DON’T COOK TONIGHT! TAKE OUT TONIGHT!

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GIVE YOUR IN-HOUSE CHEF OR CHEFETTE A TASTY BREAK WITH TAKE OUT TONIGHT ON RESTAURANT MONTH IN WHITE PLAINS NY USA 10 NIGHTS TO GO.

For the first time ever the White Plains BID is introducing a winter outlook series. It will kick off with a Restaurant Month, a month dedicated to our downtown restaurants featuring diverse menu options for lunch, dinner, and/or takeout.

Each dining establishment will feature Prix Fixe specials:
•  Lunch – $20.95
•  Dinner – $30.95
•  2nd Tier Dinner – $40.95

Participating establishments:

Asian Legend
23 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 488-6838
Lunch Menu | Dinner & 2nd Tier Dinner Menu
Dine-in only

The Brazen Fox
175 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 358-5911
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu

Buffalo Wild Wings
1 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 385-9453
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu

Cantina Taco & Tequila Bar
166 Mamaroneck Avenue (914) 461-3959
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu

Delicias del Jireh
206 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 437-5375 & (914) 437-5374

Graziella’s Italian Bistro
99 Church Street, (914) 761-5721
Dinner Menu

Hastings Tea & Coffee Lounge
235 Main Street, 914-428-1000
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | 2nd Tier Dinner Menu

Holy Crab
32 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 948-2888
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu

Hudson Grille
165 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 997-2000
Lunch Menu | 2nd Tier Dinner Menu

La Bocca Ristorante
8 Church Street, (914) 948-3281
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu (includes 2nd Tier options)

Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House
154 Mamaroneck Avenue (914) 761-027
Dinner Menu

Lilly’s
169 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 997-5600
Lunch Menu | 2nd Tier Dinner Menu

Little Drunken Chef
91 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 615-9300
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu (includes 2nd Tier option)

Morton’s The Steakhouse
5 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 683-6101
2nd Tier Dinner Menu
Not available Friday or Saturday
DIne-in only

Papi’
15 Bank Street, (914) 328-6535
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu

Ron Blacks Beer Hall
181 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 358-5811
Dinner Menu

Sam’s of Gedney Way
50 Gedney Way, 914) 949-0978
Lunch, Dinner, & 2nd Tier Dinner Menus

Sundance Kitchen & Cantina
208 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 946-2300
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | 2nd Tier Dinner Menu

TVB by Pax Romana
171 East Post Road, (914) 831-3303
2nd Tier Dinner Menu

Via Garibaldi
1 North Broadway, (914) 468-1888
Lunch Menu | 2nd Tier Dinner Menu

Walter’s Hot Dogs
186 Mamaroneck Avenue, (914) 397-9406
Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu

Whiskey Lounge
152 Mamaroneck Ave, (914) 761-0272
Dinner Menu

Wolf and Warrior Brewing Co.
195A East Post Road​, (914) 368 – 8617
Lunch Menu | 2nd Tier Dinner Menu
Dine-in only

COMMON COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER NEW SITE PLAN EXTENSION, PERHAPS “TWEAKS” FOR GRID PROPERTIES? “THE BOULEVARD” PRESENTED IN 2015, NOW A VACANT LOT AWAITING DEVELOPMENT AT MAPLE AND WEST POST ROAD MONDAY. 6 PM

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The WESTERN GATEWAY GRID PROPERTIES SITE TODAY. 5 YEARS SINCE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED. (Photo by WPCNR)
GRID PROPERTIES: “THE BOULEVARD” ORIGINAL PLAN: FITNESS AND RETAIL ON WEST POST ROAD ENVISIONED 2014
THE BOULEVARDS TOWN HOUSES ON MAPLE PRESENTED 2014
ORIGINAL “BOULEVARD” PROMENADE IN CENTER OF BOULEVARD BETW ALLEEN WEST POST ROAD-MAPLE. AS CONCEIVED IN 2014. THE AREA WAS CLEARED 5 YEARS AGO AND RECENTLY THE FORMER AUTO DEALERSHIP ON LEXINGTON AVE BETWEEN WEST POST ROAD AND MAPLE WAS RECENTLY DEMOLISHED. AT THE TIME GRID PROPERTIES PROPOSED THE BOULEVARD IT WAS SPECULATED THAT PART OF IT WOULD BE WHITE PLAINS HOSPITAL WORKER HOUSING. (All renderings photographed by WPCNR)

The Common Council will also consider signage for LMC/Lennar’s Development at 131 Mamaroneck Avenue, user fees for Recreation & Parks and hold Executive Session to discuss settlement of a current legislation, not disclosed. The meeting is closed to the public and may be observed on the White Plains TV Government Access Channel 75 at 6 PM

VACCINES ARRIVE. HOSPITALIZATIONS DECLINE ACROSS STATE (WPCNR NOTE: STILL A WORRY IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY)

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WPCNR GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO CORONAVIRUS REPORT. January 23, 2021:

January 22, 2021. 

Dear John, 

We are about to receive next week’s vaccine delivery. As we do, we’ll continue getting shots into arms as efficiently and as quickly as possible.

I urge providers to refrain from scheduling vaccination appointments in advance of confirming their supply.

Providers must be sure they will have the doses needed for the appointments opened; we want to avoid any cancellations due to lack of anticipated supply.

I want to note: New Yorkers who have already received their first dose do not have to worry that they will not be able to get their second dose. Second dose allocation is a separate process, and we always ensure there are enough second doses to complete vaccination for those who received the first dose. 

New York State is ready, willing and able to administer over 100,000 vaccine doses a day—if we have the supply.

I’m hopeful that the Biden administration will take steps to increase production and shorten the anticipated timeline.

For now, I encourage New Yorkers to remain patient. 

Here’s what else you need to know tonight:

 1. As of 9am Friday day, 97 percent of the first doses New York received from Weeks 1-5 deliveries have been administered. This excludes facilities that are a part of the federal government’s Long Term Care Facility Program. New Yorkers can follow the progress of New York’s vaccination efforts through the State’s Vaccine Tracker.  

2. Total hospitalizations have declined to 8,846. Of the 268,001 tests reported yesterday, 15,144, or 5.65 percent were positive. There were 1,546 patients in ICU yesterday, down 14 from the previous day. Of them, 992 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 165 New Yorkers to the virus. 

 3. The rate of increase of statewide COVID hospitalizations is slowing. During the week of December 22 to December 28, the average increase in hospitalizations was 165 per day.

From January 5 to January 11, the average increase was 48 per day. In the past seven days, the average increase was just 5 per day.

The downward trend is clear.

In fact, hospitalizations today are down 218 from Wednesday’s high of 9,055. While this is great to see, we must remain alert due to the presence of the more contagious UK strain in New York State.  


4. Three new cases of the UK variant have been discovered in New York State. Two cases were found in Westchester County and another was found in Kings County. There are now 25 known cases of the UK variant in New York State.  

5. A new State-run vaccination site opened in Plattsburgh, NY. Vaccinations are by appointment only. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment to receive their first dose, New Yorkers can utilize the state’s “Am I Eligible” app or call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). 

 6. New York has conducted over 30 million tests. Getting tested for COVID regularly is a great way to ensure your health and the health of those around you. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, get tested. 

Find a testing site near you. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to make a free appointment at a New York State-run testing location. 

 Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 
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COCKTAIL HOUR TODAY WITH WHITE PLAINS WEEK INSTANTLY THE JAN. 22 PROGRAM ON THE NEW CRISP CLEAR ALTICE OPTIMUM CH. 76 FEED ALL FIXED TO WP AND FIOS CH 45 COUNTYWIDE & www.wpcommunitymedia.org

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BRITANY BRANDWEIN
OF THE WHITE PLAINS BID ON BIG BID PLANS
CLICK THE WHITE ARROW ON THE FACE MASK TO SEE WHITE PLAINS WEEK, THE JAN 22 PROGRAM INSTANTLY
JOHN BAILEY ON THE INAUGURATION
CUOMO’S CUTS IF CONGRESS DOES NOT DELIVER “JUSTICE”
WHITE PLAINS BID’S RESTAURANT MONTH
LAST 10 DAYS.
DON’T COOK TONIGHT! TAKE OUT TONIGHT
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5,000 MAKE HOLIDAY MARKET SUCCESS
WESTERCHESTER SOCIALIZES WITH ABUNDANCE OF ABANDON
COVID INFECTIONS SOAR –THREATENING HOSPITAL CRISIS IN FEBRUARY

WHERE THE TOP 10 HOTSPOTS ARE
THOUSANDS HUNT FOR THE COVID VACCINE SHOT AND GET ONE. WE’LL TELL YOU WHY.
VACCINE RUNS OUT
REPORTED BY JOHN BAILEY
THE CITIZENETREPORTER
FOR 21 YEARS
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TONIGHT AT 7 AND INSTANTLY ANYTIME: RIGHT HERE ON WPCNR.COM, ALTICE CH.76 FIOS 45 WPTV’S “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS HEZI ARIS OF YONKERSTRIBUNE.COM ON JOURNALISM YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW

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HEZI ARIS
22 YEARS EDITOR OF YONKERSTRIBUNE.COM ON CAN THE MEDIA BE SAVED?
ON THE STATE OF THE COUNTY
STATE OF NEWS IN WESTCHESTER
LEADERSHIP IN THE CITIES AND TOWNS OF WESTCHESTER
WHAT’S GOOD, WHAT’S BAD?
THE LESSON OF 1-6-21 “THE DAY OF NO RETURN”
VACCINATION ISSUES AHEAD
STATE OF COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION
JOHN BAILEY HOST OF “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD”
INTERVIEWS HEZI ARIS
WORLD RADIO TALK SHOW HOST MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 10 AM TO NOON ON BLOGTALKRADIO.COM
EDITOR OF THE RESPECTED YONKERSTRIBUNE.COM FOR 22 YEARS


THANK YOU! WHITE PLAINS TELEVISION TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES APPEAR TO BE FIXED BY ALTICE OPTIMUM AND ALL PROGRAMS THIS EVENING APPEAR TO BE TELECASTING WITH EXCELLENT AUDIO AND VIDEO. THE PROGRAMS SHOULD BE VIEWABLE WITHOUT INTERFERENCE WITH YOUR PICTURE.

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Words of Wisdom from The First and the Best President on Inauguration Day to the 46th President Joseph Biden, Jr.

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administering the Oath of Office to the 46th President.

On Inauguration Day, it is appropriate, we open the book The American President, by Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III, and Peter W. Kunhardt, to read once again the wisdom of The First President, the peerless leader, and Father of Our Country on key issues he saw that the country going forward should always keep in the forefront. He made these observations in the last years of his life.

He is the First President and he had to get it right the first time.

Here is George Washington on the wisdom of leading America against her enemy:

“At the beginning of the late War with Great Britain it was known that the resources of Britain were, in a manner, inexhaustible, that her fleets covered the Ocean, and that her troops had harvested laurels in every corner of the globe.

Not then organized as a nation, or known as a people upon the earth—we had no preparation. Money, the nerve of war was wanting. The Sword was to be forged on the Anvil of necessity: the treasury to be created from nothing.

If we had a secret resource of a nature unknown to our enemy, it was the unconquerable resolution of our Citizens, rhe conscious rectitude of our cause, and a confident trust that we should not be forsaken by Heaven.”

Here is The First President on Congressional Duty:

From the observation I have made in the course of this war (The American Revolution) I am decided in my opinion, that the powers of Congress are not enlarged, and made competent to all general purposes, that the Blood which has been spilt, the expense that has been felt, will avail us nothing; and that the band , already too weak, which holds us together, will soon be broken; when anarchy and confusion must prevail.”

Here is The Father of Our Country on the Writing of the Constitution:

“I almost despair of seeing a favourable issue to the proceedings of our Constitutional Convention, and do there repent having had any agency in the business. The Men who oppose a strong and energetic government are, in my opinion, narrow minded politician, or under the influence of local views.”

“The proposed Constitution is provided with more checks and barriers against the introduction of Tyranny than any Government hitherto instituted among mortals.”

Here is the Man Who Was First in War, First in Peace and First in the Hearts and Minds of His Countrymen on Inclusion:

“I always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable Asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”

Here is The Peerless Leader on the Price of Freedom:

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.”

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GOVERNOR CUOMO THREATENS TO SUE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF FINANCIAL “JUSTICE” IS NOT RESTORED TO NEW YORK. LAYS OUT SPENDING CUTS, TAX INCREASES IN DOUBLE DIGITS IF SALT IS NOT REPEALED AND $15 BILLION NOT FORTHCOMING TO NEW YORK STATE

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WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. By John F. Bailey. January 19, 2021 UPDATED 2:35 PM EST:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presented the clearest Budget Address today this reporter has ever withnessed.

He spelled out where New York State was if the new congress does not restore the $15 Billion cost of lost revenues New York experienced from the Coronavirus crisis in 2020. In addition he demanded the congress repeal the SALT legislation that costs New Yorkers an addition $15 Million in taxes to the federal government.

He said if congress failed to do this, New York State would sue the federal government for the $15 Billion deficit in revenues the state is faced with.

He noted if the state budget is not passed by April 1, that there would be no pay raises for state employees or the legislators.

He promised there would be a $2 Billion dollar cut to education aid(taking away the $2 Billion increase in education aid the legislature put in the 2020 budget). A $600 Million cut to Medicaid, without spelling out details. There would be a 14.7% state income tax increase on the top 1% of earners.

In the budget briefing still going on as of 2:30 PM, Robert Mujica, the State Budget Director said the current budget 2021-22 beginning April 1st, includes $ 6 Billion in federal reimbursement, with the rest of the $15 billion request coming next year 2022-23 Budget. Mr. Mujica said that if the state received the full $15 Billion, the tax increase of 10.2% for middle wage earners and the 14.7% increase for the top 1% of wage earners would “go away.”

If no aid is forthcoming by March 31, the proposed budget would be cut further, working with the state legislature requiring deeper across-the-board And every department would sustain additional cuts above the proposed 55 across-the-board cuts. If the $6 Billion was delivered, then no school district aid would be cut and aid to education could be increased, Mujica said in the news conference still ongoing.

Mujica indicated that recovery of the state of employment, businesses and revenues would take most likely into 2025 to return.

The budget is based on the assumption the state will receive $6 Billion in Federal funds, which will fund the shortfalls in revenues this year, with the rest of the aid coming in the 2022 budget. If the federal government does not

Governor Cuomo said what the federal government does this year 2021 will decide the future of the state of New York.

The Governor closed saying “Justice” was what the new government taking office tomorrow had to give to New York, by making the state financially whole.

The 30 minute address was to the point. Perfectly clear. It should be a model for budget presentations. Crisp, clear, concise with no financial obfuscation.

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WESTCHESTER COVID INFECTIONS CONTINUE UNSUSTAINABLE RISE: 5,886 NEW CASES IN A WEEK THROUGH SUNDAY: RAISES QUESTIONS ON HOSPITAL ABILITY TO SUSTAIN HOSPITALIZATION RISE. TAKEOUT RESTAURANT WEEK CONTINUES FOR 12 DAYS. THOMAS H. SLATER CENTER WELCOMES DONATIONS FOR ITS FAMILY FOOD PANTRY IN RECOGNITION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. HOLIDAY MARKET ATTRACTS 5,000 IN DEC.

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JOHN BAILEY, THE CITIZENETREPORTER
HIS WEEKLY WHITE PLAINS REPORT ON THE BIG WVOX 1490, WVOX.COM
White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, Councilman John Kirpatrick, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, White Plains Councilman Justin Brasch, Nick Wolf, White Plains BID Executive Director Brittany Brandwin and far right , Owner of Holy Crab promoting takeout and Restaurant Month in White Plains NY USA

WPCNR WVOX REPORT. John Bailey is heard ROUND THE WORLD Tuesdays at 7:50 AM ON THE DENNIS AND TONNY GOOD MORNING WESTCHESTER PROGRAM ON WVOX.COM OR WVOX 1460. TRANSCRIPT OF THIS MORNING’S WHITE PLAINS REPORT, ON WVOX WORLDWIDE

WHITE PLAINS BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT WELCOMED COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER AND MAYOR TOM ROACH FRIDAY TO A TAKE OUT CELEBRATION AT HOLY CRAB ON MAMARONECK AVENUE FRIDAY TO PROMOTE RESTAURANT MONTH IN WHITE PLAINS.

County Executive George Latimer orders a Crab Po-Boy

THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE ORDERED A CRAB PO BOY AND GUMBO AT THE NEW ORLEANS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT.

Mr. Latimer with left to right, Brittany Brandwein, BID Executive Director, Mayor Tom Roach, Justin Brasch(back to camera) at White Plains unique Holy Crab seafood restaurant

BRITTANY BRANDWEIN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WHITE PLAINS BID SAYS THE RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN RESTAURANT MONTH MAY BE VIEWED AT WPBID.COM. I ORDERED PIZZA FOR BRENDA STARR AND MYSELF SATURDAY NIGHT FROM FRANCESCOS ON MAMARONECK AVENUE –A RESTAURANT CELEBRATING ITS 51ST YEAR IN WHITE PLAINS. TAKE OUT IS A GREAT SAFE OPTION AND GIVES THE HOME COOKING STAFF IN YOUR HOUSE A NEEDED FESTIVE BREAK. THINK ABOUT IT RESTAURANT WEEK IN WHITE PLAINS RUNS FOR 12 MORE DAYS INCLUDING TONIGHT

DON’T COOK TONIGHT, TAKE OUT TONIGHT

THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER WAS SO RIGHT THIS MORNING, SAYING “COVID NUMBERS ARE CONTINUING TO SOAR.”

WESTCHESTER COUNTY POSITIVES SUNDAY TO SUNDAY FROM SUNDAY JANUARY 11 THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 TOTALED 5,886.

AN AVERAGE OF 841 NEW PERSONS TESTING POSITIVE A DAY UP FROM 813 POSITIVES A DAY LAST WEEK AND 783 THE PREVIOUS WEEK IN 3 WEEKS.

IN THE LEADING INFECTION AREAS SINCE LAST CALCULATED ON WEDNESDAY YONKERS DOUBLED DAILY POSITIVES TO 561 SUNDAY.

NEW ROCHELLE CLOSE TO DOUBLED AT 175 NEW INFECTIONS,

WHITE PLAINS DOUBLED INFECTIONS TO 129, UP FROM 67 LAST WEDNESDAY

GREEENBURGH DOUBLED TO 82.

  AT A 5% HOSPITALIZATION RATE MEANS THE WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL BEDS RESERVED FOR COVID  OF 2,500 BEDS CAN SEE AN AVERAGE 300 A DAY NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS COUNTY WIDE JUST FROM THE NEW POSITIVES OF ONE DAY THAT IS 2,000 HOSPITALIZATIONS IN 2 TO 3 WEEKS.

THIS IS VERY GRIM WILL ADD TO THE 250 A DAY POSITIVES CALCULATED FROM LAST WEEK’S 813 A DAY POSITIVES. THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY POSITIVE INFECTION RATE IS  6.9% FROM JANUARY 11 THROUGH JANUARY 17.

THIS IS DOWN BUT NOT ENOUGH.

AS OF LAST WEEK THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE OF PERSONS POSITIVE WITH COVID WAS 5%.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY HOSPITALS COULD BE STRESSED THROUGH THE NEXT MONTH IF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS CONTINUE AT 5% BASED ON THE POSITIVE NUMBERS THE LAST THREE WEEKS UNLESS THE MEDICATIONS DO THEIR JOBS BETTER ON LESS SERIOUS COVID CASES.

THE COUNTY SHOULD BE THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT THAT—WHERE WE MIGHT TO PUT THESE POSSIBLE HUNDREDS OF POTENTIALLY HOSPITALIZED.

VACCINATIONS SEEM TO BE STABILIZING I RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION BY EMAIL CONFIRMING MY APPOINTMENT FOR JANUARY 27.

AND ORGANIZATIONS AND LOCATIONS ON THE STATE WEBSITE LISTING APPEAR TO BE FINALLY ANSWERING THEIR PHONES AND REACTING ON THEIR WEBSITES TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS.

HOLIDAY MARKET IN WHITE PLAINS A SMASH SUCCESS

MS. BRANDWIN TOLD ME THAT THE WHITE PLAINS HOLIDAY MARKET ON WALLER AVE IN DECEMBER WHICH RAN FOR 2 WEEKS DURING THE HOLDAYS ATTRACTED 5,000 PERSONS DESPITE A VERY WEATHER THE FIRST WEEKEND WAS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BY THE VENDORS WHO WERE HAPPY WITH THEIR SALES AND FEATURED 40 LOCAL VENDORS AROUND COUNTY IS BEING SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED FOR NEXT YEAR.

THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BREAKFAST WAS NOT HELD MONDAY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC. HOWEVER THE THOMAS H. SLATER CENTER COVID RELIEF FUNDRAISING DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE SLATER EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY WELCOMES CONTRIBUTIONS.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THOMAS H. SLATER CENTER, AND MAIL TO 2 FISHER COURT WHITE PLAINS NY USA 10601

$25 SUPPORTS ONE FAMILY FOR A WEEK (ADD $25 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY; $100 SUPPORTS A FAMILY FOR ONE MONTH $300 FOR A QUARTER YEAR $600 FOR A HALF YEAR AND $1,200 FOR A FULL YEAR

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Positives Decline in NY Governor Cuomo Says, Seeks Vaccines from Pfizer

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 WPCNR GOVERNOR CUOMO CORONAVIRUS UPDATE January 18, 2021:

Today we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. New York will relentlessly continue his battle for justice. We publish today to share important updates.

As of this morning, New York State has now administered over one million total doses: 903,131 first doses and 103,747 second doses.

The pace of vaccination is rapidly accelerating.

If the Federal Government can increase supply, we are ready to inoculate New Yorkers and scale up the vaccine distribution. 

Chart of the Day: Our statewide positivity rate has gone down from the post-holiday high. However, COVID still poses a serious risk. Please wear a mask and exercise caution. Here’s what else you need to know

tonight: 1. Tomorrow, I will present the Fiscal Year 2022 Executive Budget. This year’s budget proposal will help set our agenda for the year ahead. The presentation will be live-streamed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, at 11:30am ET, at governor.ny.gov

 2. Total hospitalizations rose 8,868. Of the 186,205 tests reported yesterday, 12,185, or 6.54 percent, were positive. There were 1,523 patients in ICU yesterday, down 27 from the previous day. Of them, 997 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 153 New Yorkers to the virus. While hospitalizations are still rising, it’s encouraging to see that the rate of increase has slowed significantly. 

 3. I have asked Pfizer if New York can directly purchase vaccine doses from them. Since Pfizer is not bound to commitments that are a part of Operation Warp Speed, I have asked Pfizer, a New York-based company, if they will sell vaccine doses directly to New York State. Read the letter here

 4. I issued a letter demanding U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar explain his false claim that vaccine doses in reserve would be shipped to states. In case you missed it, last week the Federal Government told not just New York, but all fifty states, that vaccine doses that had been “held in physical reserve” would be shipped to states. This came as welcome news, as federal supply of the vaccine is extremely limited.

But it turned out that this was false. These doses had already been distributed to the states. Whether this was an act of incompetence or an act of intentional falsehood, New York and the public deserve a full accounting.

5. The Statewide positivity rate has come down—but we should still be very cautious. The post-holiday spike that we anticipated has declined (see chart above), but the more contagious UK variant is in New York State and represents a serious risk to our hospital system and all New Yorkers. Continue to be vigilant and wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings.   

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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