General News

Grievance Day May 26,2020 at Town Hall from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

Persons appearing before the Grievance Board must wear a mask and have an appointment.  Please be sure to have your filled out Grievance Form with you along with supporting documentation for your complaint.  Appointments can be made via phone or email: 518-398-7193 ext 7 or assessors@pinepains-ny.gov.  Grievance forms can be picked up on the porch in front of the Town Hall or can be accessed through this link: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp524_fill_in.pdf

New Normal at Town Hall

For the foreseeable future, Town Hall door will be locked at all times. Please knock if you’d like to come in. We will allow one person per office to enter at a time. (3 total) MASKS REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE Please make an appointment before you come with the person you need to see. Phone numbers are on the Home Page of this website. Feel free to call or write an email for any help you need.

Town Hall has been locked since 9am March 16th. We have continued working as usual, either here or at home.

And take care!

Adult Education Online for Pine Plains

General Assembly (https://ga.co) is a mission-driven adult vocational school I helped start that offers a variety of career-focused training programs in technology, design, marketing, entrepreneurship, data analytics, and more.

Here is where Pine Plains residents can find General Assembly’s catalog of upcoming online classes:

https://generalassemb.ly/education?where=online#catalog-results. They can use the special discount code lovepineplains at checkout to get 30% off the list price. (Some are already free of charge.)

And here is a set of completely free online classes from General Assembly that happen every Friday during the pandemic: https://generalassemb.ly/blog/free-fridays/

COVID-19 UPDATES 4.24.2020

Situation Update

There are now 2,389 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dutchess County, 35 fatalities, as well as 373 individuals who have recovered. There are over 257,000 cases statewide with over 15,000 hospitalizations and 15,302 fatalities. As always, we encourage you to visit our dashboard for the most up to date, verified, local data. Our dashboard has been visited over 400,000 times since it began.

Informational Flyers & Posters

Checkout our flyer which provides important tips to protect yourself and others as well as information on testing and how to get help. The flyer is available in both English and Spanish. We encourage you to share this information with your constituencies. We have also created two posters that should be hung in public locations to help keep residents informed about how to stay safe and how to get help.

Personal Protective Equipment Distributions

Dutchess County Emergency Response has been working diligently to procure and distribute critical supplies and personal protective equipment to front line healthcare professionals and first responders throughout the County. We have already distributed more than 152,000 surgical masks, over 41,000 N-95 respirators, 5,000 face shields and many more supplies such as gowns, hand sanitizer, germicidal wipes, gloves and bottled water. Individuals or organizations interested in donating N-95 respirator masks, surgical masks, fabric masks, gowns, gloves or disinfecting wipes should contact the Donations Coordinator Tijuana Vann: tvann@dutchessny.gov. Healthcare and first responder agencies unable to obtain personal protective equipment may request emergency PPE at: COVIDsupplyrequest@dutchessny.gov

Dutchess County Emergency Management will be making fabric face coverings, manufactured by Hanes, available to local towns, villages, and cities. Each interested municipality will be provided two boxes, containing (100) 5-packs of washable fabric masks, in each box. The intent is for one box to be used to distribute the 5 packs to municipal staff members for use while working and for use outside of work, when unable to social distance. The other box can be used to distribute to local businesses and organizations, within the municipality, for essential staff to use  (i.e. grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, food delivery, etc.). Additional boxes can be requested for additional distribution, as needed. These fabric face coverings can be used in place of surgical masks. (N-95 respirators are still recommended for use in any potential COVID environment.)  Interested municipalities should email COVIDsupplyrequest@dutchessny.gov to arrange for pick up.

 

NY on Pause Update

  • Governor Cuomo announced some parts of the state would be allowed to begin offering elective surgeries again. Dutchess County was listed as one of the counties that cannot begin elective surgeries at this time. We are working with local area hospitals to communicate to the state regarding the ability to take on some of these services and importance of doing so without delay.
  • The Governor has also reiterated that he would look at reopening the state on a regional basis. The areas would be reopened based on what the spread, hospitalization, and containment efforts are for the region, along with the testing capacity of the region to test and trace positive cases. Dutchess County is actively tracking these and many other important metrics that will be used to determine when and how the County can be reopened.
  • Updated guidance has been provided regarding restrictions on golf courses and marinas. See item number 13 in the State’s Guidancefor determining whether a business enterprise is subject to a workforce reduction under recent executive orders.

Funds Awarded through ‘Dutchess Responds’ Fund

In partnership with the Community foundation, we have awarded $32,400 from the Dutchess Responds Fund to aid County residents in need of critical support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds have been awarded to community organizations that support to two priorities: Front Line and Service-Challenged needs. This second round of Dutchess Responds Fund grants follows the initial round of grants, announced earlier this month, which awarded more than $50,000 in funds to shore up the feeding programs throughout Dutchess County, with a special emphasis on fresh produce and distribution.

Grant applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations on a rolling basis and are available online through the Community Foundations’ website. More information can be obtained by contacting Community Foundations at (845) 452-3077 or grants@communityfoundationshv.org.

National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week! Huge shout out to our MRC Volunteers who have been invaluable during this Coronavirus pandemic. Thank you to all the volunteers throughout our community who are working diligently throughout this crisis to support those in need. Visit our website to learn more about the Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corps, or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 845-486-3555 and select option 7 to volunteer.

Business Community Update

Businesses are encouraged to visit DutchessBNN.com to sign up for daily emails and access important information and resources.

  • A FAQ document was released by Empire State Development regarding how Code Enforcement Officers should handle all of the changes coming down from Albany, it can be found HERE.
  • The Dutchess Business Notification Network and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerceinvite you to participate in a virtual business town hall conversation on April 24th at 1pm with State Senator Sue Serino, State Assemblyman Lalor, and State Assemblyman Jacobson. The format will open with remarks and end with a Q&A session. Register HERE.
  • The State Comptroller’s office has released a “COVID-19 Financial Survival Toolkit for New Yorkers.” It can be found HERE.
  • The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is encouraging individuals to post updates about their business, regardless if the business is a member of not, onto the Member News portion of their website. If you are a member of the Chamber and want to post, click HERE. If you are not a member and want to post, click

We Will Fly Again

We’d like to extend our eternal gratitude to first responders, healthcare workers and all those who have stopped to help someone out just because they needed a hand during these uncertain times. Their courage and selflessness are a beacon of hope for us all. And it reminds us that resilience is a part of our county’s DNA and that ours is a history full of stories that prove our ability to overcome anything together. Please watch this video to see the inspiring and beautiful message from our own Dutchess Tourism’s new #WeWillFlyAgain Campaign.

 As always, we encourage you to visit dutchessny.gov for the most up to date information. Our COVID-19 Information Hotline is available 7 days a week to help answer questions and provide assistance at 845-486-3555.

Social Distancing & NY on PAUSE 4.9.2020

It is critically important that our community continue to practice social distancing and adhere to Governor Cuomo’s “New York State On PAUSE” executive order through April 29th. The key points are as follows:

  • All non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  • 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;
  • Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  • When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  • Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  • Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  • Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes

Violators of this order would be subject to punishment and fines per the State enforcement directives.”The fine for such violation by an individual who is participating in any gathering which violates the terms of the orders or is failing to abide by social distancing restrictions in effect in any place which is not their home shall not exceed $1,000.”

New guidance by the state’s parks system has been put out to help ensure everyone remains safe as there has been an increase in park usage throughout this quarantine. You can find that guidance HERE.County parks remain open, but we continue to ask residents to follow appropriate social distancing. See the attached flyer that will be posted in our parks.

Face Coverings

It is advised that face coverings should be worn by everyone outside of their homes to help protect against Coronavirus, including essential workers in the retail, service and other industries. This directive comes after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released official guidance recommending people wear cloth face coverings in settings where ample social distancing may not be adequate to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, wearing a mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing, and individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash their hands immediately after removing. Click HERE for a detailed guide from Dutchess County and DBCH about creating and wearing a cloth face mask. Cloth face masks can be made out of inexpensive household materials. For more options and detailed instructions on how to construct a cloth facemask, visit the CDC’s website. It is critical surgical masks and N-95 respirators continued to be reserved and prioritized for healthcare, public health workers and first responders. Please see the attached flyer for distribution on this subject.

Where to Get a Mask and Business Updates

The Presbyterian Church has a quantity of complimentary cloth masks available to our community.

These were hand sewn by one of the congregation members and are individually packaged. Please launder before use.

They are on the back porch of the stone church at 3039 Church St.

Please take only the number of masks you need for your family!

Stay well!

 BUSINESS NEWS:

Please sign up for the Dutchess Business Notification Network (DBNN) which pushes out the latest information related to COVID-10 for the business community.

SIGN UP CLICK HERE or go to https://dutchessbnn.com to sign up.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES DEFINED:

https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

SBA DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE:

Dutchess County business are eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program through the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

To apply online go to: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/apply-for-disaster-loan/index.html

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  • If you have questions or need assistance contact the Small Business Administration (800) 659-2955
  • For further guidance and instruction on applying for an SBA loan you can also reach out to the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center (845) 802-9150

LOCAL LOAN ASSISTANCE:

If a small business needs immediate cash flow, they can apply for an Emergency Express Loan with Community Capital New York (CCNY) for up to $10,000 with expedited closing. Please see the terms in the link https://lnkd.in/dNiHUGP

www.communitycapitalny.org

FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES:

The state’s Shared Work Program which lets you keep trained staff and avoid layoffs. Employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible. Here’s the link:

https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm

SURVEYING BUSINESS NEEDS FOR NOW AND IN PREPERATION FOR BUSINESS RESTORATION:

Click on the link below so that we can determine what your current and future needs are so we can find solutions and request assistance from the appropriate agency or government.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CT3GM97

STATE CALL FOR PRODUCT AND MANUFACTURERS:

Additionally, 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 obtains in 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.

UNEMPLOYMENT FOR AFFECTED EMPLOYEES:

If you are filing a new Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim, the day you should apply is based on the first letter of your last name:

Monday – last name starts with A – F

Tuesday – last names starting with G – N

Wednesday – last names starting with O – Z

If you missed your filing day, file your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Filing later in the week will not delay your payments or affect the date of your claim.

Any claim you file will be backdated to the date you became unemployed. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.

The telephone filing hours have been extended 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

Call to file 1-888-209-8124 or go online: https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/

If you are uncertain about your qualification for benefits, more information regarding the new federal act and other COVID-19 updates will be posted in the Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance During the Coronavirus Emergency.

You can also visit: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/cares-act.shtm

CONSUMER COMPLAINTS:

https://formsnym.ag.ny.gov/OAGOnlineSubmissionForm/faces/OAGCFCHome

 

 

 

LOOK FOR THE HELPERS! Who to Call for Help in Pine Plains

Police: 911

Gregg Pulver, for seniors needing help buying groceries or picking up meds: 914-474-0908

If you need your prescriptions from elsewhere, you can change the pharmacy to Pine Plains Pharmacy

If you cannot afford food: Willow Roots, 23 N. Main Street 518.751-0164 (They will communicate with Food Locker)

Town Hall: 518.398.8600 ext 1

School meals: contact mealorder@ppcsd.org  Include names of children. Pick-up is 8:30am-10:30am at VOTER ENTRANCE to Stissing Mountain High School Monday through Friday  Delivery available. Contact email address. This updates constantly: now at M-W-F distribution.

STATE HOTLINE: 888-364-3065

PINE PLAINS HELPLINE: 518-965-1875

Dutchess County Stabilization Center for Mental Illness or Addiction Help: 845-485-9700

 

COVID-19 Highway Department Response

UPDATE! ALL HIGHWAY PERSONNEL ARE SHELTERING IN PLACE UNLESS CALLED INTO SERVICE FOR EMERGENCY. BE ASSURED THAT SHOULD IT SNOW, THEY WILL BE OUT IN FORCE WITH SALT, SAND AND PLOWS!

Update To ensure the safety of our employees and the public, the Highway Department office building is now officially closed until further notice. The property will remain open for recycling and brush drop off. Highway Superintendent, Secretary, and Highway Crew will be working, the building will be locked to visitors. Please call us if you have any highway related concerns. Our office number is (518) 398-6662 or the Highway Superintendent may be reached on her cell phone at (518) 965-1876.