- Last Updated: 19 March 2020 19 March 2020
Special Edition News from Congresswoman Nita Lowey:
Families First Coronavirus Response Act – New Guidance from CDC, State and Local Officials
As cases of COVID-19 continue to be identified across Westchester and Rockland, I will continue working closely with local, state, and federal officials to protect the public. You can find information here on my website about preventing the spread of the virus as well as additional resources.
Here are some helpful resources and updates on the work I'm doing in Congress to keep New Yorkers safe:
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Businesses
- New Guidance from the CDC
- Social Security Support
- Resources to Keep our Communities Safe
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Our top priority in this public health emergency must be keeping the American people safe.
- Last week, I led the House in passing, on a bipartisan 363-40 vote, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to bolster the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak and work to ensure communities like those in Westchester and Rockland have physical safety and financial security during this time of crisis.
- This legislation includes a temporary Medicaid funding boost that would deliver an increase of up to $6.7 billion for New York, the single largest amount to any state, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
- It also guarantees free coronavirus testing, secures paid emergency leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, and strengthens food security initiatives.
- I will not stop working with my colleagues in Congress and throughout New York State to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on Lower Hudson Valley families.
- Click here or on the image above to watch my floor statement.
Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Business
I'm working to protect and heal our communities across all fronts in the face of COVID-19.
- Legislation I led in the House included $1 billion in loan subsidies to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses, including nonprofits, experiencing financial losses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
- Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties have been declared disaster areas eligible for disaster loan assistance through the SBA because they are contiguous with Connecticut, which already has a declaration. Small businesses in these counties may apply now.
- All of New York needs access to this critical assistance immediately. I am urging the SBA to expedite New York's request for disaster loan assistance to help all severly affected small businesses throughout the state.
New Guidance from the CDC
On Sunday, March 15, new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the cancelling all events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.
- The CDC made this recommendation in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.
- I join state and local officials in calling on New Yorkers to follow CDC guidelines.
- Everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of the coronavirus to protect not only yourself but your loved ones and our most vulnerable citizens. Protect your community and practice social distancing.
Social Security Offices Closed
As of Tuesday, March 17, all Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service.
- Services remain available online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by phone at 1-800-772-1213.
Resources to Keep Our Communities Safe
We must remain cautious and attentive as our community cares for the ill and works to mitigate the impact of the virus across the Lower Hudson Valley.
Please continue to share these resources with those who have questions.
NOTE: These hotlines phone numbers offer Spanish-speaking services.
- People under self-quarantine or exposure to known case, call (866) 588-0195
- NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline (888) 364-3065
- For local COVID-19 information and resources, call 211 or visit http://www.hudson211.org/cms/node/430
For more helpful information visit https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Staying in Touch
It is an honor to represent the Lower Hudson Valley in the United States Congress. To stay in touch and get the latest updates, please connect with me on Facebook and on Twitter.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact my office in Westchester County at (914) 428-1707, Rockland County at (845) 639-3485, or Washington, D.C., at (202) 225-6506, and we will do all we can to help.
Nita M. Lowey
Member of Congress
- Last Updated: 16 March 2020 16 March 2020
The Town and Village of Ossining have received considerable guidance from various County, State, and Federal agencies of how to contain the spread of COVID-19, which is shared on the Town’s Website via COVID-19 Resources page and on the Village’s website via the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page. We have since implemented precautionary actions to limit the exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all of Ossining’s Municipal Buildings. Currently, there are no reported cases in Ossining, however it is crucial the Town and Village take these precautionary steps.
The Town and Village Department Heads and Staff are prepared to address the needs of residents and business owners, as well as answer any questions via email or phone. We encourage you to access the Town of Ossining’s Website as well as Department Information on the Village Website to guide you on how to best address your particular issue or concern.
EFFECTIVE Tuesday, March 17th:
Ossining’s Municipal Buildings will be closed to the general public. Resource information regarding all of Ossining’s Departments is as follows:
16 Croton Ave
- Assessor’s Office: (914) 762-8274
- Village/Town Clerk’s Office: (914) 762-8428
- Treasurer & Finance Department: (914) 941-2581
- Receiver of Taxes: Call (914) 762-0635
We are NOT accepting any payments at the Municipal Building, nor are we accepting cash at this time. Here are other payment options:
- You can use your bank's bill pay service – just indicate the address of the parcel on the check.
- You can pay electronically on our Town of Ossining Tax Bill Online Payment
- You can drop your payment in the dedicated mail slot at the Ossining Post Office.
- You can mail your payment
- Personnel Department: (914) 762-6063
- Village Manager’s Office: (914) 941-3554
- Town Supervisor’s Office: (914) 762-6001
John-Paul Rodrigues Ossining Operations Center
- Village of Ossining Building Department: (914) 941-3199
- Village of Ossining Planning Department: (914) 762-6232
- Village of Ossining Public Works/Water: (914) 941-6111
- Water Billing: (914) 941-2581
- Village of Ossining Highway/Sanitation/Sewer: (914) 941-4660
- Town of Ossining Building Department: (914) 762-8419
Joseph G. Caputo Community Center (Recreation Center)
The Joseph G. Caputo Community Center (Recreation Center) is closed to the public until future notice, as the gym is being repurposed to provide food distribution in collaboration with Feeding Westchester. Patrons are asked to drive up or walk up for curbside distribution.
Food Distribution will be provided at the following sites this week on Tuesday, March 17th and Friday, March 20th as follows:
Ossining Community Center, 9AM-11AM
Market Square, 12PM-2PM (walk-up only)
Star of Bethlehem Church, 4PM- 7PM
Senior Nutrition Program
Home delivered meals will continue for those who have signed up. We encourage seniors to consider signing up for daily RUOK calls – please call 914-762-1350 to register to get a call each morning to check in on you.
The Town of Ossining Court will be closed as of 5pm today, Monday, March 16, 2020.
We believe all pending cases will be adjourned for approximately 45 days. Please contact the Justice Court at 914-762-8562 with specific questions.
Please note this is subject to further changes as we receive them from the Court System.
Town of Ossining Highway Department
The Highway Department can be reached at (914) 941-2241.
Cedar Lane Arts Center
The Cedar Lane Arts Center is closed until further notice. All programs are cancelled. Food Scrap Recycling Residential Kits are not available for sale until further notice. Please sign up for Ossining Composts Mailing List for more information. Food scraps may still be dropped off in the green bins at the park.
Dale Cemetery will be closed except for burials starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Attendance at burial services will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Ossining Police Department:
OPEN, no change
Village of Ossining Public Meetings
The Village Board has cancelled all appointed volunteer Boards. The next Village Board of Trustee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Town of Ossining Public Meetings
The Town Board has cancelled all Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, non-essential Committee Meetings, and Town Board Work Sessions until April 15, 2020. Town Board Legislative Sessions scheduled for March 24 and April 14 have not yet been cancelled.
Town and Village of Ossining
- Last Updated: 17 March 2020 17 March 2020
During this pandemic, I cannot implore you enough to social distance — which means limiting all in-person social interactions as much as possible. Experts agree that staying apart is critical if we want to reduce the strain on our health care system and slow the spread of this virus to save lives.
To that end, I have taken a number of actions:
- Schools in NYC, Westchester County and Long Island are closed. Remote learning will take place, and plans are being developed so that children still can get the meals they need and essential workers have access to child care. (Your local school district will have more details.)
- We are aggressively urging private businesses to consider closing and having employees work from home
- Non-essential state employees, as well as non-essential local government employees, have been directed to work from home.
- Starting at 8pm tonight until further notice, restaurants and bars statewide will be delivery and takeout ONLY.
- Starting at 8pm tonight until further notice, gyms, casinos and movie theaters will all be closed.
- Pharmacies, grocery stores, medical facilities and gas stations will remain OPEN.
We do not take these decisions lightly — they are necessary because of the unprecedented public health crisis we find ourselves in.
How dangerous is this virus?
Eighty percent of people who contract COVID-19 self-resolve — and may not even have symptoms.
The virus presents a larger risk to the elderly, the immune-compromised and those with underlying health conditions. We are laser focused on protecting these at-risk populations.
Remember: Even if you have no symptoms, you can still spread Coronavirus. Be a good neighbor and take precautions even if you are young and healthy. Those around you may be at greater risk.
What should you do?
All New Yorkers can take simple steps to prevent the spread of this virus:
- Wash your hands regularly — for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve
- Avoid handshaking
- Don't touch your face with unwashed hands
New Yorkers should also follow our recommendations for social distancing:
- Stay home, even if you feel well
- Keep 6 feet of distance from others in public
- Cancel unnecessary travel plans
New Yorkers can call the Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit this page for further information.
I will be transparent with you. The number of confirmed cases in New York State will continue to go up, and the situation will get worse before it gets better.
But I know that New Yorkers are strong and we will get through this.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
- Last Updated: 16 March 2020 16 March 2020
Town Board Work Session and Special Meeting
Monday, March 16, 2020, 12pm
First Floor Boardroom, 16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
Work Session Agenda:
1. Town of Ossining Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak and Review of Draft of Resolutions for Subsequent Special Meeting
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision Channel 78 and Verizon Channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings, or stream them LIVE here.