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Supervisor's Message

3.26.2020 Disaster Funding

Fallsburg Residents: The Federal Government is making available a number of emergency funding sources to assist Americans and American businesses during this Coronavirus Pandemic. New York Senator Gillibrand has released a COVID-19 Disaster Funding Guidebook for businesses and communities across New York State. The guidebook will be updated in the next two weeks to reflect the available funding in the current national relief bill, but the guide has everything available thus far. Please click below review it.

Disaster Funding Guidebook

3.24.2020 corona update

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICE

Message from Supervisor Steven Vegliante:

Good morning everyone,

During his Coronavirus briefing, Governor Cuomo confirmed 5,707 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 20,875 confirmed cases in New York State.

New York City had a total of 3,260 new positive cases, bringing its total to 12,305.

The Governor announced an initial delivery of hospital supplies to the Jacob K. Javits Center where FEMA has started to build a 1,000-bed temporary hospital that will help increase New York’s hospital capacity to combat COVID-19 and open next week. This is in addition to the four sites selected by the Army Corps of Engineers that will create temporary hospitals in downstate New York with total capacity up to 4,000.

The Governor also announced that three former Secretaries to the Governor — Steve Cohen, Bill Mulrow and Larry Schwartz — are joining the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force. Mulrow and Cohen will be tasked with developing a NYS Forward Plan – a strategy to restart the economy following the NYS on Pause executive order. Schwartz is tasked with helping the State acquire healthcare equipment and supplies and increasing New York’s hospital surge capacity.

Governor Cuomo signed an executive order requiring all hospitals to increase capacity by a minimum of 50 percent, with a goal of increasing capacity by 100 percent.

The Governor also launched the ‘NY Stronger Together’ campaign urging New Yorkers to stay home, stop the spread and save lives. As part of the campaign, celebrities including Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Ben Stiller and La La Anthony have sent videos of themselves at home to reinforce the Governor’s message that young people must stay home not for themselves, but to help protect older and more vulnerable New Yorkers. The campaign will also aim to highlight donations from major corporations, celebrities, philanthropic organizations to help increase the state’s supply capacity.

Additionally, the Governor announced that the state is opening a drive-thru COVID-19 mobile testing facility in the Bronx.

Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: https://www.governor.ny.gov/…/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemi…

Governor Cuomo also signed an executive order requiring all hospitals to increase capacity by a minimum of 50 percent, with a goal of increasing capacity by 100 percent.
No. 202.10: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
https://www.governor.ny.gov/…/no-20210-continuing-temporary…

The link below provides a clear and concise page of how people can help and where they should be direct.
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-…

ESD COVID-19 Related Resources
https://esd.ny.gov/esd-covid-19-related-resources

If you believe an employer is in violation of either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders you can contact the NYS Attorney General’s Office at (212) 416-8700 or Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

Guidance on Coronavirus Resources from AG’s Office
https://ag.ny.gov/coronavirus

Empire State Development (ESD) has created this FAQ to offer information to businesses regarding State regulations and general guidance related to the coronavirus.
https://esd.ny.gov/novel-coronavirus-faq-businesses

If your question is not answered below, please contact ESD at our website at: https://esd.ny.gov/covid-19-help

To file a complaint with the NYS Department of Human Rights
https://dhr.ny.gov/complaint#file

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

If someone is looking for a procurement opportunity, direct them to the procurement form: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/procurement-form

If people want to make a donation (including essential goods, services, and/or spaces) please direct them here: https://apps.health.ny.gov/…/su…/nys-covid19-tracking-offers

Important Numbers/Emails/Links
Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220
24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065

NYS DOH website regarding Coronavirus:
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Guidance for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Executive Order 202.6
https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

Assistance of Qualified Medical Professionals Survey:
https://apps.health.ny.gov/…/sur…/assistance-of-medical-prof

Retired Health Professional Survey:
https://apps.health.ny.gov/…/su…/retired-health-professional

COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity:
https://ag.ny.gov/covid-19-debt-suspension-application

Here is the Dedicated ESD waiver email address: COVID19BusinessWaiver@ESD.ny.gov

Amid a shortage of personal protective equipment — or PPE — products in the state, including gloves, masks and gowns, the Governor is asking all PPE product providers to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state should contact Simonida Subotic at 646 522-8477 or covid19supplies@exec.ny.gov

The Governor is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should contact Eric Gertler at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov

If you have any questions, concerns or would like to have a different email address to ensure you are receiving this information as quickly as possible; please contact Dylan Miyoshi at 845-490-0838 or dylan.miyoshi@exec.ny.gov​

WInter storm and coronavirus

WINTER STORM WARNING ISSUED

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: STATE OF EMERGENCY CONTINUES IN THE TOWN OF FALLSBURG

Today is Sunday March 22, 2020 at 8:15 pm. 
My initial update is to the upcoming storm: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from overnight tonight through early Tuesday morning. A Winter storm will produce 2-9 inches of wet heavy snow. Accumulations will vary due to elevation.
As we remain under Executive Orders prohibiting non-essential work, I would urge those who do not have to leave their home to stay there and off the roads. Please know that our highway department is an essential service and our workers will be out clearing roadways during and following the storm.Please check with your elderly or infirm neighbors and friends to make sure they are prepared. Please practice social distancing and proper disinfection protocol if interacting with them.

As for an update on the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic, I will keep it brief.
There are now 15 known cases of Coronavirus in our County and there are now over 15000 cases within New York State. The known case numbers are surging due to increased testing.The County has issued guidance discouraging those who are not full-time residents of our County from coming here. I join in that guidance.We remain under a local and statewide state of emergency. I have prohibited the operation and occupancy of seasonal camps and residences, and we will be diligently monitoring our entire township. These measures are being taken as medical facilities and available services are being marshaled to respond to increased caseloads which we expect in the next days and weeks.
The Governor holds a press briefing at 11:00 a.m. each day. I encourage you, to either watch it on local news stations, or to go to the Governor’s website. There you will find resources and press releases giving up to date information.

If you have any further questions or concerns, The toll free number for the Department of Health is 1-888-364-3065.The website is https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/Our office will continue to coordinate efforts with the County of Sullivan Department of Emergency Management and Sullivan County Public Health as necessary, and will remain in contact with the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office.Once again, I urge you to not panic, but to be prepared and responsible.We have an opportunity to show each other the best in each of us. Let’s not show the worst.
Help your friends and neighbors that need it. Offer a smile, phone a friend, and let those around you know you are there for them.if you need help, reach out to your friends and neighbors. If you need, you may reach out to our offices and we will do our best to find the resources you need.Thank you.
Be Kind and Be Safe.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

This is Steven Vegliante, Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg with an Important Message. Today is Thursday March 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. 

I have declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Fallsburg effective immediately and continuing for up to thirty (30) days due to the spread of the global Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic. 

This action is in addition to and supplements orders issued by the Governor of the State of New York and County Manager. 

Pursuant to the Emergency Declaration, I have suspended all non-essential functions within the Town. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. As the Governor’s order prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people, Certificates of Occupancy for all camps and seasonal communities are hereby suspended. Use of these facilities within the Town is therefore prohibited. Nothing in this directive shall apply to the occupancy of any single-family homes within the Town so long as there are no more than fifty (50) people present at any time. 
  2. All Town Offices are and will remain CLOSED to the public until further notice. Please visit the Town website for pandemic information, as well as department phone numbers and email addresses should you need to contact our staff. Exterior portions of our Parks will remain open.
  3. All non-essential functions of the Building Department have been suspended. 
  4. All Planning, Zoning Board of Appeals or Architectural Review Board meetings are cancelled until further notice. Any pending application before these boards is tolled as to time limits only.
  5. Inspections of commercial and multi-unit construction projects will happen on an as-available basis. Any construction completed during this period will be at the builder/developer’s own risk and subject to inspection at a later date. There will be no latitude or protection offered as to building code or site plan violations during this crisis.

Please stay at home whenever possible during this crisis. The only way we can prevent the spread of this virus is to be vigilant, limiting in-person contact with each other and practicing strict personal hygiene.

As to the directive issued by our County Manager, while I welcome any homeowner within our Town to utilize their home, I join in the concerns raised. While it may seem preferable to spend this time in the Catskills, we will lack the medical infrastructure to handle increased caseloads of sick individuals that are projected. Additionally, the same prohibitions and frustrations apply here as they do downstate. Our stores are as empty. Local businesses are also closed.

We will enforce the duly issued directives of the Governor, County and this office equally and fairly. I must reiterate the importance of complying with the Executive orders prohibiting mass gatherings. We owe it to each other not to exacerbate this crisis.

As always, If you experience an actual emergency, please contact the Fallsburg Police Department at 845-434-4422 or dial 911.  Please Stay Well, and Stay Safe. Thank you.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND IN LINKS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE IN RED BANNER


This is Steven Vegliante, Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg, with an updated public health advisory. Today is Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

The Sullivan County Manager has issued a State of Emergency in our County. Large gatherings are prohibited and all public schools will remain closed until at least April 1, 2020.

As we all work, as a nation and individually to slow the spread and severity of the Covid-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, I have taken several steps within the Town that are consistent with established protocols and recommendations.

All public offices within the Town will be closed to the public until April 1, 2020. We are doing this to protect our Town Staff who will be at work, performing necessary functions. I encourage all residents to phone or email staff rather than come to Town Hall. All numbers and email addresses are available on our website. If you must bring paperwork to the Town, there is a mail slot in the Town Clerk’s office and a drop box in the Assessor/Code Enforcement office vestibule. All paperwork will be reviewed as soon as possible.

For more information on the virus, please visit the Town of Fallsburg website. There you will find a Coronavirus / Novel COVID-19 page which has resources provided by the NYS Department of Health as well as links to the NYS Department of Health web page and a web page developed by Congressman Antonio Delgado’s office. These pages contain reliable information to guide you and your family going further. Finally, an informational hotline has been established by the NYS Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065.

As of yesterday at 8:00 p.m, there are 613 known cases of Covid-19 or Coronavirus in NYS. There are no confirmed cases within Sullivan County as of this report. There are 5 confirmed case in Ulster County, 6 within Orange County and 12 within Rockland County. There are no confirmed cases within Sullivan County. While there have been sporadic reports of local cases, none have been confirmed by the NYS DOH. However, we believe there will be local cases and we should be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our neighbors. Most that get infected will recover without incident. However, we must all limit exposure to those who have compromised immunity or primary function, as they are most at risk.

Regarding Prevention, while there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. A fun way to judge the time is to sing the happy birthday song, twice.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms. Practice social distancing, or remaining at least 6 feet from others, wherever possible.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Employers, please cooperate and support employees that are staying home, as it is in the best interest of all not to cross-infect others within the workplace
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our office will continue to coordinate efforts with the County of Sullivan Department of Emergency Management and Sullivan County Public Health as necessary, and will remain in contact with the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office.

Once again, I urge you to not panic, but to be prepared and responsible, and together we can inhibit the spread of Covid-19. In an emergency please call the Fallsburg Police Department at 8454344422 or dial 911. Stay Healthy and Stay Safe and Thank you.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

This is Steven Vegliante, Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg, with an important public health advisory.  Today is Thursday March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

While we await further guidance and direction from Federal, State and Local officials, I have directed our Town staff to develop short and long term contingency plans to inhibit the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our Town.  Initially, I am ordering all non-essential meetings, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Architectural Review Board meetings for March cancelled.  A workshop meeting on the proposed short-term rental law scheduled for Monday is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.  I have directed our Town Justices to adjourn all non-essential matters before their Courts, including civil, municipal code violations and vehicle and traffic matters for thirty (30) days.  Criminal matters will be determined by the Court and District Attorney’s office.  If you have a matter pending before one of our Boards, please await further guidance from the Town.  If you have a non-essential matter before the Town of Fallsburg Courts, you will receive a written adjournment notice shortly.  If you are not sure, you may call the Town Court at 845-434-4574.  Finally, please, wherever possible limit your visits to the Town Hall or Town facilities.  Please call first and see if your matter can be handled over the phone or by email. 

For more information on the virus, please visit the Town of Fallsburg website.  There you will find a Coronavirus / Novel COVID-19 page which has resources provided by the NYS Department of Health as well as links to the NYS Department of Health web page and a web page developed by Congressman Antonio Delgado’s office.   These pages contain reliable information to guide you and your family going further.   Finally, an informational hotline has been established by the NYS Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065.

As of yesterday at 4:00 p.m, there are 216 known cases of Covid-19 or Coronavirus in NYS.  There are no confirmed cases within Sullivan County as of this report.  There is one confirmed case in Ulster County and six within Rockland County.   Since that report, there have been news reports of an additional case within Ulster County and a case within Orange County, however those cases have not as yet been confirmed by New York State. 

Regarding Prevention, while there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  A fun way to judge the time is to sing the happy birthday song, twice.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms.  Practice social distancing, or remaining at least 6 feet from others, wherever possible.
  • Stay home when you are sick.  Employers, please cooperate and support employees that are staying home, as it is in the best interest of all not to cross-infect others within the workplace
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our office will continue to coordinate efforts with the County of Sullivan Department of Emergency Management and Sullivan County Public Health as necessary, and will remain in contact with the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office.  Once again, I urge you to not panic, but to be prepared and responsible, and together we can inhibit the spread of Covid-19.

Stay Healthy and Stay Safe and Thank you.  

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: NYS ISSUES GUIDANCE ON CLEANING AND DISINFECTING AT HOME & IN PUBLIC

Today is Tuesday March 10, 2020 5:15 pm.

My office has received further guidance from the offices of the Governor and the New York State Department of Health regarding public facilities and the spread of the coronavirus. We will be sharing this guidance with all known schools and other municipal buildings in our Town.
Attached hereto are guidance memos from the New York State Department of Health, to residents of the State regarding preparedness within your home and for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces to limit exposure and spread of COVID-19. I encourage each member of the public to read each and follow the guidelines provided. While we should not panic, we should be vigilant to help prevent spread of this virus.

The website is: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Additionally, I have attached information regarding emergency childcare assistance that is available to those affected by the virus. There are several options available to parents, and I encourage you to review these services, so that if necessary you are prepared to utilize them.

As of today at 11:15 a.m., there are 173 known cases of Covid-19 or Coronavirus in NYS. There are no confirmed cases within Sullivan County as of this report. There is one confirmed case in Ulster County and six within Rockland County.

Regarding Prevention, while there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. A fun way to judge the time is to sing the happy birthday song, twice.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms. Practice social distancing, or remaining at least 6 feet from others, wherever possible.
• Stay home when you are sick. Employers, please cooperate and support employees that are staying home, as it is in the best interest of all not to cross-infect others within the workplace
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• If you have any further questions or concerns, there is a hotline that has been established.

The toll free number is 1-888-364-3065.

Our office will continue to coordinate efforts with the County of Sullivan Department of Emergency Management and Sullivan County Public Health as necessary, and will remain in contact with the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office. Once again, I urge you to not panic, but to be prepared and responsible, and together we can inhibit the spread of Covid-19.

Thank you.

CORONA ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THE TOWN OF FALLSBURG

Today is Friday, March 6, 2020 at 10:30 am.

My office has received guidance from the offices of the Governor and the New York State Department of Health regarding public facilities and the spread of the coronavirus. We will be sharing this guidance with all known schools and other municipal buildings in out Town. They have asked that we share with our residents a website established by the NYS Department of Health which provides real time data on the virus.

I can report from this data and from the DOH website the following, as of Thursday at 2:00 p.m. There have been 22 known cases of Covid-19 or Coronavirus in NYS. 76 individuals tested Negative for the virus and an additional 24 are being evaluated.

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • cough
  • fever
  • trouble breathing and
  • pneumonia

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Regarding Prevention: While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. A fun way to judge the time is to sing the happy birthday song, twice.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have any further questions or concerns, there is a hotline that has been established. The toll free number is 1-888-364-3065.

Our office will be coordinating efforts with the County of Sullivan Department of Emergency Management and Sullivan County Public Health as necessary, and will remain in contact with the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office.

Thank you.