Rivertowns Liberated After 10 Years of Exile as County Opens Ashford Avenue Bridge Linking Dobbs Ferry-Ardsley Northbound Exit and Entrance opened at 3:45 PM Tuesday

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 COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER AND LEGISLATOR MARY JANE SHIMSKY CUT  RIBBON ON THE CRITICAL NORTHBOUND ARDSLEY-DOBBS FERRY ENTRANCE EXIT AT SAW MILL PARKWAY

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COUNTY MEDIA MOBILE DEPARTS NORTHBOUND ON THE NEWLY OPENED ENTRANCE/EXIT IN ARDSLEY–CLOSED 10 YEARS

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AND AWAAAAAYYYYYY WE GO!  

MARY JANE SHIMSKY,GEORGE LATIMER RIDE A VINTAGE DODGE MUSCLE CAR GT TO OPEN NEW RAMP THAT ELIMINATES THE-SOUTH BOUND-TO-GO-NORTHBOUND DETOUR MOTORISTS FROM DOBBS FERRY AND ARDSLEY MADE FOR YEARS TO EXIT OR ENTER FROM DOBBS FERRY AND ARDSLEY NORTHBOUND ON THE SAW MILL PARKWAY

WPCNR TRAFFICA. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. (Edited) February 7, 2018:

Motorists are advised that the entrance/exit ramp (exit 17) to the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway at Ashford Avenue in Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry has reopened today, approximately four months ahead of schedule.  The ramp reconstruction is part of the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp Rehabilitation Project.  The ramp was previously closed on March 14, 2016.

The ramp opening indicates a substantial completion of the project with major items of work completed.  Several weeks ago, the final stage, Stage 3, of construction, commenced with Ashford Avenue restored to four lanes, with two lanes in each direction during peak hours.

Although, Ashford Avenue has been restored to two lanes in each direction during peak hours, single lane closures may occur in each direction during off-peak hours.  This final stage of construction will last until this summer when minor items are completed in warmer weather.

The $17.9 million project to fully rehabilitate the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp along the border of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry started pre-construction on January 4, 2016, and began impacting traffic on March 1, 2016 with off-peak lane closures on Ashford Avenue, the Saw Mill River Parkway and the New York State Thruway (I-87).  It is estimated that the entire project will be completed by this summer.

Shimsky said the bridge and ramp were deemed unsafe about 2008, when concrete fell from underneath the bridge. No progress to  repair the bottleneck that essentialy cut the rivertowns of Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and Hastings off from entering the Saw Mill Parkway north without going south or north first began until 2015.

Bumper to bumber  morning and  evening bottlenecks were created from about 3 o’clock on for years creating chronic delays westbound and eastbound on Dobbs Ferry Road as the Saw Mill could not be accessed northbound at the critical bridge.

Hopefully this will now be a thing of the past.

In his brief remarks, County Executive George Latimer said the county is reviewing capital projects and what needs be looked at as the top priorities, as well as how to fund them. He said a sequence of priority infrastructure projects had not been decided upon at this time. He hoped that federal and state aid might be found to tackle priority projects.

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The County Strikes Back: Westchester Files National Lawsuit Against 30 Pharmaceutical Companies to Recover Million$ in Damages. Accuses Big Pharma of False Advertising, Suppression of Dangers of Opioids. Any Recovery Will Be Channeled to Drug EDucation, Expenses of Treatment, Enforcement.

 

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WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester  County Department of Communications. February 6, 2018:

Westchester County is facing the ever-escalating costs associated with combating the opioid epidemic.  In its continued efforts to confront this crisis, Westchester County filed a complaint seeking to recover damages for use of public resources to fight the opioid epidemic in Westchester Supreme Court on February 6, 2018. The amount being sought is still being determined, the attorney representing the county said.

The complete news conference may be viewed on this YouTube Link. Click on the “Opiod” Video:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC774tkGUZw8xoZtHhuQUsQ

The complaint filed against  more than 30 defendants, alleges that the manufacturers, distributors and other entities intentionally misled the public about the dangers of opioids.

The Companies Named in the complaint filed today:PURDUE PHARMA L.P.; PURDUE PHARMA

INC.; THE PURDUE FREDERICK COMPANY,
INC.; TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC.;
CEPHALON, INC.; JOHNSON & JOHNSON;
JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; ORTHOMCNEIL-
JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
N/K/A JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.;
JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA, INC. N/K/A
JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; ENDO
PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.; ALLERGAN PLC
F/K/A ACTAVIS PLC; ACTAVIS, INC. F/K/A
WATSON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.;
WATSON LABORATORIES, INC.; ACTAVIS
LLC; ACTAVIS PHARMA, INC. F/K/A WATSON
PHARMA, INC., ENDO HEALTH SOLUTIONS
INC.; INSYS THERAPEUTICS, INC.;
MCKESSON CORPORATION; CARDINAL
HEALTH, INC.; AMERISOURCEBERGEN
CORPORATION; AMERICAN MEDICAL
DISTRIBUTORS, INC.; BELLCO DRUG CORP.;
BLENHEIM PHARMACAL, INC.; DARBY
GROUP COMPANIES, INC.; EVEREADY
WHOLESALE DRUGS LTD.; KINRAY, LLC; PSS
WORLD MEDICAL, INC.; ROCHESTER DRUG
COOPERATIVE, INC.; RUSSELL PORTENOY;
PERRY FINE; SCOTT FISHMAN; and LYNN
WEBSTER,
Defendants.
Index No.:
VERIFIED COMPLAINT
PLAINTIFF DEMANDS A TRIAL
BY JURY
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The complaint outlines the history of how these defendants downplayed the risks associated with opioids such as OxyContin, Fentanyl and Percocet while aggressively marketing them.

This negligent behavior has led to a significant increase in County budgets for law enforcement, emergency care, first responder overtime, Narcan training and prevention and treatment programs.  There will be no cost to the Westchester County taxpayers with this filing.

County Executive George Latimer said: “Too many lives have been lost to opioids.  Too many parents in this County have watched their children suffer and die from these drugs.  It is time that we take a stand and hold the pharmaceutical companies responsible.

These companies clearly knew the risks associated with use of these products; they needed to build in protections for how they would be used and give proper attention to the likely abuse of their products. They ignored these concerns when promoting these drugs.

They are drugs and they are dangerous – and the public must be protected. Further, the costs of this opioid epidemic have been borne by the taxpayers, in additional education, enforcement, and Medicaid costs. These costs must be borne instead by those who profited from the sales of these drugs”

In 2017, approximately 64,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States – the largest annual increase of drug-related deaths ever recorded in US history.  Overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

Westchester experienced 124 Opioid overdose deaths  (more than have died in traffic accidents), (includes heroin and prescription drugs) in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Westchester County Attorney John Nonna said:

“Westchester County, like many local governments, has expended resources and suffered financial loss addressing the opioid crisis affecting our entire community. We believe that the manufacturers, marketers and promoters of these drugs have misled us as to the addictive power of these drugs in their negligent marketing and misleading promotion of them. They should, and will be, held accountable for this conduct.”

Paul J. Napoli of Napoli Shkolnik, the firm the County has partnered with in this endeavor said: “We are committed to working with the County in their fight against the makers of these dangerous and addictive painkillers.”

County Police Chief Inspector John Hodges, who is the Commanding Officer of the Detective Division, said:  “From our efforts here in Westchester, to our work with federal partners, the Department of Public Safety is working tirelessly to identify and arrest those responsible for the distribution and sale of illegal opioids in our communities. Law enforcement, however, is only one piece of the puzzle. We will not arrest our way out of this problem, which has impacted families from every community, demographic and walk of life in Westchester.”

The Harris Project Founder and President Stephanie Marquesano, who lost her son Harris to opioids, joined Latimer for the announcement of the lawsuit: “My 19 year-old son Harris died by an accidental opioid overdose in 2013. This propelled me to become an advocate for prevention programming and integrated treatment to meet the needs of those with co-occurring disorders. I work closely with the County to support those facing the challenges of opioid addiction, and see first-hand the catastrophic impact on individuals and loved ones. This is a critical step in turning the tide on this epidemic, and creating long-term solutions.”

Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Commissioner Michael Orth said: “The County Department of Community Mental Health has experienced the devastating impact of opioid addiction in our County.  This includes a significant increase in the need for crisis, inpatient and outpatient treatment as well as daily calls from family members desperate to keep their loved ones alive.   The pharma industry needs to be held accountable for the unnecessary costs incurred as a result of prescription opioid misuse and abuse, including healthcare costs such as treatment services and crisis care.”

County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, M.D. said: “Westchester and the Nation are in the throes of a new public health crisis, the opioid epidemic, which last year killed more of our people than motor vehicle accidents. Prescription painkillers have actually overtaken heroin as the most common cause of opioid overdose deaths and every measure must be taken to stop this dangerous trend.”

The County is represented by the firm of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC in coordination with the Westchester County Attorney’s Office.

 

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WINTER ENLIGHTENMENT

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ICE FLOW JAM ON THE HUDSON IN COLD SPRING

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ICE FIELDS SOUTH TO WEST POINT

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CHESSIE SYSTEM BIG FREIGHT MOVING SOUTH BASE OF SNOWY MOUNTAIN

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SEAGULL AIRPORT AT PEEKSKILL LANDING: TRIO OF DUCKS AWAIT CLEARANCE FOR TAKE OFF FROM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER (BELOW)

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PEEKSKILL’S CATHEDRAL : 1909 LANDMARK ASSUMES DIVINE NEW LOOK

WPCNR ROADTRIP. By John F. Bailey. February 4, 2018:

On a very cold day yesterday in Peekskill, New York USA, I dropped in to the Church of the Assumption, a cavernous landmark that was completed in 1909, my son and I often go in there because of the art and presence of peace and the 109 years of its history.

I was awed by the amazing new renovation the Church has just completed. Started 3 weeks ago, they have made the old lady of compassion welcoming, warm and classic, enhancing its classic look with new interior makeover, so seamless that it is charming every one I spoke with who were coming in on their own to see the quiet inspiration of brightness and spiritual respect. The new look speaks for itself.

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This the new nave today  with new painting and  ceiling over the altar,  stone interior walls hgihlighting alcoves desplay stautarty and highlights it striking stone 12 bas relief stations of the cross. the refreshing pastel transformation of the walls focuses the natural sunlight streaming through splendid stained glass windows The whole “look” welcomes you in with a warmth that cannot be described only felt.

Compare today’s nave with how the old nave looked three years ago in 2015

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Here are some other angles of this wonderful achievement showcasing with respect the tradition of the  cathedral’s past:

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The Facade of The Church of the Assumption

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WHERE TO GO TO GET A FLU SHOT

WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER From County Chair of the Board of Legislators Benjamin Boykin, 5th District February 3, 2018:

Still Need A Flu Shot? Use The Vaccine Finder For A Pharmacy Near You That Can Provide The Vaccine.

Your best defense against the flu is the flu vaccine

With flu widespread throughout the state and nation, Westchester County urges others who haven’t already done so to get themselves and their children vaccinated.

To help combat further spread of the flu this season, Governor Cuomo has signed an Executive Order that allows licensed pharmacists to administer flu vaccine to children between the ages of 2 and 18 years old. Pharmacists are preparing their operations to support the Governor’s Executive Order to assist with containing the spread of flu in this vulnerable population. You can use this Vaccine Finder link to find a pharmacy near you that provides flu vaccine.

Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications. People most at risk for complications from the flu include pregnant women, adults age 50 and older, children under the age of five and their caregivers, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and anyone who has certain underlying medical conditions.

Help prevent the spread of the flu by following the Four “C”s.

  • Contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to prevent them from getting sick. Equally important is avoiding contact with your eyes, nose and mouth since the virus spreads by entering the mucous membranes in these areas.
  • Contain: If you are sick, stay home from work, school and public areas. If you had a fever, stay home until 24 hours after your fever subsides to avoid spreading your germs.
  • Cover: To prevent spreading the flu, cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Since you may be contagious even before you realize you are sick, it is important to make this habit routine.
  • Clean: Clean your hands in warm soapy water often. Hand washing is one of the most effective, yet overlooked ways of preventing the spread of illness. Also, be sure to clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones.

Where can I go to get a flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine is available during flu season, while supplies last, at Westchester County Health Department Clinics. Call (914) 995-5800 for an appointment. Residents can also check with their health care provider or a local pharmacy chain.

Also, you can try one of the local neighborhood health centers listed below. Be sure to call ahead to find out if they have vaccine in stock.

Neighborhood Health CentersMount Vernon Neighborhood
Health Center
107 West Fourth St.,
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: (914) 699-7200

Yonkers Community
Health Center
30 South Broadway,
Yonkers, NY 10701
Phone: (914) 968-4898

Greenburgh Neighborhood
Health Center
295 Knollwood Rd.
Greenburgh, NY 10607
Phone: (914) 989-7600

Hudson River HealthCarePeekskill Health Center
1037 Main St.
Peekskill, NY 10566
Phone: (914) 734-8800

Yonkers – Park Care
2 Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10703
Phone: (914)964-7862

Yonkers – Valentine Lane
503 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10705
Phone: (914)965-9771

Open Door Family Medical CentersMt. Kisco Open Door
30 West Main St.
Mt. Kisco, New York 10549
Phone: (914) 666-3272

Ossining Open Door
165 Main St.
Ossining, NY  10562
Phone: (914) 941-1263

Port Chester Open Door
5 Grace Church St.
Port Chester, NY  10573
Phone: (914) 937-8899

Sleepy Hollow Open Door
80 Beekman Ave.
Sleepy Hollow, NY  10591
Phone: (914) 631-4141

What do I need to know about the flu vaccine?
It’s recommended for everyone six months of age and older, according to the the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

And flu shots are especially recommended for:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children age five and under
  • People age 50 and older
  • People with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Health care workers or others who care for those at high risk for flu complications

While the flu shot is a good idea for most people, you should always check with your health care provider first, especially if you have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine or have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting a flu vaccine. Anyone with a moderate to severe illness with a fever should wait until they have recovered to get vaccinated.

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GEORGE LATIMER AND DR. SHERLITA AMLER NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE FLU IN WESTCHESTER ON YOUTUBE AND WHITE PLAINS WEEK DOT COM RIGHT NOW

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Tonight at 7 ON CH. 45 FIOS, CH 76 CABLEVISION

RIGHT NOW ON THE INTERNET WORLDWIDE

People To Be Heard on the flu
is on  YOUTUBE
 
the whiteplainsweek.com link is
 

ON PEOPLE TO BE HEARD

YOU’VE GOT

THE FLU

A PEOPLE TO BE HEARD SPECIAL

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF

COUNTY EXECUTIVE

GEORGE LATIMER

AND

COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH

DR. SHERLITA AMLER

TUESDAY NEWS CONFERENCE

ON THE FLU

THE SITUATION IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING FLU SHOT THAT STOPS YOU FROM GETTING THE FLU

SYMPTOMS: WHAT YOU SHOULD DO.

HOW TO HELP CHILDREN WITH THE FLU

WHERE YOU CAN GET A SHOT.

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ON CABLEVISION CHANNEL 76 WHITE PLAINS

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RED LIGHT AMBUSH! WHITE PLAINS WEEK IS ON THE INTERNET YOUTUBE AND WHITE PLAINS WEEK DOT COM RIGHT NOW AND TONIGHT 7 PM FIOS CH 45 COUNTYWIDE AND ON WP ALTICE CABLEVISION CH. 76

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KATZ BAILEY AND BENEROFE

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO COVERAGE OF

2-SHOCKER RED LIGHT CAMS

THE RED LIGHT CAMERA PRESENTATION

BENEROFE AND KATZ ON PROS AND CONS

BAILEY ON THE NUMBERS

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE LATIMER 

ON THE FLU EMERGENCY

MORE NEW MEDICAL BUILDINGS ON CHESTER AVENUE

AND MORE

TONIGHT AT 7

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGES WHITE PLAINS MAN WITH TWO SCAMS in White Plains and Rye Brook

WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. From the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. February 1, 2018:

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. today announced that Criminal Investigators from the District Attorney’s Office and Rye Brook Police have charged Eric Jackier, 48, of White Plains in two separate incidents related to taking money under false pretenses.

In White Plains, the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigations team charged Jackier with Grand Larceny in the third degree after the defendant stole $16,475.00 from a White Plains woman. The money was supposed to be used to set up a charity but instead Jackier used the money for his own purposes. The theft took place between May 15, 2015 and August 20, 2015.

Jackier was arraigned in White Plains City Court. His next appearance is scheduled in White Plains City Court on February 6, 2018.

In a separate case, Rye Brook Police have also charged Jackier with Grand Larceny in the second degree in the theft of $167,000 in checks written by the complainant, an elderly Rye Brook woman, to Jackier.

Jackier claimed to be an expert who could help secure Veteran’s benefits, giving himself the title of “Non-Attorney Representative” who could handle Veteran and Social Security cases. The woman was seeking help for her elderly husband. The theft took place between August 1, 2013 and October 4, 2017.

Jackier was arraigned by Rye Town Court Judge John Colangelo. He posted $15,000 bond. His next date in Rye Town Court is scheduled for February 21, 2018.

 

Criminal Investigator Timothy Ryan made the arrest for the Westchester District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gwen Galef, Chief of the Economic Crimes Division.

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Free Tax Help/Consultation for Low Income Earners and the Elderly in English and Spanish through April 17

WPCNR QUILL AND EYESHADE. From Westchester County Department of Communications. February 1, 2018:

The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board (WPWDB) will once again offer its popular free tax preparation assistance to Westchester residents through a program called VITA.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,930 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

In 2017, 9,280 Westchester taxpayers received more than $11 million in refunds and $4 million in tax credits.

The Program, which will run from February 1 – April 17, helps low and moderate-income individuals and families eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) file their taxes, and maximize their returns.

Since its inception, VITA has been a vital service for those living paycheck to paycheck or with fixed incomes. All assistance is provided at no cost and on top of EITC savings (max $6,318), clients often discover they are eligible for additional credits, such as the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit available to working families and individuals with modest incomes. Many eligible Westchester residents are not aware of the credit and therefore do not claim it.

Maximum credits depend on income, marital status and size of family. Each year New York State and New York City set threshold limits. Limits for the current tax year are issued prior to the beginning of the tax preparation season.

To make sure it delivers maximum benefits, VITA relies on dedicated volunteers to assist with various tasks including tax preparation, translation, call-center operations and acting as greeters.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Before going to a VITA or TCE site, participants are encouraged to check this document (in English and Spanish) Publication 3676-B for services provided and a checklist of what to bring in order to get maximum support during the session.

VITA aims to help working families take advantage of all tax credits for which they are eligible, including earned income tax credit, child tax credits and education credits.

This not only assists the individual or family, but also increases tax dollars in the County. It is estimated that about 80% of refunds are spent locally, which generates local sales, wages and jobs, ultimately boosting the local economy.

 

 

Appointments and Walk-In Locations

White Plains: Westchester/Putnam One-Stop Center, 120 Bloomingdale Rd.


Appointments run: Feb. 2 – April 18. Tuesday and Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Languages: English and Spanish

Mt. Vernon: Mt Vernon One-Stop Center, 100 East First St.

Appointments run: Feb. 2 – April 14. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Languages: English

Valhalla: Westchester Community College Gateway Center, 75 Grassland Rd., Gateway Bldg. across from parking lot #1.
Appointments run: Feb. 3 – April 17. Mondays and Fridays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Languages: English 
Note: Walk-ins are for WCC students only

Yonkers: Educational Opportunity Center of Westchester, 26 South Broadway

Appointments run: Feb. 2 – April 18. Tuesdays and Thursdays:  Noon – 8 p.m.

Spring Break Dates: April 11 and April 13: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Languages: English

 

Dobbs Ferry: Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Victory Hall, Room 10

Appointments run: Mondays: Feb. 3 – April 17, Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesdays: 1 – 5 p.m.

Languages: English and Spanish

 

Ossining: IFCA Housing Network, 138 Spring Street

Appointments run: Mondays: Feb. 3 – April 17, Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesdays: 1 – 5 p.m.

Languages: English and Spanish

Who Qualifies for EITC

The potential maximum tax credit includes federal, state and New York City credits and depends on income, marital status and number of children in the household. Children can be a son, daughter, grandchild, adopted child, step child or foster child as long as the child is under 19 years of age.

Single (ages 25-65)
With no children:  Maximum income to be eligible: $15,010
Maximum tax credit: $510
With one child: Maximum income to be eligible: $39,617
Maximum tax credit: $3,400
With 2 children: Maximum income to be eligible: $45,007
Maximum tax credit: $5,616
With 3 or more children:  Maximum income to be eligible: $48,340
Maximum tax credit: $6,318

Married/filing jointly (ages 25-65)
With no children:  Maximum income to be eligible: $20,600
Maximum tax credit: $510
With one child: Maximum income to be eligible: $45,207
Maximum tax credit:  $3,400
With 2 children:  Maximum income to be eligible:  $50,597
Maximum tax credit:  $5,616
With 3 or more children:  Maximum income to be eligible:  $53,930
Maximum tax credit:  $6,318

THE WESTCHESTER-PUTNAM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD provides an environment where job seekers and employers interact to meet the needs for a highly qualified regional workforce. The WPWDB seeks to strengthen partnerships with business sectors, service providers and the public education system to offer career services and various training modalities to youth and adults. For more information, visit http://www.westchesterputnamonestop.com/.

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County Executive Gets His Flu Shot. Have you Gotten Yours? Doctors’ Flu Patients Increase 200% Statewide

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Dr. Sherlita Amler, Westchester County Commissioner of Health administers a flu shot to County Executive George Latimer Tuesday morning.Photo Courtesy, Westchester County Department of Communications.

WPCNR County Clarion-Ledger. From the Westchester County Department of Communications. January 30, 2018:

With flu spreading throughout the state and nation, Westchester County Executive George Latimer rolled up his sleeve for a flu shot today at the Westchester County Health Department clinic in White Plains, urging others who haven’t already done so to get themselves and their children vaccinated.

To see the news conference,click on this link:

News conference video link

“Get a flu shot and make sure your family members do, too,” Latimer said. “The vaccine can help keep you healthy or reduce the severity of your symptoms if you do get the flu. It’s our best defense and flu shots remain widely available.”

 To increase access to flu shots for children, pharmacists statewide are now allowed to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18, following an executive order issued Friday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Parents should check for availability with their local pharmacy. Flu vaccines also are offered at supermarkets, doctors’ offices and by appointment at the Westchester County Department of Health clinics in White Plains and Yonkers. Call (914) 995-5800 to schedule flu shot with the health department. To find a flu vaccine at a pharmacy or clinic near you, go to www.westchestergov.com/health.

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“Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best protection we have against flu deaths in every age group,” said Sherlita Amler, MD, Commissioner of Health, (with Mr. Latimer above)

“While Westchester has had no pediatric flu deaths so far this season, 37 children across the U.S. have died. And as the CDC has pointed out, this year, Baby Boomers ages 50 to 64 are being hospitalized for flu at greater rates than young children, so really everyone should take this seriously and get a flu shot.

“If protecting yourself isn’t reason enough, the vaccine also can protect infants, young children and seniors, all of whom are much more vulnerable to flu complications.”

Westchester typically experiences roughly 90,000 cases of influenza during the flu season, which runs from October to as late as May.

Flu Numbers across state up 200%

The latest figures show influenza levels are widespread statewide, with of 8.58 percent doctors’ visits attributed to flu, according to the New York State Department of Health.

In New York, it is typical at this time of year for 3.1% of doctors’ visits to be attributed to the flu.

Symptoms:

Flu symptoms include fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills and fatigue. Residents with these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider, who may prescribe medication that can shorten symptom duration.

To avoid the flu and other viruses, wash your hands with soap and water before and after using the toilet, blowing your nose, preparing or eating food. Wet your hands, work up a lather, and scrub the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails; then rinse and dry.

“Wash your hands thoroughly for about 20 seconds – the amount of time it takes to sing the A-B-Cs or to sing the Happy Birthday song twice,” Amler said.

Amler Advises: Stay Home Do Not Spread Disease

Until they are well, people who are ill should stay home and avoid visits to newborns or family members in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices or assisted living facilities, Amler said. People in these settings are often at increased risk for complications and viruses spread easily there.

If you have a family member home sick with the flu or another virus, hand hygiene and frequent cleaning are critical for your whole household.

Home Cleaning Advisory

Environmentally friendly cleaning products often aren’t strong enough to kill germs, Amler said.

Instead, clean high-touch hard surfaces with a bleach solution. Add a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water. Pour this into a labeled spray bottle and use it to clean countertops and tables, railings and door knobs, but don’t use on upholstered furniture. When you are sick, try to avoid preparing food for others and don’t share utensils.

“Keep your distance from people who are sick because flu virus spreads through the air when a sick person breathes, speaks or coughs,” Amler said. “When you have a fever, stay home to avoid spreading your illness to others until you are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours.”

For more information, contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000 or visit our website at www.westchestergov.com/health. You can also follow us on Twitter @wchealthdept or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/wchealthdept.

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