Bedford Police Department in its 112 year history. To watch the full video of Supervisor Carr’s proclamation regarding Lt. McGraw, see the video below.

Town of Bedford honors Temple Shaaray Tefila Rabbi David Greenberg For His Decades of Service

Harriet (Gigi) Zeller, a member of the Temple, accepted the award in place of Rabbi Greenberg. See the video below.

Bedford Hills Community House Renovation Update

The Bedford Hills Community House renovation project is well underway and on schedule! This highly utilized building by different groups such as our seniors and the Community Theater is undergoing a major renovation from interior to exterior, all while maintaining its architecture character. It will be totally energy efficient and ADA compliant, not to mention all 3 floors will be beautifully designed with modern upgrades and several more bathrooms with a large kitchen. The project is due to be completed this summer, July 2021. We are looking forward to once again sharing this jewel with the public on the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bedford Hills.

Spring is Here!

 

“Art on the Fence” in Katonah!

In collaboration with the Westchester artist collective, Ground Glass and The Katonah Chamber of Commerce, please make sure you make time to see the beautiful and interesting pop-up art hanging on the fence near Peppino’s. Thanks to Melissa Dilmaghani for her vision and efforts on bringing this to our community.

$50,000 Bedford Tree Grant!

Click here to read the full report

Walk to School Day in Bedford Hills!

Job Openings for Summer 2021

 

Click here to access the job application

Town of Bedford Tree Planting Committee Report

In February, the Town of Bedford Tree Planting Committee resumed the planning process that came to a stop when the pandemic hit March ‘20. After a year long hiatus, it gives me great pleasure to report that the spring 2021 planting was a successful team effort thanks to the support of Kevin Winn and the Parks and Recreation team of Chris Soi, John Goodman, and Tom Megna. On April 14th 25 trees were installed in and around Katonah and Bedford Hills – including 4 trees at Bedford Hills Elementary School where the planting is an opportunity for student engagement and the important role trees play in a sustainable healthy environment.  We were especially pleased that the sites identified this year came the from a number of different sources, including the Davey Resource Group TreeKeeper survey, the Katonah Historic Review Commission, and from a tree-loving Katonah resident who asked that we replant the areas where several large magnificent trees had come down on Jay Street between Mustato and Barrett Road.  Our committee will continue to encourage community engagement as it creates awareness about the importance of replanting our stately street trees, for beauty and the environment, and for Bedford’s next generation.

Prior to planting, a letter was sent to each homeowner whose property abutted the prospective Town planting sites. Our final planting plan included homeowners who wanted to participate, and we trust this buy-in will help assure the long-term health and maintenance of the planted trees. Our pre-planting process included creating specific planting instructions; special emphasis was paid to the importance of proper planting as too many installations are done incorrectly, even by professionals, jeopardizing the long-term survival of the tree. Kevin Winn oversaw the bidding process, and the contract was awarded to Rock Shelter in light of its cost competitiveness and John Goodman’s input on the quality of their work. Ongoing maintenance of the newly planted trees will be overseen by the Town, with special attention paid to keeping the trees sufficiently watered through the spring/summer.

Trees are having a moment and there is an increased public awareness about the role trees play in fostering a healthy sustainable environment.  Mature trees not only capture carbon, but their cooling properties promote energy efficiency, and provide food and habitat for birds and wildlife. This Committee embraces and advocates for the use of native trees that are resilient and offer the biggest positive environmental impact.  To that end, and referencing a cross section of expert sources, the Committee compiled a list of recommended trees (in categories of small, medium, and large) that was used to select the trees for this year’s planting. Our sources were: Doug Tallamy, Casey Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, Cornell Cooperative, and also our expert local sources, Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Bedford 2030.

Lastly, thank you to the Bedford Tree Planting Committee members: Virginia Maybank, Linda Merrill, Susan Roos, Betsy Mitchell, and new member Jake Chintz.  This Committee of enthusiastic tree lovers was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the spring planting, including scouting, site and tree selection, and establishing best-practice planting instructions. Also, we wish to extend a special thank you to Kevin Winn, John Goodman, and Tom Megna. Kevin worked in complete partnership with the Committee throughout the entire process and his time, help, input, and support made all the difference in the successful outcome of this year’s planting project. The support of  John Goodman and Tom Megna was also indispensable. John inspected the tree planting work and will ensure the proper watering and maintenance of the newly planted trees. Tom Megna was an active participant in the planning and siting process, and scheduled time in the busy Parks calendar for John Goodman to inspect the planting and will assure the same time allocation for on-going maintenance.

In closing, I would like to thank the Town of Bedford for funding Bedford Tree Planting Project and MaryAnn Carr for her support and recognition of the important role trees play in a beautiful and environment friendly Bedford.

Heather Langham
Chair
Bedford Tree Planting Committee

Calling all Local Pollinator Gardeners!

Email photos of your pollinator garden to superintern@bedfordny.gov for a feature in our newsletter!

Photos from of Murray and Emily Fisher’s Pollinator Garden!

Arbor Day Celebration!

SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION BEGINS:

Tuesday, March 30th 10:00am

 

Registration for our spring and summer programs begins on Tuesday, March 30th at 10:00am. Click here to access the complete Spring/Summer program brochure. Due to our inability to accept in-person registration at this time, registrations will be received online, mail-in or drop-off at our office, 425 Cherry Street.

To register online, you will need to have your Household account set-up. Click here to access our online registration portal, WebTrac.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

The 53rd Annual Salute to Seniors Re-Imagined

Click here to learn more

The Town Historian Has An Instagram Page!

 

Click here to view and follow!

News From The Bedford Conservation Board

Why We Should be Thinking About Trees Right Now

By Simon Skolnik, Chair, Bedford Conservation Board

Trees have gotten a lot of good press recently. They have been touted as holding out the easiest way to reduce green house gases by their ability to draw in carbon dioxide in a process commonly known as carbon sequestering, and release oxygen during photosynthesis. Trees are universally acknowledged as providing “free” community services, such as flood control, keeping our air clean, holding soil in place, reducing ground-level wind speeds, cooling the air as they lose moisture, reflecting heat upwards from their leaves as well as those same leaves shading buildings beneath them, providing food and habitat for local wildlife, and lest we forget providing us humble creatures great beauty and spiritual rebirth throughout the four seasons.

So, why do we hear that some of our neighbors are cutting down trees, both in our smaller zoned districts as well as all the way up to our 4-acre districts? That requires us to first see what our current tree ordinance doesn’t require before a tree is removed.

To read more, click here.

Bedford Sunflower Project 2.0

 

The Bedford Conservation Board is duplicating its effort from last year in freely distributing over 800 packets of sunflower seeds to residents of Bedford to grow and display them in front of their homes this summer. We again wish to use this event to show our unity as a town in the face of the continuing impacts that the Covid pandemic have imposed on our lives. Hopefully, this will be the last year that sunflowers will be associated with the pandemic, and in the future, we can celebrate our town during less stressful times. We chose sunflowers, not only because they are a magnificent summertime plant, but also because they are an excellent source of nutrition for wildlife and especially for pollinators. We hope you enjoy the beauty they bring to your home and share the resilience it brings to your neighborhood. 

Distribution: The Bedford Conservation Board will have a table at Sunday’s Earth Day event in Bedford Hills, and will be distributing one packet (at least 12 seeds) per household. If individuals ask for additional packets to give to their neighbors, we will take them on their word of honor. After this event, any additional packets of seeds can be picked up, on an honor basis of one packet per household, from an unmanned canister located at a site and time to be determined. Stay tuned to Supervisor Carr’s bi-weekly emails for further information.

 

 TOWN OF BEDFORD

 

 

2021 SHREDDER DATES

Town Recycling Center 
343 Railroad Avenue, Bedford Hills 10507
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Saturdays 6/26, 8/21, 9/18, 11/20

Thursdays 5/20, 10/21

A Mobile Shredding Truck will securely destroy documents.

Please observe the following: 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 shred truck will be on-site). 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.).

Proof of Town residency will be required – A driver license, utility bill, or other acceptable identification.

The long awaited Curbside Compost pilot program has begun – and there’s still room! Bedford residents in this pilot will have their food scraps picked up right from their curb and will pay half price ($14.25/month) for their first year, thanks to a grant from the DEC.

If you are interested in joining this exciting program, email erin.glocke@bedford2030.org.

 For residents of the Town of Bedford

Opportunities to get involved in your local Government

 Vacancies for Boards, Commissions and Committees for residents of the Town of Bedford

Bedford Village Historic District Review Commission Vacancy

The BVHDRC is seeking a member from the Town of Bedford to fill a current vacancy.  Applicants should have a background in the disciplines of planning or architecture. The Commission’s role is to maintain the character of the Bedford Village Historic District, which encompasses the Village Green, the Old Court House, a colonial cemetery and private buildings that display the architecture of the period from the late 1700’s. The commission consists of 5 members, each serving a three-year term. The commission’s main responsibility is to review applications for any changes in signs, walls and the exterior of any buildings within the Historic District.  Interested persons should send their bio/resume and letter of interest to: supervisor@bedfordny.gov.

CLICK HERE to view the Town Comptroller’s Report for March 2021

WESTCHESTER COUNTY MARKS 12TH YEAR OF

“CAREGIVER COACHING” PROGRAM

 

Volunteers needed to help caregivers of elderly or disabled individuals

(White Plains, NY) – Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work? Do you want to contribute to an award-winning community support program? If so, consider becoming a volunteer with the Livable Communities Caregiver Coaching (L3C) Program, an initiative from the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS).

A Caregiver Coach is a volunteer trained by professionals to provide one-on-one support to family caregivers and help them understand their options. As a result, caregivers are better prepared to make informed decisions to meet the challenges and responsibilities of caring for an older or disabled person.

Caregiver Coaching falls under the big umbrella of the DSPS’ national award-winning Livable Communities initiative, which has been identified by AARP as one of the three model programs of its type in the U.S. By recruiting and training Caregiver Coaches, the initiative aims to make Westchester communities as senior-friendly as possible so older adults can remain in their homes as they age with dignity, independence and civic involvement. Caregiver Coaching directly helps to meet that goal by supporting those who care for seniors.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said the success of the County’s Caregiver Coaching program is a testament to the growing need for caregiver support here in the County.

Latimer said: “Our residents are living longer, and that is good news. However, that means that many of our seniors will be living with chronic illnesses that require the help of caregivers. The Caregiver Coaching program is designed to assist caregivers in Westchester in the role they play by providing much needed support, as well as vital information about programs and services in the County. We need as many volunteers as possible to help make a difference in the quality of life for people in their communities.”

Caregiver Coach candidates may have caregiver experience, but it is not required. Caregiver Coaches are stabilizing forces and sounding boards, so the prospective coach should be optimistic, empathetic and non-judgmental. They do not take the place of professionals in the field or do caregiver tasks themselves, nor do they offer medical or legal advice.

Fordham University’s Ravazzin Center on Aging has developed the curriculum for this program which is taught by professionals, such as social workers, nurses and geriatric care managers. The training will provide volunteers with basic information such as “Understanding the Aging Process” and “Challenges Caregivers Face.” They will also learn specific coaching techniques such as how to convey factual information clearly. Coaches will feel well-prepared to meet the needs of the family caregivers with whom they are matched.

Training classes will take place over two days, for a total of about eight hours. Coaches will also attend monthly coach conversation meetings where challenges encountered during coaching can be shared and solutions can be generated. Guest speakers will also be part of coach conversations to promote continuing education for the coaches on topics related to their caregiver populations. These meetings serve to promote competency as well as camaraderie among the coaching team.

Since its inception, the Caregiver Coaching program has had a strong advocate in DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter.

Carpenter said: “At one time families were larger and society was less mobile. That meant there were always adult children and other relatives who could care for aging family members. But today not only are families smaller, but the adult children may live in another state. As a result, there’s a void that needs to be filled by caring neighbors and people.”

Carpenter believes that the Caregiver Coaching program is necessary to address that void by providing vital support and information to the family caregiver, especially in light of the rapidly growing elderly population within Westchester County.

In addition to DSPS, the L3C Caregiver Coaching program is sponsored by the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and Fordham University’s Ravazzin Center on Aging. For more information or to register, call DSPS at (914)-813-6441 or send an email to cap2@westchestergov.com.

Town Board provides support to our Small Businesses

within the hamlet zones of Bedford Hills & Katonah

The Town Board waived parking fees for business owners and their employees for parking permits applied for effective April 1, 2021 through to August 30th, 2021.  Parking permit(s) obtained as part of this temporary policy will only be issued exclusively for Lot 2 in Katonah and/or Lot 8 in Bedford Hills.

Business owners seeking to obtain free parking permits must supply the Town with a list of employees and the vehicles’ license plate information prior to commencing the electronic permit approval process.  The permit applications will be done by the business owner or employee(s) through the Town’s Parking Portal. No paper permits will be issued.

 

STATEMENT REGARDING APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF UNELECTED BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

 

The Town of Bedford Town Board is currently reviewing its procedures and policies with respect to the appointment of members to the various unelected Boards, Commissions and Committees in the Town. The Town does not expect to implement any changes to its policies and procedures regarding appointments in 2021 and intends to begin re-appointing and appointing members to the Boards, Commissions and Committees in the event members’ terms have expired.

However, in the event the term of a member Board, Commission or Committee has expired and that person is not yet re-appointed, or a new member is not appointed, pursuant to New York State Public Officers Law Section 5 the member whose term has expired holds over and continues to discharge the duties of his or her office after the expiration of the term for which he or her shall have been chosen, until they are re-appointed, or his or her successor shall be chosen and qualified. This includes the right to vote and take any other action as a member of the Board, Commission or Committee.

COVID NEWS

COVID-19 Reopening Referefence Guide

Westchester County Department of Health

New Mask Policies For Individuals and Businesses

 

  • Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks indoors or outdoors or be socially distant. This goes for patrons and employees of private and most public businesses.
  • Masks must still be worn indoors and outdoors if an individual is not vaccinated.
  • Private business owners may ask for proof of vaccination. If an individual does not have proof they can ask that individual to put a mask on.
  • Private businesses are also allowed to require that everyone wear a mask inside their buildings. They may also put any other restrictions/requirements in place that they may deem necessary.

Masks must continue to be worn by vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals using public transportation, in schools, correctional facilities and in health care and nursing home settings.

2 Out Of 3 Rule For Outdoor Mask Wearing

Click here to read the article

Walk-in Vaccinations Available Around New York State

Beginning today, April 23rd, residents of New York State aged 60 and up are eligible for walk-in vaccination at all 16 mass vaccination sites in New York State. Additional information is available here.

250 Local Residents Vaccinated at Monday’s Pop-up Site

Over 250 neighbors received vaccines to protect them against Covid-19 at the Bedford Town Hall on Monday, April 12. This one-day pop-up clinic was organized by Westchester County government in partnership with the Town of Bedford and Antioch Baptist Church of Bedford Hills. A sign-up form was widely shared and priority was given to local seniors. The town also worked with Neighbors Link to ensure that more recent immigrant populations also had access to this important public health opportunity. The event, staffed by professionals from the Westchester County Health Department and Town of Bedford officials, was able to accommodate residents as young as 18 and as old as 83.

All New Yorkers 16+ Eligible for Vaccine

 

People over the age of 16 can now book vaccine appointments. Due to limited supply, the state says people are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.

In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.

FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance through our dedicated call center beginning on Monday, April 12th. The following number will be used for those applying: 844-684-6333

To view the Funeral Assistance website, click here

To read more, click here.

The New COVID dashboard for Westchester Residents

Westchester County has just launched a new COVID dashboard for its residents.  The website provides current COVID breakdowns by municipality, as well as other related and useful information.  Additional features will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Click here for the COVID-19 Dashboard

This dashboard is also on the Town Website homepage. Look for the Announcements column – it is the first link at the top.

The center map is clickable, and provides a break out of information for each community.  Total confirmed active cases, total new cases, and a breakdown by municipality are available on the left hand side.  State level information and cluster zone details are on the right hand side.  To search testing facilities, click on the tab in the center bottom, and the center map will be replaced by a testing site search function.

The information on this website will be more timely than the information previously provided by the county’s reports, and is available 24/7. I hope you find it useful.

Testing Facilities in Westchester County

Please click HERE to read or print it out the chart

 

Northern Westchester Hospital is a COVID-19 Vaccine Site

 

 To schedule a vaccine appointment

Click below to make your appointment at a Northwell Health facility:
www.northwell.edu/CovidVaccine
Or call the Northwell Call Center: (844) 919-8222

You can also check for New York State-run vaccination sites by visiting
www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine.

Are you eligible?
Click here to find out

Family Services of Westchester is acting as a Project Hope provider in the Westchester County area and has an emotional support helpline that anyone can call to help be connected to any resources they may need or if they just want to talk to someone about what they are going through. It is completely free, anonymous, and confidential and we do not collect any identifying information. The number is 914-708-6104 and is available Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

Click here for more about Project Hope

From the Department of Senior Programs, Westchester County

 

The CV19 CheckUp Tool has been created to help you be safer and healthier

A lot of misinformation about COVID-19 and the risks associated with contracting and spreading the virus continue to circulate. CV19 CheckUp, available to all New Yorkers, helps individuals understand their risks based on their life situation and personal behavior and offers recommendations to reduce those risks while also connecting people to services, if needed.

The CV19 CheckUp Tool is designed to help you be safer and healthier during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CV19 CheckUp fills a critical need for a comprehensive resource that educates, advises, and empowers individuals to help protect themselves from COVID-19.

 Upon completion of the anonymous questionnaire, CV19 CheckUp immediately delivers a personalized report. The report answers questions such as:

• How likely am I to get COVID-19 or spread it to others?

• If I get COVID-19, how severe would it likely be?

• What steps can I take to reduce my risks of getting COVID-19?

• Where can I find help to ensure my needs are met during the pandemic

Vital Legal Documents – During a Pandemic & Beyond

 This information was shared by Jennifer Schwartz-Crawford, Program Specialist (Aging Services) for Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services

Click Graphic to learn more

 

QUARANTINE GUIDELINES
Governor Cuomo recently updated New York State’s quarantine guidances in order to align them with CDC recommendations. Individuals may now end their quarantine after 10 days (without test results) if they experience no symptoms throughout the period of their quarantine. They must continue to monitor their symptoms through day fourteen and, if they experience symptoms, should self-isolate and contact their local health department.

Additional information on these new guidances is available here

Additionally, Westchester County has developed a new PSA (in English and Spanish) regarding vaccine scams.

Links are below:

English:  https://youtu.be/9T6NqVpZJ90
Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6wEMWOWFDI

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

Attorney General James Issues Warning

About Scam Targeting Grandparents During Pandemic

“Grandparent Scam” Targets Seniors with Phone Calls from Fraudsters Posing as Grandchild Asking for Money With Seniors More Isolated Than Ever Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, AG James Offers New Yorkers Tips to Protect Themselves

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued an alert to New Yorkers, warning them about the “Grandparent Scam,” a common phone scam that targets senior citizens with calls from fraudsters posing as a grandchild of the victim and asking for money. Attorney General James also shared a public service announcement, in which high school students explain how the scam works and offers tips on how to avoid becoming a victim to grandparents. The announcement features television personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who shares her experience about almost falling victim to the scam.

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many grandparents have not seen their grandchildren for months and may be especially susceptible to this common and despicable scam,” said Attorney General James. “I urge all New Yorkers to be on the alert for this type of fraud, and to protect themselves and their family members by following these tips. We should all be speaking with elderly family members and warning them that scammers are ready to prey on their love of family in an effort to take their money.”

The scam typically works as follows: A senior receives an unexpected call from someone who claims to be their grandchild. The caller then falsely claims that there is an emergency and asks the grandparent to immediately send money. For example, the caller might say, “Grandma, I got arrested for drunk driving. I need bail money fast.” Or the caller may claim to have been mugged, or that their car has broken down. The caller will often explicitly tell the grandparent not to call the grandchild’s parents because the parents will be mad or will worry too much. The caller may also pose as an attorney, a bail bondsperson, or a law enforcement official contacting the grandparent on behalf of a grandchild.

The scammers often call in the middle of the night or early in the morning to take advantage of the fact that the victim may not be alert enough to ask more questions. Victims are often instructed that they have to mail cash payments or go out and buy prepaid debit or gift cards and to call back and read the serial number on the cards, allowing the scammer to immediately transfer the funds. Victims often lose thousands of dollars and the money is rarely recovered, as the scammers can be calling from anywhere in the world. The scam is severely underreported, as many victims are often embarrassed and do not want to tell anyone that they fell for the scam.

Attorney General James offers the following tips to protect against the Grandparent Scam:

  • Take a pause. Scammers create a sense of urgency to prey on victims’ emotions and their love for family members.
  • Verify any supposed emergency by calling friends and family before sending money. This is especially important if a potential victim has been warned not to do so.
  • A grandparent may think they would know whether they were speaking to their own grandchild or to an imposter, but it is easy to be fooled. The caller may be crying or the background may be noisy, or the caller may claim the connection is bad.
  • If the caller purports to be a bail bondsperson, ask where the relative is being held and contact the facility directly. Grandparents can also call their local police department, where officers may be able to call the jail and confirm the story.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who calls unexpectedly asking to be sent money.
  • Never send cash through the mail.
  • Never purchase pre-paid debit cards or gift cards for the purpose of transferring money.
  • Develop a secret code or “password” with family members that can be used to verify the identity of family members over the phone.
  • Ask a question that only the real grandchild would know the answer to, such as “what was the name of your first pet?”
  • Set Facebook and other social media settings to private to limit information available to scammers, such as the name of grandchildren.

In 2020, the Federal Trade Commission received 24,545 complaints of individuals impersonating family members and friends, up from 20,234 in 2019. New Yorkers alone filed 1,359 complaints in 2020.

Additional information about the Grandparent Scam can be found on the Office of the Attorney General’s website. New Yorkers who have been targeted by this scam are urged to file a complaint by completing and submitting a Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau online complaint form or by calling (800) 771-7755.

 NEWS FROM OUR REPRESENTATIVES

State | County | Local

 

Westchester County Special Needs Registry

Westchester County’s Special Needs Registry is a database of information on Westchester residents who may require special assistance in the event of a major emergency or disaster.  The program has existed for some time and is a resource to support local emergency preparedness efforts.  The data collected may be useful in your efforts to assist people at highest risk during power, water and other utility outages, as well as other emergencies that may impact the community.

Applicants may apply online, by mail or by calling the United Way 211 Call Center. The County will make the Special Needs Registry data available to local municipalities upon request by the chief elected official, chief law enforcement official or other such authorized designee of the Village, Town or City.

The Special Needs Registry allows eligible Westchester residents to voluntarily provide information that may be useful to local emergency responders and to pre-authorize local emergency responders to enter their home during emergency response. The program is a tool to improve local emergency planning, local emergency response and recovery, public outreach, and emergency preparedness. The Special Needs Registry does not replace any local efforts to collect or maintain such information.

The Special Needs Registry is not a substitute for dialing 911 in an emergency or interaction by and between the individual and local public safety agencies to ensure that they are aware of the individual’s potential needs in an emergency. The Special Needs Registry is not a guarantee of services to be provided in an emergency such as, but not limited to, evacuation support and/or shelter.

Any Westchester residents with a disability or access and functional need who may require assistance in the event of a major emergency or disaster may be eligible. The Special Needs Registry is only intended for those who live independently and not in a residential facility (i.e. nursing home).

Should you have any questions concerning the Special Needs Registry, please contact Director Dennis Delborgo, Office of Emergency Management at drd2@westchestergov.com. 

Ellen Hendrickx

Assistant Director of Intergovernmental Relations

Office of County Executive George Latimer

BEDFORD NEWS

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/

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.

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

www.communitycenter.org

COUNTY NEWS

Mobile Food Pantry Distribution schedule for
Westchester County Residents
Click here
Westchester County’s Business-First loan program has announced a second round of funding. Eligible small businesses and nonprofits in Westchester which applied to the original program will receive grants.

o   Additional information is available here: https://westchestercatalyst.com/business-first-programs/

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

WASHINGTON NEWS

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 FROM GOV. CUOMO’S OFFICE

NYS Corona Virus Update- Eviction Moratoriaum Extended to May

Last night, I signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act, which extends the moratorium on COVID-related residential evictions until May 1, while also providing foreclosure protections to homeowners and small landlords. Many New Yorkers have faced economic hardship as result of the COVID-19 pandemic through no fault of their own, and this legislation helps ensure that no one is forced out of their home during this incredibly difficult period. The more support we provide for tenants, mortgagors and seniors, the easier it will be for them to get back on their feet when the pandemic ends. I thank the Legislature for passing this important protection for New Yorkers all across the state who need a hand.

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

STATE NEWS FROM ASSEMBLYMAN BURDICK’S OFFICE

Over my seven years as Supervisor, I have worked to keep the community informed in an objective manner of developments in and affecting the Town of Bedford. As you may know by now, I was elected to the New York State Assembly to represent Bedford and other municipalities in the 93rd Assembly District. As your Assembly Member, I intend to continue keeping the community informed through a similar (albeit less frequent) newsletter.

Please let me know if you do not wish to continue receiving newsletters from me in my new position. If that’s the case, please send an email to Jackie Mishler, my Assembly Office Communications Director, at jackie93AD@gmail.com.
She will remove you from the list.   

COMMUNITY NOTES

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR LIBRARIES

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.

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 – CLICK HERE TO VIEW MEETINGS

BCSD-TV is channel 18 on Optimum and 1982 on Verizon FiOS

 

 The Supervisor Updates will be published semi-weekly, on Wednesdays and Fridays.

 This is your newsletter! Please send photos, news items and announcements to superintern@bedfordny.gov.

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