COVID Summary - keep checking here, we are regularly updating

>>bit.ly/NewPaltz-COVID19<<

PLEASE EMAIL ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org &

awojcik@villageofnewpaltz.org with questions-comments about these updates

***Table of Contents can be found at the end of this document***

If you suspect you have contracted COVID-19:

✔️ NYS Dept. of Health's 24-hour hotline

888-364-3065

✔️ Ulster County Virtual COVID Center

https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/

✔️ Ulster County COVID Hotline

845-443-8888

✔️ Ulster County Health Department

845-340-1618


NYS COVID Dashboard

Ulster County Active COVID-19 Cases by Town

04.09 504 total in Ulster County, New Paltz 39 cases

Ulster County’s First Mobile Testing Site: Tech City 03.25.20

Ulster County’s Second Mobile Testing Site: Ellenville 03.30.20


The Latest

The newest information goes here --

PLEASE EMAIL ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org and awojcik@villageofnewpaltz.org with questions-comments about these updates.

04.09.20

Coming Thursday 04.09 2:00 Live Facebook Town Hall with Pat Ryan and NYS Senator Jen Metzger

Governor Cuomo has created the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force and compliant filing system to assist local authorities with enforcement of Executive Orders 202.6, 202.7, 202.8, 202.10, and 202.11 that directed all non-essential businesses to close their in-person operations and banned all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. Individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through an online form or by calling 1-833-789-0470.

Ulster County launched an online coronavirus chat tool to respond to residents’ questions and concerns regarding COVID-19, as well as serve as a resource for county-specific information, County Executive Pat Ryan said. The online chat tool can be found on Ulster County’s COVID-19 Virtual Center, https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/

In addition to the online chat, residents can continue to utilize the Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline at (845) 443-8888. The hotline is now available in Spanish.

04.08.20

The Village Board unanimously passed Resolution #13 of 2020: memorializing the waiving of late fees for water and sewer payments due on March 30, 2020. Read the full Resolution here: https://bit.ly/LateFeesWaivedThruMarch30 

04.07.20

Reminder: the NYS Burn Ban prohibiting residential brush burning is in effect

04.06.20

Coming on 04.16.20 County Leadership in Troubling Times

04.05 From County Executive Pat Ryan, “Based on our projections, we will run out of both beds and ventilators by week’s end. We have been working around the clock to address this, and soon we will be announcing another initiative to add additional bed capacity in Ulster County. I’m proud that we have been successful in the production of our own PPE and in ramping up testing through our two mobile sites, but we still have urgent needs. With lives on the line, I won’t rest until we close these gaps.”

More information: bit.ly/COVID19UpdateUlster

04.05 From Governor Cuomo:

04.05 Letter from the New Paltz Central School District Superintendent Josefsberg:

Face to face schooling has been shut down for less than a month. It seems an era ago. I hope that you and your family are keeping healthy and adjusting as well as possible. Today, the New York Board of Regents cancelled Regents Examinations for this year. Additionally, the Governor extended his school closure order to April 29th.

... Lastly, the Governor has postponed school budget elections to early June. State level revenue shortfalls will most likely reduce local school district aid for the 2020-21 academic year.

04.05.20

04.05 From Governor Cuomo

Sign up for nightly emails from Governor Cuomo with the facts you should know about the novel coronavirus pandemic.

04.01.20

Ulster County confirms two more COVID-19 deaths “Both were males: a 49-year-old from the town of New Paltz and a 55-year-old from the town of Plattekill. For reasons of privacy, specific information was not provided.”

Woodland Pond employee tests positive for COVID-19 An employee at Woodland Pond who worked in the retirement community’s Assisted Living unit has tested positive for COVID-19

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has launched a collective effort to call thousands of community members to check in on them during the crisis, connect them to resources, and ensure they fill out the census. You can learn how to make calls & join us here! bit.ly/callyourneighbor

As of 5pm on March 16, 2020 all non-essential Court functions in the New York State Courts were postponed until further notice. Parties will be advised of rescheduled Court dates when normal business resumes. A list of essential court functions can be found here. If you have any questions about the New Paltz Town Court you may email newpaltztowncourt@nycourts.gov or fax to (845) 255-0814 or mail to Town of New Paltz Justice Court, 23 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz, NY, 12561.

03.29.20

New York on PAUSE through April 15: During his 3/29 briefing, Governor Cuomo announced a two-week extension of  New York State on PAUSE, which shut down all non-essential business and public gatherings when the policy originally went into effect on 3/22; the policy will be renewed in two-week intervals as needed.

The Village Building Department issued this helpful guidance regarding “essential” vs. “non-essential” construction; this memo follows the 3/27 update to the NY Pause Policy which shut down non-essential construction --

Governor Cuomo also announced in this 3/29 briefing that pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

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If you or someone you know needs help addressing a substance use and/or mental health issue, you can contact the Access Virtual Urgent Care hotline at 1-888-750-2266, and choose option 2. This service is offered by Access: Supports For Living and provides Hudson Valley residents with 24/7 access to therapists and peer support. Learn more at https://accesssupports.org/

03.28.20

Basketball and pickle ball courts CLOSED until further notice. Hasbrouck Park remains closed for regular activity. Here are some other options for getting outside: http://bit.ly/NPOutdoors

Some local business owners have created a much prettier and user-friendly We Are Still Open Hudson Valley website, so we are retiring  https://bit.ly/NP-Businesses.

Check out https://werestillopenhv.com/ and encourage businesses to enter their current information here: https://werestillopenhv.com/join/

^^they can be reached by email too: info@werestillopenhv.com

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has proclaimed this Saturday, March 28th, as "Shop Ulster Saturday," in a joint effort with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce to support small businesses. Locally owned small businesses are the lifeblood of our Ulster County economy and it is especially important that we show them our support during the COVID-19 crisis. Even though their front doors are closed to shoppers, their virtual doors are wide open. Go online this Saturday and purchase a gift card from one of our many great local Ulster County stores, shops and restaurants and then use that card later in the year or give away as a gift for a birthday, anniversary or even during the holidays! https://www.facebook.com/events/2376851785948351/

03.27.20

From Governor Cuomo:

Schools will not reopen on April 1st and will be reassessed on April 15th.

Total cases in NYS is over 44,000.

NPCSD Letter to parents about remote learning from the principals

03.26.20

From Congressman Antonio Delgado 03.26.20:

#NY19 small businesses and self-employed owners: the U.S. Small Business Administration website is seeing high traffic—if you need assistance, please reach out to his office at (845) 443-2930.

Due to the evolving Covid-19 health crisis, the Village of New Paltz is postponing this year’s Spring Pick Up of both brush and household material until further notice. Once a new date is determined, the Village will notify residents via the newspaper, on the Village website and social media. Please email any questions to the DPW at dpw@villageofnewpaltz.org.

We have received several inquiries about donating-providing PPE equipment. Please refer to this ESD page with PPE sourcing info. 

 Central Hudson Announces More than $1 Million in Grants & Community Assistance 

03.25.20

03.25 VONP Board of Trustees passes Resolution in Support of Rent Flexibility & in Support of NYS Legislation to Cancel Rent & Mortgages for 90 Days Due to COVID-19 -- read that Resolution here: https://bit.ly/VONPResolution-CancelRent 

Ulster Publishing suspends print publication starting this week

From Governor Cuomo 03.25 - New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

Governor Cuomo: "We asked for mental health professionals to voluntarily sign up to provide online mental health services. Six thousand mental health professionals agreed to volunteer to provide mental health services for people who need it. How beautiful is that?"

Cuomo: "God bless the 6,000 mental health professionals who are doing this 100 percent free, on top of whatever they have to do in their normal practice."

03.25 SUNY institute offers COVID-19 training for leaders, coping tips for citizens

Sign up for nightly emails from Governor Cuomo with the facts you should know about the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Congressman Delgado’s office is sending updates with important information and resources to address the #Coronavirus pandemic and keep our communities healthy. Sign up here: https://delgado.house.gov/contact/newsletter-subscribe


The Governor's 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations;and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

03.20 Governor Cuomo Signs the 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order:

==STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Site

New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Site

World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases

CDC Factsheets (available in Spanish)

03.27.20 From Governor Cuomo:

03.20 Governor Cuomo announced:

03.19 Governor Cuomo announced: Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Mandating Businesses That Require In-Office Personnel to Decrease In-Office Workforce by 75 Percent

03.18 Governor Cuomo announced: All Indoor Portions of Retail Shopping Malls, Amusement Parks & Bowling Alleys closed

03.16 Governor Cuomo announced:

03.20 6:30pm Delgado Telephone Town Hall

Congressman Delgado’s Coronavirus page

Congressman Delgado’s office is sending updates with important information and resources to address the #Coronavirus pandemic and keep our communities healthy. Sign up here: https://delgado.house.gov/contact/newsletter-subscribe 

IRS deadline moved to July 15

via Senator Jen Metzger

"To help navigate the COVID-19 public health emergency, my staff and I are assembling a resource guide that will be updated CONTINUOUSLY as we receive new information.

➡️ bit.ly/SD42-COVID19-GUIDE ⬅️ This guide covers a range of topics, including prevention and closure updates, utility bill payments and loan deferment, food safety, healthcare, housing and renter updates, state agency resources, and much more. Please feel free to share it with family and friends. Read, share, and don’t hesitate to contact my office at (845) 344-3311 or metzger@nysenate.gov if you have questions or tips. We’re all in this together."

==ULSTER COUNTY

MAIN COVID-19 PAGE https://ulstercountyny.gov/coronavirus

Virtual town halls with County Executive Pat Ryan

04.08.20 with Kingston City School District Superintendent Paul Padalino 

04.01 Pat Ryan Virtual Town Hall

03.28 Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has proclaimed this Saturday, March 28th, as "Shop Ulster Saturday," in a joint effort with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce to support small businesses. Locally owned small businesses are the lifeblood of our Ulster County economy and it is especially important that we show them our support during the COVID-19 crisis. Even though their front doors are closed to shoppers, their virtual doors are wide open. Go online this Saturday and purchase a gift card from one of our many great local Ulster County stores, shops and restaurants and then use that card later in the year or give away as a gift for a birthday, anniversary or even during the holidays! https://www.facebook.com/events/2376851785948351/

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The county is asking all Ulster County businesses to fill out this Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet ASAP, it is just preliminary but is an effort to get ahead of the ball for Small Business Loans. Please send completed forms to Lisa Berger at lbrg@co.ulster.ny.us  

==LOCAL GOV’T DIRECTIVES

Town and village have reduced staff as per Governor Cuomo’s directives

Town and village halls are closed to the public and we have moved to all virtual meetings

UC Project Resilience (Amanda LaValle at County; KT, Bianca T & TFall in NP) Ulster County has announced Project Resilience, a community fund and local food distribution effort to support residents impacted by COVID-19. The County has secured over $2 million in funding in 24 hours, and will utilize UCAT and partner with non-profits and municipalities to deliver meals to local distribution centers. This new initiative will help residents in need and simultaneously provide support to small businesses. Ulster County is partnering with United Way and many other area organizations and businesses to mobilize food and services. Press release for this initiative is available here. Contact projectresilience@co.ulster.ny.us

DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/f/project-resilient

SIGN-UP: https://ulstercountyny.gov/projectresilience

ULSTER COUNTY BUSINESS COMMUNITY: SIGN-UP NOW for Restaurants and Food Service Provider (English)

COMUNIDAD EMPRESARIAL DEL CONDADO DE ULSTER: REGÍSTRESE AHORA para el Proveedor de Restaurantes y Servicios de Alimentos (Español)

==FOOD SUPPLIES: HOW TO GET FOOD IF YOU NEED IT

Ulster County Project Resilience provides meals 3x weekly to residents impacted by COVID-19

REQUEST for Food Assistance (English)

Solicitud de asistencia alimentaria (Español)

NPSCD FAMILIES WITH STUDENTS
This form is intended for those families in the New Paltz Central School District that are in need of food for all children (age 18 years and under) in their home during our school closure.

FAMILY OF NEW PALTZ If you are in need of a food package, call ahead for food pick up during their regular business hours. They are open Mon-Thurs 10:00am-5:00pm and on Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm. You can give their hotline a call at (845) 255-8801 should you have any questions.

ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH FOOD PANTRY 34 South Chestnut St., New Paltz, Church hall Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.

NEW PALTZ COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, INC. has launched a project known as Help Your Neighbors 2020, which will provide meal vouchers at over 30 local participating restaurants and delis to community individuals and families facing sudden economic hardship because of COVID-19. To learn about this program and how to be referred for a voucher, please go to the Foundation’s website www.newpaltzcommunity.org. Family of New Paltz, one of the three voucher pickup spots, is asking that people call ahead (845-255-8801) before going to pick up their voucher. They are open Mon.-Thurs. 10:00am-5:00pm and on Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm. Initially, the project is limiting people to one voucher. As the project moves forward, depending on further donations and demand, additional vouchers may be obtainable. Anyone with questions should call Foundation President, Eileen Gulbrandsen Glenn at (845) 256-1945 or send her an email at sande2930@aol.com.

==UNEMPLOYMENT - PAID LEAVE  - PAYING BILLS

Central Hudson has suspended collections and disconnections

Via Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher

NYS Department of Labor has changed the Unemployment Insurance Filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/

Here is the step-by-step process for filing;

A - F : Monday; G – N : Tuesday; O – Z : Wednesday

Missed your day : Thursday and Friday

Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.

DOL is also extending filing hours as follows: Monday through Thursday 8 am to 7:30 pm.;  Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.; Saturday 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Via Senator Jen Metzger

“The Governor announced that the state will waive the 7-day waiting period to qualify for unemployment for individuals who have been laid off for COVID-19 related reasons.” (03.15)

“The Governor announced that the state will provide two full weeks of paid leave for all state employees who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine as a result of Novel Coronavirus. The State Legislature will take action soon on legislation to enable an emergency paid-leave program.” (03.12)

Via Governor Andrew Cuomo (03.17) Paid Sick Leave Agreement

New York State has placed a moratorium on housing evictions indefinitely. If you’re having trouble with a landlord during the COVID-19 outbreak, you can contact Legal Services of the Hudson Valley by calling (877) 574-8529 (Monday to Thursday, 8 AM - 6 PM, Friday 8 AM - 4 PM), or visiting them on the web at https://lshv.org/request-legal-assistance-now/

==FOOD SUPPLIES-DONATE $

COUNTY: DONATE to Project Resilience via United Way of Ulster County

Funds raised here will be used to purchase meals from local businesses and not-for-profit organizations, helping to keep dollars circulating in our food economy while we ensure that everyone is fed, as well as for other support. We are aiming to raise $5 million dollars. That may sound like a lot, but it’s roughly the cost of a week’s groceries for everyone in the county. Please contribute to help your neighbors - any amount, small or large, will be a huge help.

LOCAL NEW PALTZ FOOD DONATION

The NPMS PTA firmly supports the closure of our schools during this time. However, we also recognize the hardship this may cause for families in our community. With that in mind, we are helping to collect monetary donations to provide families with needed food household items https://my.cheddarup.com/c/food-assisitance-help

==NEW PALTZ VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS

(Bianca Tanis & Aimee Hemminger)

Volunteer sign up help with child care, food donation and distribution  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040848acad2aa2fb6-covid19

03.18.20 am count ~141 volunteers

==NYS HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Via Senator Jen Metzger the New York State Department of Health has launched a “Get Involved” landing page on their website, which can be accessed HERE

==OUTREACH TO BUSINESSES

 (KT Tobin, Alex Wojcik, Rachel Labare)

We have a ~130 email list we have been using to communicate to businesses

Email ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org to be added to our business email list

03.18 We asked businesses to what extent had COVID-19 already impacted the financial health of their business or organization and preliminary results showed that a majority, 54 percent of our businesses have already experienced high impacts, 30 percent answered that there have been medium impacts, 11 percent said low impacts, and 5 percent reported no impacts to date. For food businesses, a larger majority, 63 percent, have already experienced high impacts, 16 percent answered that there have been medium impacts, 21 percent said low impacts so far, and none reported no impacts to date.

Some local business owners have created a much prettier and user-friendly We Are Still Open Hudson Valley website, so we are retiring  https://bit.ly/NP-Businesses.

Check out https://werestillopenhv.com/ and encourage businesses to enter their current information here: https://werestillopenhv.com/join/

Bill Murray and PD delivered “do not enter if you have symptoms” signage to businesses. Please contact us if you still need.

03.17 Businesses were asked to “Please make sure that you are under 50% capacity, that there is six feet distance between people at all times, that there is no unnecessary touching of people or things, and when that can absolutely not be avoided, washing and disinfecting hands must be done before and after touching anyone or anything. Please be sure that if your business utilizes them, this also means any styluses or payment keypads at the register. Also, if you are a business that is live streaming services in any way (e.g. fitness or yoga classes), please only include people who are absolutely necessary to be on site as part of this streaming, and that proper social distancing practices are followed.”

SBA has low interest rates for loans for small businesses as well as a paycheck protection program, contact county department of economic development for assistance.

SBA - Disaster Loan Assistance https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Paycheck Protection Loans

Ulster County Webinar on Covid-19 SBA Business Financial Relief

Via Comptroller March Gallagher ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFITS: These Paycheck Protection Program loans are FORGIVABLE and turn into grants if you stay within the requirements. You must be under 500 employees, you can borrow 2.5x average monthly payroll costs (including taxes, health insurance and retirement costs) and in addition to payroll loan forgiveness can include mortgage interest, utilities and rent. There is not yet application guidance but it looks like it will be through SBA lenders (i.e., your bank).

The county is asking all Ulster County businesses fill out this Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet ASAP, it is just preliminary but is an effort to get ahead of the ball for Small Business Loans. Please send completed forms to Lisa Berger at lbrg@co.ulster.ny.us  

RULES RE ALCOHOL SALES

Click here for the New York State Liquor Authority Guidance on Restrictions for Licensees and To-Go & Delivery Sales in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak.

==SCHOOL DISTRICT

 (Dr. Josefsburg, Bianca Tanis)

04.02 New Paltz Central School District Resources page

03.30 Update from the New Paltz Central School District 

03.27 NPCSD Letter to parents about remote learning from the principals

3/20 Message to parents “Per the Governor’s most recent Executive Order, our schools will remain closed through April 1st.  The District recently designated March 23rd - 27th as “Spring Break.” Overarching these official acts is the expectation that school closures will be extended.”

3/17 Message to parents about remote learning  while the schools are closed

3/18 Message about budget including how residents can participate in budget discussion in social distant ways

STUDENTS IN NEED OF FOOD This form is intended for those families that are in need of food for all children (Age 18 years and under) in their home during our school closure.

STATE TESTS SUSPENDED The administrations of the 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level State assessments have been suspended for the remainder of this school year.

=see SCHOOL DISTRICT website for more info about Free and Reduced Distribution or anything else school-related

 =Another excellent resource on Facebook, follow New Paltz School Talk

==The New Paltz Youth Program announced that they will be doing online tutoring, contact Jim Tinger at 845.255.5140 or newpaltzYP@gmail.com

Maya Gold Foundation, Tools and Teaching for Trying Times

This four-week program is an offering to Hudson Valley teens designed to build resiliency, coping skills, and inner peace. Each class will include guided meditations, story-telling, teachings on the science of the mind, reflection exercises, and practical tools to take with you, followed by a Q&A session. Teens sign up for either the Tuesday or Thursday option. The series is free. Registration on the foundation's website is required, as space is limited.

==LANDLORD-TENANT ISSUES

(Alex Wojcik - AWojcik@villageofnewpaltz.org )

We are in process of crafting an email to landlords (it is a very incomplete list ~65, please send us landlord emails you have access to!) that we will ask to forward to tenants with COVID info, as well as a flyer for posting.

==OUTREACH TO SENIORS

The County Office of the Aging has been making phone calls to elderly households across the county

New Paltz Neighbor to Neighbor  (William Murray)

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the residents of the New Paltz region have come together to offer support to our seniors in this time of need. The Neighbor to Neighbor Program pairs our senior residents and those in need with caring volunteers for regular phone calls aimed at reducing social isolation and providing comfort and connection. Find on Facebook or online.  

==SUBSTANCE ABUSE-ONLINE 12 STEP

We have a robust recovery community in New Paltz and local AA groups are having virtual online meetings, please contact ktobin@villageofnewpaltz.org and awojcik@villageofnewpaltz.org  for more information.

If you or someone you know needs help addressing a substance use and/or mental health issue, you can contact the Access Virtual Urgent Care hotline at 1-888-750-2266, and choose option 2. This service is offered by Access: Supports For Living and provides Hudson Valley residents with 24/7 access to therapists and peer support. Learn more at https://accesssupports.org/

==RELIGIOUS SERVICES

(Anton Stewart)

The New Paltz Public Access committee is currently working with religious and spiritual leaders in the community in order to offer services in social distant streaming ways.

==STAYING CONNECTED-MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling

03.25 SUNY institute offers COVID-19 training for leaders, coping tips for citizens

"For the rank and file, the Institute for Disaster Mental Health has published a handy list of Tips for Community Members, subtitled COVID-19: Managing Stress in this Anxious Time. Here’s the summary section:

* Do what you can to take charge of your anxiety by breaking your concerns down into manageable chunks.

* Change what you can, and work on strategies for accepting and coping with what you can’t.

* Limit your media exposure so you’re not dwelling on the situation.

* Stay connected, through whatever means are available, to the people that are important to you.

* Above all, remember what stress management strategies work for you, and actually use them regularly to get through this challenging outbreak."

03.25 Stay connected, from Mayor Tim Rogers mayor@villageofnewpaltz.org

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Village Hall remains open with a reduced staff handling calls and essential tasks per Governor Cuomo's PAUSE order. We have been closed to in-person public visits to Village Hall since 3/13/20.

We know it is important for the public to feel connected during this difficult time, so here are three things to help:

1) Our staff is fielding calls from residents to help with perfunctory questions and we are chatting with folks longer than usual. Our community needs to stay in touch with each other while we practice social distancing and manage this difficult time. We really appreciate that our staff knows that this extra responsibility is part of their job right now. Do not hesitate to call us here at Village Hall: 845.255.0130. Direct to the Mayor's office: 845.255.1413. You can also reach us via email at assistant@villageofnewpaltz.org.

2) It is important to check in with older community members, individuals with special needs, or just about anyone, and that’s why we have created the New Paltz Neighbor to Neighbor program. We are seeking volunteers to help organize and participate in this outreach. Phone calls to neighbors are appreciated and reassuring. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with Neighbor to Neighbor, or you know someone in need, please contact Trustee William Murray at wmurray@villageofnewpaltz.org.

3) We have reached out to Family of Woodstock and Family of New Paltz. For years they have offered a hotline to assist people with various challenges and explain the numerous ways Family's support services can help with the needs of individuals and families. No questions should feel trivial -- their staff have been trained to be excellent listeners. Call 845.255.8801 to reach the Family of New Paltz hotline during business hours (Mon-Thurs 10:00am-5:00pm and on Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm), and when the New Paltz office is closed the calls are automatically rolled over to their 24/7 hotline in Woodstock (to call Woodstock directly they can be reached at 845.679.2485).

New R2R Signage:

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has launched a collective effort to call thousands of community members to check in on them during the crisis, connect them to resources, and ensure they fill out the census. You can learn how to make calls & join us here! bit.ly/callyourneighbor

New Paltz Public Access TV Committee ISO community programming for Channel 23 & streaming. >> https://bit.ly/NP-PATV-Submit << Please check out the link and sign the content submission via that link, and then submit your show! Programming may be submitted via YouTube or Vimeo URL, Dropbox (or any other file service that allows downloads), or you can send your file directly to NP Public Access at: submissions@npztv.org

==CANCELLATIONS-CLOSINGS

Due to the evolving Covid-19 health crisis, the Village of New Paltz is postponing this year’s Spring Pick Up of both brush and household material until further notice. Once a new date is determined, the Village will notify residents via the newspaper, on the Village website and social media. Please email any questions to the DPW at dpw@villageofnewpaltz.org.

Ulster Publishing suspends print publication

Mohonk Preserve is closed to the public

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, Mohonk Preserve lands are temporarily closed to the public until further notice

·   Our Visitor Center is closed to the public until further notice

·   All programs are suspended until further notice

·   Rock The Ridge, Bridge 2 Bridge and the NYC Spring Benefit are postponed

·   We will be providing updated public information on this page and at www.mohonkpreserve.org/visit regarding any changes

Based on Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.1: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency, Village and Town of New Paltz staff are working reduced hours and remotely. Calls and emails are being monitored remotely and your messages will be addressed as soon as possible. To contact the Village of New Paltz, please email clerk@villageofnewpaltz.org if you are unable to get through via phone at 845.255.0130. To contact the Town of New Paltz, please email assistant@townofnewpaltz.org if you are unable to get through via phone at 845.255-0604.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SUNY NEW PALTZ PLEASE CHECK THE COLLEGE WEBSITE DIRECTLY. LINK HERE TO SUNY NEW PALTZ COVID-19 PAGE. STUDENTS NEED TO REGULARLY CHECK THEIR CAMPUS EMAIL.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT

NEW PALTZ EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

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Table of Contents / Index:

The Latest        1

==STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES        9

==ULSTER COUNTY        10

==LOCAL GOV’T DIRECTIVES        11

==FOOD SUPPLIES: HOW TO GET FOOD IF YOU NEED IT        11

==UNEMPLOYMENT - PAID LEAVE  - PAYING BILLS        12

==NEW PALTZ VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS        13

==SCHOOL DISTRICT        15

==LANDLORD-TENANT ISSUES        16

==OUTREACH TO SENIORS        17

==SUBSTANCE ABUSE-ONLINE 12 STEP        17

==RELIGIOUS SERVICES        17

==STAYING CONNECTED-MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES        17

==CANCELLATIONS-CLOSINGS        20