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COVID Update: This time, the Pause is Good

By Barrett Seaman— The recent concerning rise in COVID infections in Westchester, combined with the flare-ups across the river and in the city, appears to have reversed itself…at least for the time being. New cases in the county that had begun to breach the 20... More »

COVID Update: Getting Too Close to Home

By Barrett Seaman— It’s one thing to insist that folks coming from Alaska and Nevada have to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New York State. But telling visitors—in many cases commuters—from Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that their states’ ... More »

State’s Plastic Bag Ban Now in Effect

By Robert Kimmel– It took a while to get it out of the bag; however, the law banning single use plastic bags in New York state is finally being enforced. Beginning this week, stores will not be dispensing plastic bags with your purchases, albeit with a few exc... More »

COVID Update: The News is Not Good

By Barrett Seaman— County Executive George Latimer’s weekly COVID briefing on October 19 stood in contrast with the upbeat reports he has been giving since mid-summer. “We are looking at a rise in infections that is concerning,” he allowed. Active cases in Wes... More »

The Final Census Results: Better Than Expected

A day following the close of the 2020 Census, Westchester’s Planning Commissioner Norma Drummond reported the results to Census workers and overseers around the county.  Forty separate municipalities managed increases in their counts over the last Census ten y... More »

One Small Step: You May Go to the Movies Again

  THIS STORY WAS UPDATED AT 6:30PM, OCTOBER 17, 2020 By Barrett Seaman— Despite the slow but worrisome climb in COVID infection rates around the state, Governor Cuomo has now given the green light for movie theaters to re-open, starting October 23rd. Not all o... More »

Three Tarrytown School Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

By Rick Pezzullo– Three employees in the Tarrytown School District tested positive this week for COVID-19, forcing the cancellation of in-person instruction at Morse Elementary School and the Sleepy Hollow Middle School/High School campus. Students are partici... More »

COVID Update: A Call for Vigilance

By Barrett Seaman “Concern” is still the operative word in describing the state of COVID-19 in Westchester. County Executive George Latimer, in his weekly briefing, reported that the number of active cases in the county have been “dramatically rising” over the... More »

Hearings This Week on Proposed Toll Hikes:

This notice, including more details on new toll rates, can be read in full on the Thruway Authority’s web site at:   Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of our staff and our customers, the New York State Thru... More »

COVID Update: Cause for Concern

By Barrett Seaman— The numbers are not alarming; New York State remains one of the least infected in the country, despite the flare-ups in what Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken to labeling “Red Zones.” These 20 zip codes, primarily in New York City, Rockland an... More »

Trump Given Antibody Cocktail for COVID-19 Created by Regeneron

By Rick Pezzullo— President Trump reportedly has been given an antibody cocktail created by Tarrytown-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals after testing positive for COVID-19. Earlier this week, Regeneron announced the first data from a descriptive analysis of a se... More »

COVID-19 Case Closes Irvington’s Dows Lane School

A person at Irvington’s Dows Lane Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, causing the school to revert to remote learning—at least for Friday, October 2nd. No other Irvington school is affected. Privacy laws forbid the identification of the person,... More »

COVID Update: Another Uptick, a New App And Now The Flu

By Barrett Seaman— There has been a disconcerting upward trend in the rate of COVID infections in the state and in Westchester County. Infection rates that had held under one percent for much of the summer have been drifting up again. For the Mid-Hudson region... More »