Memorial Day 2020
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
We are the Dead. Short days ago
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
Memorial Day celebrations have been distilled this year into on-line versions, but the heart is still there, and our Veterans are still receiving our thanks and our shared memories. Whether a loved one has fallen in the line of duty or served to the best of his/her abilities, our armed services keep us safe and make us proud. As we head into a COVID-19 weekend celebration, the best thing we can do is remember the sacrifice of these men and women and do the right thing: protect each other as they have protected us. Wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash hands. Finally, if you know a vet, thank him or her for their service.
When Can Westchester Reopen?
As we all watch and wait, the Governor’s checklist of 7 goals seems frustratingly out of reach. Two months of little to no economic activity has hurt not just families but businesses and local governments. And yet, look how much we have accomplished! flattening the curve and saving not only lives but the ongoing agony of our front-line medical personnel. We clap for them–we must also commit to sending them fewer patients.
As much as we long for normal times, consumer confidence, that ever-quoted statistic, will not return until the pandemic is under control.
Like me, you must be watching with disbelief the areas of the country (and world) that blithely ignore pandemic-control measures, with deadly consequences. Brazil, Sweden and many US states, are showing in real time what government inaction will do to their populations.
What are the careful, considered and safe next steps? Masks of course, and social distancing. Don’t forget hand washing, that disease-control miracle. And outdoor activities seem safe. Children, teens and stir-crazy adults should spend more time outdoors, avoid large gatherings and when the contact tracers call, quarantine if you have been exposed. It’s inconvenient, but it is what is required and what works.
The Legislature’s Work Continues
The Westchester County Board of Legislators continues to work (remotely), even during the pandemic. Here are items we passed this week that may be of particular interest to my constituents.
Automated Parking Payment Systems 5/18/2020 This study will examine how to make cashless payments easier at many parks around the County.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations & Infrast. 5/18/2020 This bond will increase charging stations around the county, primarily for County vehicles, decreasing fuel costs and our carbon footprint.
Food Scrap Recovery Program 5/18/2020 Moving ahead with this exciting environmental program, this bond will pay for a panel truck to collect food scraps from participating municipalities, lessening local cartage fees and making food scraps into valuable soil/compost.
Grandpas United Program 5/18/2020 This pilot program will engage mentors with at-risk youth in order to better transition to adulthood.
Census Numbers: Still not High Enough
Yonkers: 51%, Eastchester 66.7%, let’s get those numbers up! Click here to view participation rates by Town, City or census tract. How is your neighborhood doing?
Did you receive my robocall? Believe it or not, some people don’t think the Census matters, or they fear their answers will hurt them or haunt them. Census data is protected by law, and those dollars we need from the federal government? They are based on population. So are our number of Congressional representatives. If you are speaking to a friend or neighbor, ask them if they have done their civic duty.
Click here to respond on-line or share the link.
Two Ways to Connect
Finally, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached by email, phone or on social media. Additionally, my legislative aide, Sarah Carbonaro can be reached at (914) 995-2851 and can answer many questions about local issues.