The Covid Economy. Sales Tax Receipts Pace Declines In White Plains and Westchester County

WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE. By John F. Bailey. Statistics Based on New York State Department of Taxation and Finance sales tax reports. November 24, 2020:

White Plains   sales tax receipts are down $3 Million the first first four months of the city fiscal year. They have declined every month since the the year started in July.

County sales taxes after being out in front of last year’s pace the first 9 months dipped through October. The county is looking at a 1.9% decline in ten months from 2019 the year the county increased sales tax 1%. This is a an indication that County and White Plains economic activity is not recovering.

In the county it is particularly devastating: the decline first appearing in the October figures indicates that they are down 3% in customer spending, despite their 1% increase in sales tax .

In White Plains, sales tax dollars declined $2,856,000 through October. November and December coming up traditionally are the make or break month in the city budget calculations.

Covid is rising in Westchester.

The sales tax increase in the county is not helping in White Plains because White Plains always charged the same percentage of sales tax as the county.

At the present level of consumer activity the administration has to look hard at cutting expenses to balance the budget in 2021-22. The city could be looking at a 25% revenue loss by June, the close of the fiscal year, that the city will have to make up in the new 2021-22 budget.

How’s the county doing. Last month the county was up 2%  in sales tax revenues FOR THE FIRST 9 MOTHS. . in the 10th month OCTOBER FIGURES JUST IN NOW SHOWS THE COUNTY IS DOWN 2%. So the 2% Gain, even with the 1% Sales Tax Increase is wiped out. T

The County predicted a 27% In crease in sales taxes in 2020, now faces a 76 Million deficit even if they meet last year’s Nov. DEC Receipts of  $127 MILLION . Meeting that handle is in doubt if the 2% decline in the county sales taxed categories continues, the county sales tax revenue will decline to $124.5 Million building to a 78.5 Million Deficit which will be covered by The county reserves, bolstered by $80 Million in Covid Relief.

If county sales tax dollars meet last November and December numbers the county will get more sales tax receipts than last year a projected total of $671,964,357 (using NYS Sales tax receipts trends), way below what they budgeted $127 Million, This is why according to the new 2020 budget, the county decided to transfer unspent covid money to the reserve fund, then swap out current reserves to cover the county self-imposed deficit.

White Plains is prohibited by charter from budgeting more revenues in sales taxes than they receive in the past budget year. This is why the city is not in a deficit position because they cannot increase the budget on optimistic speculation of revenues.

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Browsing is Suspended at White Plains Library
Use Our Grab & Go Pickup Service

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Westchester County, the Library is suspending browsing in the building. This means there will be no access to our first floor collections or the Trove beginning Friday, November 27.

We will continue to offer our Grab & Go pickup service in our vestibule as well as reference services via phone, text, and email.

Our online programs and services remain unaffected.

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Mayor Thomas Roach on the COVID Situation in White Plains NY USA

WPCNR WEEKLY Mayor of White Plains Covid Report to the Community . November 23, 2020:

The COVID-19 infection rate continues to increase, with over 4,808 active cases in Westchester County right now. This is more than triple the number of cases than was reported just 3 weeks ago.

The cumulative number of people who have tested positive in White Plains since testing began is 2,391.  The County estimates there are currently 210 active cases in White Plains, 19 more than Friday, the last time we were provided with numbers.  

 The State has now designated yellow zones in several communities in the County, as well as one orange zone. The State’s yellow-orange-red zone designations are part of the targeted, micro-cluster approach to combating this virus.

Although White Plains has not NOT received any of these designations, it is another, sobering reminder that the predominant means by which the virus is now spreading is through gatherings of family, friends, and social contacts. 

 This is not a typical year and this will not be a typical Thanksgiving. The decisions we all make about how we will gather and with whom will impact the health of ourselves, our family and loved ones and our community as a whole.

The best way to protect everyone is to wear your masks when in public and limit your unprotected contact to those within your household.  This is not a lifetime commitment folks and the end is in sight, but taking care now will make all the difference in how we spend the time between now and when the vaccines arrive.   

 I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. 2020 has been challenging and stressful, and many of us have experienced loss. We will be celebrating the holidays differently this year – in smaller groups, with less fanfare.

Even in the midst of all this, I believe there are still reasons to be thankful. The way our White Plains community has banded together to fight this pandemic is certainly at the top of my list, so Thank You. 

 Our next Covid update will be on Monday, November 30th.  Until then remember, we are standing together by staying apart


Los índices de contagios de COVID-19 continúan aumentando, en este momento hay  más de 4.808 casos activos en el condado de Westchester. Esto es más del triple del número de casos que se informó hace solo 3 semanas. El número total de personas con resultados positivo en White Plains desde que comenzaron las pruebas es de 2,391. El condado estima que actualmente hay 210 casos activos en White Plains, 19 personas más que el viernes, la última vez que recibimos los números.

 El estado ahora ha designado zonas amarillas en varias comunidades del condado, y hasta ahora una zona naranja. Las designaciones de zona de color amarillo-naranja-rojo del estado son parte del enfoque de micro-grupo específico para combatir este virus. Aunque White Plains NO ha recibido ninguna de estas designaciones, esto nos sirve de recordatorio de que el medio principal por el cual el virus se está propagando es a través de reuniones de familiares, con amigos y mediante contactos sociales.

Este es un año inusual y no será un Día de Acción de Gracias normal. Las decisiones que todos tomamos sobre con quien como pasaremos este día  impactarán la salud de nosotros mismos, nuestra familia, seres queridos y nuestra comunidad en general. La mejor manera de proteger a todos es usar sus mascarillas cuando esté en público y limitar su contacto sin protección a aquellos dentro de su hogar. Este no es un compromiso de por vida y el final de esto pronto llegara. El protegernos ahora marcará la diferencia en cómo pasamos el tiempo desde ahora a  cuando lleguen las vacunas.

Me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para desearles un feliz Día de Acción de Gracias.  El 2020 ha sido un año difícil y estresante, y muchos de nosotros hemos experimentado pérdidas. Celebraremos las fiestas de manera diferente este año, en grupos más pequeños, con menos fanfarria. Aun en medio de esta situación creo que todavía hay razones para estar agradecido. La forma en que nuestra comunidad de White Plains se ha unido para luchar contra esta pandemia es una de las cosas por las que más estoy agradecido, así que gracias.

 Nuestra próxima actualización de Covid será el lunes 30 de noviembre. Hasta entonces y recuerde: estamos más juntos manteniéndonos más separados.

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The Day President John Kennedy Was Shot

WPCNR NEWS AND COMMENT By John F. Bailey. (reprinted from November, 2001) UPDATED. November 23, 2020:

Someone made a big mistake this year. The papers on November 22nd had no reference to the day John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. 

November 22 at 1 in the afternoon in Dallas, Texas.

Today is the day in Dallas 57 years ago on Friday afternoon when President John F. Kennedy was shot riding in his motorcade in front of the Texas Book Depository Building.

November 22,  1963. A most unfortunate coincidence that someone should have noticed.

Fifty-seven years ago yesterday at about midday eastern standard time, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas.

When I heard the news, I was heading up the steps of  Gray Chapel at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. It was sobering news. Then within the hour it was reported that the President was dead, and the search was on for potential suspects.

It was the first time in my life a national event had ever affected me.

Persons in their late 60s can probably remember exactly what they were doing when they heard that electrifying news.

Disbelief. Concern. Sadness.

Who would shoot the President?  How could they? The President no matter who he was was revered and respected at that time — not ridiculed, mocked, vilified, and criticised for his every move as he is today.

President Kennedy’s popularity was ebbing at that time. The public was initially inspired by the vision of Camelot and the likable, energetic young president. However, by the time he was assassinated, President Kennedy was coming under harsh criticism for his foreign policy and his inability to move an agenda through congress.

He was ridiculed by impressionists and pushed around by congressional heavyweights — eerily not too much different from our President today, who today pushes congress members around, insults critics, imprisons children in cages, and refuses to abide by an election result.

When Kennedy was shot, the American public, even those who disagreed with his politics and considered him in over his head in the presidency, were stunned by grief and horror.

Nothing had happened like that in America since 1901 when President William McKinley was assassinated.

An entire nation reflected in guilt for a week as the three television networks showed 24 hours a day assassination and funeral coverage. Walter Cronkite shed a tear on camera when he reported Kennedy was dead.

Until the Trade Center Horror in 2001, this nation had not experienced anything on that national scale of reaction to an event.(With the exception of the Detroit riots in 1967 and anti-Viet Nam War protests.)

Were we a more sensitive nation then? More sensitive to what killing actually is? I wonder. In the fast-moving sensationalism of news today, would the same sensitivity be there today? No.

Or, have we been hardened to violence, and do we now see violence as more of an acceptable solution to problems than to be avoided at all costs? Yes, we do. And we have a President who urges the right to violence.

It seems so. With disgruntled misfits just taking guns and shooting innocent people and they get $2 Million bail when apprehended instead of no right to bail.

I remember how Americans sat mesmerized in front of their televisions as the Kennedy goodbye played out.

I remember, too how Kennedy’s death swiftly paved the way for the landmark Civil Rights act of 1965, legislated by Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. That legislation, without Kennedy’s assassination would probably never have been passed. I believe it passed because of collective guilt over Kennedy’s demise.

For 57 years, politicians, when their charisma is measured, have always been compared to Mr. Kennedy.

However, charisma does not get things done any more and it has lost its lustre as being a good thing.

Charisma and popularity does not make for change by itself. The last four we have seen the downside of charisma without compassion and thought. It is nice but it achieves nothing unless you have some good solid ideas, management skills, and are willing to work hard for it. And compromise for the greater good.

Even, then, as a recent Kennedyesque President, Barack Obama found out, it may not happen.

However, the political rancor and hysterical hatred of our President  Obama that was expressed in the Republican debates, on talk radio and by candidates who should know better back in 2016, created an atmosphere of disrespect for then President Obama and the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton exceeded even that aimed at George W. Bush.

The lack of respect for President Trump today and hatred of Democrats has created an atmosphere that is far more dangerous for the President and the country  than we can ever tell.

Mr. Trump has polarized the nation into two warring camps with unprecedented name-calling, purely nasty, hurtful policies towards minorities and immigrants, and planned takeaways of health care, and blatant giveaways to robber barons on poshly appointed carpetted crags in concrete canyons reminiscent of the cruel British aristocracies.

The toxicity against the Presidents, both Obama and now President Trump (though much is of Mr. Trump’s own immaturity and inability to manage) has been inflamed

Mr. Trump’s whining about the election being rigged is reckless and immature. Rich kid’s whining. No presidential candidate has ever acted this way before.

Al Gore when he lost the 2000 election did not, to my memory come out and call for revolution.

Romney’s petulance in 2012 at his defeat by President Obama started a tradition of losing ungracefully. Voters saw right through this Guy Smiley of a candidate they in their guts knew the phony he was. Voters were not as astute in 2016.

Romney’s comments to his donors, were echoed by  Michael Steele’s statement about Emperor Obama and his “reign of lawlessness” is exactly the sort of talk that paved the way for the Republican campaign of hatred in 2016. It was irresponsible of Romney and Steele.

A losing Presidential candidate has one job, unite behind the new leader. Romney is the only President in my memory ever to act this way.

The Republicans’ inability to compromise has stalled the nation on recovery, immigration, health care…you name the issue, the Republican Party has stalled progress in their frantic effort to roll back the clock to the turn of the 20th century.

We should always remember The Republicans’ whining. Bullies always whine. Fixers always are sore losers.

Ideas and rhetoric are one thing, but to vilify President Obama on the scale of what we heard in 2016 was irresponsible. Because it was listened to by persons across the country who suddenly got the “OK” from Republican candidates and “leaders” that it was ok to hate, to blame America’s problems on immigrants, and trade policies, and ignore science.

When educated leaders in congress endorse the policies of hate and punishment people can be OK with that? Leaders are giving people license to hate and hurt, discriminate, exploit, kill and build up themselves at the expense of others.

They elected a President who has done just that. Just that.

So when you sit down to turkey Thursday give a thought to be thankful for a nation that once did not rise up in arms whenever a leader is elected that a portion of the populace does not like.

Be thankful that the American people once spoke and felt as one, and hopefully will learn to do so again even though we disagree.

I hope so.

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Charles F. Bailey: A Father to Remember

WPCNR THE SUNDAY  BAILEY. By John F. Bailey. Republished from The CitizeNetReporter of June 17, 2007:

This week celebrates the birthday of a great American

Charles F. Bailey.

He is my father. He was born November 17, 1918.

My father gave me four pieces of advice in life: Always drive an air-conditioned car. Always centrally air-condition your home. Stay out of court.

And, oh yes, don’t sit in traffic. Take the next exit and wing it.

Always take the service road on the Long Island Expressway. (He would have loved a Garmin.)

In retrospect, his advice has served me well.  I am always comfortable. I sit out traffic delays in comfort. I have not made lawyers rich.

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He was not an emotional man. He was a banker and always wore suits to work. I have fond memories of going to meet him at the Steam Engine commuter train in Pleasantville – when  the train tracks were at grade with Manville Road at the old stone station.

I was most impressed as a young child by how he always smelled of coal cinders when he got off the train – like commuter’s cologne.

Sadly on today’s electric trains you do not get that. And you always heard those steam engines coming. Chuffing seriously.

You could see them: Clouds of very busy and inspiring industrious black smoke streaming at the horizon down the line. He’d get off the train.

My mother would move over and he’d drive the old Hudson Hornet home. He always spoke quietly. Never raised his voice. Drank scotch and soda in the winter. “G & T’s” in the summer, martinis with George and Howard two close friends. He smoked Chesterfield, Philip Morris, Marlboros, Kents.

He set up a Lionel train set in our basement – perhaps our unspoken connection. When I was sent in by train for the first time to meet him at the office during Christmas time, He’d have his secretary greet me at Grand Central Terminal which still is a very big and scary place.

He would take me to lunch at Jack’s Monte Rosa Restaurant on 49th Street – which I thought was a very great place. Hub bub, tinkling glasses. Sharp-dressed waiters.

When I first went to it with him, I was a little disappointed that it was not more glamorous but I was really impressed that Jack the owner greeted him by name. I thought that was great that my Dad was greeted with respect.

When I first started working in Washington, D.C. in 1968 I ate regularly at a restaurant below the television station WMAL-TV where I worked, it was called Marty’s Italian Village.  Marty, the owner (who looked like Humphrey Bogart, the only thing missing was the white sport coat) started calling me when I came in around 7 PM, ‘Hi John, how are you?” People would look at me. They thought I was big.  I liked that. Feeling big in my small world.

When my father came to visit me in Washington where I worked. I took him around town. I told him when he got off the plane. “Hi, Dad, welcome to my town.” I wanted to impress him. We’re always trying to impress our fathers.

Another Father time was when my Dad came out for Dad’s Day at college. I mean this was a big thing to me. He watched me do play-by-play of a football game from atop the press box in 15 degree weather. It was cold. But he watched. Acted impressed. He hated cold weather.

Another time he impressed was when I lost a job where I was working at the television station that I was being considered for. I told him how unfair it was, he put things in perspective:

“Puggy, he said,  “The film manager wasn’t going to put you in as his Assistant if you were going to be bucking him all the time.” It put things in perspective. No false sentiment. No making me feel better, he was tough enough to teach by being realistic while telling me not to feel sorry for myself.

Then later in my career, I was fired out of a job completely blindsided. He again intervened, saying to me he thought what the agency head had done was a terrible thing. I needed that at the time.

He also, in a very supportive move, told me if I could make $1,000 a night writing a free lance direct mail package, I should keep trying to do that.

Dads are there to say the right things to you at the right time. Sometimes it is not always the right thing, but they try. Often, if you’re lucky, as I was, they say the right thing. Not the wrong thing.

With my father, who was not really my father, since I was an adopted child, it was never all about him, it was all about you. Making me better, even when it hurt him to say things that were the truth.

When I bought my first house in White Plains. He never criticized the house. But when I sold it, he complimented me, “I think it’s great how you came out of it (the crummy first house).” He was a personal trainer.

The good ones  train you to run a race. If you stumble, no one hurts more than they do. When you succeed, no one is prouder. The good ones push you in front of the cameras, they say interview her or him. They did it.

They know what you should do, but they can’t tell you, because you won’t do it if you’re a kid.

But the more subtler of them tell you any way in hopes it will sink in to the rebellious offspring mind. My dad was subtle.

Another fond memory: My father took me camping once at a friend’s cabin in Pennsylvania. Funny thing was there was such a great comic collection we wound up sleeping in sleeping bags on the porch of the cabin. That was funny.

Another time when I was being threatened in college over a position at the radio station, I asked him if I should just abdicate and assign a play-by-play position to the person who was being forced on me. He advised me to “stick to your guns,” so I reported the threat to the Dean.

The position was compromised, but I was never threatened again.  He never shared my love for baseball and sports. In fact he never played catch with me all that well or that often.

I mean I could have made the big leagues (pipe dream) if he played catch with me more. But that’s a small criticism.  I wish I had more of his financial acumen. But I do not.

As you grow into your 30s and 40s, little things they say to you you begin to understand. My father never struck me, but always disciplined me with quiet words. I have not always been that way as a parent myself, being somewhat volatile. I wish I had his even temperament. He always asked me to take care of my mother. And the only time he really got mad at me was when I had made my mother upset with me.

He was a little like Humphrey Bogart in movie roles in the way he disciplined, I remember he would say admonitions quietly. Such as when I got an F in an English course at college. He told me, that was the last F I would get at Ohio Wesleyan, because the next one he would stop paying my tuition.

That had an effect. And that was when tuition was only $3,000 a year.

I have taken to after my children have grown, telling them always “Be careful,” “Don’t do anything stupid because someone suggests it,” “Do not go anywhere alone without telling people where you are going,” “Don’t lose your temper,” “Don’t tailgate.” In hopes that when I am not with them, they will remember it when they need it.

I think of him every day of my life. I become more like him every day. He is always lingering in the background of my thoughts. I do not know what he would think of what I am doing now.  But, he’d say — “If that’s what you want to do. Do it.” He also would say, “You have to make yourself happy.”

I also think, even today of what advice (laconic as always) he’d give me in a situation. I wish I could discuss property taxes with him. Banking today and how it has become a predator system.

I especially have to salute him, because I am an adopted child.

That alone makes me appreciate his love and acceptance with a sense of awe to this day. He loved me like his own son. Because in his mind, I was. He took responsibility.

You never outgrow your need for Dad. The good ones are immortal, alive and with you in your head when you need them. Immortality is leaving a good memory of you with the ones who knew you.

Because what you gave them, lives on for generations.

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White Plains TV is undergoing broadcast maintenance this weekend and was not telecasting Friday evening or this weekend. The station expects to resume programming Monday.

John Bailey and Jim Benerofe did produce a normal Friday night program and it is viewable now instantly on YOUTUBE in the premier of our new practice of uploading White Plains Week to the White Plains CitizeNetReporter website.

Here is the Youtube link to “Truth, Justice and the American Way,”on the news roundup show that has been serving White Plains, Westchester residents by rounding up the news that affects our daily lives that you need to know in a comprehensive broadcast mix of video, charts and commentary that lifts you right out of your chair.

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WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo November 20, 2020:

New York State continues to remain on guard as Thanksgiving approaches. While the State’s COVID numbers are better relative to most of the nation, we have still seen an uptick in the number of total COVID hospitalizations, and test positivity rates in many parts of the state that are higher than we’d like to see. Western New York, with a 4.84 percent test positivity rate on a 7-day average, is of particular concern. Remember: As New Yorkers, we decide our own destiny. What happens next is not written in stone. Help combat “living room spread” by avoiding gatherings with people outside of your household. Get tested if you have symptoms or have reason to believe you were exposed to the virus. Wear a mask, particularly indoors. And stay New York Tough. 

Tip of the Day: If you hosting Thanksgiving, you must limit the number of guests to no more than 10 people. Here’s what else you need to know tonight: 

1. New cluster zone restrictions went into effect for businesses today. The changes include two new Yellow Zones in the Bronx, a new Orange Zone in Erie County, a new Yellow Zone in North Tonawanda, NY, and an expanded Yellow Zone in Queens. See which restrictions apply in which color of zone here. See all the maps here.  

2. The positivity rate in the micro-cluster focus areas was 4.55 percent. Excluding these areas, it was 2.15 percent. Of the 205,466 tests reported yesterday, 5,468, or 2.66 percent, were positive. Total hospitalizations rose to 2,348. Sadly, we lost 32 New Yorkers to the virus.

 3. Yesterday, New York reported a record-high number of tests. New York reported 205,466 tests, a new record. Testing is one of the best tools against this virus. You can easily search for a testing site near you here. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment at a New York State-run testing location. 

4. Small business owners can check if they are eligible for New York State support programs or incentives. There are a number of business incentives that small business owners may be able to take advantage of. To get started, simply answer questions about your business and New York’s Business Express Incentive Wizard will provide a list of New York State programs and services that could help your business get off the ground.  

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Aretha Franklin will be inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in this year’s virtual induction ceremony. Located in Seneca Falls, NY, the organization will honor the Queen of Soul and five other Black women on December 10th, in a ceremony that will be broadcast online. 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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Cuomo: Canada Oct 12 Thanksgiving Experience with Covid Warning. In Westchester, Monday saw 399 PERSONS, Tuesday 360, WEDNESDAY 337. Infection Rate over 3 Days: 4.26%. 1,096 NEW COVID POSITIVE PERSONS in COUNTY over 3 Days.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Westchester County, (according to the New York State Covid Tracker UPDATED at 2 PM) , totaled 1,096 Persons Testing positive for Covid, of 26,056 tested, an infection rate of 4.2%
twice the infection rate the NYS Department of Health considers the controllable infection rate 1.1%. The virus is spreading in the county rapidly.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued this warning last night on Thanksgiving practices coming up:

 After Canadian Thanksgiving, on October 12, Canada saw a major spike in COVID cases.

It is our deep concern that the same thing will happen here. For that reason, I have continued to raise the alarm about the risk of COVID spreading in smaller indoor settings — so-called “living room spread” — including at holiday dinners. 

 We all wish the pandemic was over and we didn’t have to worry about it this holiday season. Sadly and very clearly that’s not the reality — on the contrary, COVID is getting worse.

So I am asking all New Yorkers again: Be smart and help us avoid a Thanksgiving spike.

That means having Thanksgiving with your immediate household only, not attending Thanksgiving dinners with over ten people, and taking all the recommended health precautions.

The best way to show your thanks and love this year is to stay apart. A small Thanksgiving dinner, or one over Zoom, is no less meaningful a way to reflect on our blessings and mark a great American tradition. 

Video of the Day: Nourish NY continues to connect farms with food banks to bring good, local food to families in need. Watch the video explaining how the program works. 

Here’s what else you need to know tonight: 

1. The positivity rate in the micro-cluster focus areas dropped slightly to 4.73 percent. Excluding these areas, it was 3.10 percent.

Of the 154,434 tests reported yesterday, 5,294, or 3.43 percent, were positive. Total hospitalizations rose to 2,202. Sadly, we lost 35 New Yorkers to the virus. 

2. New York will modify micro-cluster focus zones in response to updated metrics. Part of Erie County’s Yellow Zone will transition to an Orange Zone. Parts of Niagara County and the Bronx will go into Yellow Zones. There will be an expanded Yellow Zone in Queens. Meanwhile, due to improvements, the Yellow Zones in Broome County and Orange County will be removed, and the Brooklyn cluster’s Orange Zone will transition to a Yellow Zone. These changes go into effect Friday for businesses and Monday for schools.  

3. If you get a call from NYS Contact Tracing, pick up. Contact tracers are working around the clock to trace clusters and inform people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.

How can you help? Simply by picking up the phone. If your caller ID says “NYS Contact Tracing,” pick up and help New York stop the spread. (Tracers will never ask for your Social Security Number or financial information; if someone does, they are not an official tracer and you should hang up.)

 4. Northeastern colleges are asked to provide testing for students before students leave for Thanksgiving break. 

Wednesday, I was joined by the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in recommending that residential colleges in our respective states provide testing prior to sending students home for Thanksgiving. Read more about the regional coalition’s announcement here.  

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: The Little Shelter Animal Rescue in Suffolk County is celebrating its 93rd anniversary this year. Instead of a fundraising gala, they are expanding two charitable programs. The first program aids families who are struggling to provide for their pets’ needs, delivering them pet food and other goods so that they don’t need to surrender their pets to shelters. The second, a soup kitchen, primarily serves seniors and disabled individuals. During the pandemic, volunteers coordinated no-contact delivery to protect both the staff and the pet owners.  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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The Public Hearing on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments relating to the property at 52 North Broadway will continue this coming Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains at 7:30 p.m. 

Please note the following with regard to the Public Hearing:

  • Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Please leave enough time to enter, as mandatory temperature screenings will be conducted prior to entering. 
  • Facial coverings must be worn at all times. 
  • Seating will be limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

 The Public Hearing will continue via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Any member of the public who did not speak at the November 18, 2020 Public Hearing will be given an opportunity to speak.

Any individual who wishes to speak on November 19 must register by noon on the 19th, by using the link hereor by telephone at 914-422-1411 (during business hours).

Both Public Hearing sessions will be broadcast live on:


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