May 15, 2020
Please be sure that bicyclists ride with traffic, and pedestrians walk against traffic. These procedures are required under the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
On Covid-19, it is now apparent that children are not immune from the virus or its strain. To this effect, Governor Cuomo has now directed that hospitals – statewide – prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms of this new condition called “multi-system inflammatory syndrome.” The Governor noted there are currently approximately 100 reported cases in New York, (a few now even in Nassau County) where children are experiencing a potentially COVID-related illness that has some serious symptoms. He emphasized that it is “crucial that children hospitalized with these symptoms be tested for COVID-19.” Accordingly, everyone, including children should respect the 6 foot social barrier and wear masks when outside their homes.
Stay safe, be safe,
May 11, 2020
Fortunately, we are continuing to provide the same days for sanitation service. The suspension of our special pick-up program and our change that sanitation be brought to the curb have allowed us – even with a more limited staff – to continue the pick-up schedule unabated.
On another front, we are encountering a new problem caused by a small number of residents who are discarding their gloves and masks on other people’s lawns and our streets. Gloves and masks may be dangerous and should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag at the user’s home. Accordingly, our Code Enforcement officers have been directed to issue tickets for breaching the following provision of our Code:
§ 121-Litter on occupied private property and on open or vacant private property.
“A. No person shall throw or deposit litter on any occupied private property within the Village in such a manner that it tends to create a danger to the public health, safety and welfare…”
In addition, once again we ask that everyone wear masks when on our public streets to protect others. We have so many people (adults & children) walking and riding bikes that it is often impossible to keep the six foot social barrier. Therefore, for everyone’s protections, please wear masks when outside on our streets whether walking or riding bicycles. Thank you.
Stay safe, stay strong!
May 3, 2020
1. Wearing MASKS – Through Executive Order, 202.17 Governor Cuomo requires you and your family members to wear MASKS, as follows:
“…Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a MASK or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.” (Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020).
Our streets are public places and, therefore, pedestrians and bicyclists must wear MASKS when walking or bicycling together, and the Executive Order covers all individuals, including family members traveling together.
2. Safety on our Streets – All drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution when driving in our neighborhood because our streets are filled with kids who are walking, and riding on bikes and scooters.
3. Cleanliness of our Neighborhood – Please curb your dogs and remove any excrement.
4. Look of our Village – After our sanitation crew arrives on the day of your pick up, please bring the garbage pails back to the garage, etc. We have experienced some problems with the pails in the roads after high winds.
April 20, 2020
With the recent Executive Order – 202.16 – by Governor Cuomo, we will be aggressively enforcing the mandate which requires that all essential workers, including gardeners, wear face masks. It reads, as follows:
“For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.”
Our Village Code Officers will be issuing tickets to all non-compliant essential workers.
Once again, it is critically important that everyone respect a 6 foot barrier from other residents. This social barrier must be maintained when walking on our roads, or when bicycling.
Please Stay Safe!
April 18, 2020
I would like to share with you some warnings from the IRS on scams on the internet and the actions you can take to protect yourself and your family.
The Internal Revenue Service urges U.S. taxpayers to beware of telephone calls and email phishing attempts regarding COVID-19. These can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. Taxpayers should also look out for suspicious websites, text messages, and social media messages that request money or personal information.
For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s news release.
Actions to Take:
- Forward unsolicited emails, text messages, or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do not engage potential scammers online or on the phone. Learn more about reporting suspected scams by going to the Report Phishing and Online Scams page at www.irs.gov.
- Find official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact payments at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
The Internal Revenue Service also released a new tool that allows individuals to check the status of their Economic Impact Payments. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s website.
Please be safe, and always respect the social barrier, whether walking outside or bicycling.
April 7, 2020
A repeated theme: Please keep your cars locked.
This past Saturday, April 4, three car-related incidents were reported in the Village. All cars were unlocked.
- An unlocked car was stolen on Ash Drive. The contents included tools and a wallet.
- An unlocked car was stolen on Poplar Drive. The keys were in the car.
- An unlocked car was vandalized on Appletree Lane at approximately 8 p.m. The contents taken are uncertain, but there is a video.
Please drive safely, and keep to the speeds set in the Village.
All children should wear helmets when riding bikes and maintain social distancing of 6 feet away from others.
Please keep dogs on leashes when walking them for both residents’ safety and the dog’s.
Dog walkers should not use other resident’s trash cans to deposit poop bags. We have received complaints that once the new, temporary rules regarding curbside pick-up was put in place, residents have been doing this. Please be considerate of others.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL DOCTORS, NURSES AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS WHO CONTINUE TO WORK IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS. YOUR ACTIONS ARE HEROIC AND SOCIETY OWES YOU A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE!
Please stay safe.
April 2, 2020
As a reminder, as of Sunday, March 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo cancelled or postponed all “non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events).” Similarly, a procession of cars to celebrate an event, which normally requires a permit under our laws, is also not authorized during this period of isolation.
Thank you for helping to promote safety and protect health,
April 2, 2020
Once again, I hope you and your family are safe, and that everyone is taking all the precautions to remain healthy.
As an update to the procedures for sanitation collection, beginning this coming Monday, April 6, 2020, and continuing until further notice, all garbage pails and receptacles must be brought to the curb in front of your house. Rear and inground pick-ups are suspended. All pick-ups will be curbside, except where special arrangements have been made to accommodate handicap and elderly residents.
In this way, we can, for the time being, continue to offer you the same sanitation schedules. If we need to change the pick-up routine, we will inform you immediately.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Michael R. Koblenz
March 31, 2020
I hope you and your family are well.
As a follow-up to our previous email prohibiting construction, the Governor’s final order allows a single employee to remain on site and work. The directive also allows construction to be continued in order to safety secure a site.
As required, we will continue to adhere to the State’s mandates.
With regard to other work being performed in East Hills, PSEG has advised us that Tree Trimming Crews are scheduled to work in our area. Through new tree trimming, the program will help ensure that residents continue to receive reliable power during these very trying times. Their work is considered essential and, therefore, they are permitted to work by New York State.
Please note that their crews trim trees only around their electric wires, which are always installed at the top of utility poles. (They will not trim around the lower wires which belong to other utility companies.) After the trimming is completed, all tree debris will be removed. For more information about their tree trimming and reliability work, please visit https://www.psegliny.com/safetyandreliability/minimizingoutages/treetrimming. For more information contact PSEG Long Island Customer Service at 1-800-490-0025.
Affected customers on this circuit will be notified, which may include some or portions of the below streets which fall within East Hills:
- APPLETREE LANE
- MIMOSA DRIVE
- POPLAR DRIVE
Please Stay Well.
March 28, 2020
Under a new directive issued by Governor Cuomo yesterday, March 27, 2020, most residential and commercial construction was suspended. Outside of emergency action, the only construction that will continue includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters.
As another update, recently I participated on a conference call of the Community Council with Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder. The Commissioner asked that all available masks and gloves be contributed to the doctors and medical professionals who need them to care for others. Please drop them off in the box at the Park Gate, if you can, to contribute to this critically important cause.
Please stay safe, please stay home,
March 26, 2020
State of the Village: Our sanitation crews and security patrols are operating uninterrupted. Village Hall is now on a skeleton staff and is addressing only emergency issues. If we become short-staffed on sanitation, we will update you further.
Workers in our Community: Some of our residents have expressed concerns over the streets being repaved, landscapers continuing to work, and even mechanics making repairs during this time in which we have self-quarantines and separation. They fear these workers are spreading the Coronavirus and they are also asking for peace and quiet during a time when they are confined to their homes.
As you no doubt are aware, the Village is a municipality under State and County authority. To this extent, Governor Cuomo, through Executive Order 202.6 declared that effective March 22, 2020, at 8pm certain businesses are deemed “essential” in nature and are, therefore, authorized to continue to operate while others are not and must be closed.
These businesses referenced above are exempt from the restrictions on working and include under paragraph “9” construction for essential infrastructure, like roads; and under paragraph “11” general maintenance
Moreover, at a press conference on Monday, Nassau County Executive Curran said that she spoke to State officials and “regular maintenance landscaping” is considered essential. However, “new” landscaping or “new” plantings is non-essential.
We will continue to follow, as required, the directives from the State, the County, and even the Town of North Hempstead should they also have jurisdiction over the Village.
Please stay safe and adhere to the strictest health requirements.
With all best regards,
P.S. The following is a list of essential services contained in the Governor’s Executive Order:
- Essential Health Care Operations, Including:
- research and laboratory services
- walk-in-care health facilities
- emergency veterinary and livestock services
- elder care
- medical wholesale and distribution
- home health care workers or aides for the elderly
- doctor and emergency dental
- nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
- medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers
- Essential Infrastructure, Including:
- utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
- public water and wastewater
- telecommunications and data centers
- transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
- hotels, and places of accommodation
- Essential Manufacturing, Including:
- food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
- medical equipment/instruments
- sanitary products
- household paper products
- Essential Retail, Including:
- grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
- convenience stores
- farmer’s markets
- gas stations
- restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
- hardware and building material stores
- Essential Services, Including:
- trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
- mail and shipping services
- building cleaning and maintenance
- child care services
- auto repair
- warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
- funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
- storage for essential businesses
- animal shelters
- News Media
- Financial Institutions, Including:
- services related to financial markets
- Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including:
- homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
- food banks
- human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support
- Construction, Including:
- skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
- other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
- defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government
- Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including:
- law enforcement
- fire prevention and response
- building code enforcement
- emergency management and response
- building cleaners or janitors
- general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
- automotive repair
- Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services:
- technology support for online services
- child care programs and services
- government owned or leased buildings
- essential government services
March 19, 2020
I have now been contacted by several Doctors in our Village who care about our residents. They expressed their concerns about adults and children congregating inside, and even outside together, within the 6 feet social barrier. These protections simply must be observed for the protection of everyone.
Together we need to help stem the tide of the COVID-19 Virus.
We are stressing, again, to absolutely avoid being in close, 6 foot proximity of others. According to studies and reports, children can also get sick and while their symptoms may be mild or even nonexistent, children can still be contagious. As you are no doubt aware, spreading the disease to older people, and to those with chronic conditions, can be dangerous.
We therefore, ask you to please heed these precautions, whether inside or outside in open spaces.
March 17, 2020
Please drive slowly in our neighborhood while residents are out walking and bicycling. At all times respect the 6 foot social barrier, even when outside.
The Roslyn Water District issued a statement assuring us that the water supply is safe. I’d like to share the announcement with you.
Again, please stay safe and help Stop the Spread,
Roslyn Water District Reassures Public Water Supply is Unaffected by Coronavirus
Proactive Measures Being Taken to Protect Residents and Water Supplier Employees
The Roslyn Water District’s Board of Commissionerswould like to reassure the public that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has no impact on the public’s drinking water supply. In light of the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic and increasing local concern, District residents can rest assured that the delivery and quality of their water will remain unaffected. New York State regulations require all Long Island public water suppliers to routinely disinfect the water supply and the WHO has stated that these standard practices are an effective method of inactivating the COVID-19 virus.
“The Coronavirus is an airborne disease meaning it is not transmitted through water,” stated Chairman Michael J Kosinski. “The water delivered to Long Islander’s homes’ will not stop flowing and its quality is not impacted. There is no need to be stockpiling bottled water. The only aspects of our operations that have changed based on this situation are temporary policy changes that limit access to staff members and related customer-service facilities in an effort to keep our employees, and residents, safe.”
Every water supplier is required by their governing health departments to have an emergency plan for a pandemic situation. These plans are meant to provide clear guidance for the operations and maintenance of water pumping and treatment facilities for the types of situations currently occurring. The Roslyn Water District is going above and beyond to ensure the safety of our residents and employees by implementing policies designed to minimize personal contact as much as possible. “The District is acting responsibly and appropriately to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus,” stated Chairman Michael J. Kosinski. “We ask members of the public to follow the advice from public health entities to ensure their safety.”
The Roslyn Water District as well as water providers throughout Long Island have started implementing policies that:
- Close public-facing facilities such as administrative offices
- Prohibit the acceptance of in-person and cash payments. For alternative payment options,
- Prohibit employees from entering the homes of residents except for emergency situations
- Educate staff members on proper hygiene as well as disinfection protocols.
- Rearrange staff shifts to minimize contact with one another
Residents interested in learning more about Coronavirus prevention and preparation are encouraged to reach out to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and/or the Nassau County Health Department.
March 16, 2020
Just minutes ago, Governor Cuomo announced that he was postponing the March 18th village elections until April 28th.
To curtail all social and sports interaction, we are closing down the Park tonight, in it’s entirety, including all facilities, until further notice. The Park will be open to only emergency vehicles and essential personnel.
All permits and licenses which would normally expire, are extended without fine or penalty.
I am including with this notice Governor Cuomo’s statement today. The Governor wrote, as follows:
“I write to update you on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
During this pandemic, I cannot implore you enough to social distance — which means limiting all in-person social interactions as much as possible. Experts agree that staying apart is critical if we want to reduce the strain on our health care system and slow the spread of this virus to save lives.
To that end, I have taken a number of actions:
• Schools in NYC, Westchester County and Long Island are closed. Remote learning will take place, and plans are being developed so that children still can get the meals they need and essential workers have access to child care. (Your local school district will have more details.)
• We are aggressively urging private businesses to consider closing and having employees work from home
• Non-essential state employees, as well as non-essential local government employees, have been directed to work from home.
• Starting at 8pm tonight until further notice, restaurants and bars statewide will be delivery and takeout ONLY.
• Starting at 8pm tonight until further notice, gyms, casinos and movie theaters will all be closed.
• Pharmacies, grocery stores, medical facilities and gas stations will remain OPEN.
We do not take these decisions lightly — they are necessary because of the unprecedented public health crisis we find ourselves in.
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How dangerous is this virus?
Eighty percent of people who contract COVID-19 self-resolve — and may not even have symptoms.
The virus presents a larger risk to the elderly, the immune-compromised and those with underlying health conditions. We are laser focused on protecting these at-risk populations.
Remember: Even if you have no symptoms, you can still spread Coronavirus. Be a good neighbor and take precautions even if you are young and healthy. Those around you may be at greater risk.
What should you do?
All New Yorkers can take simple steps to prevent the spread of this virus:
• Wash your hands regularly — for at least 20 seconds
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve
• Avoid handshaking
• Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
New Yorkers should also follow our recommendations for social distancing:
• Stay home, even if you feel well
• Keep 6 feet of distance from others in public
• Cancel unnecessary travel plans
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I will be transparent with you. The number of confirmed cases in New York State will continue to go up, and the situation will get worse before it gets better.
But I know that New Yorkers are strong and we will get through this.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo”
Please stay safe and take every precaution to stop the spread of this dreaded virus.
March 15, 2020:
We are glad to hear that most residents are being prudent and greatly restricting their activities. These precautions are necessary. We have now closed the basketball courts and the tennis courts and facilities. It will be mandatory if you and your family use the playgrounds and dog park that each person show their park card. Guests will not be permitted. These restrictions will be strictly enforced.
We want to make every effort to discourage you and your family from being in crowded, public places where there is the greatest exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Having food, drugs and other essentials delivered to your home is advised because it limits being in close proximity of others. The deliveries can even be left outside your front door.
Whenever possible, please restrict your activities, meetings and even work performed outside your home. In addition, all your children’s activities should also be curtailed while the incidence of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to rise.
Social distancing of 6 feet is strongly advised. Please be extremely prudent and always err on the side of precaution.
Thank you for helping to Stop the Spread!
March 12, 2020:
Out of an abundance of precaution to protect our residents from the threat of COVID-19, the Board and I have decided to close, effective tomorrow, March 13, 2020:
l. The Fitness Center,
2. Village Lounge,
3. Card Rooms, and to
4. Postpone or discontinue all scheduled events, programs and non-essential meetings at Village Hall.
While the Village offices will remain open at the present time, from 9am to 4:30pm daily, we ask that all non-essential village business be conducted over the phone by calling 621-5600 instead of personally visiting Village Hall.
Our staff has also been instructed to make every effort to accommodate you over the phone and to even send applications, etc., through the internet. In this way, we will further protect you and our staff during this particularly sensitive time. We will also be available through the Instant Message Program at the bottom of our website.
The Village Hall, and other facilities will then be thoroughly cleaned and in two weeks we will determine our further course of action. At that point we will evaluate the re-opening on a day-to-day basis. The Village Election will occur, with added sanitary measures in place, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
While there have been no reported cases of CORVID-19 within our community, we feel with 40 confirmed cases in Nassau County it is prudent and necessary to take these precautionary steps to protect you and your family.