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WPCNR CORONAVIRUS UPDATE. From the New York State Covid-19 Tracker. September 18, 2021:
New Covid infections in Westchester totaled 1,006 new cases in 6 days this week, September 12 through September 17, the third consecutive week in which new cases have exceeded 1,000 a week, averaging 167 new cases a day,
Friday 8,186 Westchesterites were tested—179 tested positive for an infection rate of 2.2% of those tested. The Spread rate based on 188 persons testing positive on September 3 (2 weeks ago) divided into 179 new infections Friday the 17th was .95.
Each one of those 188 persons testing positive two weeks ago on September 3 infected approximatelyone other person.
This 1,000 new infections a week spread rate says covid is still infecting on a 1 new infection translates into infecting 1 new person within 10 to 14 days.
The message means more persons in the county must get vaccinated, or we must mask up and socialize more responsibly(no large groups, wearing masks, and not associating with persons you do not know.
WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Governor’s Press Office. September 17, 2021:
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced actions to improve justice and safety in city jails. The Governor signed the Less is More Act (S.1144A/A.5576A) which modifies the standard of evidence and certain other procedures when determining whether to revoke the community supervision of a person on parole. Governor Hochul also announced an agreement with the Department of Corrections and city to allow for incarcerated individuals who have been sentenced to at least ninety days to be transferred from Rikers Island to New York State facilities.
“Our fellow New Yorkers on parole deserve to reenter society with our support and respect – reincarcerating parolees for technical violations traps them and doesn’t help our communities,” Governor Hochul said. “New Yorkers currently serving sentences in jails and prisons also deserve our support – there is no justice in mistreating incarcerated New Yorkers. While this is just one step and more work needs to be done collaboratively with all levels of government, I am proud to take these steps to increase the safety in city jails, not only for those incarcerated, but for the staff who work tirelessly to keep operations running.”
Signs and Implements Less is More Legislation
The Less is More Act aims to ensure the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision focuses its resources on helping people successfully complete community supervision and avoiding future return to DOCCS custody or supervision.
Preventing these reincarcerations allows New York State to focus its limited resources on substantive parole violations. This promotes greater community safety and justice for families.
In addition, with the Governor signing the “Less is More” bill, in the spirit of this new legislation, DOCCS is currently reviewing the current parole violators and will work with City officials to immediately release up to 191 individuals, who will no longer qualify for incarceration.
Agreement with City of New York
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has worked with the City of New York to leverage an existing statute that will allow for hundreds of definite sentenced incarcerated individuals, which are those sentenced to at least one day but less than one year, to be transferred from Rikers Island to State custody, where they will serve out their sentences in DOCCS facilities.
Governor Hochul is also directing that forty individuals sentenced to at least ninety days be sent off of Rikers Island each day to New York State facilities for the next five days. This will continue on a rolling basis for those eligible.
At the meeting of the White Plains School District Reopening Committee Wednesday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Ricca identified two covid incidents parents should be aware.
He also announced that pop up vaccinations would be given to the 12 and over students unvaccinated in October, and that school populations and parents, presumably could be tested in the schools beginning in October administered by Westchester County Health Department. Dates, times and locations in school facilities would be announced shortly when confirmed.
HERE IS DR. RICCA EXPLAINING ON FACEBOOK THE DETAILS OF THE TWO COVID ISSUES:
WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS.From the Governor’s Press Office. September 15, 2021:
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a series of universal mask requirements designed to protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious Delta variant and the recent surge in COVID-19 infections statewide.
The requirement applies to New York State Office of Children and Family Services-licensed and -registered child care centers, home-based group family and family child care programs, after-school child care programs and enrolled legally exempt group programs during operational hours. Implementing the mask regulation in child care programs will provide consistency between child care program children and school children, many of whom often share the same buildings.
New masking requirements will also apply to congregate programs and facilities licensed, registered, operated, certified or approved by the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
This includes but is not limited to certified residential and day programs, inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, substance abuse programs, juvenile detention programs, juvenile residential facilities, congregate foster care programs, runaway and homeless youth, domestic violence and other shelter programs. These requirements apply to anyone medically able to tolerate wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
“With the Delta variant on the rise, requiring masks at state-regulated child care, mental health, and substance abuse facilities is a key part of our broader strategy for slowing the spread of the virus, reopening our economy safely, and protecting vulnerable members of our population,”Governor Hochul said. “For children under 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, masks are the best line of defense against COVID-19 infection. This new mask requirement ensures that children in our child care facilities receive the same protection as children in our schools.”
The new mask requirement in child care facilities brings New York State into compliance with federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued in July that recommends universal indoor masking for anyone age two and older who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and is medically able to wear a mask. It also brings child care facilities in alignment with school masking requirements announced on Governor Hochul’s first day in office.
Because the Delta variant is so highly transmissible, there have been large increases in cases across all age groups. Because children under 12 years of age are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, there have been large increases in cases among children, which translates to higher numbers of severe cases. Additional protective measures will help to keep New York’s children safe at this important time.
“SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS DR. JOSEPH RICCA IN A MESSAGE AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN WHITE PLAINS NY USA, VISITED EVERY SCHOOL IN WHITE PLAINS LAST THURSDAY AND SAID THAT ON THE FIRST DAY THERE IS USUALLY SOME ANXIETY, BUT SAID HE HAD SEEN NONE OF THAT, SAYING THE STUDENTS TEACHERS AND STAFF WERE HAPPY AND PLEASED TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL.
HE REPORTED NO INCIDENTS. HE THANKED PARENTS FOR THEIR COOPERATION AND PROMISED THAT WE WOULD ALL GET THROUGH THIS YEAR TOGETHER.
WPCNR REMINDS YOU THAT PARENTS HAVE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH THEIR SCHOOLS TO VISIT ALL WHITE PLAINS SCHOOLS. YOU MUST WEAR MASKS WHILE VISITING AND STUDENTS DO WEAR MASKS IN SCHOOL. WHITE PLAINS ADMINISTRATORS TEACHERS AND STAFF WERE 90 PERCENT VACCINATED WHEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OPENED LAST SPRING HAD A 4-1/2% INFECTION RATE WITH THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO GOT INFECTED WERE INFECTED OFF THE SCHOOL SITES– A WARNING ADVISORY FOR THOSE STUDENTS, PARENTS AND FAMILIES WHO SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION IN THEIR OFF SCHOOL SITE GATHERINGS; SPORTS ARE PROCEEDING UNMASKED IN COMPETITION.“
IN WHITE PLAINS AT THE HIGHLANDS MIDDLE SCHOOL TONIGHT, THE COUNCIL OF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS PRESENTS MAYOR ROACH AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER CHRIS GOMEZ TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON HOW NEIGHBORHOOD INPUT WILL INFLUENCE THE REIMAGINING OF THE WHITE PLAINS MASTER PLAN THAT IS ENVISIONED TO TAKE UNTIL 2026 TO BE IMPLEMENTED.
“THE WHITE PLAINS COMMON COUNCIL IS SPECIALIZING IN SEEING “POP-UP APARTMENT PROJECTS” PRESENTED AT COMMON COUNCIL MEETINGS ON THE FREQUENCY OF THE COUNTY POP UP VACCINATION SITES.
ANOTHER ONE WAS PRESENTED LAST NIGHT FOR STORY APARTMENTS TARGETED FOR THE OLD FROZEN ROPES SITE AT 51 SOUTH BROADWAY THAT HAS BEEN VACANT FOR A DECADE.
THESE PROJECTS USUALLY GET APPROVED RIGHT AWAY WITH LITTLE DISCUSSION, NEIGHBORHOODS ARE THE LAST TO KNOW, AND PROJECTS TAKE A LONG TIME TO GET STARTED ONCE APPROVED.
MEANWHILE THE MITCHELL IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG ON MAMARONECK AVE AND POSTROAD. TARGET DATE PERHAPS IN THE SPRING AND THEN WE WILL SEE THE DEMAND FOR APARTMENT CITY OTHERWISE KNOWN AS WHITE PLAINS NY USA WILL BE THERE.
I WAS STRUCK BY COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER’S REPORT THIS MORNING THAT WE ARE DOWN TO 100 VACCINATIONS FOR COVID A DAY AT THE COUNTY CENTER WHEN PREVIOUSLY THE COUNTY CENTER HAD BEEN VACCINATING 2,000 A DAY AND THAT HAS REALLY TAILED OFF. THAT HAS TO RAMP UP. EXPONENTIALLY IF WE ARE GOING TO STOP THIS COVID MONSTER. THOSE 2,000 NEW INFECTIONS IN TWO WEEKS COULD MEAN 200 NEW INFECTIONS IN THE NEXT 10 TO 14 DAYS. AT THE PRESENT SPREAD RATE IN WESTCHESTER WHICH IS 1 PERSON INFECTING 1 OTHER PERSON, COVID AND THE COUNTY ARE TIED. CASES ARE NOT GOING DOWN BUT THEY ARE NOT GOING UP.
IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, EACH WEEK NEW COVID INFECTIONS HAVE HIT 1,000 NEW INFECTIONS. 90% OF WESTCHESTER CASES HOSPITALIZED ARE UNVACCINATED. SO SHOTS HAVE TO RAMP UP TO STOP COVID BEING A THREAT TO OUR RECOVERY.
NEXT COVID VACCINATIONPOP-UPS ARE SCHEDULED FOR PORT CHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 17 FROM 3 TO 6 PM; CROSS RIVER JOHN JAY HIGH SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 21 AT 2:45 PM TO 5:45 PM AND NEW ROCHELLE LEONARD SCHOOLS ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1 TO 11 TO 4 PM.
WHITE PLAINS COMMUNITY GATHERING OF REMEMBRANCE & HOPE CLOSED WITH THE YOUTH BUREAU COMMUNITY YOUTH COURT STUDENTS READING NAMES AND BIOS OF 50 VICTIMS OF 9/11 WHICH CRYSTALIZED FOR MANY IN ATTENDANCE THE PROFOUND SIGNIFICANCE AND MESSAGE THE VICTIMS LEAVE FOR US THE LIVING: TO DO OUR PART AND SHOULDER THE VOID THEIR LOSS LEAVES AND “STRENGTHEN UP” SETTING THE THEME OF DRAWING COURAGE AND INSPIRATION FROM THOSE WHO DIED, VICTIMS AND RESCUERS.
COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER IN HIS MESSAGE, SAID , “THIS IS A TEST,” RECALLING HOW HE WAS ONCE VERY NERVOUS ABOUT A TEST IN SCHOOL AND HIS FATHER TELLING HIM, “WHEN YOU’RE A GROWN MAN, YOU WILL BE TESTED EVERY DAY.” MR. LATIMER SAID THE PEOPLE IN THE TRADE CENTER THAT DAY REALIZING THEY WERE TRAPPED FACING THE FLAMES, CALLED THEIR LOVED ONES ON THEIR CELLPHONES, AND “TOLD THEM THEY LOVED THEM, AND WILL NOT EVER SEE THEM AGAIN AND TOLD THEM GOODBYE.” THEY PASSED THE TEST. HE SAID THE RESCUERS AND RESPONDERS DIED BECAUSE THEY WENT INTO THE DOOMED BUILDINGS. HE SAID SOME DAY WE WILL ALL FACE SUCH TESTS AND SHOULD DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE SACRIFICE IN THE FACE OF CRISIS DEMONSTRATED BY THE HEROES AND VICTIMS OF 9/11.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIRIAM ROCAH, SAID SHE WAS GOING TO WORK THAT DAY AND GETTING OFF THE SUBWAY 20 YEARS AGO, SAW PEOPLE COVERED IN ASH WITH “LOOKS OF HORROR ON THEIR FACES, I’D ONLY SEEN IN MOVIES.” SHE SAID SHE THEN AND THERE BASED ON THE COURAGE, COMPASSION AND STRENGTH STRANGERS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS DEMONSTRATED THAT DAY, DECIDED TO DEVOTE HERSELF TO PURSUIT OF JUSTICE.
Looking for FEMA Angel volunteers to help seniors navigate the FEEMA financial help process…
Many residents of Greenburgh experienced significant property damage as a result of the recent storm. Many lost cars, furniture, boilers, heating and air conditioning units and will have to spend tens of thousands of dollars making repairs to their homes.
Because the President declared our area a disaster area, Greenburgh residents are eligible for financial help. FEMA has a website (www.disasterassistance.gov and helpline: 1-800-621-3362 to register for aid). Some seniors still feel that the process of getting help from FEMA is difficult — they may not have computers or if they do find the application process stressful and overwhelming.
As a result, I plan to create a group called the FEMA angels. The FEMA angels will outreach to seniors in Greenburgh and offer to help any senior navigate the FEMA application process. They can help the seniors organize records and submit the applications to FEMA. And can do the follow up if necessary. The FEEMA angels will also provide me and other officials with feedback on the experiences people are having getting reimbursed. And, will make recommendations as to what the federal government could do to make the process more helpful.