Bronx Officials, Representative Engel Urge DeBlasio to Aid Dislocated Puerto Rico Disaster Victims

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. February 6, 2020:

In a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bronx elected officials joined Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Council Member Mark Gjonaj to urge city agencies to provide more resources to ease the transition for Puerto Ricans relocating to New York City following the earthquakes that hit the island in early January.

“The people of Puerto Rico are filled with anxiety and fearful of what lies ahead for their island,” states the letter. “Their relocation process should be streamlined to provide them with the emotional, spiritual and mental health care that they need as well as the basic resources that are needed to live in our city.”

The letter was signed by 27 other city, state and federal elected officials from The Bronx.

The letter notes that Puerto Rico has faced multiple natural disasters in the past few years, and that in many ways the island has not yet recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Borough President Diaz was able to see the devastation caused by the earthquakes firsthand during a recent trip to the island with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in January.

“The situation is still dire in Puerto Rico and this issue is not occurring in a vacuum,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “There are more than 176 thousand people born in Puerto Rico who currently reside in our city and we are expecting that number to rise with these latest catastrophic incidents. We need to be ready to accommodate Puerto Ricans taking refuge in New York City and make it easy for them to thrive.”

The borough president added that it is imperative that New York City agencies move quickly to counteract the negative affect of the Trump administration dragging its feet to help the more than three million Americans that call Puerto Rico their home.

“As a city, we must act immediately to help the people of Puerto Rico as they cope with the aftermath of a series of recent natural disasters. New York City and Puerto Rico share a special relationship and it is our moral obligation to stand with and support our fellow Americans as they begin the long and difficult journey of recovery and rebuilding,” said Council Member Mark Gjonaj.

Read the full letter here: https://on.nyc.gov/3bhpTVN

“The Trump Administration has failed the people of Puerto Rico time and again. New York and Puerto Rico have a strong relationship, especially here in the Bronx, and as such we believe the City is uniquely equipped to help. We can and must do better for our fellow citizens from Puerto Rico and I will continue to stand with them during this difficult time. My thanks to Borough President Diaz Jr. for his commitment and partnership on this critical issue,” said Congressman Eliot L. Engel.

“While the current administration continues to show their lack of compassion for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico throughout numerous natural disasters, New York has continued to welcome displaced people with open arms. I am proud to join my colleagues in this request to provide supportive services to those people who are coming to our great city from Puerto Rico due to the recent earthquakes,” said Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz.

“Even as Puerto Rico attempts to rebuild and recover from Hurricane Maria, this recent string of earthquakes has created even more devastation for the thousands of residents who have been left without shelter and forced out of their homes.

New York City must stand by our brothers and sisters by opening our doors to those seeking refuge and assisting in this difficult transition. Our City agencies have the power to expedite this process by streamlining access to essential services like healthcare and basic resources that will not only help in their recovery, but allow them to thrive and continue to have fulfilling lives,” said State Senator Jose M. Serrano

“The recent earthquakes have reminded us that Puerto Rico remains vulnerable to natural disasters – and that we must do all that we can to help our brothers and sisters on the island. The support of our city in creating a streamlined relocation process that helps these people gain access to municipal resources, as well as navigating any FEMA benefits they are entitled to as disaster survivors, would be a crucial step in helping those that have been displaced,” said Council Member Diana Ayala.

“We must live up to the spirit that has always defined who we are as New Yorkers and mobilize our collective efforts to ensure the people of Puerto Rico who have been displaced from their homes have the support and resources to live and thrive here,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen. “Our city has shown great leadership assisting with ongoing earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of recent tragedies, but we need to do more to provide for Puerto Ricans seeking refuge in New York City and support them with the full strength of our community as they navigate this difficult transition and rebuild their lives.”
“As many of our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are still without power and reeling from the devastating effects of the earthquakes, we must continue to offer support in our neighborhoods and at City Hall to Puerto Ricans relocating to New York City. I am proud to join with all of my colleagues in government in calling on the administration to provide greater protections and resources for our neighbors relocating to the City of New York,” said Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson.

“We are calling for urgent action to help the people of Puerto Rico who have endured unmeasurable devastation, financially, mentally, emotionally and health wise. Puerto Rico is an Island that many New Yorkers love, to visit families! Many benefit from the natural resources and beauty of the Island. And so with this is mind, it is time for the Administration to face the reality that you just can’t enjoy the best of what’s to offer and at time of dire need, such as now, ignore the people! Unfortunately The Trump Administration is only working on stagnating the process! We must ALL COME TOGETHER to support the people of Puerto Rico and help those seeking refuge in New York City with the transition! Timing is critical!” said Council Member Andy King.
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The Flu is Out There. Protect Yourself: Westchester Commissioner of Health

WPCNR HEALTH CHECK. From the Westchester Commissioner of Health. February 6, 2020:

The Westchester County Department of Health reminds residents that the best way to avoid influenza is to get a yearly flu vaccine and wash hands frequently.

With flu activity now widespread throughout New York State and Westchester County, the risk of flu remains high, while the risk to the general public from 2019 Novel Coronavirus remains low.

People who forego an annual flu vaccine and catch the flu are more likely to experience serious illness and hospitalization than those who have had their annual flu shot. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone ages six months and older. The vaccine remains beneficial throughout flu season, which can last until May.

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “I urge anyone still not vaccinated to get a flu shot right away — better late than never. Flu season typically peaks around this time, and we have seen an expected increase in lab-confirmed flu cases statewide. Flu vaccine is still widely available and it remains our best protection against the flu.” 

Residents can get flu shots at medical offices and many pharmacies. The County Health Department also offers free flu vaccines by appointment. County clinics are open to all, especially those without insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines. Call 914-995-5800 to register for a free flu vaccine at the County Clinics, 134 Court St., White Plains or 20 South Broadway, Yonkers.

Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, said: “Flu can be deadly, and the flu vaccine is very safe and the best protection we have. By getting an annual flu shot, you help protect infants too young to be vaccinated, as well as seniors and people with chronic health conditions who are more vulnerable to flu complications.”

Other ways to keep healthy include:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever and a cough.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • If someone in your home is sick, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and faucet handles with a bleach solution. Avoid using eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Stay home when you are ill and keep your ill children home from school. Don’t return to work or school until you or they are fully recovered and fever-free for at least 24 hours.

For more information about flu or 2019 Novel Coronavirus, go towestchestergov.com/health. Residents with questions about 2019 Novel Coronavirus may also call a New York State hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

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WATCH ON THE POTOMAC

WPCNR NEWS & COMMENT. By John F. Bailey. February 5, 2020:

Watch on the Potomac.

 Are there 6—10  brave men and women left to throw the bum out.

Washington, the nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

The Republican Senators leisurely having coffee out of silver pots before going to today’s Senate session, still have time.

Time for just six of them (to prevent Pencie from breaking the tie) to change their minds and vote to remove Little Adolf from office.

Oh, I know, they all said they would vote to acquit the President because he was acting in the public interest.

However, they are politicians.

They only said they would acquit him.

They have a public interest in lying.

They do it for their living.

There will be no SS men holding Lugers at their backs when they go into that chamber today, yet.

No trains waiting to take them to workcamps. No gas chambers waiting. Yet.

You are not the members of the first American Reichstag yet.

There is no pressure.

When the White Rat  calls the roll on Capitol Hill today, he calls for thee Republicans.

Now is the time for all good men and women  to save the country’s future.

Ask not what you can do for yourself, Republican Senators, ask what you have to do to save the country.

That is to change your mind and vote “Yes” to throw the bum out.

Your changing your mind to vote “YES” to remove the little king, is one chance in your lifetime to do something that will remembered and thanked for all time by the American people.

Do one thing for me. Each Republican before voting should visit the Lincoln Memorial and look up at the great man looking down on you. Then go vote.

Remember, a “NO” to acquit dooms democracy. It dooms justice for all in favor of justice for the white and rich and profane in power. That is what your “NO” vote means.

Or better yet, don’t show up.

It’s not unknown for you to duck tough decisions. Let the Democrats left to outvote the short-handed Republicans without a full compliment.

You could call in sick.

Make no mistake:

Once you vote “NO” not to remove him, the American Reichstag has voted the man who would be king, Chancellor Trump with unlimited power. The First American Reich will begin. Because he will not need any of you any more.

Then it is up to the American People to Watch the Potomac.

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County on Coronavirus

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Responding to questions from the public and media, the Westchester County Department of Health wants to reassure residents that there are no known cases of the novel coronavirus in Westchester and the risk to the general public remains low.

There are seven types of coronaviruses. Most cause respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold, with mild to moderate illness, such as coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1. These four types of coronavirus are quite common and not worrisome.

Only SARS, MERS and novel coronavirus frequently cause severe illness.

It is important to know that if there were a case, residents would hear about it from the County Health Department.


Testing for this new type of coronavirus cannot be performed without the cooperation of both the County and State Department of Health, and both departments would be involved in notifying the public and limiting the spread of the illness.

With this new coronavirus now declared a public health emergency of international concern, it is understandable that residents may be wary.

However, there is no reason for people without symptoms to stay home from work or school, or to cancel events.As always, the best way to avoid viruses during cold and flu season is:Avoid exposure – Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever and cough.

Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.If someone in your home is sick, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and faucet handles with a bleach solution. This is especially helpful during flu season, and any time.And of course, get a flu shot if you have not already done so.

Stay home when you are ill to avoid exposing others.For more information about novel coronavirus, go to www.westchestergov.com/health.Sincerely,
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STEP OUT TONIGHT! 5 HEP CATS NAMED MOE GET YOU TOE-TAPPIN, JUMPIN’, JIVIN’, NON-STOP SWINGIN’ IN CAFE SOCIETY AT CLUB WBT. MEET YOU ON SWING STREET TO DANCE AWAY YOUR BLUES.

STOMPIN’ AT THE CAFE WBT! STEP RIGHT UP YOUR TABLE’S WAITING. FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE APPEARING ONE MONTH ONLY. MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW. All photos, Courtesy WBT by John Vecchiolla

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. First Rushes Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. February 1, 2020 UPDATED February 4, 2020:

Pull out that sequined dress hiding in the back of your closet, Brenda Starr, get your carrottop  done up nice, slip on those seamed silk stockings,paint your nails, bring your elblow-length white gloves cigarette holder, and order up that Gibson before dinner, we’re taking a yellow cab uptown tonight  to see the new Toasts  of Westchester Broadway Theatre, Five Guys Named Moe who charmed, chortled, hoofered and flew across the stage at last night injecting more “happy” into  the opening night audience as I’ve never seen.

I’m telling you, Broadway Baby, this show was meant for you and me.

The Five Guys Named Moe straighten out Napoleon M. Douglas as NoMax on women. Isaiah Reynolds as Little Mo shines his shoes, Quentin Avery Brown as Eat Moe manicures him, Tyler Johnson as No Moe measures him for a suit. Four-eyed Moe (Douglas Lyons) trims his hair and Big Moe (Tony Perry) gives him all he needs to know about women.

The Five Guys Named Moe opened Friday, shocking the usual hipsters, and got them up, moving , shifting shoulders, to the high energy boogies, swings, and syncopated rhythms, sashaying their hips in their seats to the unbelievably hot and involving performance  of  5 Fred Astaires with attitude.

They are Quentin Avery Brown as Eat Moe, Tyler Johnson Campion as No Moe, Douglas Lyons the Four-Eyed Moe(he wears glasses), Tony Perry as Big Moe and Isaiah Reynolds the fantastic Tap-Dancing Man that roused a sponteous cascade of clapping as he set the old WBT Boards on fire in the spectacular Club FB Finale.

I tell you my redheaded baby, they dance and sing the roof off the old Elmsford Palace turning back the hands of time when stepping out meant elegance, feeling good about yourself, feeling good about the music you were hearing sung and played by musicians and singing, strutting elegant men who put the glide back in your stride and brings your swagger back into the men and the swing and sway back to a woman’s hips –sure as you’ll lose your blues in Chicago you’ll get happy and take that frown off your face, smiling ear-to-ear as you exit the WBT canopy into the night.

(The previous one- sentence lasting eight lines gives you an idea of the extended song-and-dance numbers this show delivers–one payload of joy after another by a new fab five song-and-dance team — look for the elegant white jackets –and they never break a sweat.)

And kudos to Napolean M. Douglas as the broken hearted No Max for his silky baritone on the wonderful Early In the Morning blues. Man, I know just how he feels.

The Club Sextet — 5 guys are brought back from a once and distant time, start with just the right blues notes from Trumpetman Brian Uhl; the sophisticated Dorsey sound of Steve Bleifuss on “The Bone”; John Daniels Musical Director/Ivories man who makes every key he touches talk to you. Jim Briggs seduces you on mellow saxophone Dave Dunaway Bass and Jay Mack on skins pump the beats and tender the melancholy (of which there is not much) that make these extremely human songs of Louis Jordan and composers of the cafe society era get into you an make you feel –the joy and the emotions in every aspect.

Conga with me, Cherie. Calypso Madness takes over as Four Eyed Moe ( far left genial emcee Douglas Lyons) gets the Westchester audience to sing along on the chorus of Push Ka Pi Shi Pie. He’s aided in mayhem by Isaiah Reynolds (Little Moe) Quentin Avery Brown (Eat Moe) Napoleon M. Douglas (NoMax), Tony Perry (Big Moe), Tyler Johnson-Campion (No Moe)

Howl at their dead-on imitation of chickens in Nobody Here But Us Chickens. sing along with them on the calypso number Push Ka Pi Shi Pie. Ride a train with their excellent choreographed Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie. You get to sing with the Moes on the husband wife song, Caledonia. (How Come Your Hard Head’s So Big)

Oh, what a night, we’re going to have, my Broadway Baby.  

It’s the hottest show you will see north of Broadway South. How do these master performers from a once and distant time come back. How they come back is a shocking only-in-the-theatre moment of suspended disbelieve. They come back as five splendidly dressed genis to help No Max get over a woman.

They give him advice on every number. Audience — take their advice they teach every man about a woman, and every woman about a man. The titles of the songs say it all: Beware, Brother, Beware, Look Out Sister, Safe, Sane and Single, What’s the Use of Getting Sober, when I’ll Only Get Drunk Again.

The crowd rose to their feet and delivered a standing to the hardest working men in showbusiness.

It’s great Valentine’s Day gift and yours truly would not steer you wrong. Just had to get this hot tip out. The only thing that’s missing are souvenir matches to take home at this spectacular timely show.

Thank you Moes, and Bill Stutler and Bob funking the impresarios for giving us the show we needed, the country needs at just the right time.

Thanks we needed that!

The place is going to be mobbed, or “Moe-d” to be precise, because it only runs for one month call the maitre d’ and he will try to get you a top table with. Call 914-592-2222 or go to the secret website, www.BroadwayTheatre.com and reserve early.

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Meanwhile, in Scarsdale–taxes going up

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From Scarsdale Voters Choice Committee. February 1, 2020:

31 January  2020

Dear Scarsdale Friends and Neighbors,
After the surprise announcement from Scarsdale’s Mayor and Board that they were halting the Freightway timeline, we still have not received an answer as to why they met behind closed doors to make this decision.

We asked the Mayor and the Board  to explain how having a closed door meeting complies with the Open Meetings Law, but they have refused to answer.  We also do not know what the new timeline is or when the Board plans to implement a plan for Freightway with broad and diverse community input.

Two days ago, the Petition to Halt Freightway until Scarsdale residents’ questions are answered reached over 810 signatures. We thank Scarsdale residents and merchants who have signed the petition and who have been willing to give feedback as to why you are supporting it. Your participation in municipal matters is so important. Please forward the petition to your friends and neighbors. There is still time to sign it.
 
Both the Scarsdale School Board of Education and Village Board are in the throes of budget season and are asking for residents’ feedback. Both the school district and Village personnel are projecting tax increases. Details about both are on their websites. Please make sure you write the boards with your feedback.

Best regards,
Voters Choice Party
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY: NO CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED IN WESTCHESTER

WPCNR HEALTH ADVISORY. From Westchester County Department of Health. January 31, 2020:

Responding to questions from the public and media, the Westchester County Department of Health wants to reassure residents that there are no known cases of the novel coronavirus in Westchester and the risk to the general public remains low.

There are seven types of coronaviruses. Most cause respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold, with mild to moderate illness, such as coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1. These four types of coronavirus are quite common and not worrisome. Only SARS, MERS and novel coronavirus frequently cause severe illness.

It is important to know that if there were a case, residents would hear about it from the County Health Department. Testing for this new type of coronavirus cannot be performed without the cooperation of both the County and State Department of Health, and both departments would be involved in notifying the public and limiting the spread of the illness.

With this new coronavirus now declared a public health emergency of international concern, it is understandable that residents may be wary. However, there is no reason for people without symptoms to stay home from work or school, or to cancel events.

As always, the best way to avoid viruses during cold and flu season is:

o   Avoid exposure – Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever and cough.

o   Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

o   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

o   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

o   If someone in your home is sick, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and faucet handles with a bleach solution. This is especially helpful during flu season, and any time.

o   And of course, get a flu shot if you have not already done so.

o   Stay home when you are ill to avoid exposing others.

For more information about novel coronavirus, go towww.westchestergov.com/health.

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SATURDAY AT 7″PEOPLE TO BE HEARD” INTERVIEWS JEREMIAH FREI-PEARSON DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR DAVID BUCHWALD’S ASSEMBLY SEAT ON FIOS (COUNTYWIDE) AND CABLEVISION (IN WHITE PLAINS) CH. 76 AND WWW.WPCOMMUNITYMEDIA.ORG Repeated Saturday at 7

JOHN BAILEY INTERVIEWS JASON FREI-PEARSON OF WHITE PLAINS IN THE FIRST OF PEOPLE TO BE HEARD INTERVIEWS OF THE CANDIDATES IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY JUNE 23 FOR ASSEMBLYMAN DAVID BUCHWALD’S 93RD ASSEMBLY DISTRICT SEAT

1.   Why he is running

 Do you think New York State is heading in the right direction? Is Westchester County and the 93rd Assembly District heading in the right direction?

SHOULD state Medicaid budget should be cut?

 Should state audit hospitals to discover abuses of Medicaid billing and possible price fixing?

  Should state fund county infrastructure repairs to roads and bridges the counties?

 Should School Aid be shifted to poor performing districts from althy better performing districts?

What is your position on the new bail law?

Should marijuana be made legal

Should we support continued cooperative energy purchases where towns and cities

 Should Energy price increases be limited to the consumer price index,

How should we lure business into Westchester?

What should be the priorities for the 93rd District?

How should New York State Government reorder its priorities?

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