Wednesday May 20, 2020 Edition

Ivy Pool, Town Supervisor

NY Forward 

We are all eagerly anticipating the process of reopening, but we must proceed according to the guidance set forth by the State – to paraphrase the Governor, we must be New York Tough and New York Smart! New York State requires that each region meet seven metrics before we can begin our reopening process. Westchester is a part of the Mid-Hudson Region, which currently meets five of the seven metrics. You can monitor progress across these metrics, please see:

Westchester County has developed a quick reference guide regarding New York State’s 7 reopening metrics and the 4 reopening phases
When allowed, businesses will begin to re-open in 4 phases.  The first phase includes: Construction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting; Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off); Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade. For those industries included in Phase 1, The State has released guidance for what will be required in order to re-open:

Governor Cuomo Encourages All Eligible New Yorkers to Get Tested for COVID19

 New York State has created a searchable database of COVID-diagnostic testing sites. This database continues to be updated on an ongoing basis:
New York State’s criteria for receiving a diagnostic test has changed. Below is an amended list of all persons who qualify for a COVID-19 diagnostic test:

  • Any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Any individual who has had contact with a person known to be positive with COVID-19;
  • Any individual who is subject to a precautionary or mandatory quarantine;
  • Any individual who is employed as a health care worker, nursing home worker or first responder;
  • Any essential worker who directly interacts with the public while working; and
  • Any individual who would return to the workplace in phase one of the state's reopening plan. 

Please remember you must schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test by calling 1-888-364-3065 or your healthcare provider. 

Antibody Testing

As reported last week, antibody testing is available for first responders and essential workers at Northern Westchester Hospital and the Center for Healthy Living at Chappaqua Crossing. If you are a first responder or essential worker please make an appointment to be tested:

Beaches, yes. Pools, no.

 Many of us were excited to hear that New York State beaches will be open Memorial Day weekend, with restrictions in place effective Friday, May 22. The restrictions include reducing the number of people allowed and ensuring there are enough staff present to enforce social distancing. 
Westchester County has determined that it will open its beaches on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in recognition of Memorial Day. The County will use this “soft launch” to determine whether they will remain open beyond this point.
In the Town of New Castle, we do not have any municipal beaches or lakeshores. Swimming pools are still closed until further notice.

Above-Ground Pools:

What Residents Need to Know

Above-ground pools are subject to strict State, County, and local health and safety regulations. If you are thinking about installing an above-ground pool, you must obtain a permit. Pools deeper than 24” require a building permit, and pools between 24” and 48” require a code compliant barrier for safety.

Please contact or call 914-238-4723. While we are sympathetic to families looking for a way to cool off during the summer months, it is critical that residents adhere to the safety regulations!

Elective Surgeries Resume in Westchester

Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo announced that elective surgeries and ambulatory care are allowed to resume within Westchester County.

Got Masks?

Yesterday morning Deputy Supervisor Jeremy Saland and I took a socially-distanced walk through downtown Chappaqua wearing our masks. We were pleased to see that most people were wearing masks as they walked through the hamlet. However, we continue to receive complaints from vulnerable residents who feel uncomfortable or threatened by people who are not wearing masks. If you cannot maintain social distance, you must wear a mask. Practically speaking, this means bring your mask with you everywhere you go, at all times, and be prepared to pop the mask on when needed. Or better yet, just wear your mask. Compliance is critical to re-opening – do your part! 

For Seniors and Essential Workers: The Town of New Castle has received a generous donation of Hanes white cotton face masks from Westchester County to distribute masks to residents. Senior citizens and other vulnerable residents, and essential workers can visit Town Hall to pick up free masks.
For Visitors to Gedney Park: To encourage compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order requiring New Yorkers to wear masks when social distancing is not possible, the Town of New Castle will be distributing masks in Gedney Park to New Castle residents who on a first-come first-served basis on Saturday, May 23 from 8-2, and Sunday May 24 from 10-2. These masks are intended for those parkgoers who do not have or have forgotten their masks.

Westchester County Contact Tracing Program

The County continues to make progress on the creation of its contact tracing program. This program is a collaboration between the New York State Governor’s office, Johns Hopkins University, and Bloomberg Philanthropy. To re-open, the Mid-Hudson region is required to have 91 teams and 1,191 contact tracers, which is creating additional, unfulfilled, demand for contact tracers. You can apply to work as a contact tracer on the New York State hiring portal:

Mental Health Resources

Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo issued a reminder that there are mental health resources available to those who need it. The past few months have been hard for everyone. If you need emotional support, call the New York State Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment with a mental health professional. New Yorkers can access additional mental health resources at

Elections Update 

Registered voters can vote by mail for the June 23rd primary only by first requesting an absentee ballot by the deadline on June 16th. Applications for absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters eligible to vote in the primary or you can download and print the application and be sure to mail, email, or fax it to you’re the Westchester County Board of Elections.
 The League of Women Voters has created an electronic voter guide for the June primary. Candidate information is available for all State Assembly, State Senate, Congressional, Judicial Delegates, and Presidential candidates running in the New York State June primary and the congressional special election. 

Memorial Day – An Important American Tradition

Due to the current health crisis, the Town of New Castle will be unable to hold our traditional Memorial Day parade. However, working with the Memorial Day Committee and the New Castle Community Media Center, we are planning an virtual Memorial Day celebration that will honor the soldiers from New Castle who lost their lives in service to their country and celebrate our community and its enduring spirit. Further details will be announced in the Friday Community eNewsletter.

Updated Guidance from NYS Regarding Landscaping 

Landscaping is now open statewide, and permissible activities have been expanded to include the care and planting of grasses, sod, plants, shrubs, and trees and the mulching, trimming, and removal of these items for disease, safety, and public health purposes. The transportation of equipment and materials necessary is also permissible.  Gardening is open statewide; permissible activities include the cultivation of flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruit, trees, shrubs, etc., at home and community settings and locations. Horticulture and landscaping businesses must follow the Non-Food Related Agriculture Summary Guidelines and Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines for Non-food Agriculture.
For more information:

Confidential Paper Shredding
Saturday, June 6th from 10AM-1PM

The amazing team at the Town of New Castle Recycling Center has created a plan to be able to offer a safe, socially distant confidential paper shredding event at the Recycling Center on June 6th from 10AM-1PM. There will be some new and different procedures to make the shredding event safer for everyone. 

  • Residents line up on Joan Corwin Way
  • Recycling staff will direct residents
  • Residents must wear mask/face covering
  • Trucks will be set up with two tables lined up in front of each truck
  • Residents pull up and load documents on the tables when it is their turn
  • Residents are required to place their own items on the table
  • Only Recycling and USA Shred staff are permitted behind table
  • Recycling Staff load residents documents in the bin
  • The USA Shred employee dumps and shreds documents
  • Residents are welcome to watch it shredded
  • Residents are required to remain in their vehicles until it is their turn

This event is open to residents ONLY. Please expect long wait times!

Automatic Extension of Senior Citizen Partial Exemption for Garbage and Refuse Collection Charges

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Town Board passed a resolution last night to automatically extend the senior citizen partial exemptions for the payment of unit charges for garbage and refuse collection charges for 2020 based upon 2019 eligibility.  

For questions about the program, please contact Josh Herman, Town Assessor, at

Coming Soon! Drive-in Movies

Drive-in movie theaters in New York have been given the green light under the Governor’s phased plan to restart the economy. Last night the New Castle Town Board authorized the Town to contract with a vendor to rent equipment to host up to three drive-in movies in the South Lot of the Chappaqua Train Station. Dates, showtimes, and movie titles to be announced soon!

Note: these drive-in movies will take the place of our traditional summer concerts, the first two of which have already been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Town Hall:  Learn More and Contact Us

Town Hall Meetings and Board Packets

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