Outstanding Leadership (and a Welcome Clarification) from the Governor

Throughout the present public health crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo has demonstrated remarkable leadership.  His daily press conferences have been calm, measured, fact-based, and full of relevant context.  From a New Rochelle perspective, I am particularly grateful to the Governor and his team for their devotion of attention and resources to our local needs.   During today’s press conference, the Governor also offered some very welcome clarification on the meaning of the New Rochelle “containment zone,” which has been widely misunderstood.  That section of the Governor’s comments begins at about 30:55 in this video.  Each and every one of the restrictions within our “containment zone” has since been overtaken and exceeded by even more stringent (and necessary) standards applied statewide.  In a sense, all of New York is now a containment zone, and all of America is almost sure to follow.

 

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Public Health Update for March 18th

Here is today’s public health update, just sent citywide by robocall:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson, with a public health update for March 18.

We continue urging all residents to stay home to the greatest degree possible and keep interactions with others to a bare minimum. Social distancing is effective in slowing the spread of the virus, so let’s each do our part, especially to protect our most vulnerable residents.

As you know, restaurants are now closed for dine-in service throughout New York State. However, we can still support our local restaurant community by ordering takeout or delivery, and by buying gift cards for future use.

Westchester County has issued a call for retired or currently non-working nurses to assist with public health needs. Those interested in serving in this capacity should contact Lindsay Jackson at lajc@westchestergov.com.

As previously reported:

City Hall is now closed to the public, but all essential municipal services, including sanitation, will be maintained. Some City departments can still be reached by phone and many services can be accessed online.

Testing for coronavirus continues to ramp up. To request a test, call the State hotline at 888-364-3065.

And if any business refuses to deliver to your home in New Rochelle, please contact the Westchester County Consumer Protection Department by calling 914-995-2155 or sending an email to conpro@westchestergov.com.

There is additional information at newrochelleny.com/coronavirus, and more updates will follow as needed.

Let’s all continue staying informed, engaged, and responsible, so that our community can meet this challenge together.

Thank you for listening.

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You Can Still Support Local Restaurants

Restaurants throughout New York State are closed for dine-in service — an important public health measure to limit the spread of COVID-19.  But, even while practicing social distancing, we can still support our local restaurant community by ordering takeout and delivery, or by buying gift cards for future use.  Here’s more information.

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Important Public Health Update for March 16th

Here is today’s official update on the coronavirus outbreak, just sent throughout New Rochelle by robocall.  Please note that conditions are evolving quickly, and that social distancing is now a vital individual and community responsibility.

This is Mayor Noam Bramson, with a very important public health update for March 16. Here’s what’s new:

Effective at 8pm tonight, all gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited throughout New York, and all bars and restaurants will be closed, except for takeout. Theaters and gyms will also be closed. By contrast, supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open throughout this challenge and are well-supplied.

Effective tomorrow, City Hall will be closed to the public, but all essential municipal services, such as sanitation, Police, Fire, and emergency medical response will continue to operate and parks will remain open. Remember that you can also access many municipal services remotely. For a full list of online city services, plus other updated information, please visit newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

The City Council will continue to conduct business. However, public hearings and citizens-to-be-heard are cancelled until further notice.

Remember, social distancing is vital to slowing down the virus and saving lives. You can do your part by staying home to the greatest degree possible and keeping interactions with others to a minimum.

Being able to receive home deliveries is an important part of this strategy, so if any business refuses to deliver to you, please contact the Westchester County Consumer Protection Department by calling 914-995-2155 or sending an email to conpro@westchestergov.com.

As previously reported, to request a coronavirus test, be sure either to contact your doctor or call the State hotline at 888-364-3065.

This is a fast-moving situation, and our actions need to adjust with the facts on the ground. The City will continue working to provide you with timely and accurate guidance, so that New Rochelle can confront this challenge with strength, common sense, and support for all of our neighbors.

Thank you for listening.

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New Rochelle on 60 Minutes

Last night, 60 Minutes devoted a segment to the coronavirus outbreak in New Rochelle, with an especially inspiring portrayal of the health care workers on the front lines of fighting the pandemic.  Our community is facing an unprecedented challenge, but we can be proud of the exceptional men and women who are rising to the occasion.  Watch here.

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