Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Disclaimer – The information coming from State and Federal Government can change hourly and therefore the information and guidance below may not represent current guidelines.

 

From The Mayor’s Desk

Disclaimer – The Mayor’s Newsletter does not reflect the views of individual Trustees.
5/23/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC REOPENING – PART 5
MID-HUDSON PLANS TO REOPEN TUESDAY, MAY 26th

Dear Neighbors,

Our Mid-Hudson Region is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, May 26th (Phase 1) contingent on assembling the required number of contact tracers. In Part 3 of my COVID-19 Updates I shared information with you on how to apply to become a contact tracer. This morning Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management, Alan C. Mack sent out the following request from Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus calling for more contract tracers.

Request from County Executive Steve Neuhaus regarding reopeningPer Governor Cuomo, the Mid-Hudson Region will be opening on Tuesday, May 26th, contingent upon having the required number of regional contact tracers signed up and certified. To that end, the County Executives in the Region have agreed to be sure that each does what is needed to fully meet this metric.

If you are willing to be a contact tracer or know someone else who will, please do the following no later than 5:00 pm Monday, May 25th:

  • Volunteers will need to take a free course and the exam from John Hopkins University (link is here). When filling out the online application, it initially shows a fee of $49. A discount is applied upon checkout making it no cost.
  • Provide your name and e-mail address to Michael Ventre, Deputy Commissioner of Orange County Health Department (mventre@orangecountygov.com).
    Provide Deputy Commissioner Ventre with a copy of your certification upon completion of the course/test (scan and e-mail, or text or e-mail a photo of it).
    Please note: if you have already done the steps above, you do not need to resubmit the information.

For more information on:

Contact Tracing:

  • The role of a contact tracer will involve calling people throughout the County who may have contacted a COVID-19 positive individual and collecting and entering data with respect to their whereabouts and individuals they have encountered.
  • To be a contact tracer, New York State requires the completion of an online training and certification program. According to the State, this online course and exam takes five hours; however, most people seem to complete it in roughly an hour.
    How to become a NYS Contact Tracer: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

Stay safe, and stay ready for Tuesday, May 26th!

Thanks,
Mayor Mac

5/22/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC REOPENING – PART 4

Dear Neighbors,

In today’s daily briefing Governor Andrew Cuomo said that our Mid-Hudson Region is on the verge of reopening sometime next week.

As discussed in my COVID-19 Part 1 Update, construction, manufacturing, wholesalers, and retail sales for curbside pickup only are the businesses that can reopen in Phase 1 – followed by a two-week period to monitor infections. If all goes well Phase 2 reopening begins for professional services; finance and insurance; retail; administrative support; and real estate/rental leasing.

Two more weeks of successful monitoring and Phase 3 reopening begins for restaurants/food services, and hotels/accommodations. Finally, two more weeks of successful monitoring and Phase 4 reopening begins for arts/entertainment/recreation and education.

Stay safe, and stay ready!

Thanks,
Mayor Mac

5/20/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC REOPENING – PART 3

Dear Neighbors,

In my last COVID-19 Update on May 13, we discussed when our Region might begin its reopening of the economy. I noted that our Region, the Mid-Hudson Region, includes Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Putnam, and Westchester counties. Since May 13, we have made little progress on meeting the last two of seven metrics that we must surpass before we can move forward.

One of the benchmarks the Mid-Hudson Region still has not met is having a 14-day decline in the number of COVID-19 patients who died in hospitals each day. As of Sunday, that tally had decreased for three days, which meant 11 more days to go – or May 28 – before the Region could satisfy that measure, but we had a setback. Orange County alone had an average of five COVID-19 deaths per day last week, according to its data. The county’s death toll had reached 408 by Friday – According to the information I excerpted from yesterday’s article in the THR.

How can we help?

The Mid-Hudson Region falls short of hiring the minimum number of contact tracers and support positions. Our community can move us closer to our goal of reopening by working as a contact tracer, team supervisor, or community support specialist. Everything you need to know about joining this effort is detailed on this State Coronavirus page.

Stay safe, and stay ready!

Thanks,
Mayor Mac

5/13/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC REOPENING – PART 2

Dear Neighbors,

In my last newsletter, I laid out Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stages of reopening the economy by Region. This newsletter addresses when our Region, the Mid-Hudson Region, will start reopening. The Mid-Hudson Region includes Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Putnam counties and disappointingly, Westchester county, which has been hit much harder by COVID-19. Further, Gov. Cuomo says there’s no plan to remove Westchester County from the Mid-Hudson reopening region.

The screenshot above is of the State’s Regional Monitoring Dashboard web page. The Dashboard keeps score of the progress of each Region and is a daily source of information on our reopening. Click on the screenshot above to visit the live Dashboard. Currently, the Mid-Hudson Region meets 5 of the 7 metrics needed to qualify for reopening, and according to one county executive, optimistically we may be looking at the start of our reopening next week. Of course, that depends on the progress of each county.

Stay safe, and stay ready!

Thanks,
Mayor Mac

P.S. For a new message on Outdoor Waste (littering and dog waste) please visit ourVillage Police Department Facebook page

5/9/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC REOPENING

Dear Neighbors,

Lately, the topics discussed among members of the Federal Government Coronavirus Task Force and by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo have shifted from one hundred percent fighting the coronavirus to states and regions reopening.

According to available data, more people have begun to leave their homes for shopping and recreational activities, including from states with tighter lockdown regulations. Many experts conclude that the increase in traffic and new polling data indicates that there is a desire to get back to work and pent-up demand among consumers. The staged reopening of Orange County before the end of the quarter will be welcome news if it happens

There is an urgency expressed by local businesses and consumers to move on. According to the Governor, the timetable of what may open on or about May 15 will be construction and manufacturing upstate. Still, downstate would have to “change dramatically enough to make a difference” by comparison. The stages of reopening are determined by which region meets the following guidelines sooner. According to CBS News reporting on New York State for a region to reopen it must:

  • A region has to have at least 14 days of decline in total hospitalizations and deaths on a three-day rolling average, according to CDC guidelines.
  • Regions with few COVID-19 cases cannot have 15 new cases or five deaths on a three day rolling average
  • A region must have fewer than two new COVID-19 patients per 100,000 residents per day
  • Hospitals can’t be filled to more than 70% capacity – including ICU beds – leaving 30% available in the event of a surge
  • All hospitals must have a 90-day stockpile of PPE
  • There must be 30 tests per 1,000 residents ready to go
  • Regions must have 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, with additional tracers available based on the projected number of cases in the region
  • A risk/reward analysis of which businesses can reopen, with most essential businesses with the lowest risk prioritized.
    • Phase 1: Construction, manufacturing, and wholesale supply chain, select retail with curbside pickup
    • Phase 2: Professional services, finance, and insurance, retail, administrative support, real estate/rental leasing
    • Phase 3: Restaurants/food services, hotels/accommodations
    • Phase 4: Arts/entertainment/recreation/education
  • Businesses must adjust their practices to ensure a safe work environment and track cases
  • There will be a regional “control room” to monitor progress

The Orange County NY COVID-19 Cases by Town webpage latest update lists Tuxedo at 61 cases. By my calculation, Tuxedo Town has had 49 cases, and Tuxedo Park has had 12 cases placing us last. The City of Newburgh has the most cases at 1,314.

Of the Tuxedo Park cases that I have full knowledge, Person-to-Person Transmission accounts for 10 cases (not transmitted here outside of a single-family home, fortunately) and Community Spread for 2 cases. Community spread is when someone gets the virus without any known contact with a sick person.

To honor those sick or lost, our community will continue to do its part in remaining diligent. At the same time, we are thankful for leading the County with the lowest number of cases and thankful for owning a home in Tuxedo Park.

Be safe, and stay ready.

Thanks,
Mayor MAC


5/3/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – VILLAGE ELECTIONS POSTPONED

Dear Neighbors,

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Friday changing the dates of elections due to the coronavirus pandemic. Votes on school budgets and for board members will be held June 9 by mail-in vote, and elections for village and town seats will be held Sept. 15. For village elections, all party nominations can be done remotely by Aug, 20. The orders end uncertainty over when the elections would be held, particularly for schools that need to prepare budgets for the fiscal year that starts July 1. On Friday, Cuomo also canceled school for the remainder of the academic year.

Thanks,

Mayor MAC

4/26/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – HARRIMAN STATE PARK CLOSED

Dear Neighbors,

Harriman State Park is closed to incoming traffic and visitors. Seven Lakes Drive Remains Open. Roadside parking is prohibited.

Until further notice, the following roads will be CLOSED

  • Exit 16 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway
  • Lake Welch Drive to St. Johns Road
  • Tiorati Brook Road
  • Rte. 106 from Kanawauke Circle to Rte. 17
  • Arden Valley Road
  • Perkins Memorial Drive
  • Exit 19 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway

For updated information click,
http://www.parks.ny.gov/parks/145

Thank you,
Mayor MAC

Please Like our new Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department Facebook Page.
http://www.facebook.com/TPPDNY/

4/9/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – ESSENTIAL AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

Dear Neighbors,

FROM NYS EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT

UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IS SUBJECT TO A WORKFORCE REDUCTION UNDER RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDERS

I have taken excerpts relevant to Tuxedo Park. I strongly encourage you to fill in the blanks by reading the full text from the NYS Empire State Development. Posted on our Village Attorney’s website at http://www.fnmlawfirm.com/nys-updated-guidance-essential-businesses/

This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD) and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business. State and local governments, including municipalities, authorities, and school districts, are exempt from these essential business reductions, but are subject to other provisions that restrict non-essential, in-person workforce and other operations under Executive Order 202.

The Village does not determine which business is essential and non-essential. This is a decision each business makes.

2. Essential infrastructure including
Public and private utilities including but not limited to power generation, fuel supply, and transmission; Public water and wastewater…

  1. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including
    Homeless shelters and congregate care facilities; Food banks…9. Construction
    All non-essential construction must safely shut down, except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone, but only to the point that it is safe to suspend work). Essential construction may proceed, to the extent that… the construction is necessary to protect the health and safety of occupants of a structure… the construction is necessary to continue a project if allowing the project to remain undone would be unsafe, provided that the construction must be shut down when it is safe to do so…13. Recreation
    Parks and other open public spaces, except playgrounds and other areas of congregation where social distancing cannot be abided; However, golf courses are not essential [Check with Club golf course for restrictions. Mayor Mac]; However, use of boat launches and marinas for recreational vessels is not considered essential [Check with your Village boating facilities for restrictions. My position has been this does not apply to private residential communities. Mayor Mac]…14. Professional services with extensive restrictions
    Real estate services shall be conducted remotely for all transactions, including but not limited to title searches, appraisals, permitting, inspections, and the recordation, legal, financial and other services necessary to complete a transfer of real property… Pursuant to Executive Order 202.10, all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reasons (e.g. worship services, parties, celebrations, or other social events) are canceled or postponed. Congregate services within houses of worship are prohibited…

Full text at http://www.fnmlawfirm.com/nys-updated-guidance-essential-businesses/

Happy Easter and Passover.

Thank you,
Mayor MAC

4/8/2020 – COVID-19 CONTAINMENT ZONE UPDATE

Dear Neighbors,

My March 29th Mayor’s Desk newsletter compiled and shared information regarding a containment zone around Palm Tree / KJ. As you remember, Governor Cuomo denied Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus’s request for a containment order in the town of Palm Tree. To support the containment zone, many Village residents wrote letters to our elected officials outlining our position. Like me and other municipal leaders, we wonder why the Governor approved a similar request for a containment zone in New Rochelle but not for the Town of Palm Tree.

In an article published in Monday’s Times Herald-Record, titled Orange County leaders requested a containment order for Palm Tree. We learned that seven local municipal leaders from Blooming Grove, Monroe, Harriman, and Woodbury also wrote letters requesting governmental action to quell the spread of the coronavirus in the southern Orange County area. We may be one step closer to our goal because of their efforts.

In closing, we expect these next two to three weeks to be very tough with a high mortality rate, sadly, for the families. Health officials believe we are approaching a peak in the number of new cases statewide. However, Orange County is a hot zone and the number of new cases may continue to rise. Our community has done a great job of following the guidelines to keep each other safe, and we should be proud of our efforts. But we cannot become complacent, and in fact, we need to double down on our efforts in the weeks ahead. Let’s stop the spread of this virus in our area so we can return to a sense of normalcy in our lives, sooner rather than later. That will be our reward.

Thank you,
Mayor MAC

4/2/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – TUXEDO PARK INFRASTRUCTURE.

Dear Neighbors,

The sewer system has thrown down the gauntlet!

DO NOT DISPOSE OF WIPES, PAPER TOWELS, AND OTHER NON-DEGRADABLE ITEMS IN YOUR TOILETS.

The DPW works diligently and professionally to keep our water and sewer systems running to ensure the health and safety of Village Residents.  In the past week, the DPW has had to unclog several blocked sewer lines due to refuse. Cleaning wipes, baby wipes, and even paper towels can clog the lines in your house and the sewer lines in the Village. When the sewer lines get clogged, sewage runs out onto residents’ properties, roads, and potentially into the lakes. Tuxedo Lake is our source of drinking water.

Please dispose of all wipes, paper towels, and other “non-bathroom” (for lack of a better term) waste in garbage bags.

As a Village, we are showing great respect for our neighbors and the New York State restrictions. I sincerely appreciate your continued cooperation and support.

Thank you,
Mayor MAC

3/29/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – CONTAINMENT ZONES.

Dear Neighbors,

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus has asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to consider a containment zone in the town of Palm Tree, KJ area. A containment zone will facilitate extra resources, including a testing area there to try to put a lid on the spread of this virus. Governor Cuomo turned down Neuhaus’s request. As a reference point, the first containment zone is surrounding the Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue, where scores of people contracted COVID-19 from a fellow congregant.

According to the Chronicle newspaper, Neuhaus said he came to this decision after listening to a doctor who “treats that community.” The doctor, Vladimir Zelenko, M.D. of Monroe, noted that nine out of fourteen Kiryas Joel residents have tested positive for COVID-19. He expects that the virus may infect 90 percent of the residents over the short term. That’s approximately 35,000 people in a one square mile area.

As a Mayor and resident of Orange County, I expressed my disappointment with the Governor’s decision. The County recommends we focus our desire to create a containment zone for Palm Tree, KJ area, by contacting our State representatives.

If you are available to volunteer your time to lead and organize a letter-writing campaign to our State representatives.

Please contact me at dmcfadden@tuxedopark-ny.gov.

Thank you,
Mayor MAC

3/28/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – GATHERINGS AND ENFORCEMENT.

Dear Neighbors,

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently issued Executive Orders 202.10 and 202.11. Of particular importance to the Village are provisions restricting gatherings and the enforcement of those gatherings by police officers and building inspectors.

EO 202.10 states that non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g., parties, celebrations, or other social events) must be canceled or postponed. EO 202.11 gives authority to police officers and building inspectors to enforce the gathering restrictions.

Boats and Lake Recreation: Because we have boating and lake recreation within the Village, Executive Order 202.10 applies to the Tuxedo Club, the Village Boat Club, the Wee Wah Fishing and Boat Club and the Wee Wah Beach Club.  The order applies to all boats and recreation on all three lakes.  Please abide by these restrictions.

Enforcement of Gathering Restrictions: While the Executive Order is in place limiting the operation of a facility or limiting the number of persons who may occupy any space, operation of that facility or occupancy of such space by more than the number of people allowed shall be deemed a violation of the Uniform Code or other local building code in effect in the jurisdiction where the facility or space is located.

Police Officers who are authorized to enforce laws within the jurisdiction in which a facility or space is located are allowed to remove persons from such space or facility.

A local code enforcement officer authorized to enforce the Uniform Code in the jurisdiction is authorized to issue an appearance ticket, Notice of Violation or Order to Remedy which shall require immediate compliance as well as issuing a Do Not Occupy Order to any owner, operator or occupant of any such facility or space.

Vehicle Inspections: Vehicles with an inspection certificate that was valid as of March 27, 2020, may continue to operate if such inspection expires after March 27, 2020.

School Closures: Extends closure of schools through April 15, 2020, at which time closures shall be re-evaluated.

Thank you,
Mayor MAC

3/23/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – ESSENTIAL V. NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN TUXEDO PARK

Dear Neighbors,

Following the Governor’s order about essential v. non-essential businesses, I have been in discussion with the village attorney to determine if the Village should stop vendors from entering the Park (landscapers and contractors, for example). He advised us that based on his reading of the order; it is the Department of Health and not the Village that would enforce any such restrictions or make determinations what businesses are essential or non-essential. He does not believe the Village has the authority to make determinations as to essential v. non-essential businesses or to enforce those provisions as the statutory penalties are civil and enforced by the Department of Health.

Thus, the business entity itself should confer with its legal counsel whether its work is essential/non-essential under State guidelines. Neither the Village nor its legal counsel will give legal advice to any entity, whether the entity is essential or non-essential. Hopefully, the State will provide more specifics and guidance in the coming days.  If any resident believes that a violation of some order is occurring or other related concerns, complaints may be directed to the Orange County Department of Health during business hours (9a-5p) at 845-291-2330, or there is a 24 hour COVID-19 hotline for inquiries at 1-888-364-3065 (open 24 hours).

Summary of Governor Andrew Cuomo Executive Orders. Please visit the Village website at http://www.tuxedopark-ny.gov for a searchable PDF of all COVID-19 Executive Orders issued by the Governor to date. Open the document in your PDF reader and use the find/search feature to locate specific text or words.

Thank you,
Mayor MAC

3/20/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – MANDATORY WORK FROM HOME

Dear Neighbors,

As the number of coronavirus cases in the state spike, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he would issue an executive order mandating 100% of New York’s workforce must stay home, excluding essential services, beginning Sunday. The Governor calls this effort “New York State on Pause.” I call it social distancing on steroids, but if we comply, we have a better chance of flattening the curve and returning to a state of normalcy.

This Executive Order may change the dynamics in Tuxedo Park, such that I expect that another wave of residents may arrive this weekend to shelter in place – including weekenders who may have been on the fence about leaving the city before the Governor’s order.

I want to assure you that the Village government is ready and able to deliver essential services to our residents with no disruption. Therefore, I encourage you to bring your family and loved ones to the Park without concern. Our Police Department, DPW, garbage removal, and office administrative staff are fully operational – and because of our reservoir, our potable water supply is abundant. We have adequate backup and support in place to meet all of our resident’s needs and to keep our vital services running.

I would like to recognize the Village employees for showing great resolve considering the circumstances to keep our Village services functioning. I want to thank Chief Dave Conklin and the Police Department, Village Clerk Debbie Mathews, Village Building Inspector John Ledwith, Deputy Clerk Denise Spalthoff, and DPW Superintendent Jeff Voss and his team. They have put our needs before their concerns, and we are fortunate to have a dedicated and capable team in place. Thank you very much for your continued service to the community.

I would also like to recognize the volunteer committee of concerned residents for starting Outreach Tuxedo to help those in need with food and other services. The local business owners have joined in the effort as well by adjusting their business hours to accommodate our schedules and food establishments with stepped-up delivery services and menus. We must support them and shop locally.

Finally, I would like to thank the Board for their hard work on our Preparedness Plan and in assisting our employees with ways to protect themselves in the work environment. This health crisis is severe, and we are doing our best to manage the Village until the virus is under control, and we have done our part to flatten the curve. We are in constant contact with County and State Department of Health Officials for that reason.

As of today, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases, and we are fighting hard to keep it that way. However, many residents have traveled and attended events recently, so we are at risk. We are in a disruptive period, and we don’t know its extent or length. The good news is we have taken this seriously and are following the protocols our State and Federal government has laid out.

If the health crisis takes a downward turn, we have procedures we can activate immediately, which include a variety of Declarations of Emergency allowed by the State and the Village’s own Emergency Response Plan – these give us additional tools to regulate safety measures for our residents. Because of the ever-changing situation before us, implementing one or more of these emergency response measures are foremost on my mind. I will continue to share information with you as I have done over this last week.

Tuxedo Park is unique because of our gate, its low density, and extensive outdoor recreation areas. With the desire to go outside to get fresh air and exercise, I have advised the Chief to be extra diligent in protecting us from increased vehicular traffic, so please drive safely. My goal is to continue to make Tuxedo Park a haven for our residents.

Thanks,
Mayor MAC

3/17/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – VILLAGE SERVICES & BUILDINGS

Dear Neighbors,

Closures & Partial Closures.

The Village Office is open to employees only until further notice. Please use the phone and email to conduct business. We will set up a dropbox outside the door by Friday morning for document exchanges, including payments and recreational stickers (boats, etc.). You may continue to use the mail.

Village phone numbers:

Work hours, 9 am – 4 pm, M – F.

The Village Hall is closed to the public until further notice (see Village Court restrictions below).

The Village Court has postponed all non-essential functions of the court until further notice. All essential functions will continue as described here: http://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/Updated-Protocol-AttachmentA3.pdf unless otherwise Noticed by the Village Court Judge or Village Court Clerk.

The Village Police Department has limited residents access to the KEEP and LODGE at the front gatehouse until further notice. [The Police Department is located in the KEEP and the offices of the Chief and Deputy Village Clerk are located in the LODGE.]  We will set up a dropbox outside the door by Friday morning for document exchanges, including vehicle tags and water payments. You may continue to use the mail.

Phone numbers:

  • Chief Dave Conklin (and Police Department phone): 845-351-4741; Chief’s email: chief@tuxedopark-ny.gov
  • If this is an emergency call 9-1-1

The Village Board of Trustees Meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm is postponed until Thursday or Friday. We will conduct the meeting by using the application ZOOM (or equivalent audio-visual program) for use by all participants to dial in and take part. Information on the rescheduled meeting to follow.

The Village PB, BAR & BZA Meetings are postponed until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation,
Mayor MAC

3/16/2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – SOCIAL DISTANCING 

Dear Neighbors,

The only effective way to stop the spread of the coronavirus is to limit social interaction. Tuxedo Park is secluded, but that does not mean that we, as residents, are immune to the spread of this disease. While most fatalities are limited to the elderly, in Italy, middle-aged people are dying from the virus as well – many put on respirators for weeks. While not confirmed, younger people may experience the debilitating effects of this virus on their lungs when they get older.

If anyone becomes ill, there may not be a hospital bed available as our hospital system is not designed for mass outbreaks. There is no vaccine and no cure.

I, therefore, urge you to limit if not eliminate social interactions and to practice social distancing. Many of our residents have visited restaurants, gone shopping, are coming from the city, or returning from vacation. Anyone one of us may have been unknowingly exposed to or transmitting the virus. I think we all agree that we do not want to spread the infection inside the Park. All it takes is one small dinner party or other interaction for the virus to go from one person to another and then another. I also urge you to limit if not halt your interaction with food delivery services, domestics, vendors, and package deliveries. As you know, someone may carry and spread the virus for two weeks before they experience any symptoms.

As an example, Patient 1 in Italy caused 40 deaths in the hospital where he was admitted. Two weeks prior, he interacted with family, friends, and colleagues. Italy now has thousands of cases, mostly in northern Italy, which is the epicenter of the disease in Europe.

The silver lining is that we can learn from our own experts and what has taken place in Italy. Italy quarantined its provinces and then its cities and now its citizens. Rome does not allow its citizens to leave their houses unless they for work or for groceries. But the good news is that Rome, and its surrounding area, with 6 million residents, had only 200 cases as of last week.

We can avoid the spread of this virus in Tuxedo Park with voluntary sequestration—before it becomes mandatory. While it would be nice to feel as though within the Gates we are safe and can do as we please, the virus does not know or care if it is in Wuhan, Milan, or Tuxedo Park.

Stay at home unless it is an emergency. Limiting any interaction is the most prudent action. If there is anywhere a community that can act for the benefit of the whole, it is our community. My goal is that no one in Tuxedo Park contracts the virus.

Thanks,
Mayor MAC

3/15/2020 – COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLANS

Dear Neighbors,

The health and safety of the entire community are of the utmost importance to us all.

The Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting Friday to work with the various service providers and department heads to develop preparedness plans related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The plan includes specific prudent and precautionary measures designed to protect not only the employees of the Village but all residents with a minimal amount of disruption to Village services.

We posted an overview of the current preparedness plan on the Village website http://www.tuxedopark-ny.gov.

We ask that you refrain from going to any public buildings or meetings if you are not feeling well. Please limit your physical visits to the Village Office and Police Headquarters and use the phone and email instead to conduct business.

The Mayor and Trustees are available to discuss your questions, comments, and suggestions.

Thank you for your cooperation,
Mayor MAC

SUMMARY OF GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO EXECUTIVE ORDERS.

Attached is a searchable PDF of all COVID-19 Executive Orders issued by the Governor to date.  Open the document in your PDF reader and use the find/search feature to locate specific text or words. Executive Orders combined OCR

 

LIST OF FOOD-RELATED BUSINESSES.

Local

Dottie Audrey’s: Pickup  (845) 915-3088 https://www.dottieaudreys.com/
Orange Top: Pickup and delivery (845) 351-3316
Sunnyside: Pickup (845) 753-2519 http://www.sunnysidesbarandgrill.com/
Steve’s Market: Pickup and Delivery (201) 327-9466 https://stevesmarket.com/
Steve’s Pizza: Online order and pickup and delivery (845) 915- 3022 https://www.stevestuxedo.com
Tuxedo Sushi: Pickup and delivery (845) 351-3211 http://www.tuxedosushi.menu/
Valley Rock Inn Market: Online order and pickup or delivery (845) 618-9123 https://valley-rock-market.myshopify.com/

Food Pantry of Sloatsburg – March 24, 1 to 6 pm.
Sloatsburg Municipal Building (across from the Food Pantry).
95 Orange Turnpike.
Sloatsburg, NY

*drive-thru pickup
*do not arrive before 12:45
*stay in your car until instructed
*must live in Suffern Central School district or Tuxedo

Other

Acme Markets: Pickup and delivery (201) 529-9775 https://local.acmemarkets.com/nj/mahwah/125-franklin-turnpike.html

Buy locally!

Please help me build this list.
dmcfadden@tuxedopark-ny.gov

COVID-19 UPDATE – VILLAGE SERVICES & BUILDINGS – Tuesday 3/17/2020 – 3:30 pm

Closures & Partial Closures.

The Village Office is open to employees only until further notice. Please use the phone and email to conduct business. We will set up a dropbox outside the door by Friday morning for document exchanges, including payments and recreational stickers (boats, etc.). You may continue to use the mail.

Village phone numbers:

Work hours, 9 am – 4 pm, M – F.

The Village Hall is closed to the public until further notice (see Village Court restrictions below).

The Village Court has postponed all non-essential functions of the court until further notice. All essential functions will continue as described here: http://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/Updated-Protocol-AttachmentA3.pdf unless otherwise Noticed by the Village Court Judge or Village Court Clerk.

The Village Police Department has limited residents access to the KEEP and LODGE at the front gatehouse until further notice. [The Police Department is located in the KEEP and the offices of the Chief and Deputy Village Clerk are located in the LODGE.]  We will set up a dropbox outside the door by Friday morning for document exchanges, including vehicle tags and water payments. You may continue to use the mail.

Phone numbers:

  • Chief Dave Conklin (and Police Department phone): 845-351-4741; Chief’s email: chief@tuxedopark-ny.gov
  • If this is an emergency call 9-1-1

The Village PB, BAR & BZA Meetings are postponed until further notice.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PREPAREDNESS PLAN

The health and safety of the entire community is of utmost importance to us all. To that end, the Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting Friday to develop preparedness plans related to the COVID-19 crisis.  The plan includes certain prudent and precautionary measures designed to protect not only the employees of the Village, but all residents with a minimal amount of disruption to Village services. At this time, we expect the impact of the COVID-19 on the operations of certain essential Village and related services to be as stated below. As the situation is evolving, please understand our plan may be adjusted.

VILLAGE OFFICE:

  • Some interruption of services is expected.
  • The Village office will remain operating in a “business as usual” fashion for the time being.
  • Where possible, we prefer the public to conduct the Village business without an in-person visit.
  • Critical employees have remote working capabilities.  If activated we will inform the public.

We request the following:

  1. Please limit your visits to the Village Hall.
  2. Please DO NOT come to the Village Office or the Lodge if you are feeling ill. Please instead call 845.351.4745 for the Village Office.
  3. We are all responding to a fast-changing and fluid situation so please check the Village website for meeting notice cancellations.

 VILLAGE MEETINGS: 

  • Some interruption of services is expected.
  • The Board of Trustees currently plans to continue to hold meetings in the Village Office, and meetings are open to the public. However, the public should heed the advice of medical professionals regarding “social distancing” and public gatherings. To help residents still participate in Village meetings without being exposed to others, the Board is looking into a live video stream or a free conference call-in number.
  • The Board of Trustees is discussing meeting protocols with the BZA, BAR, and PB Chairs and, once finalized, will be reported to the public.
  • We are all responding to a fast-changing and fluid situation so please check the Village website for meeting notice cancellations.
  • The Board of Trustees is also pursuing an operations plan for the Justice Court and, once finalized, will be reported to the public.

DPW: POTABLE WATER & SEWER PLANT

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • Backup plans to keep these critical services running is being pursued.

GARBAGE COLLECTION SERVICES:

  • No interruption of service is expected.

 POLICE DEPARTMENT:

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • To minimize exposure to COVID 19, the Chief has banned (effective immediately) Village police officers from responding to non-life-threatening medical calls in the Town and Village where flu-like symptoms or respiratory distress is the issue.
  • The Chief and officers are working under the Orange County Office of Emergency Management and the Orange County Health Department protocol for responding to COVID 19 related inquiries.
  • The Chief is pursuing arrangements with a neighboring municipality to provide coverage in the event the Village’s police ranks are depleted due to COVID 19 infection or quarantine.
  • [Optional] – Senior citizens and high-risk residents may register their address with the Police.
  • In case of emergency call 9-1-1.

 FIRE DEPARTMENT: 

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • The Tuxedo Joint Fire District (comprised of the Tuxedo Park Fire Department, Sterling Forest Fire Department, and Eagle Valley Fire Department) has long-standing safety and personnel deployment protocols for its volunteers and equipment.
  • Recent events have caused a heightened awareness and greater vigilance in complying with these protocols and recently augmented COVID-19 protocols. Coordination follows a strict chain of command through the Chiefs and Officers in conjunction with the County.
  • The Fire Department routinely relies on a very formal network of cascading assistance through a formal Mutual Aid system established with surrounding fire departments located in both NY and NJ. This system includes West Point, whose skilled cadets are also available to assist the Fire Department with additional workforce and equipment when needed as they have done in the past.

AMBULANCE CORPS:

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • Strict protocols are in place to address responding to suspected cases of COVID 19.
  • The Volunteer Ambulance Corp. enjoys a very formal network of cascading assistance through a formal Mutual Aid system.

We urge you to stay informed and follow the recommendations of health professionals. Up to date information can be accessed at the websites of the:

CDC- (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html),
New York State Department of Health – (https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/),
Orange County – (https://www.orangecountygov.com/).

Thank you for your cooperation.
Board of Trustees

UPDATED 3/16/2020 – Added new information about the Fire Department.

Download.PDF. Preparedness Plan UPDATED – 3.16.2020 FIRE DEPT.

 

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