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Indian Point nuclear power plant, Buchanan, NY
Allison Dunne / WAMC

Local officials and environmental advocates are expressing concern over the future of the decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Westchester County.

Ways to report bias/hate incidents in Westchester County
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County officials are launching a campaign to encourage more reporting of bias incidents, which are on the rise in local communities.

Opening of NYS-FEMA Mass Vaccination Sites in Yonkers, March 2021
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

During a televised address to the nation Thursday night, President Joe Biden set a goal of having all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. In New York, efforts are ramping up to vaccinate more residents and set up more sites, including in the Hudson Valley.

Flyer for police civil service exam in Westchester County, March 2021
Courtesy of Westchester County government

For the first time in five years, Westchester County is offering a police officer civil service exam.

Imam Shaffieq Chace speaks during Westchester County COVID-19 Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer hosted a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. New Rochelle became the epicenter of the virus in New York early in the pandemic.

Poster for Westchester COVID Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of Westchester County government

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is hosting a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. It will be livestreamed on Facebook.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says 13 pop-up vaccination sites are coming online this week; two are in the lower Hudson Valley.

Ramy Youssef, "Ramy" on Hulu
Courtesy of Craig Blankenhorn

Nominees for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards were announced earlier this month. And some of the nominees were in productions filmed in Westchester County.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer et al. discuss Police Reform and Reimagining Task Force Report & Recommendations
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

A task force in Westchester County has issued its draft police reform report and recommendations. A few of the task force members are discussing some of the recommendations in the 179-page report.

Westchester County Department of Public Safety badge
Courtesy of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety

Counties in New York’s Hudson Valley are among those beefing up security this weekend. This is in case any rallies or protests get out of hand ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration January 20, and after the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.

United Westchester press briefing January 4, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer/United Westchester

After Tropical Storm Isaias in early August left portions of the Hudson Valley without power for days, a group out of Westchester County has issued dozens of recommendations in a report released Monday. They want utility and telecommunications companies to improve storm response.

Ribbons of Remembrance Ceremony, Yonkers, NY, December 3, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County officials and spiritual leaders participated in a ceremony Thursday to honor residents lost to COVID-19. County Executive George Latimer hosted the ceremony at a Ribbons of Remembrance memorial in a county park in Yonkers.

Standing in front of three rows of purple ribbons fluttering in the breeze on a tree and rope structure at Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers, Senior Pastor at the Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church Reverend Troy Decohen offered prayers.

Westchester County's active COVID-19 cases, as of November 30, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says a sharp rise in the number of active COVID-19 cases continues, and there’s a good chance the state will designate additional areas as micro-clusters.

Biofilm and debris collecting along the Hutchinson Riverbank
Courtesy of Save the Sound

Westchester County and a nonprofit environmental group have been awarded a federal grant to develop a water quality improvement plan for the Hutchinson River.

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Because of increasing COVID-19 case numbers throughout the Hudson Valley, some county employees will be switching from in-person work to working remotely.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers weekly COVID-19 briefing November 2, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says a pattern of a higher number of COVID-19 cases continues but has not neared crisis status. Separately, he says the county is prepared for any issues regarding election security and rallies.

COVID-19 impacts businesses
Courtesy of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development

In New York, Westchester County has a new program to help residents develop a home-based income stream.

Westchester County COVID-19 cases, October 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County officials will be taking steps to curb a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. There will be a mask mandate for students, and the county executive is looking at other options should the uptick continue.

Westchester County map of COVID-19 cases as of October 13, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

While not calling it a second wave, the Westchester County executive says a recent increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases is concerning. Part of the climb is attributed to an outbreak among students at Iona College in New Rochelle, a city that was once the epicenter of the pandemic.

County Playgrounds Will Open In Westchester

Sep 25, 2020
Playground at Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill, NY
Courtesy of Westchester County Department of Parks

Playgrounds will reopen starting this weekend in a county in New York’s Hudson Valley.

(from left to right) Westchester County Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons; Westchester County Executive George Latimer; President/CEO of the Business Council of Westchester Dr. Marsha Gordon
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

A number of counties have been announcing various programs using federal CARES Act funding to help soften the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of Westchester County’s programs is to help small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

Hudson Valley Counties Remember Lives Lost On 9/11

Sep 11, 2020
Rockland County 9/11 remembrance ceremony
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Remembrance ceremonies are taking place throughout New York and elsewhere today, honoring the lives of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks 19 years ago. And for the first time, some remembrances are virtual because of COVID-19 safety concerns. A few Hudson Valley counties held their ceremonies this morning, while others will host evening ceremonies on what is now called Patriot Day.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says there have been no coronavirus spikes so far after two priests at a Pleasantville church tested positive for COVID-19. And he says school reopening will be the biggest logistical challenge since the pandemic hit.

Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville, NY
Courtesy of Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville, NY

Churchgoers in Westchester County, New York may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer looks at shields installed in Bee-Line bus for COVID-19 prevention
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive delivered his weekly briefing Monday, and announced that the bus system will resume standard operation after Labor Day.

West Nile Virus Turns Up In Mosquitos In Westchester

Aug 27, 2020

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have been found in Westchester County, New York. County health officials are reminding residents to remove standing water and use repellents.

Rockland County workers clean up after storm damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

As outages persist throughout New York’s Hudson Valley following Tropical Storm Isaias, some elected officials are pointing fingers at the response of their utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation and some power restoration estimates are still pending.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Delivers Briefing July 27, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

The Westchester County executive says the county is working with CUNY to study wastewater for COVID-19. The hope is to detect spikes in coronavirus infections weeks before clinical diagnoses. Separately, the county executive is rolling out plans so that November elections run smoothly.

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Westchester County has established a working group to assist local school districts with reopening in the fall. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that in early August he’ll announce details about K-12 schools reopening and whether students will return in-person.

Mayo Bartlett
Courtesy of the Office of Weschester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive has named the members of a Police Training Task Force, and reshaped the original intent to adhere to an executive order from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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