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CUOMO TO NY DENTISTS: ‘OPEN UP’

Noting “tremendous progress” in reducing hospitalizations, intubations and all the other metrics established to monitor the fight against COVID-19, Governor Cuomo in Sunday authorized dentists throughout the state to open up as of Monday, June 1. Like all othe... More »

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Local Heroes: Abbott House’s William Harris

By Barrett Seaman For eight hours a day, five days a week, in normal circumstances, William Harris is what he calls “hands on” with eight young people who are either physically or developmentally disabled, living in a group home in Mount Kisco that is run by I... More »

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THIS IS IT: PHASE ONE OF REOPENING. HERE ARE THE RULES

By Barrett Seaman The Mid-Hudson Region, including Westchester, finally met the metric standards to qualify under New York State rules to begin the first phase of reopening the economy. The indicators are all positive: Coming out of Memorial Day weekend, the t... More »

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It’s Official: Westchester Opens Tuesday, May 26

Determined by the state’s metrics to be in line to have the requisite number of contact tracers and having finally gotten below the required maximum number of hospital deaths, the Mid-Hudson Region, including Westchester has been given the go-ahead to enter Ph... More »

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MID-HUDSON TENTATIVELY CLEARED TO START REOPENING NEXT WEEK

In his daily briefing Friday, Governor Cuomo allowed that, if their metrics on hospital deaths and recruiting tracers continues on their current path, the seven counties, including Westchester, that make up the Mid-Hudson Region will be allowed to begin Phase ... More »

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ACTIVE COVID CASES IN FOUR RIVERTOWN VILLAGES DOWN—BY A LOT

Just nine days ago, there were 113 active cases of COVID-19 distributed across the four rivertown villages of Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. In the report circulated by the County, that aggregate figure was down to 67 going into Thursday,... More »

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Local Heroes: Greenburgh’s Jared Rosenberg

By Robert Kimmel He doesn’t hold political office, but Jared Rosenberg has made his voice heard clearly in the pursuit of more federal financial aid for states and municipalities managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosenberg, a Greenburgh police offi... More »

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Cast Your Vote for the Best Wear-a-Mask Ad

Looking for ways to increase use of protective face masks, Governor Cuomo appointed his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo to oversee a contest to see who could create the most persuasive 30-second spot selling the importance of wearing a mask. Out of more than 600... More »

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TEETERING ON THE EDGE OF OPENING

The seven-county Mid-Hudson, of which Westchester accounts for 42% of the total population, is now in a minority of the state’s ten designated regions trying to break out of the state’s COVID-19 lockdown. On Tuesday, the governor liberated the Capital Region, ... More »

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Elective Surgeries now permitted in Westchester Hospitals

The pace of the reopening process quickened again on Saturday as the governor announced that doctors and hospitals in 49 counties are free to recommence elective surgeries and ambulatory care procedures—the latest two counties being Suffolk on Long Island and ... More »

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Rivertown Active Cases Fall Dramatically

Ten days ago, there were 183 active cases of COVID-19 spread through the four rivertown villages. At mid-month, that aggregate figure had fallen to 102, with Irvington reporting only two active cases. In addition, “the number of fatalities has been dropping dr... More »

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AND THEN THERE WERE FIVE

As of midnight Thursday night, fully half of New York State’s ten designated “regions” will be qualified to begin Phase One of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s metric-driven reopening plan. That is when the Central New York area, consisting of Cortland, Cayuga, Madison... More »

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WANTED: COVID-19 DETECTIVES

By Barrett Seaman The seventh of the seven criteria Governor Andrew Cuomo is requiring of each of the state’s ten regions before they can begin to re-open calls for them to have 30 contact tracers for each 100,000 in population “or based on their infection rat... More »

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WESTCHESTER’S REGION INCHES CLOSER TO RE-OPENING

By Barrett Seaman As a fourth region of the state qualified to begin re-opening as of this weekend, Westchester County’s metrics continued to move close to meeting the seven criteria laid out by the state. There are only 2,985 active cases of COVID-19 in the c... More »

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Tarrytown Re-Issues Ban on Leaf Blowers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally resolved by the Board of trustees one month ago, the following BAN on THE USE OF LEAF BLOWERS as a means of PREVENTing THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 was issued thursday:  WHEREAS, in the best interests of the public health, safety and welfare, that the Boa... More »

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WESTCHESTER COVID STATS: NOT AS BAD AS THEY LOOKED

By Barrett Seaman Ever since New York State went into its PAUSE lockdown in mid-March, there has been a daily online ritual, starting with Governor Cuomo’s 11:30 a.m. briefing from wherever he happened to be and ending later in the day with a briefing by Westc... More »

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Antibody Testing to Commence for County’s First Responders

Starting Monday, May 4, Westchester’s first responders are invited to be tested to see if they are carrying the antibody to the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed over a thousand of the county’s residents to date. The testing is ... More »