Friday, October 1, 2021

The

Supervisor’s

Update

The front entrance of the Townhouse at 321 Bedford Road is closed for renovations. Please remember to enter the building from the Town Courthouse side.

 

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Friday, October 1, 2021

The Supervisor’s Update

The front entrance of the Townhouse at 321 Bedford Road is closed for renovations. Please remember to enter the building from the Town Courthouse side.

Select/click the section you want to read:

LATEST NEWS

TONIGHT!

Caramoor | October 1 | 8pm

Tickets

Raul Midón

Tickets start at $30.
Midon began his career as a session singer for Latin recording artists, including Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias, and Jose Feliciano. After touring with Shakira, he moved to New York City to pursue a solo career. In New York City he worked with producer and DJ Little Louie Vega. He wrote and recorded several songs, including “Cerca De Mi” with Vega and his production team under the band name Elements of Life. 
Presented in Collaboration with City Winery

 

Left to right:Town Supervisor MaryAnn Carr, Alexandra Govan, Search for Change Program Director Nicole Mulcahy-Gian and her counselor.

Alexandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercy College.
She is the newest addition to our Town staff, working as a receptionist/greeter at our main office- the Town House.

Saturday, October 2 from 4-8pm

Sunday, October 3:

SEED SWAP @ the TIOLI Shed

10am-3pm

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Beginning October 24, 2021

Mandatory 10 Digit Dialing New York begins for 914 Area Codes

 

Why is the local dialing plan changing?
On July 16, 2020, the FCC adopted an Order (FCC 20-100) approving 988 as the 3-digit abbreviated dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022. Customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline until July 16, 2022.

The Order requires all telecommunications carriers, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, and one-way VoIP providers (covered providers) to make any network changes necessary to ensure that users can dial 988 to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. For 988 to work in the New York 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes, 10-digit local dialing must first be implemented.

Does this apply to New York?
Yes. Implementation of this Order requires all covered providers to make 10-digit dialing mandatory for all local calls in the entire New York 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes.

Why is 10-digit dialing going to be required in this area code?
The FCC ordered that any area code that has the 988 prefix and has 7-digit local dialing be transitioned to 10-digit local dialing to ensure everyone is able to reach the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline using the 3-digit 988 code.

Will everyone in the 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes have to dial 10 digits for local calls?
Yes. Every customer with a number from the 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes will change to
mandatory 10-digit dialing for local calls. Dialing 7 digits for local calls will be prohibited for all
customers in the entire area code.

What will be the new dialing procedure?
To complete local calls, the new dialing procedure requires callers to dial the area code + telephone number. This means that all local calls in the entire 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes that are currently dialed with 7 digits will need to be dialed using the area code + telephone number.

When will the dialing change become mandatory?
Beginning October 24, 2021, you must dial 10 digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only 7 digits may not be completed, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. If you get this recording, you must hang up and dial again using the area code with the 7-digit telephone number.

How does this affect providers of PSAP services and equipment?
All local calls in the 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes that are currently dialed with 7 digits will need to be dialed using area code + telephone number. All PSAP equipment, such as speed dialers and call forwarding equipment with a number from the 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes and programmed to dial only 7 digits must be updated or reprogrammed to dial 10 digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls in the 516, 607, 716, 845 and 914 area codes. Such updates or reprogramming must occur by October 24, 2021. And on and after October 24, 2021, 7-digit calls may not be completed.

What other changes need to be made?
In addition to changing your dialing patterns, all services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed to complete local calls using only 7-digit numbers will need to be reprogrammed to complete calls to 10-digit numbers.

Some examples are:
• life safety systems or medical monitoring devices
• PBXs
• fax machines
• Internet dial-up numbers
• fire or burglar alarm and security systems or gates
• speed dialers
• mobile or other wireless phone contact lists
• call forwarding settings
• voicemail services, and other similar functions

Be sure to check your website, personal and business stationery, advertising materials, personal and business checks, contact information, your personal or pet ID tags, and other such items to ensure the area code is included.

What will remain the same?
• Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change
• The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the dialing change
• What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed
• You will continue to dial 1+ the area code + telephone number for all long-distance calls
• You will continue to dial a prefix when dialing from a multi-line telephone system (i.e., in a hotel, office
building, etc.) as required
• You can still dial just 3 digits to reach 711 (relay services) and 911 (emergency services)
• If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, or 811 are currently available in your community, continue to dial these
codes with just 3 digits
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) even
after the 988 code is in effect

When can I begin dialing 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline?
Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route your call to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) to reach the Lifeline until July 16, 2022.

Still have questions?
911 State/County Coordinators and PSAPs with questions about the change to the dialing procedure should contact their local service provider or send an email to 988@nanpa.com. For additional information, visit the NANPA website and the FCC website.

The Town of Bedford

2022 Town Board Budget Planning
Work Sessions Schedule

The next planning session is
Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 3-4:30pm

Please see our Town website calendar for the Zoom link.

 

 


If you missed the planning sessions,
click the links below.

Thursday, September 30

 Monday, September 27

Wednesday, September 23

Monday, September 20

September 15 – October 15, 2021

A celebration of Hispanic Heritage is to acknowledge the many cultural influences and contributions that define the fabric of our country.

Andres Castillo

Andrés Castillo  is a first-generation Latino immigrant and is a resident of Bedford Hills.   He attended public schools in the Bedford Central School District.  He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in Global Health and Health Policy.

He currently works as a healthcare administrator at Open Door Family Medical Center as a Patient Engagement Manager, a role that allows him to address the significant health disparities and  ensure that the underserved population have the full capacity to engage with the medical center and receive high-quality care.

Andres is  a thought leader.  He is one of the founding members of the Fox Lane High School Alumni Board.  He volunteers with the Emerging Leaders Board at Latino U College Access, a nonprofit that aims to empower first-generation Latino youth to enroll and succeed in college.

 

ITS THE WEEKEND!!

Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI) Shed!

Join us every Saturday morning – weather permitting 

The shed is located in the Bedford Hills Train Station Parking Lot number 8 (behind the station) and is open from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Bedford residents can drop off unwanted items in good condition and ALL are welcome to stop by, peruse, and take any items they wish – completely for free.

TIOLI is also run entirely by volunteers and we are always looking for extra hands! If you’re interested in volunteering, please email filippinedehaan@gmail.com.

For donations that cannot be accepted at TIOLI (large items, sports equipment, car seats, strollers, bikes, appliances, etc.) visit the TIOLI Facebook Group.

Sunday, October 3:

 SEED SWAP @ the TIOLI Shed

10am-3pm

Saturdays at the

John Jay Homestead

Click here 

Sundays at the Muscoot
Farmers Market

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Our Farmers Market runs every Sunday from May 9 to November 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. COVID-19 social distancing protocols will be in place and masks are required in accordance with New York State COVID-19 Guidelines. Admission is free. For more details, please call Muscoot Farm at (914)-864-7282. Muscoot supports farmers and sustainable efforts in our area, featuring more than 20 local vendors.

 This section was created for the weekend but it’s good for the whole season. 

Hello, Autumn!

Hello sweater weather, art shows, football games, apple picking and pumpkin patches. There’s lots to do.

Click thru, and see what up.

Note: locations may have adjusted hours and COVID-19 safety requirements and guidelines. Please check ahead.

The Great Jack o’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortland Manor

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Older Adults

Westchester County Programs and Offerings

click here for more

photo: Philip Leone

New York State Office for the Aging

Try a FREE Online Class Today!

Go to: www.getsetup.org/partner/NYSTATE

New York State Office For The Aging has partnered with the Association on Aging in New York and GetSetUp to provide free virtual classes for older adults taught by peers – ask questions, make friends, learn new things, and have fun.

Use coupon code: NYSTATE

Most Popular Classes

Core Fitness, Yoga

Food and Nutrition

Virtual Travel

Restarting Your Career

Take Classes From the Comfort of Your Home

Internet  /  Computer  /  iPad/Tablet  /  Smartphone

For Help Contact GetSetup: 1-888-559-1614/ info@getsetup.io

Monthly Report from the Department of Public Works

Please click here to read

 

Monthly Report from the Department Finance

Click here to read

A reminder from the Bedford Police Department

 Please join us for our #9PMRoutine initiative.

How to enter the Town House at 321 Bedford Road

The circular driveway and entrance to the Bedford Town House at 321 Bedford Road is closed due to repair work

Much  needed repair and renovation work for the front entrance of the Town House has begun. The work will be completed by the end of September, depending upon the weather. We thank you for your patience and co-operation as we work to improve the safety of our building for all.

1.

Please enter the building from the Courthouse side.

2.

Please park in the side parking lot and

3.

enter the building through the courtroom entrance.

 

The Drop box for tax payments is still accessible but YOU CANNOT DRIVE UP TO IT. Please park on the side of the building and walk to the box.

Fall 2021 Rec & Parks Brochure is now available!!!

Check out our brochure to see what’s on tap for the upcoming fall season. We have pre-school, youth, adult and senior adult programs, along with some fun special programs to enjoy with your friends, family and neighbors!

As always you can direct any inquiries to our office by calling 914-666-7004, or e-mailing us at recreation@bedfordny.gov.

Please note, fall program registration begins on Tuesday, August 31st.

Click on the link below to access our Fall 2021 brochure.

https://bedfordny.gov/…/recreatio…/recreation-brochures/

Click the image below for BCSD Updates:


Fox Lane High School - Wikipedia

Click the image below for Katonah Lewisborow School Updates:

Home - Katonah - Lewisboro School District

 

The Town Historian has an Instagram Page!

 

Click here to follow the Bedford Town Historian on Instagram.

Volunteer Opportunity to Serve Your Community

 For residents of the Town of Bedford

 

Opportunities to get involved in your local Government

Town Commission, Committee and Board Vacancies

The Conservation Board

We are seeking to fill a full board position with the Conservation Board. The board serves as an advisory resource to the Town of Bedford regarding open space and environmental issues, including the review of applications that come before the town and its boards and commissions, public outreach on environmental matters, initiating draft ordinances on environmental topics, and providing members the opportunity to lead environmental projects that assist the town.  Skills centered on land use, such as a scientific background in biology, legal experience in land issues, or experience as a naturalist are a plus, but are not necessary for membership.  The most important asset is to bring to the board an inquisitive mind, a willingness to participate in board activities, and a strong value for the natural world within our town.  The Board also has openings for associate members, who have the same responsibilities as a full member, but cannot vote on any matters that come before the board.  We are always looking for students, who can join as either a full or associate member. To be considered, you must be a town resident and submit a letter of interest and resume to supervisor@bedfordny.gov. We encourage members from the underrepresented groups to apply. This is a non-paid position. Deadline is September 21, 2021. 

The Recreation & Parks Committee

(RAPC) has one vacancy. Recreation & Parks Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Recreation staff and helps with the planning and promotion of recreational activities for all ages in all the hamlets. The nine members represent a cross-section of the community and serve as a bridge between the community and department, encouraging new ideas as well as suggestions and comments on existing services. To be considered for the RPAC, you must be a town resident and submit a letter of interest and resume to supervisor@bedfordny.gov. We encourage members from the underrepresented groups to apply. This is a non-paid position. Deadline is September 21, 2021. 

Seniors Committee

1 vacant position for a 3-year term each.  The Seniors Committee focuses on the welfare of senior citizens by promoting policy and programs geared toward transportation, nutrition, recreation and housing needs. The Committee meets on an “as needed” basis.  We encourage members from the underrepresented groups to apply. This is a non-paid position. Deadline extended to September 21, 2021.

Police-Community Group

The Town Board is seeking candidates to fill the two (2)  3-year term resident positions that are open on the newly formed Police Community Group (PCG). The Town Board established the PCG in a Resolution passed on June 1, 2021 to work in collaboration with the Bedford Police Department (BPD) to support the implementation of the reforms set forth in the Final Report of the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee. The mission of the PCG is to partner with the BPD to ensure that the specific recommendations on transparency, accountability, and community engagement identified in the PRRCC Report implemented and an ongoing police-community effort is sustained. They will report their findings to the Town Board on a regular basis. Each position is non-paid.

 The resolution requires that the PCG be comprised of five Town of Bedford residents plus two designated representatives of the BPD. These members shall include residents from each of the three hamlets and a minimum of two non-white members and that one member be the liaison from the Town Board. Interested Bedford residents please submit a letter of interest and resume to supervisor@bedfordny.gov. Deadline extended to September 21, 2021.

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.

 

 

People of Bedford and Beyond

 

 

Meet our neighbor David Brown!

David Brown is a second generation Bedford resident.

He attended public schools here and was the Town’s building inspector for 26 years. 

He was a volunteer fireman for Bedford Hills Fire Dept for many years and served as President for several years.

He’s been a member of the Antioch Baptist Church for decades. 

While David is mostly enjoying retirement, he still serves on a number of  different local civic organizations.

 

Town of Bedford Chief of Police Melvin Padilla, Jr.

Chief Padilla is a US Navy Veteran who began his police career with the New York City Police Department in 2000 serving as a patrol officer in the Bronx.  He transferred to the Bedford Police Department in 2002 and has served in Town of Bedford for the past 19.5 years.  During that time he has served the department in a variety of roles including  Department Instructor for Firearms, Defensive Tactics, General topics, and Electronic Control Weapons, as well as Community Events Coordinator, Patrol Division Commander, and PBA President. 

He moved up through every rank within the department as a patrol officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and was appointed as Chief of the Department in November of 2014.  This achievement made him the first Hispanic Officer to reach the rank of Chief of Police in the history of Westchester County. 

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Community and Human Services with a focus on Criminal Justice from the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College.  He is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA as well as a recipient of the coveted FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Development Trilogy Award. 

 

Around the Outdoors

A message from the Town of Bedford’s Traffic and Safety Working Group:

 

With warm weather comes more people out walking and cycling on our roads. The members of the Traffic Safety Working Group have been discussing how to educate the public about safely sharing the road and have come up with these tips:

Drivers

  • Obey all posted speed limits. Speed limits are designed to keep everyone safe.
  • Always look for cyclists and pedestrians while driving, especially when entering the roadway or making turns.
  • If you come upon a cyclist or pedestrian and wish to pass, slow down first. Wait until it is safe to pass.
  • Only pass if it is safe to do so. Do not pass if you cannot give the cyclist or pedestrian at least 3 feet of space.
  • Never pass going around a curve, going over a hill, or where sight lines are otherwise compromised.
  • If you encounter a group of cyclists that is not following the law or riding in a dangerous manner, pull over and call the local police department. Trying to communicate with cyclists while driving or passing is dangerous.

 

 

 

Cyclists

  • Follow all driving laws.
  • Use your hands to signal turns when it is safe to do so.
  • Every bike needs two lights: A white light in the front and a red light in the back.
  • Be predictable. Be the kind of cyclist you’d want to see if you were driving.
  • When entering a roadway, always stop and look to make sure there are no cars coming.
  • On narrow, curvy, or busy roads it’s best to ride single file to allow cars room to pass.
  • Never ride more than two abreast.
  • If you’re out in a large group, break up into pods of no more than 6.
  • Always wear a helmet when out riding a bike.

 

 

Pedestrians

  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing oncoming traffic so that you can see if a car is coming.
  • If you’re walking around a curve in the road, look both ways and cross so that an oncoming car can see you. For example: if you’re walking on the left side of the road and there is a curve to the left, safely cross to the right side before you enter the curve, then cross back when it’s safe.
  • If you’re walking early in the morning or late in the evening it’s a good idea to wear bright, reflective clothing so that you can easily be seen.
  • Walk single file on narrow or busy roads.

The Traffic Safety Working Group meets once every two months to discuss how to improve safety on Bedford’s roads. All meetings are open to the public. Do you have a road safety issue that you would like to have addressed by the Traffic Safety Working Group? Email Michael Weisburger at mweisburger@gmail.com

 

 TOWN OF BEDFORD

 

Town Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Agenda – click here

Note: This Agenda may have changed. Please refer to the Town Website for the latest version of meeting agendas.

Friday, October 1 was Walk to School Day in Bedford Hills

We spotted these students and their parents & teachers on their way to school this morning. It was a great excuse to go into the Dunkin Donuts for a Pumpkin Spice Latte….
Thank you to the Bedford PD for providing the pedestrian safety on Rt. 117.

A message from the
Town Comptroller Abraham Zambrano:

 
 2021-2022 Permit Parking Update

Commuter parking permit renewal for the 2021- 2022 parking year started during the first week of June this year.  All customers that held permits for the parking year that ended on 6/30/2021 received an email notification reminding them that it was time to renew.  Parking permit availability is limited for Lot 1 in Katonah and Lot 4 in Bedford Hills.

We encourage residents and non-residents as well as businesses in the Bedford Hills and Katonah Hamlets that are eligible to purchase business permits to visit the parking portal on the Town’s website to access the permit portal and obtain more information about commuter parking.

As part of the 2021 Adopted Budget, the Town Board approved parking rates that are included in the Town’s 2021 Schedule of Fees:

Resident Parking $556
Non-Resident (Lot#3 only) $1341
Business Parking Lot 1 & 8 $556
Business Parking Other Lots $351

The 2020 Town Audit was presented to the Town Board at our July 13, 2021 Town Board meeting.

To read the report, click here.

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.

COVID NEWS

COVID is still here. As we loosen restrictions, please be mindful that the virus is not gone! Studies continue to show that unvaccinated persons
are at higher risk of infection and serious symptoms.

The 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.

COVID Vaccine Availability  Directory

Click here for more information.

On August 2, 2021, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that 80 percent of adult residents (18+) living in Westchester County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 80 percent vaccination rate equates to 653,829 people vaccinated out of a total population of 967,612 in Westchester. Westchester County continues to outpace the national vaccination rate for adults, as well as over-performing vaccination rates in neighboring Bronx, Suffolk, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and Ulster counties. But we still have work to do! The country is seeing an uptick in COVID cases among those who are not vaccinated, and many of those cases are children.  

Westchester Medical Health (WMCHealth) offers an interactive directory to assist Hudson Valley residents with accessing COVID-19 vaccination. Help others get their vaccines here in Westchester County by accessing the Vaccine Directory: Click here

The directory allows the user to search an interactive map by location types, such as pharmacy or health clinic, location name, and county.  Clicking on a location serves up detailed information about that location, who might be eligible to receive a vaccine at that location, and how to register for an appointment.  The directory does not represent the actual inventory of vaccines at each location, only that a location has received a recent distribution, or a distribution sometime in the past.

Survivor Corps is one of the largest and fastest growing grassroots movements connecting, supporting, educating, motivating and mobilizing COVID-19 Survivors to support all medical, scientific and academic research, to help stem the tide of this pandemic and assist in the national recovery.

Subscribe to Survivor Corps

Sign up now – for updates on latest News, Events, Advocacy & Research. Click here

 Message from Northwell Health:

  Our vaccination site at Chappaqua Crossing, 480 N Bedford Road in Chappaqua, will be open for 1st and 2nd doses.

Vaccines are available with or without an appointment. To see current business hours or to make an appointment, please visit northwell.edu/covidvaccine For frequently asked questions about the vaccines in New York State, please visit the state website at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/frequently-asked-questions-0 Please note there is no health insurance requirement or cost to receive a vaccine; the vaccine is free and available whether you have insurance or not. You may be asked to enter insurance information when you make an appointment or to bring insurance information for administration reasons, but this is not because you will be charged for the vaccine.

New York State Excelsior Pass

Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.

Click here to read more

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

 

Community Bulletin Board

Get to know your neighbors. Learn about community groups, clubs,

and information for new residents, older adults and everything in between. 

We welcome your photos from events, invitations to join your groups, etc. (Nothing political, please)!! Post a tag sale! Fundraisers are welcome, as are call to action announcements, like the one that we are sharing below from the SPCA of Westchester.

Email photos, graphics and content to pcohen@bedfordny.gov


The Katonah 5K

After 20 years, we are still running strong!

 photo: Samantha Berardino

Race Founder, Mike Berardino (wearing the original 2001 tee shirt ), and grandchildren before the race.

The Katonah Village Improvement Society sincerely thanks all of this year’s participants, with special gratitude to our generous sponsors.

Sponsored by Bedford2030, the well attended event was an opportunity to learn about ways to lower our carbon footprint and take action for a cleaner future.

Bedford2030 Director Midge Iorio testing out an electric bike.

Meet Betty Ford, a 1969 Ford F-100, fully  converted to electric.

Give new life to old classics!

Supervisor MaryAnn Carr with County Executive George Latimer and the newest addition to the fleet, an electric bus.

 

After a long renovation, the SPCA of Westchester is back! Please consider donating the much needed items below.

Click here to learn more about the SPCA of Westchester.

PET SUPPLIES

  • Cat Food (Dry & Wet) preferably Purina and Friskies
  • Dog Food (Dry & Wet) preferably Pedigree
  • Cat Litter (Non-Clumping) preferably Tidy Cat or Fresh Step
  • Leashes & Collars (Martingale Quick Release)
  • Harnesses (Easy Walk)
  • Leashes & Kennel Slip Leads
  • Dog Toys
  • Nylabones
  • Milkbones
  • Cat Toys
  • Cat Litter Pans
  • Flea and Tick Preventatives
  • Heartworm Preventatives
  • Pet Medication (no controlled substances)
  • Kongs (only M-XL size)

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

  • Towels & Blankets
  • Sheets (not fitted)
  • Antibacterial Hand Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Garbage Bags (small and large)
  • Rubber Gloves
  • *Please no pillows or pillow cases

OFFICE SUPPLIES

  • Avery 5160 address labels
  • File Folders
  • Copy paper
  • Post-it Notes
  • Postage Stamps

SPECIALTY ITEMS

  • New or Used Car or SUV vehicle
  • Easels
  • Pop-up Tents

Download the Meet and Move App

Intending to exercise is an easy decision. It’s the follow-through that can be hard — especially if you’re in an exercise rut or want to find someone to do it with.

Meet & Move is a new free app from Northwell Health that lists and links you to local physical activities that meet your interests, connecting you with exercise opportunities and neighbors to exercise with.  It’s the perfect app for those who want to get moving with others right in our community.

If you want a walking partner for your next walk or you want to check out one of the beautiful hiking trails in the area but don’t have someone to go with, Meet & Move is perfect for you. The app provides not only a chance for exercise but the opportunity to meet fellow “movers.”

Meet & Move isn’t just an app, though, it’s a public health initiative, created by the former CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital, Joel Seligman.  “Meet & Move is intended to remove some of the barriers to physical activity, such as not knowing what activities are available nearby or not having others to exercise with,” Seligman explained.

 “There are so many wonderful activities in our local parks, preserves, fitness centers, even libraries and senior centers that people aren’t aware of.  And most have capacity.  For example, town recreation departments often cancel activities for lack of enrollment. Getting moving with others in the community strengthens our hearts and muscles,  and also our community.”

Once you download the app and create your account, you’ll choose from a comprehensive list of physical activities (some free, some for a fee) based on your preferences. Town softball leagues? Weekly walking or biking tours? Check and check.

You’ll all be able to filter activities based on skill level (from beginner to advanced) and soon you’ll be able to create your own events — inviting other individual users or opening it up to the Meet & Move community in your area.

The past 18 months have been isolating, and it’s time to get out into the world again (with proper precaution as advised by the Center for Disease Control).

Download the free app from the Apple and Google app stores. And get out and Meet & Move!

 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. HOCHUL’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.   

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.

NYSEG and R&E are urging customers to be vigilant of scammers posing as  representatives of the energy companies. The companies have  recently received reports of customers having accepted calls from people who claim to be employees or consultants of  NYSEG and RG&E. Customers are urged to never give out personal or account information to unsolicited callers.

Any customer who is uncertain whether a call is  genuine or has questions about the status of their account is encouraged to call the phone number provided on their bill.

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”.

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

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/

Did You Know?

To see all scheduled meetings, click the calendar icon on our home page.

Town Meetings Re-Broadcast:

Weekly Program Guide for All Channels

BCSD TV – CLICK HERE TO VIEW OLD 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 pcohen@bedfordny.gov

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