Cuomo on the Johnson & Johnson One Shot Vaccine Plan

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 Now that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and recommended by the NYS Clinical Advisory Task Force, we are one step closer to eradicating COVID from every corner of our state.

I’m confident that we will all continue to see increases to our weekly vaccine supply, but even with the increased supply allocation, it will still take time to get every New Yorker vaccinated. The war isn’t won until we can reach herd immunity—with enough New Yorkers vaccinated to protect everyone. I urge all qualifying New Yorkers to make an appointment and get a vaccine as soon as it’s their turn, and to continue to wear a mask and social distance even after being fully vaccinated.  

 1.New York will begin administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at state-run mass vaccination sites later this week. We are launching a new pilot program to begin administering the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine to eligible New Yorkers during overnight hours at the Yankee Stadium, Javits Center and New York State Fair mass vaccination sites. Yankee Stadium will begin administering the vaccine starting Thursday, March 4, and the Javits Center and New York State Fair sites will begin administering the vaccine Friday, March 5.

  2. COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 5,369. Of the 128,034 tests reported yesterday, 5,800 or 4.53 percent, were positive. There were 1,076 patients in ICU yesterday, up 11 from the previous day. Of them, 747 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 82 New Yorkers to the virus.  

3. As of 11am today, 95 percent of first doses allocated to the state have been administered. This represents 3,033,922 first doses administered of the 3,206,430 first dose allocations received from the federal government. So far, 4,698,354 total doses have been administered out of the 5,229,950 total doses received. See data by region and county on the State’s Vaccine Tracker: ny.gov/vaccinetracker.  

4. The State announced a pilot program to test the Excelsior Pass at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center. The Excelsior Pass, developed in partnership with IBM, will use proven, secure technology to confirm an individual’s vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to help fast-track the reopening of many entertainment venues and other businesses in accordance with New York State guidelines. This new technology was successfully tested during the initial phase of the pilot during the Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center on February 27. It will now be tested for a second time during the New York Rangers game tonight, March 2, at Madison Square Garden.  

5. An additional $25 million will be directed to the Nourish NY initiative. Since its launch in April 2020, the Nourish NY program has helped bring 21 million pounds of surplus agricultural products from New York farmers to households in need. This additional funding will help the program continue this important effort through July to ensure that no New Yorker goes hungry.  

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

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SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

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BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION DATES SET

The Annual White Plains Board of Education Budget Vote and Election will take place on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Noon to 9 P.M., at six voting districts.  Three Board seats will be up for election, each with a three-year term of office, beginning July 1, 2021.

Candidates must be United States citizens, 18 years of age or more and residents of White Plains for at least one year.  Petitions are available from Michele Schoenfeld, District Clerk, at 5 Homeside Lane.  They must be signed by 100 qualified voters and returned by April 28th.

Registration, for qualified voters new to the City, or those who are not registered to vote in general elections, will take place on Saturday, May 1st, Noon to 5 P.M., at Mamaroneck Avenue School, Nosband Avenue.  A resident who has moved within White Plains during the last year may also change his/her voting address at that time.

Absentee ballot applications may be requested from the District Clerk, due to absence from the city on election day, temporary or permanent illness or physical disability, or potential for contraction of the virus that causes COVID-19, among other reasons.   

For further information, please call 422-2071.

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JOHN BAILEY’S TUESDAY MORNING WHITE PLAINS REPORT ON WVOX–TRANSCRIPT

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JOHN BAILEY, The CitizeNetReporter,
appears weekly on WVOX AM 1460 AND www.wvox.com on Tuesday mornings at 7:50 A.M. EST on the Dennis and Tonny Good Morning Westchester program . Here is this morning’s report

Good morning Dennis and Tonny from White Plains New York USA it’s 18 FRIGID WPCNR DEGREES.

In Zoomland, the White Plains Common Council approved the 52 North Broadway residential project zoning change on the former good council property last night. That includes 103 units of Assisted Living, 232 independent Living apartments, 48 multi-family workforce housing apartments and 28 2-story town houses. (shown below)

Two more projects were introduced for review the owners of 701 Westchester Avenue Senlac Ridge Partners proposed razing 701 one of the office buildings in that office park and building a residential project.

Still another project was submitted to the Common Council for review.  Greystar east proposed a 500 unit residential development on the property on 85 North Lexington Avenue

A Zoning Change allow development of sites along Cromwell, Chester and Maple Avenues was also approved

The Assessment Roll in White Plains debuted yesterday on the city’s website and it is virtually even down $59,000 to $270.4 Million no windfall no loss in property tax revenue.

Meanwhile the city was down 11.4% in sales tax revenues in January out last week, continuing its 8-month slide. If the city does not start equaling last spring’s sales tax numbers in February, March April and May and June it will have a $4 million sales tax revenue gap.

I also hear parking revenues are down, and the White Plains commuter parking lot at the train station is very empty. Another budget drain. A 12% Tax hike would be needed to make up a 9 million sales tax deficit if the slide does not correct itself over the next 5 months.

The Council also approved leasing a solar project with Distributed Solar Projects for a installation on Gedney Way worth $25,000 to $30,000  a year in rent and savings of $150,000 annually in electricity costs to the city

Yesterday started the White Plains Bid March into Self-Care with discounts and introductory offers available at salons, hairstylists, and barbers all over the city you can see a listing of participating groomers and shakers and makeover artists at www.wpbid.com

Dennis has Harrison submitted its Police Reorganization Program proposed by the Governor? White Plains submitted its plan last week and it is available on the WPCNR.Com website with ways Mr. and Mrs. And Ms. White Plains can comment on it and make suggestions.

It appears Playland will open only for up to 3,000 persons a day due to Governor Cuomo’s 25% capacity on amusement parks restriction, which will really handicap the park for making major money on their holiday weekends Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. We await how that plan is going to work and social distancing enforced.

And Congratulations to the 96,414 Westchester persons who are fully vaccinated this morning according to the State’s Vaccination Tracker late last night. The County population is 10% vaccinated.

16.6 % of the population has received at least one dose. a total of 12,841 persons received their second shot in a week. Vaccinations began January 10 so with 96,414 at full strength this means that in 6 Weeks,

Westchester has vaccinated 257,468 persons, or 6,130 a day over 42 days.

The governor announced 164,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one shot and you’re set vaccine would be coming into NY how much of that comes into Westchester is not clear at this time.

Also there is the issue of whether persons scheduled for first shots of the two-shot vaccines might be switched to the Johnson and Johnson medicine when it arrives.

Meanwhile it is clear that vaccinations have to be administered faster and in greater numbers in order to get the county fully vaccinated by August to set the stage. We wonder if the Task Force on that has decided how to step up the number of vaccinators.

It appears Playland will open only for up to 4,000 persons a day which will really handicap the park for making major money on their holiday weekends Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. We await how that plan is going to work.

Theatres are not really ready to open yet a producer told me who is anticipating premiering a movie at the White Plains Performing Arts Center he’d hoped for it in the spring now he is looking more at the fall.

Two musicals are preparing for Broadway, one is a musical revival of Some Like it Hot… Called “Sugar” so there may be some movement between unions and the theatre moguls.

One last word on COVID, those vaccines can’t get to full strength fast enough…in the last 7 days since my last report,

The infection rate are per day in Westchester County has been 440 new cases a day. If each of those 440 are hospitalized at the 5% rate this means over 100 a week will be hospitalized for covid keep pressure on weary doctors, weary nurses.

(Editor’s note:) On the air on WVOX at 7:10 this morning, Westchester County Executive George Latimer said there were 340 new hospitalizations as of today. which coincidentally is what I projected yesterday where I predicted that at 440 infections a day 22 hospitalizations a day at the 5% rate, could be result in 300 infections requiring hospitalization in two weeks. The 340 figure Mr. Latimer mentioned this morning he did mention that was down from 580 hospitalized, however the 300 infections projection is an ominous possibility. ) Five weeks ago there were also 11,500 new cases compared to 5,900 as Saturday.)

There has to be better awareness on part of the public on social distancing and masking, and sadly there has to be enforcement of masking. If the county and its towns and cities had done that, wouldn’t we have been better position right now? You never know. But if you do not enforce the results are what is happening.

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10,000 More Westchester Residents Now Fully Vaccinated Since Last Monday: County Now at 10% of PopulationWith Both Shots

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WPCNR VACCINATION REPORT. From The New York State Vaccine Tracker. March 1, 2021:

Last night’s vaccine tracker reported Westchester County has now 9.9% of its 967,612 population fully vaccinated with two shots of either the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna medication. Presently, the county reports as of Monday night that 16.6 % of the population has received at least one dose. a total of 12,841 persons received their second shot in a week.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT announced this morning at 11 A.M., that 9,840 does of vaccines would be distributed to the county to the following locations: (click on the highlighted names to see locations.)


Vaccine allocation
Westchester County Department of HealthLHD 2500
Sunlight PharmacyPharmacy 200
SHP Westchester LLCPharmacy 600
Allcare Health Pharmacy LLCPharmacy 300
Grassy Sprain PharmacyPharmacy 200
GSP Longterm Care Inc.Pharmacy 200
Hudson Pharmacy & SurgicalPharmacy 200
Taconic Pharmacy Inc.Pharmacy 200
Rye Beach Pharmacy, Inc.Pharmacy 100
Trotta’s West Street Pharmacy Inc.Pharmacy 200
Larchmont Pharmacy LLCPharmacy 200
Le-Mac PharmacyPharmacy 200
HealthSmart PharmacyPharmacy 100
Ahma RxPharmacy 400
Walgreens 15212Pharmacy 100
Walgreens 9866Pharmacy100
Walgreens 11291Pharmacy100
Walgreens 02758Pharmacy100
Save Mor DrugsPharmacy800
New Rochelle Prescription CenterPharmacy400
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.FQHC100
Greenburgh Health CenterFQHC100
Northern Westchester HospitalHospital1170
Phelps Memorial Hospital AssociationHospital1170
Andrus PavilionHospital100

So far we have no report from the county how many shots of the Johnson & Johnson one Vaccine will be received by Westchester County this month. It is unclear whether persons scheduled for first doses will innoculated with a share of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine, which accelerate Westchester’s fully vaccinated cohort.

This was not made clear in the Governor’s report earlier this evening announcing 164,812 doses of the Johnson & Johnson product would be arriving in New York this week.

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Governor Cuomo Night Coronavirus Report

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March 1, 2021. 

One year ago today, New York confirmed our first case of the novel coronavirus, and the uncharted pandemic of COVID-19 began for New Yorkers. We’ve faced great pain and loss over the last 365 days, but there’s reason to be hopeful for the future.

Today, the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force unanimously recommended the use of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine has less restrictive storage requirements that will make it easier for the state to reach more New Yorkers, faster.

We expect to receive approximately 164,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.

There’s a lot of work ahead, but with this vaccine’s approval—the third one—we have cause for optimism as we move forward to a post-COVID future.  

 1. COVID hospitalizations rose slightly to 5,307. Of the 174,158 tests reported yesterday, 6,235, or 3.58 percent, were positive. There were 1,065 patients in ICU yesterday, down 18 from the previous day. Of them, 741 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 80 New Yorkers to the virus. 

 2. As of 11am today, 92 percent of first doses allocated to the state have been administered. This represents 2,954,858 first doses administered of the 3,206,430 first dose allocations received from the federal government. So far, 4,583,616 total doses have been administered out of the 5,229,950 total doses received. See data by region and county on the State’s Vaccine Tracker: ny.gov/vaccinetracker.  

3. Starting today, hotel workers are now eligible for the COVID vaccine. Given the overall increase to the State’s supply and the essential health care service that these hotel workers provide, we are granting localities the flexibility to add hotel workers to the 1B vaccine prioritization group. Hotel workers can schedule an appointment through the State’s Am I Eligible Tool or call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). 

 4. Appointments still available at mass vaccination sites in Brooklyn and Queens. Over the weekend, appointments opened up to all eligible New Yorkers who live in Brooklyn or Queens. Eligible Brooklyn residents can make a vaccination appointment at the Medgar Evers College site; eligible Queens residents can schedule a vaccination appointment at the York College site. If you are eligible and live in Brooklyn or Queens, get vaccinated.  
If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates here.

 Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 
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COMMENT ON WHITE PLAINS POLICE REFORM REPORT (NOW AVAILABLE.) Comment by March 6, Please

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The White Plains Police Reform Committee has released its report for public comment. View the report here: White Plains Police Reform Committee Draft Final Report (note that the report is lengthy and takes some time to load). (66 Pages)

Comments on the report will be accepted through Saturday March 6, 2021. Submit comments via email at: policereform@whiteplainsny.gov or by calling (914) 422-1313.

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State Senate Passes Heroes Act to Protect employees from Covid in the workplace

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(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority today advanced legislation to stand up for workers in New York State.

This package will enact the “NY Hero Act” sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, which requires the creation of health and safety standards for COVID-19 and other airborne infectious diseases in the workplace guaranteeing a greater employee voice in the workplace.

This package also includes legislation to encourage employer use of shared work programs to avoid layoffs and legislation to increase the amount of shared work benefits to the maximum allowed by federal law. In addition, these bills will promote career paths into healthcare, permit employee time off for vaccinations to be administered, and grant an enhanced death benefit to families of deceased public employees.

“To address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, we must protect and support a strong workforce,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Workers across the state have shown incredible selflessness and perseverance throughout the pandemic, and this legislation is a step in recognizing and addressing their sacrifices. I commend my colleagues in the Senate Majority for sponsoring this legislation that will have a positive impact on so many hardworking New Yorkers.”

The legislation passed by the Senate Majority includes:

  • NY Hero Act: This bill, S.1034A, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, will implement airborne infectious disease standards requiring employers to implement an infectious disease exposure prevention plan.
  • Shared Work Program Petition: This bill, S.17A, sponsored by Senator Shelley B. Mayer, will allow employees to petition their employer to apply for the shared work program in order to avoid layoffs or to rehire laid off workers.
  • Vaccination Leave: This bill, S.2588A, sponsored by Senator Andrew Gounardes, will  grant public and private employees four hours of time off, per dose, to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
  • Healthcare Employment Incentivization: This bill, S.3470, sponsored by Senator Tim Kennedy will require the New York State Department of Labor and Department of Health to establish a program to incentivize unemployed individuals to enter short-staffed jobs in healthcare by expediting training and certification.
  • Shared Work Program Benefit Extension: This bill, S.4049, sponsored by Senator Jessica Ramos to increase the amount of unemployment insurance benefits an employee can claim under the shared work program to limits of the federal maximum.
  • Public Employee Death Benefit: This bill, S.4681, sponsored by Senator Andrew Gounardes, will extend previously enacted accidental death benefits to the families of frontline workers who have passed away due to COVID-19.
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WHITE PLAINS RECRUITING ITS OWN COVID ANGELS TO HELP PERSONS GET VACCINATION SHOT APPOINTMENTS

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 COVID Angels Volunteers Needed!

The City of White Plains is launching a COVID Angels Volunteer Project to assist White Plains seniors with navigating the technology needed to obtain an appointment for getting the COVID-19 vaccination. 

Mayor Tom Roach said, “My office has received many, many calls from seniors who have been unable to secure a vaccination appointment. The White Plains COVID Angels Project is designed to be a source of assistance to seniors who have limitations accessing vaccinations and to alleviate some of the stress that has become associated with navigating the vaccine process.”

The City of White Plains Youth Bureau and Recreation & Parks Department will be managing the project and are asking for volunteers to assist them in making calls and securing vaccination appointments online for our senior citizens.

Due the scope of this undertaking we will need as many volunteers as possible to navigate the New York State Department of Health website, as well as log data related to securing an appointment online.

A volunteer organization has been identified to assist with implementation of this project: SEWA International (Westchester).

SEWA International is active in twenty countries and has worked closely with other local disaster relief organizations throughout New York and USA.

SEWA serves humanity irrespective of race, color, religion, gender or nationality. They specialize in disaster relief and rehabilitation.

SEWA’s development programs focus on family services; child, tribal and refugee welfare; women empowerment; health; and education. In addition to their extensive work in the US, they have also undertaken development projects in Colombia, Guyana, India, Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Volunteers with various skillsets are welcome! We will need volunteers to be team leaders and work on data collection as well as booking appointments online and making calls.  

Acquiring appointments online can be done 24 hours a day which lends itself to flexibility for all who want to help. People can volunteer whatever time they may have to give. The planning process is well underway to give White Plains seniors assistance obtaining the protection they need to combat this aggressive virus. 

For further information, contact 914-422-1378. You can also email us at wpangels@whiteplainsny.gov

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CORONAVIRUS WESTCHESTER CORONA VIRSUS INFECTIONS AVERAGE 452 A DAY Thursday, Friday Saturday. Not Slowing Down. UPDATE; TOTAL WESTCHESTER POSITIVES IN 7 DAYS 2-22 TO 2-28: 3,089 (440 A DAY)

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WPCNR CORONA VIRUS SUNDAY ROUNDUP . News & Comment By John F. Bailey. February 28, 2017 UPDATED WITH SUNDAY NUMBERS 5:15 PM EST:

As the number of tests ramped up Thursday Friday and Saturday, the Westchester infection rate averaged 3.4% of 123,152 tests. Of these tests, 1,358 showed positive for the coronavirus.

According to the Covid-19 Workbook NY State Tracker, this afternoon, 8,429 tests were administered Sunday in Westchester and 370 persons were positive with COVid — an infection rate of 4.4%. This brought the 7 day total from February 22 through February 28 to 3 080 positives or 440 new positives a day.

The Thursday, Friday Saturday cases was an average of 452 new cases a day. If you include the 579 on February 24, the average is 484 new positives a day.

The 3.4% rate of infection is lower than last Thursday, however the disturbing news that of 41,000 tests a day Friday, Saturday and Sunday (120,000 tests) it shows that possibly another 450 or so persons or who do not know it who weren’t test are walking around with covid.

At that rate, it appears if the over 400 a day corona virus infect rate continues in two weeks those 450 each day may result in 22 hospitalizations or 308 hospitalized over two weeks at the .05 hospitalization rate.

However no specifics have been delivered on how many persons of the 300 to 400 persons a day testing positive the last three weeks. The public should know those figures.

They should be put out there, particularly if they are running 100 new infections a week.

This should be particularly of interest to Yonkers running 123 new covid infections a Day, New Rochelle, 28 a day, Mount Vernon 24 a day, White Plains, 26 a day , Port Chester 18 new positives a day, Yorktown 16 a Day, The Ossinings, 15 a Day, Greenburgh, 15 a day, and the Mamaronecks & Larchmont, 13 a day, as of February 22.

It is impossible to tell whether new treatments are treating the coronavirus more effectively because cumulative numbers of hospitalizations traced back to the weeks people were infected in Westchester are not compared on a weekly basis.

Are 140 new persons each week being hospitalized each 7 days? The press has never given this key figure.

Persons with covid deemed well enough to depart hospitals are deducted from the number of new hospitalizations which gives a misleading impression of how sick persons who test positive are faring. These figures are particularly important to judge how we are controlling the spread of the disease as well as the treatment and seriousness of the infection.

Four hundred new persons testing positive a day resulting in a 5% hospitalization rate yielding 140 hospitalizations a week is not controlling the spread, it is keeping it going.

We do not know if they are getting less seriously sick or not or the infection rate is 4%, 3%,2%.

We are not told by the authorities how many of a one week positives cohort (to use a favorite mystery word) covid positives result in hospitalizations in the numbers. It is not enough, really to have lots of I.C.U. beds in the county to handle elective surgeries. That does the doctors and nurses no good who are treating an endless stream of new covid cases each week.

The objective should be to stop the spread of the disease now. And the only way to stop it is to know how many hospitalizations of positives cases are. We are not being told that.

The number of hospitalizations from the 350 to 400 people a day testing positive the last 2 weeks will tell the public that. And make excellent talking points for community leaders.

Positive reports on numbers of people in hospitals compared to the number of ICU beds do not tell the public if the disease spread is going down and medicating is better.

The past is not something to feel good about. It is the future you have to be able to predict and organize for.

We now have reports today that the Johnson and Johnson one shot treatment will distributed 20 million doses of the one-shotter by the end of March and 80 million doses by the end of June. Pfizer and Moderna the two-shot vaccines, promise delivery of 200,000 of their vaccines, according to The New York Times Sunday, by “the end of May or early summer.”

The deployment of vaccines across the country is, according to The Times not clear yet. Last week Westchester got 7,400 doses. This type of deployment of vaccines in Westchester is not going to get the county fully vaccinated anytime soon. A “task force” allocate vaccines in the area was announced last week. How can you figure out where to allocate when you do not have the actual number of vaccines coming in?

The long list of small pharmacies and innoculation sites with less than 300 doses the last time figures were issued last week , is not encouraging and the waiting for the second doses as WPCR pointed out on Friday is making full vaccinations of all of Westchester and New York State doubtful before September.

Westchester though was 8.5% fully vaccinated at the beginning of last week, that is as good as the rest of the country, where only 9% have been fully vaccinated, again according to New York Times coverage Sunday. If the supplies arrive on time and the hospitals vaccinate 24 hours a day, most of the country can be vaccinated by September. It depends on timing and extraordinary sacrifice and superb organization and planning and information and labor distribution.

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