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COVID Update: The Virus Is Gaining On Us Again

By Barrett Seaman— Those who pay attention to the dashboards and daily reports from Governor Cuomo have seen it creeping up. After more than a month of seemingly irreversible declines in the statewide COVID infection rates—to the point where less than half a p... More »


Pride Ceremony Honors Greenburgh COVID Angels

On Wednesday evening the Greenburgh Town Board honored two Covid Angel leaders who are affiliated with the LGBTQ+ community.  Mary “MK” Blazek and Laken Masterson were recognized for their efforts helping 4,000 Greenburgh residents get vaccinated. MK was the a... More »


Hooray For The Herd!

It did not take long for Governor Andrew Cuomo to launch the celebration. On Tuesday, the state passed the magical, mythical mark of achieving 70% vaccination for the citizens of the state, and Cuomo declared that restrictions  on retail, food services, office... More »


Westchester and NY State Reach A COVID Milestone In Mid-June

By Barrett Seaman— We can all feel it and see it around us, but it is still gratifying to read the numbers that confirm it. On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that the statewide vaccination rate is 69.9%. In Westchester, County Executive George Latimer announ... More »

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COVID Update: Get A Shot, Get A Freebie

By Barrett Seaman– Those who managed to get their COVID vaccinations earlier in the year have the peace of mind that they are protected from a deadly virus. But there is a downside: they are now missing out on a whole bunch of giveaways designed to entice peop... More »

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COVID-19 Update: Then And Now (It’s Better Now)

By Barrett Seaman— Just three months ago, The Hudson Independent reported that, “All but two or three of the state’s designated vaccination sites continue to register ‘no appointments available,’ and those that are available are hundreds of miles from Westches... More »

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COVID Update: How Best To Reach The Reluctant

By Barrett Seaman– Piece by piece, the bandages are starting to come off. This week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can go maskless in public (except in crowds). That’s about a third of adults in Westchester. Governor Cuomo said that offices ca... More »


COVID Update: Now Comes The Hard Part

By Barrett Seaman— Governor Andrew Cuomo is plowing ahead with his program to vaccinate any and all New Yorkers 16 years of age or older. As of Monday, April 20, nearly 14 million doses had gone into the arms of state residents. Nearly 43% had gotten at least ... More »


As COVID Wanes, Experts Assess The Mental Health Consequences

By Barrett Seaman– Just as people emerge from their homes after a hurricane, looking around the neighborhood for downed trees and utility wires, so we all are slowly, cautiously emerging from the prolonged and devastating COVID-19 pandemic, looking to see the ... More »


Hope And Help Mark The Beginning Of The End

By Barrett Seaman– Pale green buds are peeking out. Children are running around neighborhood streets and school playgrounds. Vaccine distribution sites are popping up all over—notably in disadvantaged communities. Empress Ambulance Services of Yonkers is worki... More »


Greenburgh COVID Angels Get A Shout-Out From Chuck Schumer

The work of Greenburgh’s host of 260-some COVID Angels who volunteered their time, computer skills and persistence to get vaccination appointments for over 5,000 area seniors has come to the attention of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. In a video me... More »


‘Don’t Get Cocky With COVID’

By Barrett Seaman— Applying the foot race metaphor to the COVID-19 pandemic is no doubt overdone, but with good reason. It is apt. Truckloads of the three approved vaccines are racing into the states and distributed frantically to vaccination sites and pharmac... More »


COVID Update: Not Such A Great Mystery

By Barrett Seaman— Experts are said to be scratching their heads over the recent upsurge in coronavirus infections in New York State. We’re supposed to be in the final stretch—the end of the pandemic; about a third of New Yorkers have had at least one shot of ... More »

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New Yorkers 30 And Older Now Eligible For Vaccination

By Barrett Seaman— It seems like only last week that the age of eligibility for the COVID vaccine dropped to 50. That’s because it was only last week, and yet, as of tomorrow, New Yorkers age 30 and older can start signing up for appointments. With supplies of... More »


There Is Joy In This Place

A View From Inside The Westchester County Center   By Sarah LeBuhn, RN– As someone who grew up in the rivertowns, I think of the Westchester County Center as the place where, as a teenager, I used to watch our high school basketball team play in the post-seaso... More »


Eligibility Threshold Drops to 50-Year-Olds in NY State

By Barrett Seaman— As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, New Yorkers 50 and older are eligible to make appointments for a COVID vaccine, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday. That comes on the heels of Sunday’s announcement that residents with comorbidities ... More »

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Pharmacies Now Able To Vaccinate Comorbid Adults

By Barrett Seaman– The State continues to expand both the population of those eligible to receive a COVID vaccine and the vehicles for delivering it. The latest group, already eligible at state-run vaccine sites, are residents over 16 years of age with comorbi... More »

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