- 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.
- Last Updated: 17 March 2020 17 March 2020
We have spent significant time this week coordinating with officials at the County and State level to help address the growing concerns of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As I am sure many of you are aware, on Saturday, March 7 Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency and began a series of week-long conferences to provide updates on the status of the virus. As of this email we want to assure residents that we have not yet been informed of any positive cases for any residents of the Town of Ossining. We ask you to continue to make your best efforts to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. The Town and County have each dedicated a section of their website to current Coronavirus information. The CDC website also continues to be a good resource. We ask that you please refer only to official sources of information to prevent unnecessary fear and panic. As a reminder, if you feel you have developed flu-like symptoms please call your medical provider or a hospital before appearing for testing. For questions regarding COVID-19, please call the New York State Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065 or dial 211 for information.
We understand the Coronavirus has placed a strain on many. We are making every effort to keep disruption to a minimum while balancing the health of our residents. We continue to be impressed by people attempting to help during this process. Our local not-for-profits and faith based organizations have been working around the clock, coordinating with both the Village and Town of Ossining, to collaborate on efforts to provide necessary food and other resources to those in need. Con Ed is temporarily suspending any electric and gas service shutoffs involving customers having payment difficulties. Any service terminations will be limited to safety precautions such as a gas leak. Credit card companies and banks should be contacted directly by customers with questions. Unfortunately, price gouging has been reported in the state. To report price gouging on any items (including cleaning supplies, toilet paper, or soap) please call the New York State Department of Consumer Protection. They have launched a toll-free hotline 1-800-697-1220 and will investigate. Additionally, we ask our residents to please consider the impact of social isolation on seniors. Though it may seem like a small effort, Facetime and phone calls can go a long way. Avoid visiting in person, as you may be exposing them to the virus even if you are asymptomatic. Most importantly, bear in mind that Westchester County and Ossining are wonderful tapestries of people from many different backgrounds, religions, and languages. Events like this outbreak can cause stress and anxiety which can lead to biases against those of specific ethnicities or countries of origin, or religious background. Please remember that we are all co-workers, neighbors, schoolmates, fellow community members, and be kind to one another. We are all in this together!
Due to these rapidly escalating concerns, the Village of Ossining announced that all Village buildings will be deep cleaned in the coming days. To facilitate this, the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center will be closed on Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16. Consequently, all Ossining Village Recreation classes, lap swim, activities, and events are also canceled on those days. The Cedar Lane Arts Center will also be closed on those days for cleaning. The collection site for the Food Scraps Recycling program will remain open, but kits will not be available for purchase on Monday.
We have been working with our department heads to ensure continuity of Town services, given the strain this situation has put on our staff and constituents. Please stay tuned for updates early next week about potential changes in public access to Town offices. In the meantime, online services always remain available for public use, including dog license renewals, tax payments, FOIL requests, assessment records, and your garbage/recycling schedule (if you live in the unincorporated Town you can even download an app that lets you check your schedule daily on your phone, specific to your address!). We are also happy to work with you via e-mail or over the phone. Contact information for each department is available on each individual department's page of the Town website. We encourage everyone to consider reaching out via phone or e-mail prior to visiting our offices.
- Last Updated: 10 March 2020 10 March 2020
The Town of Ossining continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our area. Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Page for more information and resources. The CDC website also has excellent resources regarding this virus. Numbers to call for more information: People under self-quarantine or exposure to known case, call (866) 588-0195, NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline (888) 364-3065, Westchester County COVID-19 Information - Call 211.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Senior Nutrition Program at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center will transition to only serving home delivered meals starting Friday, March 13. All events and programs at the Senior Center have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
We will continue to provide updates as they come. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the various ways you can conduct Town business or communicate with our departments without having to come into the office.
All Town Departments are happy to work with you to find ways to access information or communicate with us either via phone or e-mail, if an already established procedure for online access is not yet implemented. Here is contact information for each department:
Assessor: (914) 762-8274
Town Clerk: (914) 762-8428
Justice Court: (914) 762-8562
Town Supervisor: (914) 762-6001
Tax Office: (914) 762-8790
Town Building Department: (914) 762-8419
Town Highway: (914) 941-2241
Recreation/Community Center: (914) 941-3189
Senior Nutrition Program: (914) 762-1350
Please also take the time to sign up for updates from the Town Supervisor, Tax Receiver, and Town Clerk. Updates are also frequently sent out by our partners in the Village of Ossining and Village of Briarcliff Manor.