VILLAGE OF PORT CHESTER
Office of the Village Manager
Just five days ago, the Village of Port Chester was severely impacted by the rain and flooding brought on by Hurricane Ida. At this time the village remains resolved in deploying as much manpower and equipment as possible on the ground to support our residents and do everything within its powers to help YOU make it through this most difficult time. We know that many families have lost countless possessions, suffered from property damage, and even have serious concerns about their ability to rebuild. The Village of Port Chester is on your side and at your service.
Over the last few days, you have seen our DPW push itself beyond capacity to help clean up after this storm event, enormous yards of bulk and construction material removed from properties and hauled away to do their part to help you make it through the day. It is our privilege to serve you and be there for you when your need is the direst. As you may have already learned, our village like so many other neighbors throughout Westchester County suffered from hurricane flooding pummeling an expansive floodplain and storm system that led to streets becoming rivers and backyards to lakes. With nowhere left to expand, these waters entered basements and garages and did not stop there for too many to count.
I spent another day surveying our village in the aftermath of Ida, speaking with residents and contractors about how to move forward. What we do know, at least right now, is how we can proceed. Marching forward today seems like a very long journey. The hurdles that many will have to leap to eventually have some semblance of normalcy in their own homes seems so far down that the road that it is almost impossible to contemplate and frustrating to think or communicate about. We know, though, that our residents are strong, resilient, and determined people representing just about every nation, tradition, and culture on the planet- that is the village's strength. Port Chester does not give up.
I have provided some information below that should be supportive to help many of our residents take their first steps on the journey to rebuild- but there will certainly be more information coming almost each hour. It also provides some information for many of those residents who have been temporarily displaced by flooding and structural damage to their property or apartments.
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The Village of Port Chester’s staff and departments will continue to be here to lend support, guidance, and assistance in any way that it can and go above and beyond when that’s what it takes; it is what we do.
Stay safe and stay strong. We are here for you.
Stuart L. Rabin
The Village of Port Chester
- Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that President Joe Biden approved an expedited Major Disaster Declaration for Westchester County. This will help provide for federal financial relief for local governments and New Yorkers and deliver individual and public assistance for eligible New Yorkers recovering from the flooding damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
- FEMA and New York State have been on the ground evaluating damages for about 3 days. Following a ‘Major Disaster Declaration’, and on the approval of the White House, FEMA will be able to offer financial assistance to municipalities through one program, and to residents through ‘individual assistance’ programs.
- Please make sure you are carefully documenting all damages in writing and with photographs.
- Following a Major Disaster Declaration, FEMA will set up Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) where people can file claims for assistance in communities which are particularly damaged. We are working with FEMA to organize DRCs throughout the county as well as mobile DRCs where residents can file online or remotely. Log on to www.fema.gov for more information.
- Individuals in Westchester County can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585)
- Residents who need housing assistance should reach out to DSS. In emergency cases, they can call 914-995-2099
- Feeding Westchester is working to respond to food insecurity. Residents with need can go to their website at www.feedingwestchester.org to find pantries or food assistance near them.
- The Village of Port Chester will receive a small amount of cleaning kits tomorrow from the Red Cross. Please call the Village Manager’s office at 914.939.2200 to request one while supplies last.
- The village has created a new email address: [email protected]. we ask that you utilize this address and send us your stories and experiences during and after Hurricane Ida. Photos and other attachments are welcomed and encouraged. Your stories and information will help our emergency management team learn about how the village was impacted differently around the village and other pertinent information that we can use for future preparation and infrastructure studies and improvements.
VILLAGE OF PORT CHESTER COVID-19 OPERATIONS
- Accessing Village Property
All visitors and staff who wish to enter Village Hall, Senior Center, or other municipal property must continue to do so through the main building doors. These doors will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM..
- Temperature Testing & Contact Tracing
Temperature testing and contact tracing practices shall be the practice at the main entrance of Village Hall, Senior Center, and all other village-owned properties when they are open to the public.
- Masks & Face Coverings
Effective immediately the village will re-establish a mandatory mask mandate for municipal properties. All vaccinated people are to wear masks when entering the building and navigating our various hallways and common areas (including bathrooms and breakrooms). If you are vaccinated, and work for the Village of Port Chester, you may remove your mask when you are at work at your desk. If you are meeting with staff inside individual offices or conference areas, use best efforts to spread out to a safe distance and continue to wear a mask. Unvaccinated employees and visitors to the building, whether they are meeting with village staff or have an appointment with a tenant, shall wear a mask at all times; this includes visitors to the senior center for programming, the police station and appear at the justice court.
Ongoing Vaccine Clinics
Yonkers Vaccination Clinic
20 S. Broadway, Yonkers
Mondays – Thursdays, 4-7 PM
Walin-ins accepted; offers Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
White Plains Vaccination Clinic
134 Court St., White Plains
Fridays, 10 AM – 1 PM
Walk-ins accepted; offers Pfizer Vaccine
As I have provided in my previous updates, here are some operational changes, updates, and other information from our village departments that relate to their operation and services:
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS (DPW)
- The toter program for refuse collection continues. If you have any questions regarding toter use or other related matters, please contact DPW by dialing 914.939.5207. The village continues to provide assistance for residents who may be in need of extra help in maneuvering their toters around their property; give the office a call to speak to a representative.
- Until further notice, bulk pickup/ green waste will continue as scheduled. A copy of the DPW collection calendar is always available on the department’s section of the village’s website or available for download by Clicking Here.
SENIOR CENTER & SERVICES
- The Village of Port Chester Senior Center is operating six (6) days per week and offering in person lunch hours Tuesday – Saturday. The center has also been steadily increasing its scheduled programming. For updates, news, and communications from our staff on the happenings at the senior center, Click Here.
RECREATION & PARKS
- Yes, our parks are open! Make a plan to visit one of our great parks today, just remember, all activities need to adhere to the guidance presented by NY State and the CDC. Although public gatherings have increased as more people have been vaccinated, please exercise caution and maintain safe social distancing when engaging in sports and athletics.
- The Village of Port Chester will be holding Summer Camp and other activities this Summer. We can’t wait to tell you more about them, but in the meantime, you can keep up to date on what our recreation staff is planning and taking registration for, by visiting the department’s section of the village’s website by Clicking Here. Updates on summer camp operations and amendments in light of the Governor's orders are pending confiramtion from the Westchester County Department of Health. Check back here for more information.
- Any use of the village’s parks or ball fields for organized events must be approved and permitted through the village’s recreation office. To inquire about how you may reserve some time on our fields or the use of our parks, email Heather Krakowski, Superintendent of Recreation, at [email protected] or call the department directly by dialing 914.939.2354.
- The Village WILL be hosting its July 4th celebration this year at Port Chester High School. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM. A notice regarding street closures will be circulted the week of the event.
- The Building Department can receive calls related to permits, inspections, and general inquiries at 914.939.5203. Please leave a message; messages will be monitored from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Additionally, you may email inquiries to Regina Glennon, Senior Office Assistant to the Building Department at [email protected].
- The Building Department application counter will be open to the public from Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
- Applications for permits can be found on the Building Department’s section of the village website or by Clicking Here. Permits can be delivered in person to the department directly or mailed to Village Hall for processing.
- A New Building Permit Fee Schedule has been adopted and is available on the Building Department’s section of the village website by Clicking Here.
- Consultations and meetings for permitting or to resolve Notices of Violations can be performed over the pone by dialing 914.939.5203. Staff will schedule an appointment for you with an inspector.
- If you wish to schedule an inspection, you can do so by dialing 914.939.5203. Staff will schedule an appointment for you with an inspector.
- If you need a Municipal Search Report, requests can be delivered in person to the department directly with a check or mailed to Village Hall for processing.
BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
- Although the Governor has extended his order permitting boards and commissions to continue to utilize online meeting platforms, some boards and commissions will be winding down their use of the Webex platform in June and transitioning to in-person meeting settings. You can get the latest information and public notices for the meetings of boards and commissions by Clicking Here.
EMERGENCY & EXECUTIVE ORDERS
- The State of Emergency that was declared in the Village of Port Chester on March 16, 2020 is hereby further extended to Sunday June 29, 2021 at 11:59.
- Parades and Processions within the Village of Port Chester continue to be suspended.
- The permit program for “Temporary Outdoor Accommodations” for our local restaurants and merchants remains in effect.
See Below For PREVIOUSLY RELEASED news & Information Provided by
The Governor and County Executive
NEW YORK STATE:
- NY Forward: Governor Cuomo's plan to reopen New York State with a focus on getting people back to work and easing social isolation.
- Click Here for NY FORWARD: A GUIDE TO REOPENING NEW YORK & BUILDING BACK BETTER
- Click Here for THE NEW YORK STATE REGIONAL MONITORING DASHBOARD
- Click Here for THE NEW YORK STATE DAILY HOSPITALIZATION SUMMARY (BY REGION)
- Click Here for THE NEW STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 TRACKER (TESTING & FATALITIES)
- New York State on PAUSE: 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.
- You must wear a mask when going out into public, especially in those instances where social distancing proves to be difficult or nearly impossible.
- The FDA approved the use of a new experimental drug in New York on a compassionate care basis to help treat patients with COVID-19.
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
- An initial delivery of supplies has been made to the Jacob K. Javits Center where FEMA has started to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital.
- Enacting Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems
- Remain indoors
- Can go outside for solitary exercise
- Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature
- Wear a mask when in the company of others
- Stay at least 6 feet from others
- Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary
- Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
- Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.
- Click here for a listing of “Essential Businesses.” .
- Click here for the latest Westchester County updates :
- Click here for the latest Westchester County Health Department updates.
- Click here for the latest information on the BEE-Line Bus System updates.