Congresswoman Nita Lowey announces that on Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th, two trained Sandy Help Teams will be deployed to Westchester County at the following locations to help homeowners and business owners affected by Superstorm Sandy apply for recovery aid:
85 Main Street
Irvington, NY 10533
11:00 AM-7:00 PM
16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Eligible uses of the recovery aid include, but are not limited to, home repairs, elevations, and buyouts; mitigation assistance, and small business assistance.
After filing an initial application, a meeting with a disaster recovery representative will be scheduled, at which additional documentation will be required.
Business recovery assistance is also available on an ongoing basis at NYS Small Business Development Center DisasterRecovery locations in Westchester County:
White Plains Outreach Center at the Business Council of Westchester
108 Corporate Park Drive, Suite 101
West Harrison, New York 10604
(914) 948-2110 or (845) 356-6065
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
The villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown will be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 10, a week before St. Patrick’s Day.
The parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street in Tarrytown, in front of William Raveis Legends Realty Group office, heads north on Broadway, and concludes about 3 p.m. on Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow.
The organizers of the parade have also invited the villages of Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry and Hastings to participate.
Information sessions will be held March 6 and 7 for those interested in applying for jobs created by the bridge replacement project.
March 6 is at Rockland Community College, Cultural Arts Theater and Atrium, 145 College Road, Suffern; March 7 is at Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown. Both sessions are from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please note: Space is limited. To register for either event, visit http://labor.ny.gov/careerservices/new-ny-bridge.shtm and indicate location and date of the event you plan to attend.
Special project advisor Brian Conybeare, Tappan Zee Constructors, the New York State Department of Labor, and others will make presentations.
I’m sure you have been watching the forecast closely as we have here at Teatown. With the severity of the storm in mind, along with concern for everyone’s safety, we have decided to move Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest to the snowdate on Sunday, February 10. The event time, 9:00am-4:00pm, will remain the same. Tickets for the shows and bus tours on Saturday will be honored for Sunday. If there is any way you can post this information, I would greatly appreciate it.
For more information, people can visit www.teatown.org/eaglefest or call 914-762-2912 x110.
Thanks so much for your help!
Communications and Special Event Coordinator
Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Road
Ossining, NY 10562
New NY Bridge Design-Build Team Members Will Present Bridge Plan and Hear from Community Members
New York State Thruway Authority Chairman Howard P. Milstein has announced community meetings where the public will get its first chance to meet the selected design-build team for the New NY Bridge.
Next week, representatives from Tappan Zee Constructors, the Thruway Authority, and the Governor's office will host meetings in Westchester and Rockland Counties to present the design-build team's bridge design and comprehensive plan in addition to answering questions from the public.
The meeting in Westchester will take place Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Rd. Tarrytown, beginning at 7:00 PM. "The only way a project of this magnitude can be successful is if everyone involved has their voice heard," said Governor Cuomo. "These meetings will be an incredibly useful tool in achieving this goal, for both the design-build team and the general public."
"From the inception of this project, one of our key directives has been for all involved to make the design-build process as transparent as possible," said Chairman Milstein. "These meetings, along with other initiatives like the Visual Quality Panel, will ensure that the voices of those most affected by this project will be heard."
On December 10, 2012 at about 2:48pm the Sleepy Hollow Police Department received a call reporting a male subject took a package off of a porch on Howard Street and then walked away towards North Washington Street. The caller had observed the delivery of the package earlier and did not know the subject who had taken the package. Officers were notified of the incident and responded to the area. K9 Officer Vincenzo Lombardi located the suspect on North Washington Street and recovered the package. Mario Cuevas, 32, residing at 111 Cortlandt Street was placed under arrest and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th and Petit Larceny.
The Sleepy Hollow Police Department would like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings, especially this time of year. Be observant in your neighborhood and look out for neighbors. Many people are shopping on line and gifts are being sent during these holidays. Remain vigilant and if observing anything suspicious, immediately report this to the police department.
To provide the Sleepy Hollow Police Department with an anonymous tip;
I-Phone or Android phones:
A free APP is available. Search the App Store or Market by searching for TipSoft or TipSubmit. Load the APP on your phone and when you wish to provide a tip select Sleepy Hollow as the agency, choose a password (or not) , complete the information and then submit the tip.
Texting a Tip:
Any phone with SMS or texting ability can send a tip by entering SHPDTIPS, your message and then sending to CRIMES (274637). NOTE:
Log in to www.TipSoft.com or www.tipsubmit.com and submit a tip. Complete the prompts if requested; County-USA, State-NY, City-Sleepy Hollow PD. Complete the requested info or as much detail as possible and then submit the tip. Login at the same location to follow-up on a previously submitted tip.
For emergencies or immediate response, dial 911.
Gregory J Camp
Chief of Police
From the Village of Sleepy Hollow:
The following Village Parks are now open to the public:
-Kingsland Point Park & the Dog Park
*Douglas Park remains closed until further notice.
MULTI-PURPOSE HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY CENTER Opens Today, Thursday, 11/8/2012
Con Edison, FEMA and social services representatives will be on hand to answer questions.
Site at County Center in White Plains will be open seven days a week
County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today the opening of a multi-purpose Hurricane Sandy recovery center in White Plains that will be staffed seven days a week.
Astorino will officially open the site on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. The County Center is located at 198 Central Ave., White Plains. He will be joined by officials from FEMA, county commissioners and non-for-profit representatives. At Astorino’s request, Kevin Burke, chairman and CEO of Con Edison, also will be there.
Starting Friday, the recovery center will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Parking fees at the County Center have been waived. The FEMA center will handle as one storm Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter.
The center will be staffed with representatives from:
• Con Edison to answer customer questions about outages and restorations
• FEMA to help individuals, households apply for financial aid for losses and damages caused by the storm
• The Small Business Administration, which will help businesses apply for low-interest loans for storm-related damages
• A variety of social services agencies to provide residents with recovery assistance
• The Department of Health, which will be giving free tetanus shots to anyone involved with cleanup, at the County Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at other locations.
“The idea behind the center is to provide a place where people can get up-to-date information about their personal needs,” Astorino said. “One thing I heard over and over again as I spoke with people around the county was utter frustration in not getting questions answered from Con Ed. In times of crisis, there is no substitute for face-to-face contact with someone who has the information you need to make decisions. In the case of Con Edison, representatives will be here to answer customer questions about power restoration to their homes and neighborhoods. FEMA will help people navigate through the process of applying for disaster relief. The idea is to get information and help to people as quickly and as easily as possible.”
As of noon Thursday, Con Ed reported that 31,553 of its Westchester customers were still without power. New York State Electric & Gas reported 1,308 without power in Westchester.
Said Burke: “We understand that it has been incredibly frustrating for our customers to be without power this long. We have an army of our own workers and thousands of utility workers from across the United States and Canada helping us restore power following the worst storm in our region’s history. We have restored nearly 240,000 of Westchester customers from both storms and are working to restore the remaining 35,000 customers this weekend.”
With Westchester being declared a disaster area by President Obama, residents are eligible to apply for disaster aid, along with local governments and nonprofit agencies. The first step is to register either by calling FEMA’s registration number 1-800-621-3362; or logging into www.disasterassistance.gov. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number at 800-462-7585.
FEMA strongly advises that people register in advance of visiting the disaster center. Residents can apply for FEMA aid without coming to the County Center. The FEMA representatives are simply there to help residents with the process.
In addition to state and federal partners at the center, staff from the Department of Social Services and other county departments will be on hand to help residents. There will also be representatives from the Small Business Administration, who can explain low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size.
These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said. People who register with FEMA may be sent a loan application from the SBA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, according to the SBA. Applicants have six months after approval to decide whether to accept the loan.
Astorino said that it is imperative that residents and businesses document their losses with photographs and with receipts from repairs. In addition, those impacted must contact their insurance company to find out what – if anything – is covered.
FEMA advised that all persons applying for assistance at the center should be prepared to provide:
• Social Security number (including your spouse’s if applicable);
• Private insurance information, if available;
• Address and zip code of the damaged property;
• Directions to the damaged home or property;
• Daytime telephone number, and
• An address where you can receive mail.
The free tetanus vaccines from the county Department of Health are available for anyone who is involved in cleanup. People who removed debris from homes, parks, roads, treatment plant and other critical facilities could be vulnerable to tetanus; an infection caused by bacteria present in dust, soil and manure, and can benefit from this vaccine, according to health officials.
“Anyone who removed debris and cleaned up after this storm can benefit from the Tdap vaccine,” said Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD. “Harmful bacteria can enter your body through a puncture cut or wound, but this vaccine provides protection.”
Stay Warm Safely and Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino is concerned that as thousands of Westchester residents remain without power due to Superstorm Sandy, some may use their ovens or improperly vented generators, charcoal stoves or other gasoline-fueled equipment to heat their homes.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning is a tragedy that is easily prevented,” Astorino said. “Never run gas-powered generators in your garage, basement or on a covered porch. Keep them outside and away from windows and doors to keep dangerous carbon monoxide from entering your home.”
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is highly poisonous and is produced by gas and charcoal-powered equipment. Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in just minutes and it can be deadly,’’ warned Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD. “Be sure your carbon monoxide alarms are working and your generator is properly installed. Don’t risk the life of you and your family members. If you think you may have carbon monoxide poisoning, seek immediate medical attention.”
The Westchester County Health Department recommends the following measures to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
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