Updated information on receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine courtesy of State Senator Alessandra Biaggi & County Executive George Latimer:: Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New Yorkers within Phase 1B can now begin scheduling appointments with individual providers, including pharmacies, local health departments, and hospitals, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. New Yorkers who fall into Phase 1A of the distribution plan will continue to be eligible for the vaccination. Those now eligible under Phase 1B to receive the vaccine include: Individuals 75 and olderFirst respondersPublic safety and corrections officersTeachers and other school staff; in-person college instructors Childcare workersPublic-facing grocery store workers Transit workersIndividuals living and working in homeless shelters Scheduled appointments are required to receive a vaccination. To determine your eligibility, access a list of nearby providers, and schedule your vaccination appointment, use New York State's new 'Am I Eligible" app. New Yorkers can also begin calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). Prior to receiving your scheduled vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online at forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine, and you will receive a submission ID. New York State has established a network of distribution sites that will supplement the work being done in hospitals to prevent any one hospital from becoming overburdened. This new network will utilize doctors' offices, Federally-Qualified Health Centers, county health departments, ambulatory centers, and pharmacies to get doses in the arms of eligible New Yorkers. Pharmacies will be providing vaccines for New Yorkers aged 75 and older, while hospitals will continue to prioritize vaccinating healthcare workers in Phase 1A and local health departments and union-organized efforts will serve essential workers in Phase 1B. Additionally, the Department of Health is setting up 20 mass distribution sites throughout the state over the next several weeks to support all categories of eligibility. Opening on Wednesday: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (NYC)Westchester County Convention Center (Westchester County – in partnership with the County Health Department and Westchester Medical Center)State Fairgrounds (Onondaga County – in partnership with the County Health Department) https://vimeo.com/499417664

Town of Pelham

Happy New Year from the Town of Pelham

Dear Pelham Friends and Neighbors:

As the year 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on a time that was extremely challenging for everyone, most especially those who fell ill to COVID-19 or lost a loved one to the virus, and who have faced other difficulties, such as financial hardship and educational challenges. The Town of Pelham is especially grateful to be a part of a community that rallied to support one another, our small businesses, our first responders, our schools, and local families in need.

Despite a number of hurdles, the Town of Pelham is happy to report that we are in a stable financial position.  We came in under budget for 2020, due in large part to the Recreation Department’s ability to quickly pivot and continue recreational programming, even while adhering to all of the safety requirements relating to COVID-19.   For the Town’s 2021 budget (which was approved at our last board meeting on December 14, 2020), there is only a slight increase in appropriations (.1013%) and a small increase in property taxes (1.495% of the overall amount collected).  We believe the slight increase in property taxes was needed due to the fact that some of the Town’s reserve funds will be expended on a critical upgrade to the Town’s phone lines, and to slightly increase the Town’s overall reserve funds in the event of another catastrophic event, such as a pandemic strike and we need more of a financial cushion.

We are hopeful that 2021 will bring a lot of positive changes.  While we still have a few difficult months ahead of us, and some of the Town functions are still somewhat limited, with the vaccine being rolled out and continued vigilance on the part of community members, we hope that life in the Town of Pelham will resemble some form of normalcy by the second half of 2021.

We wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Sincerely,

Dan McLaughlin, Supervisor

Rae Szymanski, Deputy Supervisor

Kristen Burke, Councilwoman

Timothy Case, Councilman

Maura Curtin, Councilwoman