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Update: Sewer Break Along Westchester Road Could Take Up To Few Months To Repair Update: Sewer Break Along Westchester Road Could Take Up To Few Months To Repair
Update: Sewer Break Along Westchester Road Could Take Up To Few Months To Repair A sewer pipe leak along a busy road in Westchester could take as much as a few months to repair, officials said.  The break occurred in the area of 100 East Hartsdale Ave. in Greenburgh over Memorial Day weekend and has caused traffic delays and sidewalk closures, according to Greenburgh Police and town officials.  Earlier Report - Sewer Break Closes East Hartsdale Ave Sidewalk In Greenburgh In an announcement on Wednesday, June 5, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said that the town still does not have an estimate for the completion of repairs. However, he added t…
Mosquito Prevention: Officials Handing Out Free Dunks To Kill Larvae In Westchester Mosquito Prevention: Officials Handing Out Free Dunks To Kill Larvae In Westchester
Mosquito Prevention: Officials Handing Out Free Dunks To Kill Larvae In Westchester To help combat the spread of mosquitos in Westchester, officials will give out free dunks to residents meant to kill off larvae. On Friday, May 17 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the Westchester County Health Department will hand out free mosquito dunks for placing in bird baths, rain barrels, unused pools, lined ornamental ponds, and other areas with standing water. The dunks will be available at the Westchester County Department of Public Works in White Plains at 198 Lake St.  To kill mosquito, blackfly, and fungus gnat larvae, the dunks contain a bacterium called Bacillus Thu…
New Update: Part Of Park Building Demolished After Fire, Asbestos Discovery In Westchester New Update: Part Of Park Building Demolished After Fire, Asbestos Discovery In Westchester
New Update: Part Of Park Building Demolished After Fire, Asbestos Discovery In Westchester A section of a Westchester County park bathhouse left unusable after a fire is being demolished following the discovery of asbestos inside the building, officials announced. Demolition of a portion of the bathhouse at Dobbs Ferry's Gould Park began on Monday morning, May 13 following a fire that damaged the building in late March, village officials said.  Earlier Report - Dobbs Ferry's Gould Park Pool To Open After Fire The fire, which happened on Saturday, March 30 around 8:15 p.m., prompted a response from the Westchester County Hazmat team after flames came dangerously cl…
Westchester To Hold Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic For Pets: Here's When Westchester To Hold Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic For Pets: Here's When
Westchester To Hold Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic For Pets: Here's When To help residents protect their four-legged friends against potential contact with rabid animals, Westchester County will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic for pets, officials announced.  The free vaccinations will be given to dogs, cats, and ferrets on Sunday, May 5 at Stamen Animal Hospital in New Rochelle at 61 Quaker Ridge Rd., Westchester officials announced.  Vaccinations will be given out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and no appointments will be needed. Cats and ferrets are required to be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Additionally, aggressive dogs must be muzzled.&n…
Update: Park Pool To Still Open On Time Despite Bathhouse Blaze In Westchester Update: Park Pool To Still Open On Time Despite Bathhouse Blaze In Westchester
Update: Park Pool To Still Open On Time Despite Bathhouse Blaze In Westchester A pool at a Westchester County park will open on schedule despite a fire that left the nearby bathhouse unusable, officials announced. The Gould Park Pool in Dobbs Ferry is scheduled to open on time during Memorial Day weekend for the 2024 season, the village's Recreation Department announced on Friday, April 26.  Earlier Report - Building Goes Up In Flames At Baseball Field In Dobbs Ferry The planned opening comes after a fire at the bathhouse on Saturday, March 30 around 8:15 p.m. that prompted a response from the Westchester County Hazmat team after flames came dangerousl…
Firefighter, 2 Others Injured In Blaze At Westchester Eatery Firefighter, 2 Others Injured In Blaze At Westchester Eatery
Firefighter, 2 Others Injured In Blaze At Westchester Eatery A basement fire at a popular Westchester eatery resulted in three people being injured, including a firefighter who was hospitalized.  The incident happened on Wednesday, Nov. 8 just after 10 a.m., when the Larchmont Fire Department responded to an active basement fire at Bagels by Sofia located at 145 Chatsworth Ave. According to the department, arriving crews found plenty of smoke pouring from the eatery and upon entering, discovered heavy flames in the basement. Firefighters then evacuated everyone in the eatery as well as the two adjourning buildings before searching for any e…
Heat Advisory Issued In Westchester As Temps Climb: This Beach To Remain Open Heat Advisory Issued In Westchester As Temps Climb: This Beach To Remain Open
Heat Advisory Issued In Westchester As Temps Climb: This Beach To Remain Open As temperatures continue to rise in a late-summer heat wave, Westchester officials have issued an advisory lasting several days and are even keeping one beach open later than usual to help residents cool off.  The Westchester County Health Department issued a heat advisory that will last until Friday, Sept. 8, officials announced on Wednesday, Sept. 6.  The advisory follows forecasts of high heat and humidity that will make it feel over 95 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 7, with the sweltering temperatures continuing into Friday as well.  Related Report: Separ…
New Westchester County Budget Cuts Property Tax Levy By $6M New Westchester County Budget Cuts Property Tax Levy By $6M
New Westchester County Budget Cuts Property Tax Levy By $6M The new 2023 Westchester County budget will bring some relief to checkbooks, as it cuts the county's property tax levy by $6 million, county officials said.  The new budget, unanimously passed by the Board of Legislators and signed by County Executive George Latimer on Monday, Dec. 12, totals $2.365 billion and includes Latimer's fourth property tax cut in a row, according to county officials.  In addition to tax cuts, the budget also funds the county's Department of Corrections, Public Safety, Probation and Emergency Services at the "highest level" in the county's history, county…
'Protect Yourself': Westchester County Health Department Warns Of Widespread Influenza 'Protect Yourself': Westchester County Health Department Warns Of Widespread Influenza
'Protect Yourself': Westchester County Health Department Warns Of Widespread Influenza As flu season worsens in Westchester County, health department officials are urging residents to get their flu shots.  Earlier Report - NY Ranks 'High' In Flu Activity As Season Is Off To Harsh Start Earlier Than Normal Getting a flu shot is the best safeguard against avoiding the worst health conditions that can result from catching the virus, Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler said in an announcement on Wednesday, Dec. 7.  "As you prepare for holiday gatherings, place a flu shot at the top of your to-do list. This is a great way to protect yourself …
Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Found In Westchester Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Found In Westchester
Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus Found In Westchester For the first time this year, mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been confirmed in Westchester by state health officials. The county's health department announced Wednesday, Aug. 10, that the virus was identified through testing done on a batch of mosquitoes in Rye. The area surrounding the positive mosquito batches are being inspected and catch basins that need it are being treated in order to prevent further mosquito breeding, the department said. Wednesday’s announcement marks the first positive out of 101 batches of mosquitoes that were collected in Westchester County and tested …
COVID-19: Westchester County Center To Reopen As Vaccination Site COVID-19: Westchester County Center To Reopen As Vaccination Site
Covid-19: Westchester County Center To Reopen As Vaccination Site With the number of COVID-19 cases surging, the Westchester County Center will once again return as a mass vaccination site. County Executive George Latimer announced during his latest COVID-19 briefing that the arena would begin offering pediatric vaccines, as well as booster shots, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The move comes as the county has seen an unprecedented spike in new cases of the virus amid the winter surge of fresh infections being reported, largely due to the outbreak of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Testing at the County Center will take place at different times than the…
First Positive West Nile Virus Case Of 2021 Confirmed In Westchester First Positive West Nile Virus Case Of 2021 Confirmed In Westchester
First Positive West Nile Virus Case Of 2021 Confirmed In Westchester The first positive West Nile Virus case of the year was reported in Westchester. Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler said that the department was made aware of the first human case of the virus, which was confirmed in a 58-year-old resident. Amler noted that the resident had multiple underlying medical conditions, and is currently hospitalized. Officials did not disclose where the positive case was reported. Last year, three people were diagnosed with West Nile Virus, and in 2019, one Westchester County resident had the virus. “This first case of West Nile Virus sh…
COVID-19: Westchester Adds School Mask Mandate, Evaluates Youth Sports Amid Case Increase COVID-19: Westchester Adds School Mask Mandate, Evaluates Youth Sports Amid Case Increase
Covid-19: Westchester Adds School Mask Mandate, Evaluates Youth Sports Amid Case Increase With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Westchester, County Executive George Latimer is making some changes in schools to help curtail the spread of the virus. During a COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Oct. 19, Latimer said that there is now a mandatory mask mandate in all schools for students and staffers, and the county will be reevaluating the safety of continuing certain youth sports. Earlier story - COVID-19: Westchester Infection Increase Causes Concern; Here Are New Cases By Municipality Westchester has seen hundreds of new active COVID-19 cases reported in recent weeks, as the death toll co…
First 2020 Westchester West Nile Case, Death Reported First 2020 Westchester West Nile Case, Death Reported
First 2020 Westchester West Nile Case, Death Reported Westchester County has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus this year, which has resulted in the person's death. The victim was a 76-year-old Yonkers resident with significant underlying medical conditions who died on Saturday, Aug. 22, the Westchester County Health Department reported on Wednesday, Sept. 16. “We are saddened to learn that the first resident to be diagnosed with West Nile Virus this year has died.," said Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD. "The overwhelming majority of people who get the virus do recover, and we generally have o…
COVID-19: New Positive Case Confirmed At High School In Westchester COVID-19: New Positive Case Confirmed At High School In Westchester
Covid-19: New Positive Case Confirmed At High School In Westchester There has been a newly confirmed COVID-19 case at a school district in Westchester. The Mamaroneck School District announced that one person at the high school tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Sept. 14, though the person wasn't in the building on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Earlier story - COVID-19: Positive Case Reported At School District In Westchester Due to privacy laws, the district is not permitted to say whether the positive case was a student or staff member.  The positive COVID-19 case was confirmed by the state Health Department’s Schools COVID-19 “Report Card.” Rela…
COVID-19: Third Positive Case Confirmed At Exposure Site In Westchester COVID-19: Third Positive Case Confirmed At Exposure Site In Westchester
Covid-19: Third Positive Case Confirmed At Exposure Site In Westchester A second priest has tested positive for COVID-19 at a church in Westchester where many people were potentially exposed over four days of services. There have now been three confirmed cases at Holy Innocents Catholic Church, located at 431 Bedford Road in Pleasantville: two priests and one church staffer. Anyone who attended the following services must quarantine, as required by the New York State Department of Health, for 14 days (regardless of a negative COVID-19 test) from that last visit to the Church during these days: Monday, Aug. 24 – Morning Mass Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Morning Mass Sat…
Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Four Westchester Towns Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Four Westchester Towns
Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Four Westchester Towns The Westchester County Health Department found mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in four towns on Tuesday, Aug. 25 during routine sampling efforts.  With heavy rains looming on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 26, officials warn residents to use insect repellant with over 30 percent DEET to prevent mosquito bites, and to do what they can to prevent pools of standing water, where mosquitoes breed, on their properties.  This includes removing or turning any objects that may hold water from backyards, checking children's playground equipment and toys for standing water, drilling …
COVID-19: Visitor At Westchester Town Pool Complex Tests Positive COVID-19: Visitor At Westchester Town Pool Complex Tests Positive
Covid-19: Visitor At Westchester Town Pool Complex Tests Positive An alert has been issued after it was determined a visitor to a public pool complex in Westchester tested positive for COVID-19. The advisory, sent by the Town of Lewisboro on Wednesday, July 29, said the person's last visit to the town pool complex was late on Sunday afternoon, July 26. "The Town of Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department Staff reported it immediately to the Westchester County Health Department and we have been in contact with the patron. We have confirmed that the patron is working with the WCHD contact tracers right now," Dana Mayclim, Lewisboro's superinten…
COVID-19: NY Cases Of Mysterious Pediatric Disease Linked To Novel Coronavirus On Rise COVID-19: NY Cases Of Mysterious Pediatric Disease Linked To Novel Coronavirus On Rise
Covid-19: NY Cases Of Mysterious Pediatric Disease Linked To Novel Coronavirus On Rise The Hudson Valley has had an increase in children being admitted to hospitals with a mysterious inflammatory disease believed to be tied to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a child in Westchester died after being treated for pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, which may be related to the outbreak of COVID-19. On Monday, May 11, healthcare officials announced that multiple children have been coming into New York hospitals daily, with at least 93 cases statewide, with more than a dozen being treated in the Hudson Valley. Accordi…
COVID-19: School Staff Members In Westchester Test Positive COVID-19: School Staff Members In Westchester Test Positive
Covid-19: School Staff Members In Westchester Test Positive Two staff members working in a Westchester school district are among the latest to test positive for novel coronavirus. The Yonkers School District issued an alert to parents notifying them that two members of the district's 12-month staff tested positive for COVID-19, though they have not been at work or in a school building for more than a week. Earlier story - COVID-19: Wegmans Delays Grand Opening In Westchester “Based on the directives from the New York State and Westchester County Health Departments, and the State Education Department, the Yonkers Public Schools medical sta…
Watch: Westchester County Officials Provide Info On Positive COVID-19 Case, Detail Next Steps Watch: Westchester County Officials Provide Info On Positive COVID-19 Case, Detail Next Steps
Watch: Westchester County Officials Provide Info On Positive Covid-19 Case, Detail Next Steps Westchester County officials came together to provide the latest information and detail next steps after a New Rochelle resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday, March 3 that the man in his 50s who works as a lawyer at a small firm in midtown Manhattan is currently in a New York City hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. His family has also been quarantined in their New Rochelle residence. According to the Department of Health, officials are looking into where the man went and where his family has traveled. They are surveyin…
Hepatitis Confirmed In Westchester Event Space Employee Hepatitis Confirmed In Westchester Event Space Employee
Hepatitis Confirmed In Westchester Event Space Employee The Westchester County Health Department is warning anyone who attended a recent special event at the Factoria in Peekskill may have been exposed to hepatitis A. A worker at the event held on Saturday, Feb. 15, was found to be working while infectious, the health department said. Anyone who attended the event may have been exposed, the department said. In an abundance of caution, because Fin & Brew shares an ice machine with the event space, patrons who ate at the restaurant on Sunday, Feb. 16, or Wednesday, Feb. 19, also could have been exposed, the department said. The Health Depart…
Westchester Resident Placed In Isolation After Possible Coronavirus Exposure Westchester Resident Placed In Isolation After Possible Coronavirus Exposure
Westchester Resident Placed In Isolation After Possible Coronavirus Exposure A Westchester resident was transported from New York City to a county facility for isolation after possible overseas exposure to the Novel Coronavirus on Monday, Feb. 10.   The patient has tested negative for the virus, but must remain isolated until the potential incubation period has passed – per Centers for Disease Control and New York State Department of Health requirements, according to the Westchester County Health Department.  The person has cooperated with health officials, who have been closely monitoring the patient's condition. No Westchester residents are at risk …
Hepatitis A Exposure Extended For Anyone Who Ate At Westchester Restaurant Hepatitis A Exposure Extended For Anyone Who Ate At Westchester Restaurant
Hepatitis A Exposure Extended For Anyone Who Ate At Westchester Restaurant The Westchester County Health Department is extending its recommendation to get a Hepatitis A vaccine to anyone who ate at Winston restaurant on Main Street (Route 117) in Mount Kisco on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3.  The additional two exposure dates were added after health department staff interviewed restaurant workers as part of their disease investigation. On Tuesday, May 7, the health department gave 78 people a Hepatitis A vaccine after learning on Monday, May 6 that an employee with Hepatitis A worked while infectious. Anyone who was at the restaurant from April 17 to May…
Whooping Cough Case Reported At School In Westchester Whooping Cough Case Reported At School In Westchester
Whooping Cough Case Reported At School In Westchester A case of “whooping cough” has been reported at a Westchester middle school. School officials from the Mamaroneck School District issued an alert to parents warning that a student at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont may have exposed other children to the disease. It is unclear if or when the child may have spread the infection to fellow students. According to the Westchester County Health Department, pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease. Pertussis is caused by a germ that lives in the mouth, nose, and throat. It is spread to others through coughi…
Tuberculosis Case Confirmed In Westchester Tuberculosis Case Confirmed In Westchester
Tuberculosis Case Confirmed In Westchester The Westchester County Health Department has learned that a Monroe College student at the New Rochelle campus was diagnosed with active Tuberculosis, the department said. The student, who is not from Westchester and is being treated, is not on campus, and is expected to make a full recovery, the health department said. The department, working closely with Monroe College, has identified and notified any students and faculty who were exposed, to recommend and offer free evaluation and testing, they added. Tuberculosis, or TB,  is an infection that usually causes cough and…
Multiple Measles Cases Confirmed In Westchester, Health Officials Say Multiple Measles Cases Confirmed In Westchester, Health Officials Say
Multiple Measles Cases Confirmed In Westchester, Health Officials Say Measles cases have been confirmed in eight Westchester County children, six are siblings, and all are from Northern Westchester, according to county officials. None of the children, who range in age from six month to 14 years old, attend public schools or childcare, said the Westchester County Health Department. The department is working with the families and healthcare providers to identify locations where the children may have exposed others.  The children, who were not vaccinated, appear to have been exposed to measles in Rockland County and Brooklyn, where there have been ongoing …
Fire Breaks Out At Restaurant In Bronxville Fire Breaks Out At Restaurant In Bronxville
Fire Breaks Out At Restaurant In Bronxville Firefighters were able to knock down a fire that broke out at an area Chinese restaurant, saving several other businesses in the process. The fire, at the Hunan III at 6 Cedar St., in Bronxville, started around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 from a build-up of grease in the broiler, said Eastchester Fire Chief Brian Tween. The department responded with 15 firefighters and found fire in a large broiler in the basement prep area on fire and the ductwork up to the roof also ignited, Tween said. The firefighters, with assistance from New Rochelle and Mount Vernon fire departments, were …
Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River
Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River There may have been an environmental impact to beaches in Cortlandt after more than 50,000 gallons of untreated sewage were dumped into the Croton River on Wednesday in Ossining. Officials in Croton-on-Hudson sent an email to local residents on Thursday afternoon, alerting that an estimated 57,000 gallons of sewage into the river. The spill was first reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. at the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities Crotonville Pump station. “Unfortunately, Westchester County did not notify the Village of the spill until today,” the email read. “There woul…
Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Westchester Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Westchester
Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Westchester This season’s first two batches of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in Westchester have been identified in Yonkers.  The area surrounding the positive mosquito batches have been inspected and treated to protect against further mosquito breeding nearby, said officials with the Westchester County Health Department. “Mosquitoes are often thought of as merely a nuisance but they can carry serious diseases, including West Nile virus,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “With more rain expected this week, it’s important to remember we can keep mosquitoes from breeding and bi…
Police Ramp Up Patrols After Fox Attacks In Westchester Police Ramp Up Patrols After Fox Attacks In Westchester
Police Ramp Up Patrols After Fox Attacks In Westchester Police have increased patrols and are reminding residents to remain vigilant after three people were bitten by a fox in Yorktown. The first attack occurred at 6 a.m. Saturday, when a jogger was bitten by a fox on Lee Boulevard. A second man was bitten in his backyard on North Deerfield Road at 8:30 a.m., and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., a woman was bitten in her backyard. All three are receiving preventive rabies treatment. Police said since that time the department's animal control officer has remained in the North Deerfield Avenue/ Lee Boulevard/ Manchester Road neighborhood for most of the l…