GOVERNOR CUOMO CRACKS DOWN ON RESTAURANTS : “3 STRIKES AND YOUR CLOSED” WILL INVESTIGATE BITCOIN SCAM AND TWITTER HACKS. 92% COMPLIANCE WITH TRAVELERS COMING IN TO NY

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. From the Governor’s Office. January 16, 2020:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new regulations for bars and restaurants in New York City to ensure they are complying with state social distancing and face covering orders.

As part of the ‘Three Strikes and You’re Closed’ initiative, any establishment that receives three violations will be closed for business.

Egregious violations can result in immediate loss of liquor license or closure before a third strike. Additionally, any establishment facing disciplinary charges by the State Liquor Authority will have its name and location posted publicly and updated on a weekly basis. If the state is alerted to similar noncompliance in other regions of the state, these restrictions will be extended to those areas immediately.

The Governor also announced that all restaurants and bars statewide will be subject to new requirements that they must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food and that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers. 

Under current law, only establishments that serve food are permitted to serve alcoholic beverages. Citizens who see violations or are concerned can report complaints, including photos, to the State Liquor Authority at www.sla.ny.gov.

The Governor also announced that a decision will be made on New York City entering phase four by tomorrow, July 17th. If New York City is approved to enter phase four on Monday, the state will not allow any additional indoor activity, such as malls and cultural institutions.

The Governor also announced that travel form compliance went up to 92 percent after the state announced fines for failure to complete the form.  

(Earlier this week, the Governor announced out-of-state travelers from the 22 designated states with the highest infection rates must provide local authorities with contact information upon entering New York to help enforce quarantining or they’ll face a fine of up to $2,000 if they don’t supply that information.)

AUDIO of the Governor’s remarks is available here.

A rush transcript of the Governor’s remarks is available below:

Governor Cuomo: Thank you, thank you very much, operator. Thank all of you for being with us today. I have on the telephone – Budget Director Robert Mujica, Department of Financial Services head Linda Lacewell, and State Liquor Authority head Vince Bradley. We also have a special guest: Mayor Sylvester Turner from Houston, Texas. And it’s our pleasure to have him on for a few minutes. The mayor and I have been talking about the COVID situation.

As you know, Texas has significant issues. Harris County, where Houston is located, has one of the worst problems in Texas and I’ve been talking to the mayor. I said, anyway we can help, we offer our assistance in New York.

New Yorkers are very grateful for what everyone did across this country to help New York when we needed help. Over 30,000 volunteers – we’ll never forget it. And that’s the way America should operate. That’s America at its best.

We sent teams down to Houston. They’ve been on the ground for a few days. I want to thank all the nurses and doctors that went down. We had them go down from the Greater New York Hospital Association from Mount Sinai, from Montefiore, from Northwell.

And they’ve been working on setting up testing sites and doing what we did here where we partnered with churches – especially in low-income communities. What we find all-too-often across the country is that, lower-income communities have a higher rate of infection. So, working with churches in the communities has turned out very well to set up testing sites and getting people to come in.

We also sent out PPE – sent down PPE, hand sanitizer, testing kits, etc. And the mayor says it’s been helpful. I want to say to you, Mr. Mayor – all New Yorkers stand with you in solidarity. Anything you need, know that we are here and you can call on us. Unfortunately, we learned these lessons in New York the hard way. We had to go through it.

Why we have to repeat the mistake across the country, I have no idea. But it’s unfortunate, but we are where we are. We’ll deal with it, and then we’ll right the wrongs afterwards. But it’s been a pleasure to work with you, mayor, and we’re not going anywhere. We’re here, so anything you need going forward – but I’m glad we were able to help. Mayor Turner.

Mayor Turner: Thank you, Governor Cuomo. And let me just start out by acknowledging and thanking you for the leadership that you provided to the State of New York and quite frankly, the leadership that you provided to all of us across the country. I’ve watched your daily briefings on a regular basis.

I learned a lot from what you have done and your people have done in New York, so let me commend all of you for your efforts. Let me also thank you for the support that you all are providing to the City of Houston here in Harris County. As you indicated, we are facing a situation where our numbers have surged. More people have been testing positive, showing up in our hospitals and our ICUs. Testing is a big issue.

And you’re also right that this virus is having a disproportional impact on communities of color, low-income communities, and where even more testing is needed. And people – a lot of people – who are wanting testing, needing testing and they’ve having to wait a long time. So, let me thank you and your team for reaching out, you know. You all did not wait for example on us to call you all. You reached out to us in the City of Houston.

So, I want to thank you for your teams that are already on the ground since the past weekend. I want to thank you for the doctors, the nurses, the staff, the PPE that you have all already sent. There are two testing sites that you always have to stand up: one in northwest Houston at Fallbrook Church; another in southwest Houston Higher Dimension Church. Those testing sites are up and running. They started them yesterday and they’ll be up and running for the next two weeks. The reports that I’ve received, people are taking full advantage of those testing sites and those sites will help us out immensely. So, thank you, Governor Como. Thank you. Thank the people of New York. I really appreciate it. And I will tell same to you just like you are paying it forward, we will pay it forward as well so thank you so very, very much.

Governor Cuomo: Thank you, my friend. You stay strong. Anything you need you know where to find us and as soon as we get past this I’ll come down and visit with you. It would be my pleasure to come back to Houston. I have a lot of good memories. I did a lot of good work when I was HUD Secretary. You have a great city. We’ll get through this will be the better for it so God bless you, Mr. mayor. Thank you. Thank you for your leadership, sir. It’s been a pleasure to watch what you are doing for the people of Houston. I’m proud of you.

Mayor Turner: Thank you, Governor.

Governor Cuomo: Thank you. Thank you, sir. Okay, let me make a few announcements and then we’ll take questions.

The big picture is that nobody could have expected that we would be in the situation that we’re in today. We had spoken at the beginning about the potential for a second wave of COVID. The second wave we anticipated was that the virus would mutate and come back in a mutated form. That was the second wave theory, the global pandemic of 1918, the virus mutated and came back for a second wave. What we’re experiencing is something different.

This is a second wave, but this is a situation where we just failed to learn the lessons of the first wave. We failed to learn that we missed the virus in the first place. That it was coming from Europe and then New York showed what you needed to do. You needed to close down, you needed to come up with testing, you needed to come up with contact tracing and attack this virus with the same strength that it was attacking us. We failed to do that.

The virus is now spreading and states all across the country and now we’re fearing a second wave which is really just the rebound from those states and the increased infection coming back to New York. That’s not what we were anticipating as a second wave. This is just a rebound of the first wave, rather than the wave coming from the East and hitting New York, the wave is going to come from the West and hit New York and it’s going to be man-made, all self-created.

There’s no reason for this nation to be going through what it’s going through now. We learned these lessons months ago. Months ago. Remember the first case was back in January and here we are in July and states still don’t have testing and contact tracing, don’t have the PPE, don’t have the medical equipment.

We had seven months to get ready. Seven months to get ready. And many places in this country are just as unprepared as they were seven months ago. And that’s one of the things we’re worried about in New York is the virus coming from the states with the high infection rates.

It’s our pleasure to help Houston, to help Atlanta, to help states across the nation deal with it. It’s the right thing to do as Americans. It’s also in our self-interest because we are all in this together and if people get infected in Arizona or Houston or Atlanta and get on a plane and come to New York, now it’s New York’s problem. So, that’s the situation we’re dealing with. Our numbers are good but what we are looking at – what we’re dealing with is the potential of a “second wave,” from these other states.

Today’s day 138. New York conducted 72,000 tests yesterday and again that is per capita higher than any state higher than any country. We said New York Smart – smart means get the facts, get the data, act on the data, and we have more data and smarter data than any other state that’s dealing with this. Of the 72,685 tests, 769 were positive. That’s just about 1 percent, 1.06. 14 New Yorkers passed away yesterday which again we don’t want to see any New Yorkers pass away but compared to where we were with this disease, where we had 800 deaths in a single day we’re obviously in a much, much better position. 813 New Yorkers were hospitalized – that’s down 18 from the previous day, so that is all good news as far as we’re concerned.

But again, New York Smart, look ahead and be prepared. We still have an issue with compliance. I once again call on the local government officials to make sure they are doing compliance enforcement. I understand that there’s tension with police departments and ongoing demonstrations after Mr. Floyd’s murder. I understand that. But we can deal with that situation and still enforce the law.

We have to and these, the compliance enforcement of these rules and regulations is essential. If we do not enforce compliance the virus will spread. It is that simple. If you eat a piece of cheesecake today, you will see it on the scale tomorrow. Our actions create the response of the virus.

So local governments need to be diligent and I ask them to do that once again. I am asking them to do it publicly. I am asking them to do it privately. I understand enforcement is not politically popular. I’ll tell you what’s less politically popular: if we have to close down a region because compliance wasn’t done. That would be less politically popular.

New York City, we have compliance issues and we’re going to announce a couple of actions today. We have additional regulations on the bars and restaurants. That is a primary area where we’re seeing problems with compliance and we’re taking additional actions.

As you know we’ve been stepping up enforcement on bars and restaurants. Bars and restaurants are licensed by the State Liquor Authority. Bradley is on the telephone. New York City, we let bars and restaurants open for outdoor service on June 22. There is significant evidence of failure to comply. The State itself has looked at over 5,000 establishments in downstate New York and found many cases of a failure to comply. It’s wrong. It’s dangerous. It’s selfish. It’s unacceptable. It’s also illegal, so today beginning in New York City we’re going to enact a “three strikes and you’re closed.”

Any establishment that receives three violations will be closed for business.

Egregious violations can still result in an immediate loss of a liquor license but three violations and you’re closed. We’re also going to post the names of the establishments facing disciplinary charges.

New Yorkers are outraged at these establishments. We’re getting thousands of complains, pictures, videos, et cetera. This is a question of public health and New Yorkers paid a dear price for COVID and they are equally upset with these violations.

Also, today all establishments must only serve alcohol to people who are also ordering food. The concept here was bars and restaurants would be allowed to do outdoor dining. That is a dining situation.

You go with several people, you sit at a table and you have a meal. That would limit the exposure to the people at that table and then the tables are socially distanced. That’s if you’re eating a meal – if you’re not eating a meal and you’re just drinking, then it’s just an outdoor bar and people are mingling and they’re not isolated and individual tables, and that’s what we’re seeing.

Also, no walk-up bar service – all service at bar tops must be only for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet. So those regulations will go into effect. Second, in New York City – New York City is headed for Phase 4 on Monday. We will have a definitive announcement as to whether or not New York City goes into Phase 4 by 4 o’clock tomorrow. We want to get the numbers from tomorrow, we want to have them analyzed, and we’ll make that announcement at 4 o’clock tomorrow, so businesses would have noticed for Monday. At this rate they are on track to enter Phase 4, but we will not know until we get the final data and we get it analyzed.

In any event, even if we going to Phase 4 on Monday, we are not going to allow any additional indoor activity. Phase Four opens malls, cultural institutions. If we go into Phase 4, we would go into Phase 4 without any additional indoor activity. We are still seeing issues not just in the bars and restaurants, but all across the country, you see as these inside, interior spaces, air-conditioned spaces where the virus is tending to spread. So, we’re going to take that precaution in New York City.

We are also announcing today a national advertising campaign for people to wear masks.

This campaign is not just in New York, these ads will run all across the country and they really are special. I had the opportunity to see them. Jane Rosenthal, we want to thank, who is the producer and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises. Jane organized this and got it together. We have an Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow to directed the ads. The Ad Council will be distributing the ads.

I also want to thank the actors who lent their talent to these ads. Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie, Ellen Pompeo, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Jamie Foxx and Kaitlyn Dever. But they are great – they are making the point about wear a mask.

The IHME projection which is used by the White House said 40,000 more Americans will die than would have died if we had a national mask policy. Just imagine that. Some states are saying, local governments can’t mandate masks.

I mean we’re still playing politics with this COVID virus after all of this which is really shocking and disturbing. Also, we are fully enforcing our quarantine rules against the 22 states with a high infection rate.

We’ve made progress and we’re now up to about a 92 percent compliance, but I want to make sure people know who are coming to New York, we’re very serious about that.

Also, we’re troubled by the cybersecurity attacks, the Twitter hack. That is frightening and that can be highly disruptive, and the Department of Financial Services in New York has jurisdiction and I am directing them today to do a full investigation of those Twitter hacks. They have significant consequences for the security of our financial system, as well as our election system, but it can really wreak havoc. So DFS will be doing that.

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SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM “PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” 5GALERT WESTCHESTER DIRECTOR RUTH MOSS ON MICROWAVE INSTALLATION THREAT TO WHITE PLAINS HEALTH & NEIGHBORHOODS INSTANTLY AT THIS LINK:

http://wpcommunitymedia.org/people-to-be-heard/07162020-1181

JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS RUTH MOSS, DIRECTOR
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SEE THIS THOUGHTFUL PROGRAM AT 7 PM COUNTYWIDE FIOS CH. 45

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EXCLUSIVE: County Executive George Latimer TELS WPCNR: Board of Elections Poised to Accept County Aid to Help Board OF E “Handle” Expected Record Turnout in November Presidential Election– To Avoid Repeating Voting/Absentee Ballot Problems STILL going on from June 23 Democratic Primary

WPCNR’S JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER THURSDAY AFTERNOON ON HOW WESTCHESTER COUNTY WILL STEP IN TO HELP BOARD OF ELECTIONS HANDLE RECORD TURNOUT IN NOVEMBER ELECTIONS AND COUNT THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN TIMELY FASHION — WITH MORE MONEY, MORE PEOPLE AND MORE PROMO (WPCNR VIDEO)
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Latimer Plan: Help Board of Elections Handle Presidential Election Crush, with More Personnel, More Polling Sites and More Money

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2020. From Westchester County Department of Communications. July 15, 2020:

In the wake of a primary election day filled with issues, Westchester County Executive George Latimer released a four-point plan aimed at offering assistance to the state-directed Westchester Board of Elections (BoE) in advance of Election Day 2020. 

The plan, which has already been given to Board of Elections Commissioners Reginald Lafayette and Douglas Colety, includes assistance with additional polling place inspectors, replacement polling sites, additional temporary staff for absentee ballot counting and early voting.

Latimer said: “Our nation was founded on the principle of free and fair elections – without them nothing else truly matters. The Board of Elections are a state-directed entity but what I am offering is a way to utilize the strength of our County government to assist in the democratic process.”

Among the new procedures is utilizing Westchester County employees, who already have Election Day off, as polling place inspectors. Latimer said utilizing these workers, along with also securing new polling sites to keep a reasonable number of locations open but avoid the use of nursing homes and other high Covid-19 risk areas, is simply streamlining our government workforce and utilizing County connections.

Latimer said: “While the Westchester Board of Elections is state controlled we are all in this together.  This is our County and we have an American duty to make the voting process as accessible as possible to those who want to exercise their civic rights.  I want people to vote, I want them to be engaged – and we are here to help.”

Additionally, the last two points of the plan are to provide resources to the BoE to hire part-time poll workers to count absentee ballots as well as open up early voting locations so that any duly registered Westchester voter can vote at any early voting location site.

The four point plan was shared with BoE leadership as well as Board of Legislators leadership. 

Editor’s Note: The Board of Elections still has not issued official results including the absentee ballot counting, though WPCNR has learned that Christopher Burdick has been declared the winner of the New York Assembly District 93 Primary race, and the Associated Press has announced Mondaire Jones won the Congressional District 17 race, winning the nomination to run for retiring Nita Lowey’s seat.

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WORKING FAMILIES PARTY CALLS MONDAIRE JONES THE WINNER IN LOWEY SEAT PRIMARY

NEW YORK — Following the AP calling Mondaire Jones’ victory in NY-17, New York Working Families Party State Director Sochie Nnaemeka today issued the following statement:

“The progressive wins keep rolling in. Mondaire Jones’ decisive victory is yet another signal that New York’s multiracial progressive movement is growing — and here to stay. From the start, Mondaire unapologetically called for transformative policies that all Americans deserve: Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and tuition-free public college. Mondaire is a Black, openly gay man raised by a single mother on food stamps in public housing. He knows firsthand all of the ways that our systems are designed to fail poor and working class Black and brown Americans — and he’s therefore personally invested in transforming them.

“We were proud to stand with Mondaire on the campaign trail, and we look forward to supporting this Working Families Party champion as he brings his transformative vision to Washington. From protests to the polls, New Yorkers are making clear we refuse to settle for the status quo —we want bold, progressive leaders fighting for us in Congress.”

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Former County Executive Kicks Off Campaign for Harckham Senate Seat with Call for Meaningful Education Action

Mr. Astorino announcing for State Senate June 25.

WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2020. Press Release from the Astorino for State Senate Campaign on Comments Announced at Valhalla High School This Morning. July 14, 2020:

 With New York State facing at least a $13 billion deficit, State Senator Peter Harckham (SD 40) has a novel budget cutting solution: Eliminate state funding from any public school that has a sports mascot that could in any way be construed as offensive.

Harckham’s just-introduced bill(S-8708) comes as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers remain unemployed due to the Coronavirus lockdown, and the state is struggling to set workable guidelines for reopening schools for millions of children.  


Harckham’s bill, which targets schools with mascots “derived from a specific race or ethnicity” would apply to several schools within his district, including Mahopac High School (Indians, $32.1 million loss in aid), Valhalla High School (Vikings, $5.6 million), and Horace Greeley High School (Quakers, $9.5 million.)

Other area schools are named after historical figures now under attack, such as Christopher Columbus, and Mr. Astorino warned that changing them will be next on the never-ending political correctness agenda.

Mr. Harckham’s bill to strip education aid would result in massive local tax increases, Mr. Astorino noted. 


“Parents have enough concerns about getting their children safely back into the classroom without having to worry about their schools being shut down over political correctness run amok,” Mr. Astorino said. “But even more than that, this knee-jerk legislation calls into question the priorities of our state elected officials, namely Pete Harckham. With all the challenges facing us as New Yorkers — with all the economic suffering middle- and working-class families are experiencing — this is the bill Senator Harckham introduces? It’s idiotic and more in line with the agenda of Bill de Blasio than residents of the Hudson Valley.” 


The former county executive called on Mr. Harckham to immediately withdraw this “asinine” legislation.


“As state senator, I’ll introduce legislation to provide Hudson Valley schools with their fair share of state education funding, to protect taxpayers from wasteful Albany spending, to repeal Harckham’s dangerous “bail reform” law, to rebuild New York’s economy, and to enact term limits, among other things,” Mr. Astorino said.  “Innocuous school mascots are nowhere on my list. There’s real work to be done.”

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FOR THE RECORD: PETITION TO LIMIT 5G ANTENNAS IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN WHITE PLAINS

WPCNR FOR THE RECORD. July 14, 2020: The following is a copy of the online petition referred to in the previous letter submitted to WPCNR which is being circulated to limit areas where 5G mirowave antennas can be installed in the city of White Plains. In March the city approved 5G tower installations in the downtown business area, but fiber optic cables are currently being installed at locations in the Highlands and at Ridgeway and North Street. Here is the petition presentation:

SIGN ON TO PETITION TO WHITE PLAINS MAYOR ROACH AND COMMON COUNCIL MEMBERS PETITION TO THE CITY OF WHITE PLAINS TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO ENACT PROTECTIVE AMENDMENTS TO ITS WIRELESS CELL ANTENNA CODE REGARDING 5G WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS. PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND OTHER INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE.

PETITION

Dear Mayor Roach and Council Members Brasch, Hunt-Robinson, Kirkpatrick, Martin, Presser and Puja,

We, the undersigned, petition the City of White Plains to take urgent action to enact protective amendments to its wireless cell antenna code regarding 5G wireless telecommunication facilities in residential neighborhoods. It is imperative to act immediately in order “to promote the safety of life and property.”

We are neighbors from across White Plains. We are all seeking a safe place to live and a decent quality of life for ourselves, our children and our community.

It has come to our attention that the City of White Plains has made a decision to adopt a wireless cell antenna code (law) that is extremely weak on protections and gives free rein to the telecom industry in our City to install powerful 4G/5G wireless antennas in our residential neighborhoods, adjacent to our houses, apartments, schools and play areas.

These cell antennas would expose us, involuntarily, to constant wireless radiation, making our homes and schools and the entire City of White Plains unsafe and diminish our quality of life.

Your most fundamental responsibility as our elected officials is to protect our health and safety, and ensure that the municipality and its residents are appropriately protected. We urge you to take steps to immediately adopt a protective municipal code regarding wireless antennas, and explore every possible legal remedy to amend the recently approved franchise agreement with Verizon Wireless.

We also request the immediate reinstatement of Citizens to Be Heard sessions at all Common Council meetings. The recent elimination of this long held precedent, which can easily be accommodated for meetings held on Zoom, deprives residents of their lawful and constitutionally protected right to express their grievances face to face.

BACKGROUND FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WIRELESS RADIATION ***

Wherever implemented, the rollout of 4G/5G wireless technology requires a dense deployment of cell antennas in local residential neighborhoods on utility poles and lamp posts. There is a large body of peer reviewed science that shows significant biological effects from exposure to wireless radiation, including “clear evidence” of cancer, heart abnormalities, neurological, reproductive and cognitive damage. Our children, pregnant women, the elderly, individuals with implanted medical devices, cardiac and neurological problems are at greater risk from these exposures.

The telecom industry claims that their technology is safe. However, the sworn Senate testimony of the major telecom executives is that they have conducted “no research” on the health effects of 5G wireless technology, and have no plans to do so.

Moreover, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not updated its exposure standards since 1996, which only factor thermal effects but not other biological impacts. The agency continues to refuse to update their wireless radiation exposure standards to reflect the most current scientific research that include biological impacts, despite warnings from other branches of government and from hundreds of medical and public health professionals who have called for a moratorium on the 5G wireless technology rollout and for the FCC to develop rigorous standards for wireless devices and infrastructure.

Installing 4G/5G antennas is not required for public safety, national security or connectivity. Indeed, fiber optic to and through the premises, which telephone customers have financed for decades through rate increases and extra fees on their phone bills, is safer, faster, more secure, more energy efficient and less expensive than wireless connections. The City of White Plains has no business granting telecoms permission to install wireless antennas in our communities in the first place when the telecoms have failed to deliver the fiber optic broadband to and through every house, apartment, and office we consumers were promised and already paid for.

*** Index to the Digest on the Independent Science on the Effect of Wireless Radiation on Human Health
https://www.americansforresponsibletech.org/scientific-studies

*** Cell Towers, Antennas Problematic for Buyers, National Association of Realtors, July 25, 2014:
https://magazine.realtor/daily-news/2014/07/25/cell-towers-antennas-problematic-for-buyers

KEY PROVISIONS THAT ARE NEEDED IN THE WHITE PLAINS CODE:

1. A provision to allow installation only in commercial and industrial zones not in or within 1000 feet of residential zones and mixed use zones.

2. A provision to establish an effective setback for installation in commercial and industrial zones with a 1000 foot setback from any of the following:
Residential zones, mixed use zones, schools, daycare facilities, medical
facilities, nursing homes, parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, houses of
worship.

3. A provision authorizing the Town to conduct random, unscheduled and
independent testing of any wireless antennas installation to ensure
compliance with the Federal Communications Commission’s radio frequency radiation guidelines for the general public, to be paid for by the applicant or corporate entity operating the antenna;

4. A provision requiring certification and documentation that any proposed
small cell installation(s) addresses an existing and significant gap in coverage in the service area;

5. A provision requiring photo simulations of the proposed installation(s) from the perspective of any property owner within 250 feet.

6. A provision that all property owners within 250 feet of any proposed
installation(s) have been notified of the filing of an application for a permit within five days of such filing, and that the application, including all related documents, shall be made available for public inspection and copying.

7. A provision requiring proof and documentation that the applicant and
corporate operator of any proposed small cell antenna have obtained
liability insurance which does not include a “pollution” exclusion.

THIS PETITION IS SPONSORED BY 5G ALERT WESTCHESTER.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT 5GAlertW@gmail.com

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Petition the Mayor to Tighten CellTower Regulations to Keep 5G Wireless Towers Out of Residential Neighborhoods–Sign Today

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. July 14, 2020:

Verizon and hired site developers are planning to install powerful 5G cell antennas along neighborhood streets in White Plains. These antennas, which are essentially mini-cell towers, will expose residents 24/7, without choice, to the well-documented health effects of (RF) microwave radiation. Our society’s infatuation with technology cannot rationalize this plan. 5GAlert Westchester is asking that all White Plains residents sign on immediately to this petition.

The petition calls on Mayor Roach and the Common Council to amend the city’s current wireless code to make it more protective of citizens and the city itself. The intent is not to ban 5G, but rather to safeguard the most vulnerable of our population – pregnant women, children, teens, the elderly, the disabled, and the imuno-suppressed.


The deadline for this petition is today, July 14, so please sign on immediately to keep powerful cell antennas away from our homes. This appeal is submitted by 5GAlert Westchester, one of 140 groups nationally working to delay the rollout of 5G cell antennas in order to protect residents from the proven health effects of (RF) microwave radiation.


Thank you, John. Please call me if you have any questions or if you would like support material.

Ruth F. Moss

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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES SCHOOL’S OPEN

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE. From the Governor’s Office. July 13, 2020:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new, data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York State.

Schools in a region can reopen if that region is in Phase IV of reopening and if its daily infection rate remains below 5 percent or lower using a 14-day average since unPAUSE was lifted.

Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1.

New York State will make the formula determination during the week of August 1 to 7.

New York State, the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and the Department of Health released finalized guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools today, which are available here.

The DOH and Governor’s Reimagine Council are working closely with the Department of Education as it releases education guidance. Plans to reopen schools are due on July 31.

Topics addressed by state guidance include:

  • Masks/PPE
  • Social Distancing
  • Cohort Structures
  • Restructuring Space to Maximize In-Class Instruction
  • Transportation
  • Food Service
  • Aftercare and Extracurriculars
  • Screening
  • Tracing
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

Governor Cuomo also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“Everybody wants to reopen schools, but you only reopen if it’s safe to reopen, and that’s determined by the data. You don’t hold your finger up and feel the wind, you don’t have an inspiration, you don’t have a dream, you don’t have an emotion–look at the data,” Governor Cuomo said.

 “We test more and we have more data than any state. If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don’t have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen.

We’re not going to use our children as the litmus test and we’re not going to going to put our children in a place where their health is endangered. It’s that simple.

Common sense and intelligence can still determine what we do, even in this crazy environment. We’re not going to use our children as guinea pigs.

What I say to the experts is very simple. I’m making the determination as to whether or not I would send my daughter to school. If it’s safe, I’ll send her. If it’s not safe, I’m not going to send her. And you can determine that by science.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 792 (-9)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 60 (-15)
  • Hospital Counties – 31
  • Number ICU – 175 (+1)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 103 (+1)
  • Total Discharges – 71,643 (+78)
  • Deaths – 10
  • Total Deaths – 24,989

Of the 51,687 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 557, or 1.08 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:

REGIONFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
Capital Region1.2%2.0%0.9%
Central New York1.7%1.1%1.0%
Finger Lakes1.0%0.8%1.0%
Long Island1.0%0.9%1.5%
Mid-Hudson0.8%0.9%0.8%
Mohawk Valley0.9%0.8%0.8%
New York City1.0%1.3%1.1%
North Country0.3%0.4%0.2%
Southern Tier1.5%0.6%0.9%
Western New York1.9%1.0%1.1%

The Governor also confirmed 557 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 402,263 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 402,263 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany2,2256
Allegany660
Broome8277
Cattaraugus1380
Cayuga1260
Chautauqua1711
Chemung1480
Chenango1693
Clinton1090
Columbia4871
Cortland591
Delaware920
Dutchess4,2804
Erie7,76624
Essex510
Franklin360
Fulton2650
Genesee2500
Greene2660
Hamilton60
Herkimer1931
Jefferson992
Lewis310
Livingston1470
Madison3751
Monroe4,20023
Montgomery1331
Nassau42,35447
Niagara1,3422
NYC219,301250
Oneida1,8307
Onondaga3,14218
Ontario3022
Orange10,8416
Orleans2870
Oswego2222
Otsego890
Putnam1,3654
Rensselaer6171
Rockland13,7193
Saratoga6108
Schenectady8684
Schoharie620
Schuyler150
Seneca740
St. Lawrence2311
Steuben2762
Suffolk42,11284
Sullivan1,4650
Tioga1610
Tompkins1860
Ulster1,8623
Warren2803
Washington2490
Wayne2094
Westchester35,32730
Wyoming1021
Yates480
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TRAVELERS TO NY IN PLANES, TRAINS AND CARS FILL-IN HEALTH FORM FROM AIRLINE OR FROM NY STATE BEFORE YOU LEAVE: $2,000 FINE IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE. ENFORCEMENT BEGINS TOMORROW AT ALL AIRPORTS. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

FLYING INTO WESTCHESTER AIRPORT TOMORROW? YOU MUST COMPLETE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FORM BEFORE BOARDING YOUR FLIGHT TO WESTCHESTER NO EXCEPTIONS FOR CHARTER, PRIVATE OR COMMERCIAL AIRLINES. THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED TODAY. (WPCNR ARCHIVE SHOT OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT)

WPCNR CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE. From Governor Cuomo’s Office. July 13, 2020:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a travel enforcement operation will commence Tuesday, July 14th, at airports across the state.

The objective: to help ensure travelers are following the state’s quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York State.

As part of the enforcement operation, enforcement teams will be stationed at airports statewide to meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed to passengers by airlines prior to, and upon boarding or disembarking flights to New York State.

 A new electronic version of the DOH traveler form is now also available, making it easier and more efficient for travelers to complete the form.

State DOH has also issued an emergency health order mandating that all out-of-state travelers from designated states complete the DOH traveler form upon entering New York.

Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $2,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine. 

Airlines have all pledged to help make passengers aware of the new requirement using pre-flight emails, pre-flight announcements, in-flight announcements and other methods. 

Additionally, travelers coming to New York from designated states through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the DOH traveler form online.

On June 24th, the Governor announced a joint incoming travel advisory with New Jersey and Connecticut requiring that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Nineteen states currently meet the criteria for required quarantine based upon a seven day rolling average of positive tests in excess of 10 percent, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents. More information on the state’s travel advisory is available here.

“New York’s success in fighting the COVID-19 virus is under two threats: lack of compliance and the virus coming to New York from other states with increasing infection rates,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have already implemented a quarantine order for travelers coming in from states with the highest infection rates, but we are experiencing non-compliance with the order that can lead to outbreaks and threaten the tremendous progress we’ve already made. The State Department of Health is going to issue an emergency health order today mandating that out-of-state travelers complete the DOH traveler form before leaving the airport, and we are launching an enforcement operation at airports across the state to help ensure travelers coming into New York are following this order.”

Enforcement at Port Authority Airports

Enforcement teams stationed at Port Authority airports will be comprised of peace officers from state agencies and will be supplemented by State Department of Health staff and supported by Port Authority police officers.

The enforcement teams will meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State DOH traveler form. The Port Authority will facilitate the physical set up of enforcement area with proper queuing and social distancing measures taken.

Enforcement at Regional Airports

MacArthur, Westchester, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls Airports will have enforcement teams on site daily based on daily arrivals from impacted states.

Elmira, Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh Airports will have enforcement teams on site based on non-daily arrivals from impacted states. The enforcement teams stationed at these regional airports will be comprised of State DOH peace officers and staff supported by State Police personnel and will meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State DOH traveler form. Each airport will facilitate the physical set up of enforcement area with proper queuing and social distancing measures taken.

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