The Supervisor’s Update

Friday, July 16th

MaryAnn Carr, Town Supervisor

 

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Bedford Native and Fox Lane Graduate Henry Davis Selected 1st Overall in MLB Draft

 

Video of Henry Davis being drafted

 

 

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

WELCOME BACK!

On behalf of our dedicated and hard working staff, we are excited to say that

beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021,

 

THE DOORS TO THE TOWN BUILDINGS WILL BE UNLOCKED!

Masks are required

 

Enjoy this holiday weekend with your family and friends.

 

We hope to see you soon.

 

Warm regards,

 

Deadline extended to August 31.Town Commission, Committee and Board Vacancies

Katonah Historic District Advisory Commission

Vacant position for a 5-year term on the Katonah Historic District Advisory Commission. The KHDAC meets infrequently, on an “as needed” basis, to review major changes to the exterior appearance of buildings and features within the Katonah Historic District.  It has been a tradition, though not a requirement, to have a member of the downtown Katonah Business District as a member of the Commission. If a Katonah Business District owner applicant is not available, priority will be given to applicants that reside in the Katonah Historic District.  More information about the Commission can be found here.  Interested Town of Bedford residents, please 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 extended to August 31.

Open Space Acquisition Committee

Vacant position for a 4-year term on the Open Space Acquisition Committee. This committee was formed as part of the Town’s commitment to preserve open space and is comprised of seven members appointed by the Town Board. The OSAC meets infrequently and on an “as needed” basis to help the Town identify and review potential sites to be acquired by the Town of Bedford for open space preservation. Committee members must have time to attend site walks of potential properties. The committee seeks a member who has knowledge of land for sale in the community and contacts with property owners and other residents who may be interested in making property available for land preservation.  Knowledge of land preservation tools and science-based familiarity with ecological features of land is also preferred.  More information about the committee can be found here.  Interested Town of Bedford residents, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to supervisor@bedfordny.gov. We encourage members from the underrepresented groups to apply. This is a non-paid position. Deadline extended to August 31.

Seniors Committee

4 vacant positions 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 August 31.

Police-Community Group

The Town Board is seeking candidates to fill the four (4)  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 August 31.

 

 

People of Bedford and Beyond

 

 

Caramoor Welcomes New President and CEO Edward J. Lewis III!

Supervisor Carr welcomes Edward Lewis III

CLICK HERE to learn more about Edward!

Caramoor has upgraded their facilities, including commitments to eco-friendly and ADA compliant innovations!

Projects and Enhancements Include:

  • The stone wall work was completed.
  • More linear feet of pavers were installed throughout the Venetian Theater and Friends Field area.
  • The asphalt roadway in the new ADA parking area, main roadway, drop-off area, and loading areas was completed.
  • Handrails were installed throughout Welcome Plaza area and South Gate walkways.
  • The major lighting and electrical components were completed, including wiring for backup generator for the Venetian Theater.
  • Privacy fencing around the Venetian Theater and Artists Patio was completed.
  • The new Venetian Theater Entry Gates were designed to match other signature gates at Caramoor and were installed.
  • Friends Field was seeded several times, and additional landscaping was done.
  • The signature piece of sound art by Trimpin, in”C”, was delivered, installed, and initially worked on by the artist. (Due to travel restrictions relating to the health emergency, additional work on the interactive functionality will come at a later time.)
  • The first phase of wayfinding signage was installed on the campus, as were additional signs for parking and donor recognition.
  • The Pavilion Plaza stonework was completed.
  • The parking areas for tech crews and vendors was completed and the privacy fence was installed
  • Work on Caramoor’s Front Entrance resumed, including replacing chain link fencing and deer gates.

In addition, new plantings include:

Deciduous Trees: such as sugar and red maples, black tupelo, and white oaks;

Evergreens: including Canadian hemlocks;

Flowering Trees: such as Eastern redbuds, multiple types of dogwoods, silverbells, hawthorn, and magnolia;

Shrubs, including: spice bush, multiple types of hydrangeas, viburnum, chokecherry, and buttonbush;

Perennials, including : milkweed, cone flowers, and iris; Verbena and other plugs and grasses

StoryWalk Installation opens at Bedford Hills Memorial Park!

 

The Bedford Hills Free Library and the Town Recreation & Parks have collaborated to present a fun way to read a picture book while walking in the park. The installation will be a regular fixture in the park and is accessible to visitors anytime during park hours.

Different stories will be presented regularly to reflect changing seasons and themes. The first installation features Wonder Walkers, a beautifully illustrated book by Micha Archer that inspires reflection on nature and our place within it.

A StoryWalk combines early literacy and family engagement with fresh air and outdoor activity. Picture book pages are displayed on posts that begin near the playground and are spaced along the path that winds behind Lake Marie.

Thank you to Assistant Park Foreman Marc Morin for building the installation, and to the Bedford Hills Free Library for initiating this beautiful addition of literacy to our park.

Bedford Recreation & Parks Superintendent Chris Soi, Library staff and Trustees welcoming families getting ready to follow the StoryWalk around Lake Marie at the Bedford Hills Memorial Park.

The book is age appropriate for families with young children through adult.

The Torres-Fallon Family reading the book together.

Left to right: Bedford Hills Free Library (BHFL) Trustee, Heide Shilstone, Recreation and Parks Superintendent Chris Soi; BHFL Executive Director, Mary Esbjornson, Recreation & Parks Assistant Director Kim O’Brien, and BHFL Trustees Terrie Paladino and Nathalie Strauel.

Recreation & Parks Assistant Director Kim O’Brien with Bedford Hills Free Library Executive Director, Mary Esbjornson at the opening of the StoryWalk project.

Children’s librarians, Vicki Kriegeskotte and Rachel Izes

Photos From June 11th Votives Night Honoring COVID-19 First-Responders, Healthcare Workers, and Volunteers

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. We are looking forward to once again sharing this jewel with the public on the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bedford Hills.

 

Around the Outdoors

$50,000 Bedford Tree Grant!

Click here to read the full report

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Weekend Warriors

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more events happening in the area or that you can livestream.
Enjoy the weekend!

Photo: Sylvia Mieczkowski

 

Honeybee and Pollinator Presentation

July 17 @ 11:00 am

St. Augustine schoolteacher, John Gallagher, will talk about honeybees and other pollinators and the crucial role they play in our lives, the environment, and how they are now being threatened by things such as pollution. Mr. Gallagher will also talk about honeybee biology, and what is harvested from a beehive (it’s not just honey!).

The students will also get to see an assortment of beekeeping tools and materials such as large glossy photos of honeybees, a beekeeper’s suit, a veil, a smoker, a hive box (empty!), frames with drawn honeycomb and capped honey.

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Joan Osborne

Saturday July 17, 2021 8:00 pm

joan osborne

Since she made her mark 25 years ago with the multi-platinum album Relish, the seven-time Grammy Nominee, Joan Osborne, has never played it safe. Osborne has followed her restless musical heart, exploring a diverse range of genres: pop-rock, soul, R&B, blues, roots rock, gospel, funk, and country. Her career has taken her on tour with the Grateful Dead (where she first met and sang with Bob Dylan), to harmonizing with Stevie Wonder at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and 11 albums later, she now will take the Caramoor stage on what is sure to be an unforgettable night.

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Join us for our first annual Climate Action Mixer! Stop by the Bedford Hills Memorial Park pavilion on Wednesday, July 21st from 6:00-7:30 pm. We’ll be providing free tacos and empanadas from Nolvi’s Deli & Market, running a raffle for our next Community Green Read book, giving away new & vintage Bedford 2030 swag, and sharing lots of exciting information about upcoming projects, programs, and initiatives!

Get materials for a fun backyard science project, sign up to volunteer, meet our new Energy Coach, mix & mingle with community climate advocates!

Click the image to the left for more information.

SUMMER READING GAME

Thursday, June 17 – August 20

Keep up with your reading over the summer by signing up for Reading Program. The program is online and at the end of the game, your points will be transformed into gift certificates, prizes, and more. There are different games for all ages, with preschool, children, teens, and adult summer reading games.

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Click here for more children’s events through the Bedford Village Library.

Take it or Leave It Shed (TIOLI)

Join us every Saturday morning – weather permitting – at the Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI) Shed!

This lively spot is a center of waste reduction, a resource for free items, inspiration for creative upcycling and a community hub! 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.

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.

TIOLI is also run entirely by volunteers and we are always looking for extra hands! Help is especially appreciated from before we open to help set up and after we close to help organize donations and get everything back in the shed for safekeeping. 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.

 

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Muscoot Farmers Market

Every Sunday @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

 

muscoot

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Bicycle Sundays

 

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Westchester County has expanded its Bicycle Sundays program this year to run from May 2 straight through to October 31!

During Bicycle Sundays, the parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The round-trip distance is 13 miles. The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of parkway. Admission is free. Parking at the County Center east parking lot in White Plains costs $8. After you park you will follow signs to enter the route at Main Street.

Clive Davis Art Center


The Virtual PlayhousBedford Playhouse receives a portion of ticket sales when you stream.
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StoryWalk Now Open!

Our inaugural StoryWalk in the Bedford Hills Memorial Park is now open featuring Wonder Walkers, a beautifully illustrated book by Micha Archer that inspires reflection on nature and our place within it!  Take a look at photos from our opening event. Visitors may engage in writing and craft activities and share their responses HERE. This special project is offered in partnership with the Town of Bedford Recreation & Parks Department.

CON EDISON MOBILIZING FOR HEAT RESPONSE

Company Also Ready for Possible Weekend Storms;

Urging Customers to Save Energy

 

NEW YORK – Con Edison crews are mobilizing to respond to any service problems that occur due to the heat and humidity hitting the area and reminds customers that they can save money by conserving energy.

 The heat, humidity and increased demand for electricity to power air conditioners can cause cables to overheat and lead to outages. The coming days could also bring thunderstorms, which can affect the overhead delivery system and cause outages.

 The company urges members of the public to stay away from any wires that are downed during storms. Call your local police department or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) to report downed wires.

 Con Edison may send workers to guard downed wires and protect members of the public from going near them. These workers will carry identification.

 How to Report an Outage

Customers can sign up for text alerts at coned.com/text. Customers can also report outages and check service restoration status at conEd.com/reportoutage or with Con Edison’s mobile app for iOS or Android devices, or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).

 Customers who report outages will receive updates from Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available. Information on outages and restoration times is also available at the Con Edison outage map.

 

The company has sent texts to 2 million customers’ cellphones to help them report outages and urge them to stay away from downed wires.

Car Free Day Planning Committee Webinar 2 – Commute with a Vanpool and Shared Mobility

Date – Tuesday, July 27th, 2021   

Time – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST  

Location – Zoom (please register for login details)  

RSVP –  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/156971627363

Join 511NY Rideshare at our second Car Free Day planning committee webinar. During the webinar, we will give a short introduction to the 511NY Rideshare program, an overview of Car Free Day and how municipalities and companies can celebrate Car Free Day this year. 

The webinar is hosted by 511NY Rideshare, a program sponsored by New York State Department of Transportation. We have two guest speakers from Commute with Enterprise and Via Transportation that will discuss vanpooling and shared mobility in New York State. We will be hosting two additional webinars leading up to Car Free Day. Please register for all the Webinars with the links provided below.

We look forward to hosting you at the webinar. Please send any questions you have on this topic to mcham@511NYRideshare.org by Monday, July 26th.   

Thank you,  

The 511NYRideshare Team 

“Get Fit While You Sit” Event at Katonah Village Library

Art in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge!

Reception today from 6-8pm

The event is free to attend ($5 parking fee), and will run through the end of October. The pieces are available for sale!

Click the image to register

The Town Historian Has An Instagram Page!

 

Click here to view and follow!

 

 TOWN OF BEDFORD

 

 

Get the “Relay” App to Easily Report Non-Emergencies to the Police

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All reports through the Relay app go directly to the police desk, which allows for quick responses. The app has primarily been used for leaf blower complaints, wires down, traffic conditions, etc. All photos that are sent through the app are to assist officers and should not be used as accusatory instruments. To see specific information about leaf blower restrictions, see below.

*Failure to comply may result in fines for the homeowner and/or operator of leaf blower*

2021 SHREDDER DATES

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

Saturdays 8/21, 9/18, 11/20

Thursdays 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.

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 as of 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

 

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.

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

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

Northwell Health Running Vaccine Site Through End of August

Vaccines will be administered for 12+ at the old Pier 1 Site in Bedford Hills.

https://northwellvaccine.force.com/s/?id=a1T4x000007Tk59EAC

From left to right: Keeva Young-Wright (Associate Executive Director, Operations President, Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation), Town Supervisor MaryAnn Carr, and Derek Anderson (Executive Director of Northern Westchester Hospital).

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

Where to Find a Vaccine NEAR YOU 

CDC Vaccine Location Map

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

 

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

 

NYS Rental Assistance Program

New York State recently announced a rental assistance program to support households which are behind on their rent, which have experienced financial hardship, that are at risk of homelessness or housing instability and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income.

Applications will be accepted starting June 1, 2021, at 9 am.

New York residents are eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Household gross income is at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). These income limits differ by county and household size. A household may qualify based on current income or calendar year 2020 income that is at or below 80 percent AMI.
  • On or after March 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant is obligated to pay rent at their primary residence and has rental arrears (rent overdue) at their current residence for rent owed on or after March 13, 2020.
  • The household must be at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which can be demonstrated by having rental arrears owed on or after March 13, 2020.

For the first 30 days of the program, the unemployed, those with income at or below 50 percent of area median income and other vulnerable populations will be prioritized for assistance. After this period, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available.

Applicants and landlords should visit: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/ 

Once approved, eligible households will receive up to 12 months of past due rent. Those eligible could also receive up to 3 months of additional rental assistance, if the household spends 30 percent or more of its gross monthly income on rent. The program also will provide up to 12 months of utility arrears for eligible applicants.

In addition to fiscal relief, ERAP will provide significant tenant protections. In order to receive assistance, the landlord must agree to waive any late fees due on past-due rent; and not increase the tenant’s monthly rent or evict them for one year, except in limited circumstances.

Residents of the City of Yonkers must apply with their local programs for emergency rental assistance and are ineligible for assistance from the state-administered Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This is because the City of Yonkers is receiving funding directly from the Federal Government to support this endeavor.

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.   

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”.

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/

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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