WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE OCT 22 REPORT IN VIBRANT HI DEFINITION CRYSTAL AUDIO FORMAT AT WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG ANYTIME JOIN JOHN BAILEY WITH GUEST ANCHOR, JOHN MARINO OF WESTCHESTER TALK RADIO ANYTIME, GO TO WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG AND SCROLL DOWN THE VIDEO PROGRAM WALL TO WHITE PLAINS WEEK!

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JOHN BAILEY AND JOHN MARINO WITH THE NEWS ON
THE STARTLING NEW NUMBERS ON 5 TO 17 YEAR OLD COVID CASES IN MID HUDSON REGION AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER’S TESTING INITIATIVE
WHITE PLAINS SALES TAX RECEIPTS REBOUND BEST 1ST QUARTER SINCE BEFORE COVID
JOHN BAILEY WELCOMES JOHN MARINO AS GUEST ANCHOR

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GOVERNOR HOCHUL INTRODUCES EMAIL COVID UPDATES in NEW “DATAHUB” FORMAT. TAKEAWAYS: VACCINES SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN; WILL TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS VIA EMAIL.

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WPCNR Coronavirus EMAIL Update. From Governor Kathy Hochul. October 21, 2021:

 Since Day One as governor, I’ve been committed to transparency — that means communicating openly and honestly with you. That’s why starting today, I will be sending updates on our ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 and vaccinate New Yorkers — straight to your email inbox. 

Let’s dive in.

THE LATEST NUMBERS

SHARING THIS WEEK’S COVID TRENDS. As of October 19, 2021, there were 2,144 New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19. Our 7-day percentage positivity average was 2.33%, which is down from 2.53% last week. Per the CDC, 86.2% of adult New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose. So far, 26,412,510 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 58,380 doses were administered over the past 24 hours.  

ANNOUNCING A NEW DATAHUB. We launched a new portal that will house all of the state’s data related to our COVID-19 efforts.

NEW HUB FORMAT BREAKS OUT DAY BY DAY INFECTIONS IN 7 COUNTY MID-HUDSON REGION BY COUNTY—YESTERDAY’S NUMBERS

OTHER UPDATES IN NEW YORK’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID

GETTING KIDS READY FOR THE PFIZER VACCINE. We expect authorization to come soon, as soon as November, for kids ages 5-11, and New York State is ready to go when it comes.

 Parents: Make a plan now so you don’t have to wait once approval comes. The State is also working closely with schools so they can help get shots in arms. 

TWO WEEKS LEFT TO VAX AND WIN. Get vaccinated and enter to win tickets, gear, and more from your favorite New York football teams. 

GET YOUR FLU SHOT. Good news! You can receive your COVID vaccine and the flu shot at the same time. Get your flu shot as soon as you can. Don’t forget to wear a mask and stay home if you’re sick — helpful advice for avoiding COVID, too. Watch our new PSA encouraging everyone to get their flu shot. 

Gov. Hochul receives the flu shot.

Photo of the Day: Gov. Hochul gets her annual flu shot (Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin)

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWEREDEvery week, we’re answering some commonly asked questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations.  You can submit a question for a chance to get your question answered in next week’s newsletter. Submit your question here.

QUESTION: Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant people?

 ANSWER: Yes. The CDC recently released new data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations among pregnant people and encourages vaccination for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

The increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, the low vaccine uptake among pregnant people, and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant people make vaccination for this population more urgent than ever. 

My friends, I hope you stay safe this week. There’s only one way to get out of this pandemic, and it’s by working together. 

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21ST CENTURY MONEY UNLIMITED STEAMS ONTO MAINLINE: WHITE PLAINS SALES TAX DOLLARS UP 2% OVER 2020-2021 AFTER 1Q. COUNTY HIGHBALLS ON TRACK FOR RECORD $784 MILLION IN 2021 SALES TAX BONANZA

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WPCNR QUILL & EYESHADE By John F. Bailey based on NY DEPT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE SEPTEMBER REPORT. October 20, 2021:

White Plains sales tax receipts have gone up 2% over 2020 levels after three months of the current city Fiscal Year 2021-22.

Westchester County going into the last three months of its fiscal year 2021, has received  $595,885,795,  accelerating sales tax receipts thanks to an $80,685,798  in Sales Tax dollars  September–almost sure to set a new sales tax highest handle ever.

Sales tax collections with 9 months of the fiscal year to go and no fourth wave of Covid lockdowns or restrictions as a new roadblock pent up consumer demand. If White Plains continues with the current level of sales realized last October-November December the will realize $52 Million in sales tax receipts  for the fiscal year 20-21 $9 Million more than budgeted for year.  But, this is premature and perhaps wishful thinking.

Through three months, White Plains has received $13,392,663 in sales tax receipts, thanks to a boss September handle of $5,121,960 , compared to the $3,195,816 it received in September 21. This resurgence of the spending engine in the first three months of fiscal 21-22 is gathering steam, it comparable to the rebound after restrictions stopped covid spread .

It began   in May and June, after the dismal last six months of 2020-21 that ended in June, after the  second wave of covid  in January to April locked down Westchester.

Covid Wave three officially started in July after the Independence Day weekend when the state under guidance of the legislature and Governor Cuomo removed mosy Covid lockdowns and  group gathering and restaurant restrictions (possibly prematurely) in May and June which created a third wave of Covid  in July.

 That third wave appears to be subsiding. New infections were 1,000 new covid infections  a week for 7 weeks from August 1 through September 18 and infections are now  fluctuating between 100 and 45 new cases a day in Westchester County (averaging 83 new cases in Westchester a day, depending on the number of tests.)

Westchester though is virtually assured of getting their highest sales tax receipts ever with three months to go in the 2021 budget. All that has to happen for that to happen is dulicate last fall numbers.

Westchester County going into the last three months of its fiscal year 2021, has received  $595,885,795,  accelerating sales tax receipts thanks to an $80,685,798  Sales tax dollar  September– county is almost sure to set a new sales tax highest handle ever.

 If the county finishes with the same numbers received last October-November December ($189.093,098) (in the midst return to normal socializing and spending in the behavior that lead to the 2nd wave of covid, the county will set an all time sales tax receipts record ($784,978, 896) perhaps meaning happy, big spending days are here again – if covid does not comeback for a 4th wave, which is entirely possible, given the opening of schools for all students; return to packed dining establishments, and the holiday season.

However, the vaccines are here now.

The vaccines were not available in January of 2020 when covid disrupted New York, then the country.

Ironically, the performance of the county, in retrospect means that the optimistic sales tax budget increase of 27% 4 years ago in 2019-20 that predicted $747 million in sales tax receipts with addition of a 1% sales tax increase may have been at least closer to its target or right on the money, had covid not shut down New York for 9 months.

The subsequent budget shortfall, ballooned by covid, ironically was erased by the county using covid aid to replace the 2020 sales tax multi-million dollar deficit with a fund balance withdrawal, replacing the fund balance money used to plug the sales tax shortfall with covid aid money from the state and federal government.

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JOHN BAILEY’S WHITE PLAINS REPORT ON WVOX 1460 AM WITH DENNIS AND TONNY ON “GOOD MORNING WESTCHESTER” THE WRAPUP

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“GOOD MORNING DENNIS AND TONNY FROM WHITE PLAINS NEW YORK USA WHERE IT’S 46 AND SUNNY WPCNR DEGREES.

I TOOK A STROLL DOWN AT PLAYLAND THIS BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY AND SAW THAT THE PROMISED REHAB OF PLAYLAND  ANNOUNCED IN THE COUNTY CAPITAL PROJECT BUDGET LAST WEEJ HAS ALREADY BEGUN, DENNIS., THE COLLANADES AT THE ENTRANCE WERE HALF GUTTED, AND DEBRIS BE CLEARED FROM THE UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS AND THE SHELTERED WALKWAYS THE LENGTH OF PLAYLAND TO THE  PLAYLAND TOWER BY THE LAKE HAVE BEEN REMOVED. THEY HAVE 7 MONTHS TO COMPLETE ENOUGH OF THE REHABILATION, ADD RIDES, AND REFURBISH THE OLDER AMUSEMENTS, ADD NEW FOOD CONCESSIONS. THAT IS A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

THE WHITE PLAINS LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HELD ITS COMMON COUNCIL VOTERS FORUM LAST NIGHT, QUESTIONING COUNCIL CANDIDATES  JUSTIN BRASH, ALLAN GRAFMAN, JOHN MARTIN AND RICHARD PAYNE LAST NIGHT, ONLY VIEWABLE ON ZOOM. THE TWO INCUMBENTS JOHN MARTIN AND JUSTIN BRASCH EXTOLLED THEIR EXPERIENCE ON THE COUNCIL, WITH JOHN MARTIN MAKING THE MOST REASONABLE APPEAL BECAUSE OF HIS LONG EXPERIENCE ON THE BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, AND THAT HE DECIDED TO RUN BECAUSE OF HIS BUDGET EXPERIENCES IN CRISES OF THE PAST AND WORKING THE CITY POLICY THROUGH THE TWO YEARS OF COVID.

MR. GRAFMAN SAID HE WAS THE NEW GUY WHO WITH HIS CORPORATE MANAGEMENT OF MAJOR MEDIA COMPANIES COULD BRING A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT CITY PROBLEMS AND CREATING CONSENSUS. MR. PAYNE CITED HIS LONG RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE, HIS PRESENT EXPERIENCE ON THE PLA NNING BOARD OF WHITE PLAINS. ONE ASPECT OF THIS FORUM: THE MEDIA IS NOT ALLOWED TO TELEVISE EXCERPTS OF THE ZOOM TELECAST. THIS I BELIEVE THE FIRST TIME THE LEAGUE HAS I BELIEVE INSTITUTED THIS POLICY, MEANING THAT LESS PEOPLE WILL SEE IT.

LAST WEEK, THE MARIUANA MEETING HOSTED BY THE WHITE PLAINS COUNCIL OF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS WAS HELD AND THE GENERAL FEELING WAS PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT HOW THE CANNIBIS LOUNGES WOULD BE RUN. IT WAS REVEALED BY JUSTIN BRASCH WHO ATTTEND THAT MEETING THAT THE MAYOR IS GIVEN COUNCIL MEMBERS A PAPER ON HOW THE ESTABLISHMENTS, NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES AND CANNIS LOUNGES WOULD COME IN, BUT BRASCH SAID HE COULD NOT GIVE DETAIL AT THAT TIME.

THE PUBLIC WAS TOLD BY ONE SPEAKER WHO SELLS VAPOR PRODUCTS IN WHITE PLAINS THAT THE STATE WOULD GIVE 3% EXCISE TAXES TO CITIES AND TOWNS AND 1% TO COUNTIES AND KEEP 80% FOR THE STATE.  THE PUBLIC ATTENDING HAD THE GENERAL FEELING THEY DID NOT KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT WAS PLANNED TO KNOW IF COMMERICAL MARIJUANA  COULD COME INTO THE CITY WITHOUT CHANGING QUALITY OF LIFE. MEANWHILE THE OFFICE OF CANNABIS MANAGEMENT HAS NOT ISSUED OFFICIAL REGULATIONS YET—THAT IS EXPECTED IN JANUARY—BUT NOT CERTAIN

SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN OPENED FOR 5 WEEKS NOW AND IN WHITE PLAINS WE HAVE HAD ONLY 12 STUDENTS  AND TEACHERS IN A STUDENT-STAFF DISTRICT OF 8,400—A PERCENTAGE OF .001 1/10TH OF 1%. A GREAT JOB.

SOME OTHER DISTRICT SAMPLINGS IN WESTCHESTER: NEW ROCHELLE,12 (SAME AS WHITE PLAINS); GREENBURGH,9; HARRISON,10; PORT CHESTER-RYE, 16; VALHALLA,4; PELHAM, 8; MOUNT VERNON,25; YONKERS, 23; SCARSDALE,27; MAMARONECK, 34.  AS OF OCTOBER 13

THE FIGURES APPEAR  WORSE IN THE REST OF THE MID-HUDSON REGION IN LAB REPORTED POSITIVES:

ACCORDING TO THE COVID-19 SCHOOL REPORT CARD ACROSS WESTCHERSTER, PUTNAM, DUTCHESS, ROCKLAND, ULSTER, SULLIVAN  AND ORANGE COUNTIES THE NUMBERS ARE CONCERNING:

IN THOSE 7 COUNTIES LAB REPORTS ON TESTS SHOWED  2,380 AGED 5 TO 17 TESTED POSITIVE, 2,159 IN Public Schools, 221 in Private and Charter schools, and 488  THROUGH YESTERDAY. SINCE SCHOOL STARTED.

IN THE SAME 7 COUNTIES,  SCHOOLS REPORTED 488 TEACHERS AND STAFF  TESTED POSITIVE. 432 IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS;  56 IN CHARTER AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS;

IN SCHOOL REPORTING,, SCHOOLS REPORTED  2,868 POSITIVES, 2,591 IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND 277 IN PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS.

THIS IS WHY COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR VOLUNTEER TESTING IN THE SCHOOLS YESTERDAY IN HIS COVID BRIEFING. AROUND THE OTHER 6 COUNTIES PARENTS AND SCHOOLS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS SUDDEN UPTICK IN JUST THE FIRST 4 WEEKS OF SCHOOL.

“WANT THE COVID NUMBERS, DENNIS?

“SURE,”

From Sunday October 10 to Saturday October 16, 691 Westchester persons were tested positive for covid of 56,982 tested during that period.

That computes to an average infection rate of 1.1 % of those tested testing positive for covid. This computes to a Spread Rate of each of 695 persons two weeks ago spreading the disease to approximately 9/10ths of a person (.89 people), or just about 1 person infecting 1 other person — which controls the spread of the disease by keeping numbers of infections about the same each week.

THIS IS JOHN BAILEY REPORTING

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WESTCHESTER COVID INFECTIONS DECLINE 56% IN 4 WEEKS. Westchester New Covid Cases Rise to 691 Last Week–1 to .9 Spread Rate — 1 New Infection two Weeks Ago Spread the Disease to at Least 1 Person– Infections Are Keeping Pace this week.

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WPCNR CORONAVIRUS REPORT. Statistics From the NY State Covid Tracker Analysis by John F. Bailey. October 18, 2021:

From Sunday October 10 to Saturday October 16, 691 Westchester persons were tested positive for covid of 56,982 tested during that period.

That computes to an average infection rate of 1.1 % of those tested testing positive for covid. This computes to a Spread Rate of each of 695 persons two weeks ago spreading the disease to approximately 9/10ths of a person (.89 people), or just about 1 person infecting 1 other person — which controls the spread of the disease by keeping numbers of infections about the same each week.

The new infections for covid the last 4 weeks: September 19 to 25: 973; September 26 through October 3: 695; October 3 to 9: 667; October 10 through October 16: 691. Number of new infections: 3,026

On the week of September 5 through 11 (after Labor Day) there were 1,152 inew infections in a week., making a spread rate of 1 new infection 14 days later (the period of typical disease spread of Covid) of 2.6%.

What this rough comparison, (new infections do not all follow a strict 14 days to the day of infection,) means is that 6 weeks later, the infection rate has declined to 1 person newly tested, infects .9 of a person (1 to .9) instead of 2.6 or 1 new infection infecting 2 other persons. The spread rate, roughly computed by WPCNR, declined 56% 2.6 down to 1.1.

Infections have declined from over 1,000 new infections a week for each of the 7 weeks from August 1 to September 19, a total of 7,424 new infections those 7 weeks.

The average of new infections per week was 1,061 new infections a week (152 a day) until Westchester slipped below 1,000 to 973 the week of September 19 to 26.

The total number of new infections per week since September 26 has declined 59% to 3,026 a decline of 4,403.

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REHAB OF 92- YEAR OLD PLAYLAND STARTS! PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DAY

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PLAYLAND SUNDAY: The admissions windows building has been leveled, and the rehab of the arcade, shown below is well underway.
Interior of the first arcade–former site of cafeteria and Burger King is being gutted of rotten wood and interior. How much of the look and purpose of the interior of structure will be retained or duplicate the “art deco original” from 1928 is the challenge.
Overhead spectator protection from weather and their supporting pillars have been removed ( remains of which are clearly visible in center of photo). Signs indicating asbestos removal have been posted. The train tracks of the KiddieLand “Playland Express” are also be relaid and new ties put in; The challenge: complete the rehab needed after 93 years to open the park again in 7 months (Memorial Day 2022).

Here is where the projects involving Playland are, according to the Westchester County website:

RP02A-Playland Ice Casino Improvements II

  • COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for Main Rink HVAC systems are in construction.

RP006-Playland Various Rides and Components

  • Rehabilitation of the historic Grand Carousel and Derby Racer Pavilions construction complete.

RP23B-Playland Colonade Rehabilitation

  • Colonnade reconstruction to begin construction shortly.

RP23F-Playland Tower Rehabilitation

  • Reconstruction of the Playland Towers underway.

RP025-Playland Shoreline Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation of the Bathhouse and South Bathhouse storefronts are under construction.

RP028-Playland Structural Restoration

  • Restoration of structures for games and food vendors, employee areas, arcades and restrooms – Phase 1 and 2 are in construction, Phase 3 is designed.

RP031-Playland Switchgear Building

  • Construction of new switchgear facility is in construction.

RP033-Playland Fire Suppression System

  • Upgrade of sprinkler systems is in construction.

RP040-Playland Administration Buildings Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation of the North and South Administration Buildings are under construction.

RP042-Playland Site Improvements

  • Rehabilitation of the Fountain plaza is in construction.

RP047-Playland Parking Lot Drainage Improvement

  • Rehabilitation of the Pool Parking Lot under construction.
  • Rehabilitation of the Main Parking Lot in design.

RP053-Playland Pool Rehabilitation

  • Reconstruction of the Playland Pool and Central Bathhouse under construction.

RP054-Playland Bathhouse Canopy Replacement

  • Replacement of bathhouse canopy is complete.
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GREENBURGH (NEXT DOOR TO WHITE PLAINS) SCHEDULES TOWN MEETING OCT 27 TO DISCUSS MARIJUANA

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WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT. By Greenburgh Town

Earlier this year the NY State legislature approved legislation to legalize marijuana for anyone 21 years or older.  Municipalities can opt-out of allowing cannabis retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption licenses (cannabis lounges) from within their borders before the December 31, 2021 deadline.  If a municipality does NOT opt-out by 12/31, it CAN NOT opt-out in the future, but if a municipality DOES OPT-OUT before 12/31, it CAN always opt back in at a later date by repealing the local law. Other options include regulating locations -only allowing locations in some sections of town (example: industrial areas, not near schools, downtown business areas).

The Greenburgh Town Board will hold a public discussion at our Town Board meeting on Wednesday evening,  October 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held at Town Hall.  Your participation and input is welcome.  We will hear presentations and be provided with more info re: options available to the town. If you are unable to attend but want to express your thoughts please e mail townboard@greenburghny.com.  We will discuss the format of the meeting at our work session on Tuesday.


Westchester towns that have opted-out:
Eastchester
North Salem
Yorktown
Lewisboro
Larchmont
Bronxville
Ardsley
Rye Brook
Somers
North Castle
Mt. Kisco

Towns considering opting-out:
Harrison
Rye
Mamaroneck
Scarsdale
Dobbs Ferry

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK OCTOBER 15 REPORT ON www.wpcommunitymedia.com instantly

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JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS 3 OF 4 COMMON COUNCIL CANDIDATES
COUNTY EXECUTIVE LATIMER COVID BREIFING TELLS COVID HAS RUN ITS COURSE– THE NUMBERS PROVE IT
THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARIJUANA RULES AND REGULATIONS.
COMMUNITY LACKS INFORMATION, UNDERSTANDING OF HOW MARIJUANA WILL COME INTO WHITE PLAINS–CITIES GET SMALL PORTION OF REVENUES.
THE BIG BOND
JOHN BAILEY AND THE NEWS —
FRIDAY NIGHT MUST SEE TV IN WHITE PLAINS AND WESTCHESTER FOR 20 YEARS WHERE THE NEWS SHOCKS NEVER STOP

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