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A Message from Supervisor Bosworth: Coronavirus Update

Last Updated 3/26/20:

Dear Neighbors,

As of Monday, March 23, all Town parks including playgrounds, sports fields, and bathrooms will be closed to the public. This also includes Town beaches and the Town Dock. The closures will help prevent the gathering of large groups and congregation of people in close proximity to each other.

We encourage our residents to go outside and to get fresh air and physical exercise. However we cannot emphasize enough that this must be a solitary recreational activity. The CDC clearly states that staying at least six feet away from other people greatly lessens our chances of catching and spreading COVID-19. Together we can do our part to help save lives during this public health emergency.

Nothing is more important than the safety and well being of you and your loved ones. We care about you and will continue taking all necessary precautionary measures to protect the health and welfare of everyone in our Town.

Please continue to visit northhempsteadny.gov/coronavirus for the latest updates.

Please, be smart, stay home, and stay safe.

Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Supervisor Judi Bosworth






Closures and Updates: 

  • Project Independence's food shopping transportation program will be extending its hours to 7 a.m. to 2 p.m, 7 days a week. Riders will be picked up individually. Call 311 or 516-869-611, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make an appointment.

  • Tax Office has temporarily suspended in-person services to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Residents are asked to make tax payments through the online payment system or through mail. Additionally, there will be no local community tax collection sites this Spring.

  • Town facilities will remain closed to the public until Monday, April 20. Essential services, such as 311, the Clerk's office, and sanitation, will continue to operate as the Town maintains the continuity of government.

  • Parks facilities including: the "Yes We Can" Community Center, the Michael J. Tully Park Aquatic Activities Center, the Clinton G. Martin Park building and the Fuschillo Park building are closed. As of Monday, March 23 all Town parks including playgrounds, sports fields, and bathrooms will be closed to the public. This also includes Town beaches and the Town Dock. The closures will help prevent the gathering of large groups and congregation of people in close proximity to each other.

  •  The Town's Building Department will be closed until April 20. The Building Department is open for transactions related to “Essential Business” and issuance of permits related to emergency repairs only. Pursuant to New York State Executive Order 202.6 only construction related to property or a business deemed an “Essential Business” may continue to move forward (medical facilities, pharmacies, etc) at this time. Any other business or construction activities being completed at a location that are not essential is subject to the Executive Order on mandatory workforce reduction. In light of the above, the Building Department will not be conducting business related to construction which does not meet the above criteria. Please be guided accordingly. We will continue to monitor conditions and provide updates on the Town of North Hempstead website once the executive orders have been lifted.

  • The Town's 311 Call Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Town run Senior Project Independence programs and exercise classes are canceled until Monday, April 20.

  • Community Service programming is canceled through May 16. 

  • Project Independence's Joint Advisory program scheduled for Wednesday, April 29 has been canceled.
     
  • The Spring Fling events scheduled for Friday, March 20 and Friday, March 27 have been postponed. There is no new scheduled date at this time.

  • The Town's Sunday Residential Drop-Off at the North Hempstead Transfer Station is closed through April 26. 

  • Town bid openings and RFP proposal deadlines are being rescheduled and extended. Please check the Bid (www.northhempsteadny.gov/bids) and RFP (www.northhempsteadny.gov/RFPs) pages of the Town's website for the updated dates. Any questions should be sent to contracts@northhmepsteadny.gov.

  • The Northport VA Medical Mobile Unit appointments have been canceled until March 30.

  • The Town's Spring Fest and Asian American Fest will not be held this year. 

  • The Town's Women's Roll of Honor scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, has been postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time. 

  • The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meetings scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, April 1 have been postponed.

  • The Town's Building Department Spring Mobile Office Hours scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 23 have been canceled. 

  • The Town sponsored AARP Defensive Driving Classes scheduled for April 18, May 16 and June 13 have been canceled. 

  • The Town's sustainability classes scheduled for April have been canceled. 

  • The St. Francis Hospital Outreach Bus and Audiology Hearing Van dates have been canceled through April 23. 

  • The Town's Project Independence and You Radio shows will be canceled through April 24. 

  • Milan Senior Group that meets at CGM and every third week of the month at Tully on Fridays will be canceling their meetings until 4/3/20.

  •  New Hyde Park Senior Citizens that meets at Clinton G. Martin Park on Thursday is canceling their program until 4/2/20.

  • Joy Fu has canceled their scheduled programs through Monday, April 6. 

  •  The New Hyde Park Seniors, which meets on Thursdays, have canceled their programming for the next two weeks (until 3/26)

  • Mashadi Senior Program will be canceled through Monday, April 20. 

  • NYU Winthrop Hospital has canceled all community outreach programs through May 6.

  • Herricks Leisure Club has been canceled until Thursday, March 26.


For more information, please visit:

New York State Coronavirus Updates: now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
New York State Board of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Nassau County Board of Health: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1652/Health-Department
New York State Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

New York State Coronavirus Price Gouging Complaint Form: https://ag.ny.gov/price-gouging-complaint-form
Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs: pricegouging@nassaucountyny.gov or call 516-571-2600












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Previous Updates:

3/22/20:

Dear Neighbors,

As we continue to navigate through this public health emergency, it absolutely critical that we heed the advice of medical professionals practicing social distancing. To this end, the Town Board and I are issuing the following updates for Town recreational facilities:

  • All playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and the Town dog run are closed
  • Bathrooms will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except for Manhasset Valley, Ridders Pond, and Merillon Ballfield which will remain closed.)
  • As of Monday, March 23, the Town Dock parking lot will be closed to vehicles by 8 p.m.
  • Parks will remain open for passive use only.

At this point, outdoor exercise must be a solitary recreational activity as we must keep space between ourselves and others. The CDC clearly states that staying at least six feet away from other people greatly lessens our chances of catching and spreading COVID-19. Nothing is more important than the safety and well being of you and your loved ones. We care about you and will continue taking all necessary precautionary measures to protect the health and welfare of everyone in our Town. Stay safe.

Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Supervisor Judi Bosworth

3/20/20

 Dear Neighbors, 

These are extremely difficult times I know, but I want to reassure you that the Town is doing everything it can to assist everyone in the community. In late February, we formed an internal coronavirus task force and began to convene regularly scheduled meetings. In situations like this, we must always prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. To recap, we initiated our first robocall to the community on March 4, and we declared a state of emergency on March 13. As this situation progresses, we are continuing to provide updates via every method possible, including robocalls, emails, website and social media posts, media releases, and printed flyers. Additionally, we have recorded public service announcements for our television station. If you have not done so already, please sign up for emergency alerts on our website and also for our regular electronic newsletter.

Earlier this week, we expanded the hours of our senior Project Independence food shopping transportation program. On March 17, we sent a letter to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, requesting an extension for payment of the second half of the 2019-2020 school taxes. In light of the effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic on our region, we believe it would put our residents at ease knowing that they have extra time to make these payments.

Keep in mind that even though all Town buildings are currently closed to the public, essential services are continuing to operate as the Town maintains the continuity of government with many of our employees working remotely. Please note that the Town's 311 Call Center remains open to callers on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additionally, as we continue to navigate through this public health emergency, we also want to remind you of the importance of responding to the 2020 census. Before the end of the month, every household on Long Island should receive a letter inviting us to fill out a form. We need to make every effort to count as many people as possible in the Town of North Hempstead, and across Long Island, to ensure we receive the proper federal funding for our community so please respond either online, by mail, or over the phone.

As a reminder, it is absolutely critical that we heed the advice of medical professionals please continue to avoid crowds, wash your hands religiously, practice social distancing, and most importantly, remain in your home if at all possible. And although public gatherings are discouraged, I would still encourage you to get outside in the fresh air in your backyard or neighborhood, or to go for a walk in one of our Town parks. I cannot be emphatic enough: the only way to maintain public health right now is by staying apart, this includes social distancing – even for children. While this may serve as a temporary inconvenience, understand that the decisions we are making can literally save lives. For more information, please visit cdc.gov.

We are also pleased to announce that the Jones Beach testing center for COVID-19 is now open by appointment only. Please call the New York State coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment or to simply speak to an actual medical expert.

Nothing is more important than the safety and well being of you and your loved ones. We care about you and will continue taking all necessary precautionary measures to protect the health and welfare of everyone in our Town.
Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Supervisor Judi Bosworth

3/16/20

Dear Neighbors,

In the interest of preventing the spread of coronavirus, I have declared a state of emergency for North Hempstead. This will allow the Town to implement public safety measures and respond to emergency needs more expeditiously. Given the unprecedented nature of the current situation, ALL Town facilities will remain closed to the public until Monday, March 30.

Please note that essential Town services, such as 311, the Town Clerk's office, and sanitation, will continue to operate as we maintain the continuity of government.

However, the Town Board meetings previously scheduled for March 19 and April 2 are being cancelled. In addition, all Town-run senior programs and social events, including Project Independence Exercise Classes, are canceled through Monday, April 20.

As per Governor Cuomo, all crowd capacities are now capped at 50. Along with that, the following facilities will be closed throughout New York State until further notice: restaurants & bars (except for takeout and delivery), gyms, movie theaters, and casinos. However, grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.

It is absolutely critical that we heed the advice of medical professionals. Avoid crowds, wash your hands religiously, and most importantly, remain in your home if at all possible. I cannot be emphatic enough: the only way to maintain public health right now is by staying apart, this includes social distancing – even for children. While this may serve as a temporary inconvenience, understand that the decisions we are making can literally save lives.

For more information, please visit cdc.gov or call the New York State coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak to an actual medical expert.

Nothing is more important than the safety and well being of you and your loved ones. We care about you and will continue taking all necessary precautionary measures to protect the health and welfare of everyone in our Town.

Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Supervisor Judi Bosworth


3/13/20

Dear Neighbors,

In the interest of preventing the spread of coronavirus, the Town of North Hempstead is taking important precautionary steps. I have declared a state of emergency for the Town effective immediately, in conjunction with Nassau County and the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay. The state of emergency will allow North Hempstead to implement public safety measures, purchase essential items and services quickly, suspend parking regulations, and respond to emergency needs.

Additionally, the Town Board meetings originally scheduled for March 19 and April 2 are being cancelled. The public hearings and agenda resolutions that were intended to be held at those meetings will be moved to an upcoming meeting at a later date. The Town will hold a special meeting of the Town Board on Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m. with a public hearing extending the building moratorium in the Waterfront Business District. The health and safety of everyone in our town is of paramount importance. We care deeply about our residents and want to make sure we are taking every precaution possible.

Please also be aware that Governor Cuomo has introduced new mass gatherings regulations requiring events with 500 or more individuals in attendance be cancelled or postponed. Any event, assembly, or place of business with less than 500 individuals in attendance will be required to cut capacity by 50 percent, with exceptions being made for schools, hospitals, public buildings, mass transit, grocery stores, and retail stores. These new regulations will go into effect today, Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. I would also like to urge you to thoroughly document all expenses your municipality incurs related to this emergency as you may qualify for certain reimbursements from the state and federal governments.

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge our incredible first responders and healthcare providers throughout the Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County. They have proven to be steadfast and effective in the wake of the arrival of coronavirus here on Long Island, and I cannot thank them enough for their invaluable work.

As a reminder, it is important that we heed the advice of medical professionals and stay away from large groups or gatherings, remain at least six feet away those around you, and stay home when possible. Most importantly, if you are feeling ill remain in your home until you have contacted your doctor. If you or anyone you know has additional questions or concerns, please visit cdc.gov or call the New York State Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 where callers can speak to an actual medical expert.

3/3/20

Dear Neighbors,

As we have all been reading about the coronavirus, I just wanted to let you know that we are coordinating with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring instances of actual and suspected infection caused by the coronavirus elsewhere. Although there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in Nassau County, out of an abundance of caution, and in the interest of prevention, we thought it was important to send this update.

As always, we encourage everyone to take common sense precautions such as thoroughly washing hands with soap and warm water or using hand sanitizers when water is not available.

To be proactive, we are posting educational signage prominently and installing hand sanitizer dispensers in Town facilities. Additionally, code enforcement staff and certain Town employees will be carrying travel-size hand sanitizer.

If you or anyone you know has additional questions or concerns, please visit cdc.gov or call the New York State Coronavirus hotline 1-888-364-3065 where callers can speak to an actual medical expert.

The health and welfare of everyone in our town is of paramount importance, and we will continue taking all necessary measures to minimize the spread of germs which is something we should always be mindful of.

Please visit the following link for a comprehensive FAQ from the CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

We will continue to send updates as they become available.



Archived Closures and Updates:

  • Town run fitness classes scheduled at Michael J. Tully Park will be closed through Sunday, March 15. 

  •  The NY Citizen Preparedness Training scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Clinton G. Martin Park has been postponed. 

  •  Williston Park Senior Program will be canceled on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. 

  •  Mineola Leisure Club, which meets at Mineola Village Hall, has canceled their program for Tuesday, March 10. 

  •  SHAI has canceled their scheduled programs through Friday, March 20.

  •  Herricks Senior Citizens has been canceled until Wednesday, March 25.

  • New Hyde Park AARP 1868 has been canceled through Friday, March 20. 

  • Port Washington Senior Center will be closed through Friday, March 20.

  • Port Washington Social Center senior programming will be closed for the next two weeks (until 3/23).