WESTCHESTER REDISTRICTING HEARING BASED ON 2020 CENSUS COUNTS–MEETS AUGUST 2 “VIRTUALLY” TO GATHER INFO ON REDISTRICTING SENATE-ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS FOR NEXT DECADE

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WPCNR INFLUENCER. From the Westchester League of Women Voters. July 20, 2021:

The Independent Redistricting Commission, New York’s first bipartisan Commission is responsible for drawing our State’s district lines after the 2020 Census.
The IRC is committed to drawing New York’s maps based on input from the Public. To do that, they need you to tell them about your community as well as how your district lines can be improved. 
Note that Westchester County is included in the Mid-Hudson Region. In addition, the August 2 public hearing will also include the Capital Region. We need you to attend and testify, or submit written testimony from your Community of Interest!
Do not let Westchester County’s voice be diluted within two vast regions!
REGISTER HERE
You can attend a meeting and testify OR submit testimony without testifying.
Virtual Meeting login will be sent from the IRC.
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NYC UNION OFFICIAL COPS A PLEA FOR DIPPING INTO THE COOKIE JAR AGAIN-TAX EVASION.

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WPCNR FBI WIRE. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation. July 19, 2021:

Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that STEVEN WHITTICK, the former treasurer of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association (“LEEBA”) and an officer with the New York City (the “City”) Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”), pled guilty today before United States District Judge P. Kevin Castel, to charges of conspiring to evade more than $250,000 in federal taxes, including payroll taxes owed by LEEBA and its employees, and his own personal income taxes. 

WHITTICK also pled guilty to lying to federal officers during the course of the investigation in this case.  LEEBA is a labor union that represents certain law enforcement officers employed by the City, including officers from DEP, the City Department of Sanitation, and the City Department of Transportation. 

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Steven Whittick today pled guilty to charges that reflect a betrayal of his duties as a law enforcement officer, his legal obligations as a union official, and his responsibilities as a taxpayer.  As a police officer, Whittick swore to uphold the law, not to obstruct it.  As a union official, he betrayed the rank-and-file membership by paying himself off the books.  As a taxpayer, Whittick evaded his legal obligation to pay what was owed.  Now, Steven Whittick awaits sentencing for his crimes.”

According to the Indictment and the underlying complaints filed in this case, as well as other publicly available information and prior court filings, and recent court proceedings:

Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association

LEEBA is a labor union that has acted as the collective bargaining representative principally for law enforce­ment personnel at various City agencies, and has entered into agreements on behalf of those law enforcement employees, including agreements for insurance and retirement benefits.  The City agencies whose employees LEEBA represented included, at various times, DEP, the Department of Sanitation, and the Department of Transportation.           

WHITTICK

WHITTICK is a DEP police officer, the former treasurer of LEEBA, and a member of the board of directors of LEEBA and the boards of trustees of the LEEBA Annuity Fund and the LEEBA Welfare Fund.  As LEEBA’s treasurer, WHITTICK had responsibility for LEEBA’s financial matters and accounts, including arranging for LEEBA to pay its payroll through an outside payroll processing firm (the “Payroll Processor”) starting in 2016.  WHITTICK also held signatory authority over LEEBA’s main operating bank account.

            The Tax Evasion Conspiracy

As charged in Count Two of the Indictment, to which WHITTICK pled guilty today, from at least in or about 2015 through 2019, WHITTICK participated in a conspiracy with Kenneth Wynder Jr.,[1] the president of LEEBA, to cause LEEBA to make payments to WHITTICK and Wynder, by check and in cash, and to conceal such payments from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).  WHITTICK further conspired to ensure that such payments were made outside of LEEBA’s Payroll Processor.  He then concealed these payments from the IRS – including off-the-books payments to himself of more than $100,000 and off-the-books payments to Wynder of more than $400,000 – in order to evade his own personal income taxes and the personal income taxes of Wynder, and to evade the payroll taxes that were owed by LEEBA and certain LEEBA employees.

WHITTICK’s False Statements to Federal Agents

In or about October 2019, while serving as LEEBA’s Treasurer and after learning of a federal investigation into LEEBA’s finances – including the investigation of an alleged embezzlement scheme that ultimately resulted in wire fraud charges against Wynder – WHITTICK repeatedly lied to federal agents in an effort to obstruct that investigation.  WHITTICK did so despite personal involvement in some of the financial improprieties with which Wynder is charged.  For example, as alleged, on at least two occasions, on or about February 1, 2018, and March 30, 2018, WHITTICK withdrew $16,000 in cash from a LEEBA bank account, and on each occasion deposited $15,000 cash into Wynder’s personal bank account and $1,000 cash into WHITTICK’s own personal bank account. 

            After the FBI executed a search warrant of LEEBA’s offices in September 2019, WHITTICK attempted to obstruct and to influence the ongoing federal investigation by making, in two different interviews with law enforcement agents, false statements about, among other subjects, cash withdrawals he made from LEEBA’s bank accounts, unauthorized withdrawals from LEEBA’s Annuity Fund and from the individual retirement accounts of Fund participants, and LEEBA’s payment for certain travel and entertainment expenses for union officers, including WHITTICK and Wynder.

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WHITTICK, 51, of Kingston, New York, pled guilty today to: (1) one count of conspiracy to evade personal and payroll taxes for the tax years 2015 through 2018 and the first three quarters of 2019; and (2) one count of lying to federal investigators.  Each of those charges carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, and an order of restitution.  WHITTICK is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Castel on November 17, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. 

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by a judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding work of the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation, and the Department of Labor Office of Labor Managements Standards.  Ms. Strauss also thanked the New York City Comptroller’s Office and the New York City Department of Investigation for their assistance.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Raymond Lewis and Eli J. Mark are in charge of the prosecution

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ASSESSES WHERE STATE , COUNTIES ARE IN GETTING VACCINATED AND WHO IS GETTING COVID. STATE POSITIVE NEW CASES RISING OVER 1.18% POSITIVES DAILY. CALLS FOR MORE VACCINATIONS. MID-HUDSON REGION VACCINATING 1,019 A DAY OVER 7 COUNTIES. MID-HUDSON AVERAGING 1% NEW CASE RATE. WESTCHESTER HAS 34 NEW CASES SUNDAY TRAILING NASSAU WITH 99 AND SUFFOLK WITH 88.

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WPCNR OFFICIAL STATE CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Governor’s Press Office. July 19, 2021:

“After over a year of containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now being told that COVID is now mainly a pandemic among the unvaccinated,” Governor Cuomo said. “If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get your shot to best protect yourself and your loved ones against the variants spreading through the nation.”
 
Today’s  Statewide data is summarized briefly below:

·         Test Results Reported – 69,665
·         Total Positive – 823
·         Percent Positive – 1.18%
·         7-Day Average Percent Positive – 1.26%
·         Patient Hospitalization – 378 (+26)
·         Patients Newly Admitted – 71
·         Patients in ICU – 79 (0)
·         Patients in ICU with Intubation – 30 (-2)
·         Total Discharges – 185,906 (+61)
·         Deaths – 3
·         Total Deaths – 43,034
·         Total vaccine doses administered – 21,812,432
·         Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 22,627
·         Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 235,134
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 71.1%
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 65.8%

·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 73.9%

·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 67.4%

·         Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 59.3%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 54.6%

·         Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 61.7%

·         Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 56.0%

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

RegionFriday, July 16, 2021Saturday, July 17, 2021Sunday, July 18, 2021
Capital Region1.52%1.66%1.75%
Central New York0.83%1.03%1.00%
Finger Lakes0.85%0.96%1.01%
Long Island1.37%1.47%1.61%
Mid-Hudson1.01%1.01%0.99%
Mohawk Valley0.70%0.80%0.81%
New York City1.24%1.30%1.27%
North Country0.89%0.86%0.94%
Southern Tier0.64%0.61%0.69%
Western New York1.13%1.36%1.42%
Statewide1.19%1.26%1.26%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough in NYCFriday, July 16, 2021Saturday, July 17, 2021Sunday, July 18, 2021
Bronx1.11%1.16%1.24%
Kings1.35%1.42%1.24%
New York1.09%1.17%1.19%
Queens1.21%1.22%1.24%
Richmond1.72%1.88%1.87%

Yesterday, 823 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,110,317. A geographic breakdown is as follows:
  

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany24,82313
Allegany3,5690
Broome18,7104
Cattaraugus5,7490
Cayuga6,3730
Chautauqua8,9821
Chemung7,8143
Chenango3,5201
Clinton4,8665
Columbia4,0960
Cortland3,9421
Delaware2,4043
Dutchess29,6326
Erie89,97615
Essex1,6142
Franklin2,5670
Fulton4,4431
Genesee5,4490
Greene3,4281
Hamilton3160
Herkimer5,2250
Jefferson6,2140
Lewis2,8290
Livingston4,5450
Madison4,5922
Monroe69,46315
Montgomery4,2650
Nassau185,13499
Niagara20,1294
NYC947,740461
Oneida22,7330
Onondaga39,2123
Ontario7,4393
Orange48,61217
Orleans3,1340
Oswego7,6600
Otsego3,4750
Putnam10,6574
Rensselaer11,3053
Rockland47,2369
Saratoga15,4879
Schenectady13,2451
Schoharie1,7151
Schuyler1,0820
Seneca2,0191
St. Lawrence6,6910
Steuben6,9881
Suffolk202,36388
Sullivan6,7181
Tioga3,8520
Tompkins4,3770
Ulster14,0012
Warren3,7115
Washington3,1781
Wayne5,8093
Westchester130,42134
Wyoming3,6080
Yates1,1800

Yesterday, 3 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 43,034. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
CountyNew Deaths
Queens2
Suffolk1

All New York State mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

Yesterday, 11,458 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 12,058 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows:

 People with at least one vaccine dosePeople with complete vaccine series
RegionCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hoursCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region678,175349634,352296
Central New York536,942258505,844225
Finger Lakes688,813372652,718387
Long Island1,565,0641,4891,428,8271,747
Mid-Hudson1,257,7991,0711,142,5391,019
Mohawk Valley265,698182249,580151
New York City5,509,6677,1025,023,8237,556
North Country248,83385228,44982
Southern Tier352,128157330,676171
Western New York749,654393694,311424
Statewide11,852,77311,45810,891,11912,058

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state’s vaccination effort. New York State Department of Health-reported data from NYSIIS and CIR differs slightly from federally-reported data, which is inclusive of federally-administered doses and other minor differences. Both numbers are included in the release above.

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NEW WESTCHESTER COVID INFECTIONS CROSS OVER INTO SPREAD ZONE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY. ON SUNDAY: 34 NEW INFECTIONS, 1.3% INFECTION RATE, OF 2,678 TESTED POSITIVE. SATURDAY 1.4% TESTED POSITIVE.

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On Friday, July 16 , 51 of 4,637 tested positive for a 1.1% Infection Rate and Saturday continued rising the infections crossing over into the spreading infection rate of 1.4%. The raise coincides coincidently with the 10-15 day incubation period of covid-19 after the 3-day July 4 holiday ended July 5.

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS MONITOR. By John F. Bailey Based on New York State Covid Tracker July 19, 2021:

On Saturday, the New York State Covid Tracker reported 55 of 3,808 persons in Westchester County  tested positive for corona virus.

 The one day crossover into the volatile spread infection rate of 1.4% positive based on 3,808 tests (1.1% results in stable case rate of the disease according to the New York State Department of Health a 1.1% new case rate  maintains a covid new case level that does not spread).

Sunday test results on the covid tracker indicated that with 1,608 less tested, 34 of 2,678 tested positive for covid, with the infection rate staying at the 1.3% (postive spread of the disease)..

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday the county averaged 50 new infections for 4 straight days.  Fifty-five persons of 3,808 tested in the county 1.4% of those tested positive.  In the five days through Saturday infection rate doubleded  to 1.1, 33 a day average new cases turned into 50 a day average. In 4 days ending Saturday.

The results for Sunday will be in this afternoon.

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WESTCHESTER CITIZENS WITHOUT FIRST COVID SHOTS GO GET THEM. 1,774 GOT FIRST SHOTS IN 5 DAYS (354 A DAY). 1,687 COMPLETED THEIR SHOTS (337 A DAY). GOOD BUT MUST GET DONE FASTER. MORE PARTICIPATION NEEDED PRONTO.

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The Vaccination Figures for Westchester County as of this morning.

WPCNR COVID VACCINATION MONITOR. By John F. Bailey. From the New York State Covid 19 Tracker. July 18, 2021:

After County Executive George Latimer reported vaccinations last Monday in Westchester County were running at a low of 168 scheduled shots that day,, 1,774 more persons have gone to get first shots of the Covid vaccine, apparently hearing the County Executive’s message to get vaccinated and fast.

More persons with first shots have  started getting their second shots, a total of 1,687 in five days an average of 337 a day.

The Covid Tracker Tracker reports this morning 586,301 Westchester residents have their  two doses of vaccine. Up 1,687 from Tuesday July 13.

This Sunday morning, 637,920 are reported as needing second shots to be fully vaccinated. That total includes the 1,774 Westchester residents just getting their first shots the last 5 days. Those individuals  still need their second shots compared to 638,000 last Monday

If second shots and first shots continue this upward trend the county could be fully vaccinated by Mid-November.  To complete second shots for the 637,920 now needing 2nd shots, the county has to ramp up the number of people coming in for second shots, or convince those who have missed their second shot appointments to come in and get them.

The state has released no figures on the persons who have skipped their second shot dosages.

Without that obvious vital stat there is no way to determine if the lag in fully vaccinating progress is from consumer indifference.

The state has released no figures on no-shows for second shots, either, or whether those no-shows for second shots are being traced and recontacted, or whether second shots will come to them. They should.

Given the spread of coronavirus the last week back to the brink of out of control spread (more than 1.1 Infection Rate) this situation of shot-skipping ignoring getting a shot altogether, and how it is being addressed needs to be addressed calculated and executed. Depending on today’s numbers due at 2 PM, the Third Wave could be about to begin.

The state has to dig into the weeds of the stats they do not want to tell.

The state needs to stop talking about recovery and back to normal because the spread is already on in Westchester and the reasons for that have to be isolated: is it vaccination skipping, too relaxed rules, or stronger covid strains. Wishful thinking does not replace what the facts tell you.

With the number of people still needing second shots and the still low rate of vaccinations running at 700  (337 second shots a day  and 354 first shots) (1st and 2nd combined) we are not vaccinating fast enough to get the county fully vaccinated by the start of the school year. We need 2,000 shots a day 1st and seconds combined to get the county full vaccinated by mid-September.

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NEW COVID CASES IN WESTCHESTER HITS SPREAD RATE OF 1.1% 12 DAYS AFTER JULY 4 WEEKEND ENDS. FRIDAY FIGURES: INFECTION RATE CONTINUES AT 1.1% POSITIVE–51 OF 4,637 TESTED–1.1% INFECTION CONTINUES. 312 NEW CASES IN 8 DAYS AVG 40 A DAY.

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THIS JUST IN FROM NEW YORK STATE COVID TRACKER:
SHOWING ANOTHER 51 PERSONS INFECTED WITH COVID FRIDAY OF 4,632 TESTED.

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. NEWS & COMMENT By John F. Bailey. Updated with chart July 17, 2021 UPDATED WITH FRIDAY TEST RESULTS, 3:45P.M. EDT

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Westchester new covid case percentage of positives tested has  doubled from a low of .3 testing positive the previous late April 12 weeks through June 30.

The new case rate is   back  to 1.1% of  24,310 tested in last 7 days. That 1.1% continued when Friday Test results were posted on the New York State Covid Tracker showing another 4, 632 persons were tested and 51 or 1.1% were found positive with Covid.

The rate of 1.1% positives is the start of the infection rate that builds cases exponentially, 2 for every infected person.

The spread of new coronavirus has suddenly  gone from less than 30 a day   to 50  a day in Westchester alone in 7 days. It was only 7 days from the end of a very loose holiday three-day weekend that new positives starting going up instead of continuing its previous continued steady-controlled number of 1/2 % and significantly growing number of infections.

The  number of daily  cases averaging slightly over 30 new cases a day (34,32,33,37,32  from July 9 to July 13, has gone to 51 new cases Wednesday July 14 to 47 on Thursday July 15, paralleling the incubation period of exactly 12 days since the end of the July 5th 3-day holiday weekend in Westchester.

The spread of the disease is now ahead of reduction in new covid cases.

The concern is with less Westchester  people getting tested, an average of 3,501 a day the last seven days, there may be more than just 50 persons a day with new cases who are coming down with covid but simply have not shown full symptoms, and are spreading it bigtime.

This raises the question of how many other super spreader weekends coming  up in this hottest of all summers in Westchester is going to spread coronavirus and how quickly the new cases will be arriving in hospitals, threatening a healthy fall school opening.

The days paralleling the standard recognized incubation period of 10 to 14 days from the end of the July 5 weekend demonstrates how quickly the disease can reinfect  and come back.

The  “Anything Goes” policy  by authorities in in the state, counties, towns and businesses and the state of  reducing wearing masks, allowing in-person gatherings with unlimited persons, heavy beach and swimming facility usage, restaurant and movie  restriction liftings is perhaps accelerating this jump.

The unwillingness to get vaccinated, as lamented each week by County Executive George Latimer, is another factor.

A reporter I was having lunch with yesterday wondered aloud Will the Governor as the Governor of California did yesterday bring back close-down restrictions, masks and require vaccination proof before Covid seizes upon the vulnerability of Westchester and all counties reckless wishful thinking?

In the sudden rush to go back to normal, and follow wishful politicians’ thinking that the vaccine is controlling the virus, and politcians’ eagerness to claim credit from the governor for opening up the economy again, are coronavirus and its delta variant reasserting its spread?

The 7 days of spread spread (going up everyday for 7 days) say that.

 We need to know whether persons coming down with the new cases had been vaccinated.  

Two letters from caregivers of covid cases appeared in the New York Times letter column this morning said that all persons they were treating from covid had not been vaccinated. That tells me it is time to require vaccinations of eligible children before schools start. That tells me there has to be vaccination drives in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.

It also tells me that if you have not been vaccinated or have not gone back for you second shot, you are going to get the disease if you are not careful

As a study published in The New York Times today pointed out celebrations of birthdays and special occasions have pointed out as leading spreaders of the disease

The   horrifying 50 cases a day figures tell me that vaccinations have to be ramped up and required.

When Friday test results from yesterday for Westchester come out at 2 PM today, I hope they do not show more of an infection rate.

I just worry about wishful thinking that covid is over because it restart the disease bigtime..

Because people are already out there spreading covid but do not know it.

Governor Cuomo has to wake up and smell the coffee.

If we start  to whistle past the graveyard, we will have more hospitalizations and  graveyards to fill in less than a month at this rate in Westchester.

In 7 days, it already has.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK AND WPCNR NEWS “THE RECOVERY REPORT” HOW MUCH ARE WE “BACK?” A LOT! JULY 16 REPORT TONIGHT 7:30 ON FIOS CH. 45 COUNTYWIDE AND OPTIMUM WHITE PLAINS CH. 76 AND WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG

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WHITE PLAINS GETS AND ICE CREAM SHOPPE AGAIN

JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS
CRYSTAL HAWKINS-SYSKA , PRESIDENT
OF HUDSON GATEWAY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ON
RED HOT REAL ESTATE MARKET IN WHITE PLAINS AND WESTCHESTER
BENJAMIN BOYKIN
CHAIR OF BOARD OF LEGISLATORS MID-YEAR REPOR
T: WE’RE BOUNCING BACK
90 IN THE SHADE HEAT WAVE
INVASION OF THE CITY SANITATION RECEPTACLES
BEHIND THE DENIAL OF EMINENT DOMAIN TO WHITE PLAINS
HUMANE SOCIETY OPENS RENOVATED SHELTER,
SETS COUNSELING, APPOINTMENTS FOR ADOPTING PETS
WITH
FELICITY THE CAT
ON HER EXPERIENCE
AS AN ADOPTED CAT FROM THE SHELTER
RECOVERY VS; COVID
COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER
ON VACCINES RISE IN COVID POSITIVES IN LAST 10 DAYS

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WEATHER WHITE PLAINS: HEAT WAVE COOKS: 89 HAZY HUMID, INTENSE WPCNR DEGREES IN THE SHADE AT 4:15 PM EDT. THAT’S 99 IN THE SUN’S SPOTLIGHT. COUNTY HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT

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With temperatures are expected to reach 95 degrees today and hover close to 100 degrees on Friday afternoon, the Westchester County Health Department is issuing a heat advisory. As humidity and temperatures rise, residents should avoid strenuous activity, drink lots of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and take precautions to prevent heat-related illness.

“Pace yourself — don’t overdo it in the heat,” said County Executive George Latimer. “If you spend a lot of time outdoors, take breaks in an air-conditioned place and drink lots of water. And during a heat wave, remember to always check in on your elderly or ailing neighbors.”

Sherlita Amler, MD, Westchester County Commissioner of Health, said people who are most vulnerable to adverse effects from the heat include the very young, seniors, people who are obese and those with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or lung conditions.

“By now we should all know what to do, but heat stroke and dehydration can take you by surprise,” Amler said. “High humidity, chronic health conditions and some medications can also increase a person’s risk for heat stroke.”

Heat stroke is a serious and life-threatening condition that claims many lives nationwide each year. Symptoms include hot red, dry skin, shallow breathing, a rapid, weak pulse and confusion. Anyone suffering from heat stroke needs to receive emergency medical treatment immediately. Call 911 if you suspect heat stroke and immediately cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency help to arrive.

Amler reminded residents never to leave children, pets or people in a car. Temperatures can quickly rise to unsafe levels, so motorists should always look before they lock their vehicles.

“To avoid tragedy, it’s also vital to never leave infants, children, seniors or pets in a closed car no matter how brief the time,” Amler said. “Closed vehicles can quickly heat up to a life-threatening 140º F or more.”

Another concern during a heat wave is heat exhaustion. Seniors, young children, people who are overweight or who have high blood pressure, people who work outside or in other hot environments are most at risk. Frequent breaks and drinking lots of water can help prevent heat exhaustion. Signs include headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness and exhaustion, as well as cool, moist, pale or flushed skin. Anyone suffering from heat exhaustion should move out of the sun and apply cool, wet cloths to their skin.

“During a heat wave, seniors, young children and people with compromised immunity especially should avoid vigorous outdoor activity, seek the shade, spend time in air-conditioned locations and drink lots of water throughout the day,” Amler said. “Especially when they’re swimming and playing in the water, children often forget to drink, so parents and caregivers should prompt children to take breaks to hydrate.”

Those who plan to travel by car should prepare their vehicle before hitting the road. Always travel with a spare battery, and avoid leading radios, phone chargers and other accessories running when the engine is not.

Check to make sure your air conditioning is properly functioning and coolant is at the proper level. If you plan to travel in less populated areas, bring water and an umbrella for shade if it becomes necessary to leave the car. Always keep air flowing throughout the vehicle, and try to park in the shade. 

For tips to prevent heat-related illness and places to stay cool, residents can visit the Health Department website at www.westchestergov.com/health

Residents who need a place to cool off can go to an indoor mall. Senior centers, libraries and community centers often serve as cooling centers, but call before you go.

Elevated heat and humidity can also lead to unhealthy levels of ozone, a gas produced by the action of sunlight on organic air contaminants from auto exhaust and other sources.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forecasts daily ozone conditions at (http://www.dec.ny.gov), or call the New York State Air Quality Hotline at 1-800-535-1345.

The County’s Department of Emergency Services is monitoring the weather forecast, tracking the opening of local Cooling Centers and is in contact with Con Edison and NYSEG concerning the potential for power outages. 

For tips to prevent heat-related illness and places to stay cool, residents can visit the Health Department website at www.westchestergov.com/health

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“We’re Bouncing Back,” Chair of County Board of Legislators Says in Midyear Report

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WPCNR COUNTY-CLARION LEDGER. From Benjamin Boykin, Chairman of Board of Legislators. July 15, 2021:

Improvements to County parks from Montrose to Mount Vernon; investments in roads, transportation, Westchester Community College and waste management infrastructure; strengthening government ethics; police reform; and increasing transparency in the co-op market — these are just a few of the Board of Legislators’ achievements in the first half of 2021, outlined in Board Chair Ben Boykin’s 2021 Mid-Year Report released this week.

“After being at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are bouncing back,” Boykin said. There is important work to be done in the coming months as we continue our recovery. The decisions we make will shape Westchester for generations. It is our responsibility to ensure that our values guide our choices. We must build Westchester’s renewal on the pillars of fairness, equity, sustainability, fiscal responsibility, openness and transparency. In the first half of 2021, that work has already begun.”

The report details actions by the Board during the first half of 2021 to:

·         Approve an ambitious police reimagining plan for Westchester

·         Dramatically strengthen the ethics rules for County government

·         Increase transparency in co-op sales

·         Approve a hard-fought, negotiated legal settlement that will allow Playland to operate with greater County oversight

·         Invest tens of millions of dollars in improvements to County parks

·         Authorize the acquisition of new hybrid electric buses to make our mass transit system cleaner

·         Rehabilitate miles of County-owned roads

·         Modernize our wastewater treatment and sewer systems

·         Invest in housing for seniors and others who live and work in our County

·         Upgrade the infrastructure at Westchester Community College

·         Expand tax relief for our veterans

·         Support the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank to finance the development of 21st century infrastructure

Boykin said, “I would like to thank County Executive George Latimer and his staff for their creative, dedicated and steadfast leadership for the past four years, and especially during the COVID-19 crisis. I’d also like to thank Board leadership – Vice Chair Alfreda Williams, Majority Leader MaryJane Shimsky, Majority Whip Christopher Johnson, and Minority Leader Margaret Cunzio – and all our County Legislators.

This Board has been able to achieve all it has because of their dedication to serving the people of this County, supported by the outstanding public service of the Board’s tireless staff during the past 15 difficult months. Working together, this County government has risen to the occasion to keep the residents of Westchester safe, to buoy the County’s financial health, and to provide for the people of Westchester at a time when government services have never been more essential.”

Read the report at: https://westchesterlegislators.com/images/pdf/2021Mid-YearReport.pdf

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WPTV’S “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” GABRIEL ARANGO OF WP EZHOUSING, ATTORNEY LIANNE WATKINS AND PHILLIP WERBEL, PROPERTY OWNER ON IMPACT OF APPELLATE COURT EMINENT DOMAIN DECISION. SEE IT NOW AT www.wpcommunitymedia.org

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JOHN BAILEY OF PEOPLE TO BE HEARD INTERVIEWS
(LEFT TO RIGHT), PHILLIP WERBEL, GABRIEL ARANGO AND THEIR ATTORNEY LIANNE WATKINS ON THE APPELLATE DECISION THAT STOPPED THE CITY FROM ACQUIRING PROPERTIES ON POST ROAD
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