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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.

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

The Westchester County executive postponed his State of the County address Thursday after a Board of Legislators member tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

In New York, the Westchester County executive has postponed his State of the County address after a Board of Legislators member tested positive for COVID-19. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers briefing October 5, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the epicenter in New York was in New Rochelle, in Westchester County. Yet new hotspots more than six months later are in two Hudson Valley counties across the Hudson River and have not impacted Westchester. During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Westchester County Executive George Latimer says there has been an uptick in active cases, but no spikes landing any Westchester zip codes on what has become a top-20 statewide list.

(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.

WInged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY
Courtesy of the U.S. Open Championship

The Westchester County executive delivered his weekly COVID-19 briefing today. Democrat George Latimer addressed a positive case identified in a school district. He also talked about the U.S. Open golf tournament set to tee off later this week.

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.

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.

O&R on scene after Tropical Storm Isaias damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

With thousands of Hudson Valley customers still without power from last week’s storm, elected officials have been unleashing their frustration with utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed Monday, calling out two companies, one that services most of Westchester County. Meantime, the Westchester County executive is calling for the creation of a Utility Reserve Corps.

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 a COVID-19 briefing August 3, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered a COVID-19 briefing Monday. He covered a range of issues, including preparation ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to hit the region Tuesday.

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.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer signs term limit law, July 15, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive signed legislation Wednesday imposing stricter term limits on his own office.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Delivers Final Daily COVID-19 briefing, July 6, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

With the Mid-Hudson region in Phase Four of reopening Tuesday, the Westchester County executive delivered his final daily coronavirus briefing Monday. Democrat George Latimer discussed the Chappaqua COVID cluster along with Phase Four questions for the state.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer proposes voluntary separation program, July 1, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

As county leaders grapple with large budget gaps from revenue shortfalls largely from COVID-19 shutdowns, some are proposing employee buyouts.

(Rye) Playland Park
Courtesy of Playland Park

A landmark amusement park in Westchester County will stay closed for the first time in history. The summer closure comes amid concerns about spreading COVID-19. Meantime, the number of positive cases from an outbreak at graduation events in Chappaqua is rising. 

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.

Westchester County Executive at the podium; Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer was in the northernmost city in his county Friday to hold his daily COVID-19 briefing. While in Peekskill, he also reacted to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reinvent police departments across the state.

Following the death of George Floyd in police custody last week in Minneapolis, the Westchester County executive is forming a working group to review county police academy polices.

NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (bottom right); Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (bottom left); Westchester County Executive George Latimer (upper left); Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (upper right)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Three Hudson Valley county executives joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday to urge Congress to deliver a coronavirus relief package that includes direct state and local funding. County leaders say they’re looking at steep revenue losses and layoffs unless the federal government throws them a lifeline.

Westchester County Airport
Courtesy of Westchester County government

A refurbished runway at the Westchester County Airport opened Thursday morning. The main runway was closed at the end of April for repaving. The project was moved up from the fall given little flight activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the coronavirus response in Westchester and Dutchess.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers COVID-19 update March 26, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County has begun COVID-19 testing in its nursing homes as New York is reporting more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities. Meantime, the Westchester County Center, which the state had set up as an overflow hospital, is being used in another capacity — antibody testing for the county’s first responders.

Courtesy of Westchester County government

The Westchester County executive signed a property tax relief bill Monday. The aim is to help taxpayers alleviate financial difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The county executive also delivered a COVID-19 update. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, a slow reopening is expected.

Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

The containment zone set up to control the spread of COVID-19 in New Rochelle has come to an end. Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update Thursday. In addition to supplying statistics, the Democrat warned of closing county parks if residents don’t practice social distancing.

Courtesy of Westchester County government

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update this afternoon about his county’s COVID-19 response. Latimer says the county, one of the hardest hit nationwide, is prepping for a surge in patients.

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

New Rochelle has been deemed the epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented a containment zone with a one-mile radius in the Westchester County city, temporarily closing houses of worship and other large gathering facilities until March 25. And he deployed National Guard troops who have just arrived to assist with cleaning and other activities. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County Executive George Latimer about how the county is handling the situation.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer holds press conference calling for reopening of Kensico Dam Road
Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

The head of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has turned down a request from the Westchester County executive to move toward opening a road that was closed after the 9/11 attacks.

Courtesy of Rye Brook Police

There is progress in reducing the number of truck collisions with a bridge over a major parkway in Westchester County. The county executive says a state-funded project helped. Yet he hopes more can be done using GPS applications.

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