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Businesses, Banks, Medical, and Misc.

Apple Bank - East Hampton & Sag Harbor Branches
March 20, 2020
Monday to Friday - 10am - 3pm
Saturday - CLOSED

IMPORTANT NOTES:

East Hampton is operating from their two Drive-Up lanes only, ATM open 24/7. No Lobby Access

Sag Harbor is lobby only because we have no Drive-Up and have to accommodate Safe Deposit customers.
ARF
March 17, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: The ARF Adoption Center is still CLOSED! However, we are now accepting online adoption applications and conducting adoptions by appointment only. You can view our adoptable pets at www.arfhamptons.org. Adoption applications are now on each individual animal page. And note: all volunteer activities have been suspended until further notice.
Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital
March 20, 2020
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Update as of March 20, 2020

  • Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital's top priority is keeping patients, staff, visitors and the community safe.

  • Our medical staff is highly trained at screening for and managing infectious diseases to limit the spread of a virus.

  • There is currently enough personal protective equipment to meet the needs of every staff member coming into contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient.

  • All patients with known respiratory issues are immediately provided a surgical face mask upon initial encounter and escorted into a room promptly. The mask provides cover over the nose and mouth to contain infectious droplets and the patient is physically separated from others.

  • Our supply chain professionals are working diligently to secure additional supplies and substitutable items.

  • Our infection prevention specialists and nursing leaders are providing necessary training and updates.

  • Supplies of individual items of personal protective equipment can be expected to become strained as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

In anticipation of strained resources, the Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital leadership team is reviewing and will implement evidence-based alternative practices to ensure that our front line clinical staff is appropriately protected.
Stony Brook Medicine COVID-19 Briefing Update
March 27, 2020
Stony Brook Medicine COVID-19 Briefing Update

Mental Health Experts Boost Spirits and Provide Counseling

Unprecedented times require unprecedented efforts. They also can take a significant toll on our personal and mental health. Our Disaster Mental Health Team is busy working to bring us helpful ways to deal with the stress and anxiety we may be feeling during this time. They have created a Wellness Champions channel on Microsoft Teams. Starting this week, virtual support groups are being offered three times a day at 8 am, 12 pm, and 8 pm through the Virtual Support Groups Teams channel also on Microsoft Teams. Other support resources include daily live streaming meditations, virtual mass/prayers from our Chapel and inspirational messages of support which can be found on the Community Messages of Support channel. Dr. Adam Gonzalez, a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health and Founding Director of the Mind Body Clinical Research Center at Stony Brook Medicine, is available to discuss this initiative.

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Supplies of individual items of personal protective equipment can be expected to become strained as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. In anticipation of strained resources, Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital are using extension tubing so health care workers do not have to enter a patient’s room to monitor IV bags. Here are other innovative ways we’re addressing the potential shortage of PPE.

  • Installing physical barriers (e.g., glass or plastic windows) at reception areas to limit contact between triage personnel and potentially infectious patients.

  • SBUH is accepting iPad donations to provide telecommunication for our patients to connect with our medical staff.

  • Elective surgeries and procedures have been postponed allowing PPE from those units to be deployed elsewhere.

Stony Brook Now Accepting Personal Protective Equipment Donations

In order to stay ahead of the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current coronavirus outbreak, Stony Brook University is hosting a donation drive, accepting donations in person and via mail.

Stony Brook University will be collecting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), which will be given to Stony Brook University Hospital. The university is currently accepting PPE donations that include face shields, N95 3M 1860 masks, protective eyewear, goggles, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and other supplies required for staff safety. The PPE will then be distributed to medical personnel to use while interacting with patients who are suspected of and confirmed with coronavirus.

To donate items, please email COVID19donations@stonybrook.edu so that a drop-off time and location can be arranged.

Fundraiser for PPE Needs for SBUH Workers

Workers on the front lines at Stony Brook University Hospital have already received more gloves, gowns, N95 masks and a generator that sanitizes masks to reuse them thanks to donations to the Coronavirus Crisis Fund. The Della Pietra Family launched the fundraising challenge to raise $500,000 for critical COVID-19 supplies and treatments.

“Please accept their challenge. Help us purchase the supplies we need to protect and care for our community,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior VP of Health Sciences and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. “As I watch everyone come together during this difficult time, I have never been more proud to be a part of this incredible community.”

Donations can be made online with each being generously doubled by the Della Pietra Family.

40+ 3D PPE Face Shields Donated To iCREATE From Suffolk Libraries

In addition to the 3D face shields currently in production in the University’s iCREATE Innovation Lab, Suffolk Libraries have also donated more than 40 frames made by their 3D printers. The frames are then being brought to campus in shifts and assembled by the team at iCreate. Our supply chain professionals are working diligently to secure additional supplies and substitutable items. We are working with businesses in the community who can develop compliant face shields at mass quantities; our own campus innovators are developing PPE through 3D printing (see video) of which have already been deployed.
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
March 25, 2020
These are unprecedented, turbulent times and I am reaching out to assure you that our Stony Brook Southampton Hospital family remains committed to the health, safety and wellness of our communities.
 
Our dedicated family of doctors, nurses and staff are rising to this challenge and are adapting to ever evolving CDC as well as New York State and Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines and policies. We are also collaborating regularly with our colleagues at Stony Brook Medicine and the New York State Department of Health.
 
Our preparations include:
  • Ensuring ample staffing
  • Identifying areas of the hospital that can accommodate additional beds (ICU and Medical-Surgical) to expand our capacity as demand increases
    Acquiring equipment, technology, supplies to accommodate a potential patient surge
    Identifying opportunities to identify, equip and staff additional testing locations
     
  • It will take heroic action to see us through these challenging times and we are committed to doing everything that we possibly can to care for our communities.
     
  • At this most difficult and challenging time, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is committed to serving you and your family. Your friendship and generosity have helped ensure that our hospital has the resources and expertise to serve our East End communities.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you again for being a vital part of our Stony Brook Southampton Hospital family. If you would like to learn more or support our Hospital's efforts to serve our community please click here.

Robert S. Chaloner
Chief Administrative Officer
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Stony Brook University Hospital
March 27, 2020
Want to Help? Stony Brook Accepting Comfort Item Donations For Patients

As donation items continue to pour in from the community in order to help healthcare providers working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stony Brook University Hospital is also accepting items that will help comfort our patients and enhance their experience while they are missing their loved ones and the comforts of home. These include puzzles, activity books, pens, colored pencils, sleep masks, aromatherapy, ear plugs and other quality of life items to make those hospitalized, as well as those caring for them, feel as at ease as possible.

Stony Brook is also continuing to accept donations of iPads for telehealth, medical supplies and other comfort care items such as gum, lip balm, tissues and snacks. 

In order to maintain social distancing and safety, appointments are being scheduled for donation drop off. Please contact: Joan Dickinson, Stony Brook University Community Relations Director, at COVID19donations@stonybrook.edu or call 631.219.0603 to schedule an appointment.
Stony Brook University Hospital’s Coronavirus Triage Service
March 25, 2020
Effective today, Stony Brook University Hospital's coronavirus triage service is located at the South P Lot testing facility on the Stony Brook University campus on the corner of Stony Brook Road and South Drive. The triage area is staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency medicine nurses.

Stony Brook Medicine has also established (631) 638-1320 as a coronavirus triage phone line for the community. Registered nurses are available to answer calls from 8 am to midnight, Monday through Friday. Callers will be evaluated and directed to the appropriate healthcare setting for assistance, as needed.

Where to go to seek care, and when:

  • If you have been advised by your doctor to seek urgent medical care or you require evaluation by a medical professional, please go directly to Stony Brook University Hospital's Emergency Department (ED).

  • From 11 am to 11 pm, patients driving to the ED entrance will be greeted and screened while in their vehicles. All patients will be evaluated by staff to determine the most appropriate care setting. This may include the main Emergency Department or the SB field ER at Stony Brook University's South P Lot. The goal of the triage service is to separate patients with cold and flu-like symptoms from others seeking emergent care, in order to provide all patients with a streamlined environment for care and treatment.

  • Patients should not go to the Coronavirus patient triage in the South P Lot unless directed to do so by the Stony Brook Medicine Emergency Department staff.

The main ED will remain operational as usual.

Chuches/Synagogues/Temples

Baiting Hollow Congregational Church
March 31, 2020
Spring Yard sale on May 9th is postponed to September 12th
Cormaria Retreat Center
March 16, 2020
Effective immediately Cormaria Retreat Center in Sag Harbor will be closed and Wednesday prayer group had been canceled.
First Church Of Christ, Saybrook Connecticut
March 17, 2020
Rev. Ed Cornell and the staff at First Church of Christ, Saybrook have moved to online worship. Sunday jazz service at 9 and the 1030 worship service can be found at www.facebook.com/firstchurchOS
Hampton Bays Assembly Of God
April 2, 2020
Hampton Bays Assembly Of God Invites you to view their sermons which are lived streamed every Sunday at 1030 am at www.hamptonbaysag.net and click the sermons tab
Most Holy Rosary Church Bridgehampton
March 17, 2020
All Masses and Gatherings at Most Holy Trinity Church In Bridgehampton are cancelled though April 14th
Old Steeple Church Aquebogue
April 2, 2020
Old Steeple Church invites everyone to tune in to the web site every Sunday at 10 am for a service.. www.oldsteeplecommunitychurch.org
St. Andrews Sag Harbor
March 17, 2020
All Masses and Gatherings at St. Andrews Church In Sag Harbor are cancelled through April 14th
The Shrine Of Our Lady In Manorville
March 17, 2020
The Shrine Of Our Lady Of The Island In Manorville Has Cancelled all masses

Community/Civic Organizations

American Legion Post 803, Southold
March 15, 2020
The American Legion Post 803 in Southold is cancelling the following events: Tuesday BINGO - postponed until further notice.
East End Arts School
March 24, 2020
East End Arts Offers Remote Private Music Lessons, Piano, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Trumpet, Sax, and Vocals. As we move forward with our online instruction, we are happy and ready to take on new students!
 
Now that the kids are home and getting comfortable with online learning, it may be the perfect time to fit in that lesson that you have been putting off, because of complex scheduling.
 
East End Arts is up and running with it's online lessons and our teachers are offering flexible platforms that work on multiple devices. Below please find a list of our teachers along with the instruments they teach. If you are interested in adding one or more lessons, please email EEA at; education@eastendarts.org.
 
Please refrain from calling, as the physical school building is closed, and we don't want to miss your request! Remember we teach adults too! Website: https://www.eastendarts.org/school/private.html
EAST END CARES AND CLAMSHELL FOUNDATION
March 26, 2020
EAST END CARES AND CLAMSHELL FOUNDATION LAUNCH EMERGENCY “5 FOR FOOD” CAMPAIGN FOR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

East Hampton, Springs, Sag Harbor and Montauk Food Pantries Face Overwhelming Demand in Wake of COVID-19

The Clamshell Foundation and East End Cares have joined together with a volunteer contingent of year-round residents and second homeowners from across the East End in a community-wide effort to raise critically needed funds for emergency food supplies for local food pantries.

Christopher Barry, an EEC member who is spearheading the campaign with Kori Peters, President of the Clamshell Foundation, said “COVID-19 has left many in our community without jobs or alternate means of support. A rapidly growing number of the elderly, families and children are relying on local food pantries to survive during this time of uncertainty and challenge.  We hope, by asking for just a $5 donation, everyone will be able to join in.  Every dollar will go directly to provide emergency food to the East Hampton Food Pantry, Springs Food Pantry, Sag Harbor Food Pantry, and Montauk Food Pantry.”

Donations can be made on the home page of the Clamshell Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, at www.clamshellfoundation.org or by clicking on https://bit.ly/3dsdVKc.  All donations are tax deductible.

Barry, a resident of East Hampton and Manhattan and a finance executive for A + E Networks, added, “East End Cares is gratified to be collaborating with the Clamshell Foundation and such an incredible team of volunteers who came together from various disciplines to support the 5 FOR FOOD campaign. With the community behind us, I believe that we can fill these food pantries and the bellies and hearts of our neighbors in need.”

William Kalbacher, CEO of The Clamshell Foundation, said "We are so thankful for East End Cares. It is an honor to be working with them as we strive to make a difference in the community during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who is helping others stay safe and healthy.”

Melissa Berman, one of the founders of EEC, said, “In so many ways we are already a paycheck to paycheck community -- and now, too many of our neighbors face unemployment without sick pay or benefits of any kind. Food is the most basic of needs for every individual and every family. Food is love. And we want to share as much of both as we can.
East Hampton Food Pantry
March 16, 2020
We at the East Hampton Food pantry are in a grave dilemma and need your help desperately. We feed and average of 300 people a week including many families and children. Food supply is low and donations are scarce. As of this Tuesday we hope to be prepared to serve our community with an influx of many unemployed folks who need food for their families. We would be so great full if you fine folks could help us and our community to undertake anything you can do to help us in this horrible pandemic. We are all volunteers serving our communities to the best of what we have and need the help of your listeners. Your listeners can go to Easthamptonfoodpantry.Org to help in any way. Your faith in what you believe in helping others is so welcomed.
East Marion Fire Dept
April 5, 2020
East Marion Fire Dept has canceled it's breakfast buffet scheduled for Sunday, April 5th.
Hampton Bays Little League
March 13, 2020
Hampton Bays Little League will delay opening the 2020 season until April 6.
Hamptons Baseball Camp
April 3, 2020
Saturday Camp is postponed until further notice
Heart of the Hamptons
March 13, 2020
Effective today, March 20th, our Food Pantry will be open Wednesdays ONLY, from 10AM-12PM. Non-perishables, produce and frozen meat will be distributed to clients in pre-packed bags outside the Food Pantry door at 168 Hill Street. If you or someone you know is in need of food, please call our office (631.283.6415) and leave a message with your name and phone number. Messages will be checked periodically. If you have any additional questions, please email hilton@heartofthehamptons.org.

Additionally:
1. The Clothing Room is closed until further notice.

2. No food or clothing donations will be accepted at this time.

3. The most effective way to help is to make a monetary donation to enable us to purchase non-perishable food from our trusted distributors. We have a list of on-the-ready volunteers and people to donate supplies, if necessary. Donations can be made on our website: https://heartofthehamptons.org/donate/
Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons
March 13, 2020
The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons has cancelled all remaining events in March.
Mashomack Preserve
March 25, 2020
In light of the ongoing crisis and mandated closures around NY and the country, Mashomack Preserve has postponed events through April 30, including our Earth Day event. Please remove them from your calendar.

Specifically, the following events and programs will NOT take place in April:

  • Book in the Woods: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

  • Saturday, April 4, 7-8:30 PM - Nearly Full Moon Walk

  • Thursday, April 9, 2-3:30 PM - Kid's Spring Break Workshop: Signs of Spring

  • Saturday, April 11, 10 AM-noon - Spring Shoreline Spruce Up

  • Saturday, April 18, 1-3 PM - Earth Day: 50 years of Environmental Action

  • Saturday, April 25, 10 AM-noon - Trail Day Stewardship Project

We are looking forward to rescheduling events as soon as we are able. We hope to see you on the trails and look forward to returning to a full schedule of activities.
Montauk Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt
April 4, 2020
Montauk Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt has been canceled for April 4th.
Ola of Eastern Long Island
April 3, 2020
As the effects of the COVID-19 virus continue to be felt on every level of life across Long Island we are seeing an increasing number of individuals struggling to make rentalpayments in our community. Pursuant to Executive Order 202.8 there is currently a 90 day moratorium on evictions in New York State.

While we are optimistic that this will make a meaningful difference for New Yorkers, we are also alarmed by first-hand accounts reporting that in some cases, landlords and/or middlemen have ignored this moratorium, taken the law into their own hands and locked out tenants from their home.

As you are no doubt aware locking out tenants for any reason without a Court Order is illegal and classified as a criminal misdemeanor. To prevent further confusion and critically further lockouts, we ask:

  • That the Town/Village communicate to the public that lock-outs are illegal even in situations where a tenant has not paid their rent and reassure the public that the Town/Village will not tolerate unlawful evictions,

  • That the Chief of Police be made aware of this situation,

  • In order not to overwhelm the emergency line with these issues, that a method of communication be developed so that police can respond urgently to situations where individuals have been locked out of their homes.


  • Oysterponds Historical Society
    March 13, 2020
    Offices are closed and programs are currently canceled for the Oysterponds Historical Society.
    Riverhead BID
    March 20, 2020
    As we are well aware, the effects of COVID-19 are unsettling, and our thoughts are with those who are affected by the virus and the uncertainty surrounding it. As this continues to affect our downtown, the Riverhead BID is committed to keeping our local community running and safe.

    Every day, small business owners and organizations are being asked to make public safety judgement calls, putting themselves, their staff, and their future at risk.

    Their fears are real; afraid that they may not survive at this rate. Many are waiting for more direction from local and state governments as to whether they can stay afloat, or close their doors for good.

    The Riverhead BID is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our visitors, community, volunteers, and staff. We want you to know that YOU are a priority to us.

    While the immediate impact is not yet understood, we know Downtown Riverhead is more than capable of staging a comeback when it is safe to do so. We must all do our best to plan and advocate now so it is possible. More than ever, it's important we stick together - united and proactive.

    As our downtown restaurants adjust to the COVID-19 regulations, a few have halted service while most have transitioned to delivery and takeout only. All have taken a major financial hit during this crisis. Fortunately, there are ways our community can offer support while practicing social distance.

    Rather than stockpiling from big box stores that are striving during this time, be a good neighbor and order prepared food from local restaurants who continue to serve our community.

    CLICK HERE to view our downtown restaurants currently offering takeout, curbside pick up, and delivery. Consider purchasing gift cards for future use, as well.

    Like, follow, and share their social media pages to be in the know of specials and/or changes. Share a photo and tag their pages to alert others to follow your lead. YOU are a local business' greatest ambassador!

    Buying local supports more than you think. Every small effort helps to build bigger things.

    Lastly, we thank every business owner, their staff and their families for their unwavering love and investment in Downtown Riverhead.
    Riverhead Chamber of Commerce
    March 25, 2020
    The Town of Riverhead has created a program to assist our senior population with the delivery of essential items they may need without having to leave the safety of their own home and risk exposure. We are asking our merchants to join in this effort. If you can answer yes to the follow questions, we ask you to please register for the services you are able to provide for the seniors in our community.
    • Are you willing to accept an order by phone?
    • Are you willing to accept credit/debit card payment over the phone for an order?
    • Are you willing to call Riverhead Town to advise that an order is ready for pick up?
     
    We thank you for your support to the Riverhead Senior Assistance For Essentials (SAFE) Program.
     

    The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce has set up a registration page in order to mobilize volunteers when  needed. If you are asymptomatic; not under quarantine; have access to a vehicle and are willing to help, please register with your contact information. They will be working closely with Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar and the Town of Riverhead as they implement a Community Outreach Program. The initial focus will be setting up a buddy system to reduce exposure in order to get food and essential items to seniors.

    We will get through this. Please reach out if you are in need of assistance
    Riverhead Moose Club
    March 12, 2020
    Riverhead Moose Club's Thursday Night Bingo canceled till further notice.
    Sag Harbor Lions Club
    April 12, 2020
    Sag Harbor Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt for April 12th canceled
    Suffolk County Historical Society Museum
    March 27, 2020
    The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum will remain closed as per the order issued by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also suspending all upcoming events at this time, and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

    The health and safety of our visitors, members, and staff remain the Suffolk County Historical Society's priority. Every day brings new developments related to the virus, and we understand that uncertainty can be unsettling. Our thoughts are with the entire Suffolk County and Long Island communities and with all who have been impacted by COVID-19.

    During our closure, we invite the Long Island community to visit our website for updates and special offerings, including a free subscription to our historic Photo of the Week series and our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube content: www.SuffolkCountyHistoricalSociety.org

    From all of us at the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum, thank you for your continued support through these uncertain times. Stay tuned, and stay safe!


    Suffolk County United Veterans
    March 23, 2020
    Suffolk County United Veterans (SCUV) continues to provide essential emergency housing and support services to homeless Veterans during this COVID-19 emergency. Our 23-bed Vets Place shelter operates 24/7 thanks to our dedicated team committed to keeping our doors open to help those who have served our country. In this emergency, we are also housing a few non-Veteran homeless men sent to us by the County.

    To limit any potential exposure to the Coronavirus, we have suspended use of the shelter's kitchen where lunch and dinner are usually prepared daily. That's why we need your help!

    To take care of meals for our clients, we have partnered with two food establishments to deliver lunch and dinner each day: Blue Moon Deli in Patchogue and the Yaphank Deli, both of whom are experiencing their own loss of business during this challenging time. (Dry, pre-packed breakfast is provided onsite.) They have agreed to share the load to provide these meals to the shelter at a reduced cost.

    However, even at a reduced cost, this severely strains our financial resources. So, we are asking for your help with the cost of these delivered meals while the SCUV team helps these Veterans to remain safe through this crisis.

    Please click the "Learn More" link below and choose one of the options to help our Veterans. Thank you in advance for your support.

    If you have any questions, please call Ruth McDade at 631-672-9613 or email rmcdade@mhaw.org.
    The Watermill Center
    March 13, 2020
    The Watermill Center has cancelled all public programs and events through the end of March.

    Libraries

    Closures
    March 16, 2020
    Montauk, Amagansett, Shelter Island, Hampton Library, Rogers Memorial Library, Hampton Bays, Westhampton, Riverhead, North Shore, Mattituck, Cutchogue, Southold, and Floyd Memorial all closed. Check with their websites for further details.
    The Authors Unlimited
    April 18, 2020
    The Authors Unlimited program that was scheduled for April 18th at St Joseph's College in East Patchogue has been canceled.

    Theater/Events/Concerts/Social Events

    Guild Hall
    March 13, 2020
    Guild Hall's programs are temporarily suspended.
    Southampton Historical Museum
    March 24, 2020
    Southampton Historical Museum is closed until further notice
    Southampton Arts Center
    March 13, 2020
    The Southampton Arts Center has canceled all public programs till April 12th. More Information (631) 283-0969
    Suffok Theater
    March 16, 2020
    It is with much sadness that after Governor Cuomo's proclamation on COVID-19 regarding theaters, gatherings, etc., the CDC's proclamation, and more - that we must suspend Suffolk Theater's operations until we are able to reconvene, hopefully at the end of May. For current ticket holders, between now and then, we are working hard to reschedule your shows. Please be patient with us as we undertake this unprecedented effort and contact you with makeup dates. For those who can't make it to the makeup date, we ask you to accept a credit for an upcoming show instead. For those who love the theater and want to see us continue after these challenges, please consider supporting us with a gift card for future shows. We will be offering gift cards with a 10% discount using the code word: "SUPPORT". We love live music, we love our audiences. This is what we do. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you shortly!
    Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
    March 13, 2020
    The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center has postponed/cancelling all performance through April 16th.

    Town & Federal Government Offices & Facilities

    "New York State on PAUSE" information
    March 24, 2020
    Executive Order 202.8: New York State on PAUSE

    On Friday, March 20, Governor Cuomo issued the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, including the directive that 100% of all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions. Per <https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2028-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency> Executive Order 202.8, each for-profit or not-for profit employer (excluding state and local governments and authorities) was instructed to reduce the in-person workforce at each business/work location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels no later than March 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. At that time, all businesses and not-for-profit entities in New York State were instructed to institute, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize.

    Essential/Non-Essential Businesses

    Exceptions to this order have been made for service industries deemed "essential," including shipping, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, media, banks and related financial institutions and other businesses that are essential to the supply chain. According to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) essential businesses or entities, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction.  Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health. A specific list of currently exempt businesses deemed to serve essential functions can be found on the Empire State Development (ESD) webpage, "Guidance for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction under Recent Executive Orders,"
    <https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026> here.

    Any other business may be deemed essential after requesting an opinion from ESD, which shall review and grant such request, should it determine that it is in the best interest of the state to have the workforce continue at full capacity in order to properly respond to this disaster. To request designation as an essential business, businesses may complete <https://esd.ny.gov/content/request-designation-essential-business-purposes-executive-order-2026> this form and send the completed form to: covid19designations@esd.ny.gov .

    Eviction/Foreclosure Proceedings

    <https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2028-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency> Executive Order 202.8 has ordered that there shall be no enforcement of either an eviction of any commercial tenant, or a foreclosure of any commercial property, for a period
    of ninety days.

    Sales Tax and Use Taxes: Waiving Penalties and Interest

    Under Executive Order 202.8, taxpayers required to file returns and remit sales and use taxes by March, 2020, for the sales tax quarterly period that ended February 29, 2020, that were unable to do so as a result of COVID-19, may be eligible to apply to have penalty and interest waived. For additional
    information or to request relief, visit the Department of Taxation and Finance website, <https://www.tax.ny.gov/press/alerts/sales-tax-relief-for-covid-19.htm> here.

    Income Tax

    To keep in line with the federal government's decision to push back the federal income tax filing deadline three months to July 15, New York State's income tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15.

    United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Low-Interest Loans 

    The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for New York State small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans will be available statewide for small businesses and private, non-profit organizations, and will offer up to $2 million in assistance per business.

    According to the SBA, these loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster's impact, and can provide vital economic support to small
    businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses, and the interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.[2] SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30
    years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower's ability to repay.

    For questions, please visit the SBA website <https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources> here, or contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
    Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine
    March 31, 2020
    Dear Resident,

    I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy.  As we continue to practice social distancing to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to share some information with you regarding the local spread of this virus, Brookhaven Town operations and resources you and your family may be able to use.  Much of this information, and more, is available on our website at BrookhavenNY.gov, on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @BrookhavenTown.  You can also Sign up for Brookhaven email and/or text message notifications pertaining to Coronavirus and Town emergencies.

    The most important thing we can do as a community is to continue to shelter in place, practice social distancing and regularly wash our hands to prevent the spread of this virus.  Governor Cuomo has already cited this as the reason why the trajectory of new cases seems to be slowing from earlier projections.  If we all do our part, we can prevent its spread.  Unless a trip is absolutely necessary, please stay home.

    In addition, please be aware of an increase in online fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The FBI warns of fake CDC emails as well as “phishing” emails that ask people to verify personal information to receive economic stimulus checks, receive refund checks, fake testing kits, cures or vaccines, receive financial relief or make charitable contributions.  Please see the FBI warning posted on our website.

    Brookhaven Town continues to operate, with a number of modifications put in place to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff.  Most departments are operating by email, phone conferences and through drop-off facilities located in our lobby.  Our contact center continues to operate Monday-Friday from 9am – 4:30 pm to answer any questions you may have at 631-451-TOWN.

    Brookhaven workers are continuing to assist our seniors and most vulnerable population during this crisis, delivering meals to homebound seniors and partnering with non-profit agencies to deliver food and other necessary items.

    I hope you find the below information useful, and that your family remains safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Edward P. Romaine

    COVID-19 OVERVIEW:

    • United States:  
      • Confirmed Cases: 82,404
    • New York: 
      • Confirmed Cases: 37,802
    • Suffolk County:  
      • Confirmed Cases: 2,735
    • Brookhaven Town:
      • Confirmed Cases: 399

     

    BROOKHAVEN TOWN
     
    Parks and Recreation – While all parks are open, the following are closed until further notice:
    • playgrounds
    • basketball courts
    • tennis courts
    • pickleball courts
    • handball courts
    • volleyball courts
    The following departments are operating via phone, on-line or drop-off only of documents in the Town Hall Lobby:

    Brookhaven Town Clerk – The office is closed to the public. The only services that will be provided in person are marriage licenses and the filing of death certificates by licensed funeral directors.  These services will be provided by appointment only.  Please call 631-451-6920 for an appointment. All other requests should be completed by mail or online.


    Parking Violations - Hearings scheduled for March and April have been postponed. Anyone scheduled to appear on these dates will be notified by mail of a new hearing date.

    Animal Shelter - Closed to the public until April 1st, 2020. Those still interested in adoption, foster care and questions on redemption are asked to call the Shelter during business hours at 631-451-6950 - Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.
     
    COVID-19 UPDATED INFORMATION:
    • New York has increased its testing capacity to 16,000 test per day.
    • 30,000 retired doctors and healthcare workers have volunteered to support COVID 19 healthcare service needs.
    • Suffolk County is predicting a peak in confirmed cases in 21 days from 3/25/20
    • LIRR – Reduced their service schedule starting 3/26/20 by approximately 65%
    • The food industry reports there are no interruptions in the food supply chain.
    • Many food markets/stores are implementing designated shopping hours for seniors to encourage social distancing. 
    • Vendors reported for price gouging are being forwarded for potential investigation.
     
    CDC RECOMMENDATIONS:
    • The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough, shortness of breath.
    • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or emergency room.
    • Avoid close contact with others.
    • Clean your hands often.
    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Clean & Disinfect for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019.
    For more information, please go to their Coronavirus Web page.
     
    TESTING
    • New York State has established a phone number for testing appointments in the drive-thru test site 1-888-364-3065. 
    • The Suffolk County Drive-Thru testing/swabbing site at Stony Brook is open from 7AM-7PM, 7 days/week. No walks up; by appointment only.
    • To date, 8,453 tests have been completed
     
    DONATIONS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Suffolk County is seeking donations of N-95 surgical masks, gloves and other medical supplies for hospital and emergency workers. Donations can be brought to the Suffolk County Fire Academy on Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank, or you can send an email regarding items to donate to Supply19@suffolkcountyny.gov

    New York State (NYS) is seeking the items below. Visit the NYS website to learn more.

    • Qualified Health Professionals
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks and gowns
    • Companies to manufacture new products
    • Donations of Goods, Services, and Space

    COVID-19 testing facility in Riverhead
    March 30, 2020
    NEW PROHEALTH DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING FACILITY OPENS IN RIVERHEAD

    ProHEALTH has opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility in Riverhead, its first in Suffolk County. Drive-thru testing at the Riverhead facility is by appointment only and is open to all, not limited to ProHEALTH Primary Care patients. Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and wishing to speak to a medical professional, or who wish to make an appointment at the Riverhead drive-thru testing facility, can call the ProHEALTH dedicated hotline at 516-874-0411.

    The Riverhead drive-thru testing site is located at:
    1149 Old Country Road
    Riverhead, NY 11901

    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m

    Additional information on drive-thru testing at the Riverhead facility or other ProHEALTH services can be found on the
    https://www.prohealthcare.com/about-us/insights/drive-thru-testing.html ProHEALTH website, here.

    For questions on the coronavirus, please call the New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.  You can also visit their website for prevention tips and up-to-date information at:
    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

    Individuals interested in receiving e-mail updates on COVID-19 can sign up here: https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates


    East End Mental Health Awareness Initiative
    March 14, 2020
    Until further notice the Self Help for Mental Health series in East Hampton has been postponed. More info at (631) 702-2423
    East Hampton Town
    March 25, 2020
    White House Task Force Says New Yorkers Who Have Relocated From NYC Should Self-Quarantine for Two Weeks

    Governor Cuomo’s order to suspend nonessential businesses goes into effect;   State Bans “Non-essential gatherings of any size”

    All residents of East Hampton have been urged to stay at home and leave their houses only if absolutely necessary, as confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to rise.

    NewYork City residents who have recently left the city should self-quarantine at home for 14 days, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator, said at a White House briefing on Tuesday, citing the increased number of virus cases across Long Island “that suggest people have left the city,” and expressing “deep concern” about the spread of the virus across the New York metro area.

    New Yorkers who have left for other places need to make sure they are not “seeding” the rest of the United States, said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    The number of confirmed cases in Suffolk County rose to 1,880 as of Monday afternoon, March 23, with 13 cases confirmed in East Hampton Town.

    “I call on everyone to think of your neighbors and your families, and protect your own health as well as others' by remaining at home for at least 14 days,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc.  “Nothing is more important at this time than doing everything we can to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow the spread of coronavirus to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed.”

    According to N.Y.S. Governor Cuomo, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York State is doubling approximately every three days. The availability of tests is still limited, and the number of cases is expected to increase significantly as testing increases.

    By executive order on Monday, Governor Cuomo declared that, throughout the state, “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.”

    Social distancing should be practiced immediately, as slowing the peak of the COVID-19 virus is crucial over the next few weeks. The virus can linger in the air and on surfaces, so frequent disinfecting and hand washing is also crucial.

    “As testing for the coronavirus has been limited, we must assume that the infection is much more widespread than has been confirmed so far,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “The safest course of action is to assume that you, and others you may come into contact with, may have the virus, and to stay away from others.”

    Because of this, staffing levels at East Hampton Town departments continue to be reduced, in some cases potentially to an all-remote workforce, while maintaining the minimum services necessary for town government to function.

    Errands, such as food shopping, should be limited. Supervisor Van Scoyoc assured that, while there may be temporary shortages of items in high demand, food supplies are secure and local stores are being regularly restocked.  All have been asked to limit their purchases of high-demand items.

    As of Sunday night, March 22, all nonessential businesses across New York State have been ordered closed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. No business should be operating unless included on the state’s list of “essential businesses,” posted at https://esd.ny.gov

    Grocery stores and pharmacies are considered essential. Landscaping and construction are currently allowed. Businesses with only a single occupant or employee are deemed exempt from the closure order. Waivers from the closure order may be requested from the state at https://esd.ny.gov/content/request-designation-essential-business-purposes-executive-order-2026
    East Hampton Town construction under 'NY Pause'
    March 27, 2020
    GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES NEW ORDER REGARDING CONSTRUCTION UNDER 'NY PAUSE' EFFORT TO SLOW SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

    NON-EMERGENCY JOBS DEEMED NONESSENTIAL AND MUST HALT

    Decision follows letter to Governor by Supervisor Van Scoyoc seeking a halt to "business as usual" on projects in East Hampton Town; Supervisor expressed concern for residents as workers continued to commute into town and to work in groups, enabling spread of virus

    Jobs with only one worker/employee on site, and  projects on buildings "necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow it to remain undone" are exempt from order and may continue

    East Hampton Town Police and public safety officers began notifying construction companies engaged in projects within East Hampton Town after receiving notice of the Governor's decision on Friday.

    In his March 26 letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, Supervisor Van Scoyoc told the state officials that East Hampton residents have been alarmed to see activity continuing at construction sites despite a state order to refrain from gathering in groups, and in the face of recommendations by federal, state, county, and local officials that people should remain at home and away from others during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Supervisor asked Governor Cuomo to designate construction as a non-essential business and include it among those that have been halted, or to provide the local authority to make such a designation. Under, New York State executive order, local municipalities may not supersede any of Governor Cuomo's orders.

    "I thank the Governor for his responsiveness and exceptional leadership during this extremely difficult time," said Supervisor Van Scoyoc.  "I will continue to work to insure, to the greatest extent possible, the health and safety of our residents."

    The Governor's Executive Orders can be found at https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders, and guidance regarding the essential and non-essential businesses order is at https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026


    Great East End Cleanup
    March 31, 2020
    The Great East End Cleanup on April 25 and 26 has been postponed. Call (631) 287-5745
    New York State
    March 18, 2020
    For any questions about the nationwide guidelines please go to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-hospitalized-patients.html

    For all questions related to New York guidelines please go to the NY Department Of Health website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

    What You Need to Know

    The Governor and Legislature have an agreement on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus.

    The bill also includes the permanent comprehensive paid sick leave policy

    Governor Cuomo signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1.

    Casinos, gyms, theaters are closed until further notice.

    Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.

    Strongly advise only services and businesses that are essential stay open after 8:00PM

    Groceries
    Gas stations
    Pharmacies
    Medical facilities

    All local governments must reduce their workforce by at least 50%. Non-essential state workers are working from home.

    New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks.

    Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

    Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

    Also take actions that will help "flatten the curve". If you have not heard of this saying yet it describes the process that allows for the reduction of the density of people that interact with one another so that the health care system is not overrun. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all Americans wash their hands frequently, self-isolate when they're sick or suspect they might be, and start "social distancing" (essentially, avoiding other people whenever possible) right away. This allows for the health care capacity to not get overloaded.
    New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
    March 23, 2020
    ASSEMBLYMAN THIELE: DMV SUSPENDING SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

    Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF - Sag Harbor) today announced that, consistent with the guidance from Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be closing its 27 district offices effective Monday, March 23. These offices are in the five boroughs of New York City and in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Albany and Onondaga counties. The DMV is also suspending all road tests for one month. The Department of Motor Vehicles has issued interim guidance, detailing the following:

    * Expiration dates for driver licenses, non-driver IDs and vehicle registrations will be extended. To ensure New Yorkers can continue to complete essential functions, expiration dates for driver licenses,
    non-driver IDs and vehicle registrations will be extended. Any customer whose license, non-driver ID or vehicle registration was set to expire on March 1, 2020 or after, will be extended consistent with the applicable Executive Order.

    * Customers with reservations at any of the 27 state-run district offices should not visit the DMV. Any customer who had a reservation scheduled during the office closures will be contacted and will have an opportunity to reschedule when the DMV resumes normal operations.

    * Customers with scheduled road tests should not report to the road test site. Road tests will be suspended for a period consistent with the applicable Executive Order. The DMV will contact all customers with a road test scheduled during this time to inform them of the suspension and provide guidance on rescheduling.

    * Customers who can complete their transactions online should do so. The DMV offers more than 60 transactions at dmv.ny.gov including driver license services, vehicle transactions like renewing a registration,
    requests for DMV records like crash reports or driving abstracts, and personal services like changing your address.

    Prior to these actions, the DMV took steps to significantly reduce the number of customers in its offices and slow the spread of COVID-19. The DMV implemented a reservation-only policy, reduced its hours of operation, and postponed all traffic hearings at its eight Traffic Violation Bureaus. Furthermore, the DMV implemented a policy prohibiting visitors from coming into the office who were not conducting business, unless necessary.

    For questions on the coronavirus, please call the New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.  You can also visit their website for prevention tips and up-to-date information at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

    Individuals interested in receiving e-mail updates on COVID-19 can sign up here:  https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates
    New York State Division of Consumer Protection
    March 23, 2020
    Consumer Alert: The Division of Consumer Protection Advises Businesses and Consumers About Unsolicited Telemarketing Calls During State of Emergency

    Unsolicited Telemarketing Calls are Prohibited During Declared State of Emergency
    The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is alerting businesses and consumers about State law related to telemarketing activity during a declared state of emergency. On December 18, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to anyone in an area subject to a declared state of emergency.

    The law, which went into effect immediately, makes it unlawful for any telemarketer doing business in New York to make an unsolicited telemarketing sales call to any person in a county, city, town or village under a declared state of emergency or disaster emergency. On March 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency relating to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

    “During our current state of emergency related to the novel coronavirus, New Yorkers do not need to be burdened with intrusive telemarketing calls,” said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership with the passage of this law, New Yorkers will have more open lines of communication on their phones, which are critical during this time of social distancing.”

    An “unsolicited telemarketing sales call” means “any telemarketing sales call other than a call made:

    in response to an express written or verbal request by the customer; or
    in connection with an established business relationship, which has not been terminated by either party, unless such customer has stated to the telemarketer that such customer no longer wishes to receive the telemarketing sales calls of such telemarketer.”
    Businesses engaged in telemarketing activity in New York State should consult with their attorneys prior to engaging in unsolicited telemarketing sales calls in this state while the state of emergency remains in effect. Violating the new law can result in the imposition of thousands of dollars in civil penalties.

    Any consumer who has received an unsolicited telemarketing sales call during this  declared state of emergency, is encouraged to report it at www.donotcall.gov or by calling 888-382-1222.  When reporting, be prepared to provide details about the call.

    The New York State Division of Consumer Protection serves to educate, assist and empower the State’s consumers. For more consumer protection information, call the Consumer Helpline at 800-697-1220, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm or visit the DCP website at www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection. The Division can also be reached via Twitter at @NYSConsumer or Facebook at www.facebook.com/nysconsumer.
    North Haven Village
    March 16, 2020
    North Haven Village planning board meeting has been canceled. Playground is also closed.
    NYS Empire Development Corporation;
    March 27, 2020
    The New York State Empire Development Corporation (ESD) has issued updated guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is considered “essential,” or subject to a workforce reduction under recent executive orders, particularly as it relates to construction. The updated guidance relating to construction work is as follows, and can also be found at this link:
    • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
    • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
    • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

    Additionally, businesses can visit the New York State Empire State Development (ESD) website (here), which includes a FAQ page to offer information to regarding State regulations and general guidance related to COVID-19. Where there is a question as to what constitutes an essential business, ESD makes the determination. Businesses that have questions that are not answered by the FAQs can e-mail ESD directly by filling out this form. Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function can be made if they are NOT covered by the ESD guidance listed at the above link. To request designation as an essential business, businesses may complete this form or send the completed form to: covid19designations@esd.ny.gov .


    Riverhead Police Department
    March 19, 2020
    In an effort to keep both members of the Riverhead Police Department and members of the public safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, several operational changes are being put into place in an effort to limit person-to-person contact for the foreseeable future.

    The Riverhead Police Department asks any resident who is feeling ill, not respond in person to police headquarters. Instead, call 911 and disclose all health concerns and symptoms to enable officers to prepare and protect themselves and the community. While the Riverhead PD will REMAIN OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, the department is encouraging people to only visit if critically necessary. Fingerprinting services will not be available. There will also be limited access to the lobby at Riverhead Police Headquarters, located at 210 Howell Avenue until further notice.

    If you need to file a police report, there are still several options. Select incidents-including harassing communications, lost property, criminal mischief, non-criminal property damage, minor motor vehicle crashes, identity theft and some larcenies-can be reported via (631)727-4500.

    Please keep in mind the following changes while awaiting the assigned officer:

    When the department is experiencing high call volume and expects the need for our services to increase as the situation evolves. You may experience longer than normal wait times.

    Officers have been directed to wear personal protective equipment-goggles, masks, gloves and protective gowns-in certain circumstances and to avoid entering buildings unless absolutely necessary. As such, you may be asked to meet the officer outside your home or business to report an incident.

    Motor vehicle accident reports may also be obtained at https://policereports.lexisnexis.com (additional fees apply, on this website) and at police headquarters front desk, or sent to an email address provided.
    Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry
    March 20, 2020
    Please got their website and facebook for instructions as our procedures has changed.
    Sag Harbor Village
    March 17, 2020
    In light of Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy declaring a State of Emergency in the Village of Sag Harbor and as we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and attempt to limit its spread, the Sag Harbor Village Police Dept will be taking the following precautions.

    We will continue to operate 24/7, but I am asking those who do not have true emergencies or that may be able to wait for a response call our dispatch center at 631-725-0058. The dispatcher will take your name and phone number and ask you the nature of your call. One of the on duty police officers will return your call in a timely manner and assess the situation. This is only for non-emergency situations. If you have a true emergency and require the police, ambulance or fire dept., call 911.

    We are going to suspend all non-essential functions, i.e. impound releases, report requests and non-criminal fingerprinting until further notice. This is not how I like us to serve our community, however, in an attempt to limit person to person contact, I feel this is the safest way to police at this time. If there are any questions, I can be reached at 631-725-0247 during normal business hours or at amcguire@sagharborny.gov. Thank you to everyone for your understanding.


    Austin J. McGuire
    Chief of Police
    Sagaponack Village Hall
    March 17, 2020
    The Sagaponack Village hall is closed until further notice..
    Small Business Administration
    March 24, 2020
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in your state that are suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

    Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov  for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For complete details on SBA, visit www.sba.gov.

    SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process at
    1-800-659-2955.

    Southampton Town Police
    March 23, 2020
    SOUTHAMPTON TOWN POLICE TELEPHONE REPORTING SYSTEM
    In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our Police Officers and the Public,

    The Southampton Town Police Department will institute telephone reporting for specific non-emergency incidents effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

    To file a Police Report by telephone, the incident must meet the following criteria:
    - The incident is NOT an emergency
    - The incident is NOT school related
    - There are NO firearms/Weapons involved in the incident
    - The incident is NOT occurring now
    - This is NOT related to any Domestic Violence or Domestic incident
    - There are NO threats of physical violence
    - There are NO injuries
    - This incident did not happen because of your race, color, nation origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation
    - The Incident occurred within Southampton Town
    - The did not occur on Sunrise Highway
    - You must have an email address

    Types of Crime Reports that can be filed by Telephone:
    - Harassing Communications: Any person who repeatedly, with the intent to annoy, telephones or make contact by means of an electronic communication. For example, immediate hang-ups, obscene language, emails, text messages with no known suspects.
    - Lost Property: Personal property that was unintentionally left by its true owner. For example, property left in a restaurant, in a shopping cart, on a sidewalk, or in a public place.
    - Criminal Mischief/Vandalism: Any person, who maliciously damages, destroys or defaces the property of another person. For example, knocking over a mailbox, spray painting a wall, or throwing a rock through a window.
    - Non-Criminal Property Damage: Any property that has been damaged through either unknown or non-criminal means. For example, you drop your cell phone, there is damage to your car from unknown means (this does not apply to hit and run accidents; these require a police officer), a rock from the road strikes your windshield (this does not apply to a person intentionally throwing a rock at your car).
    - Minor Traffic Accident: You were involved in a minor traffic accident with no injuries and the damage to your vehicle does not exceed $1000.
    - Theft: When property is stolen but there has been no illegal entry or contact by the thief. Items stolen from your yard, driveway, vehicle or other common shared areas such as parking lots, apartment complexes, or other public places.
    - Identity Theft: Someone obtains a credit card using your Social Security Number or obtains services using your personal information.

    To Report any of the previously outlined Non-Emergency Calls, contact Southampton Town Police Department at (631)728-3400 | Please remember calls of EMERGENCY Nature dial 9-1-1<
    Southold Town
    March 24, 2020
    Southold Town Human Resources and Senior Center's Director Karen McLaughlin says the town is providing home delivered meals for town residents 60 years of age and older. Hot meals are provided Monday through Friday and frozen meals for the weekend. Ms. McLaughlin is encouraging seniors to remain at home and contact Senior Services if they need assistace at 631-298-4460.

    All Southold Town office building will be closed to the public. All public meetings, hearings and town sponsored programs are also cancelled until further notice. You may still access the various departments by phone or email. Questions, call the Supervisor's office at (631) 765-1889.


    Suffolk County - FREE CHILD CARE
    March 27, 2020
    SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE ANNOUNCES FREE CHILDCARE PROGRAM FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND TRANSIT WORKERS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

    Residents Encouraged to Call 311 for more Information

    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced the launch of the Suffolk Childcare Consortium, a free childcare program for first responders, medical professionals, transit workers and where space permits, other essential workers. The new program, which provides assistance to employees on the front line working to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, will be open Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis and will be limited based on space and staffing. Residents with any questions regarding the Suffolk Childcare Consortium should call Suffolk 311.

    "While closing the schools was the right thing to do to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus, one of our main concerns was the availability of childcare for our first responders and medical professionals who are on the front lines of this crisis," said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. "With this emergency childcare program, students will be able to learn in a safe environment, while their parents continue to go to work and help save lives."

    To qualify for the program, children must be between the grades of Pre-K to Grade 6. Throughout the day, children will be able to participate in a variety of activities, including completing their school's distance learning requirements.

    A list of participating school districts and locations can be found below. Priority will be given to the families of the school district in which the program is held.

    • Babylon School District -- Babylon Elementary School
    • Commack School District -- Sawmill Intermediate School
    • Connetquot School District - Cherokee Street Elementary School
    • Deer Park School District - John F. Kennedy Intermediate School
    • Harborfields School Districts - Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School
    • Hauppauge School District -- Pines Elementary School
    • Huntington School District -- Jefferson Primary School
    • Lindenhurst School District -- Albany Avenue Elementary School
    • Middle Country School District - Jericho Elementary School
    • Miller Place School District -- Andrew Muller Primary School
    • Northport School District -- Pulaski Road Elementary School
    • Sachem School District-- Nokomis School Elementary School

    The program, which is run by SCOPE Education Services, will be staffed by trained childcare professionals that have received clearance from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. To ensure the health and safety of all students in attendance, children will receive a daily health check and the child's temperature will be checked daily prior to entering the site. Any child that has a fever and/or demonstrates any sign of illness will not be permitted to attend the program. ?Additionally, all guidelines regarding social distancing and limiting contact will be followed. Students will be kept in small groups of 10 or less, with one staff member. Visitors to the program will be prohibited, to help limit contact and exposure.

    To register, residents should visit www.scopeonline.us and click on the red button for Emergency Child Care. Children must be registered online prior to attending. Once registration is complete, you will receive a notification by email. Children may not attend the program until all information is completed and registration is confirmed. Residents with any questions can reach out to Suffolk 311.
    Suffolk County Police Department
    March 18, 2020
    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Suffolk County Police Department is enacting operational changes in an effort to limit person-to-person contact.

    Any resident who is feeling ill is requested to not respond to a precinct or police headquarter and instead call 911 and disclose all health concerns and symptoms to enable officers to prepare and protect themselves and the community.

    Precincts will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but the department is encouraging people to not visit precincts unless critically necessary. Fingerprinting services will not be available.

    There will be limited public access to the lobby at Suffolk County Police Headquarters, located at 30 Yaphank Ave. in Yaphank, until further notice.

    Police reports can be filed multiple ways. Select incidents can be reported online at www.suffolkpd.org or via phone at 631-852-COPS.

    Reports of crimes that can be filed online or via phone, in both English and Spanish, include harassing communications, lost property, criminal mischief, non-criminal property damage, minor motor vehicle crashes, identity theft and some larcenies.

    If a report cannot be filled online or by telephone, an officer will be dispatched to your location. Keep in mind the following changes while awaiting the arrival of the assigned officers.

    The department is experiencing high call volume and expects the need for our services to increase as the situation evolves. You may experience longer than normal wait times. Officers have been directed to wear personal protective equipment-goggles, masks, gloves and protective gowns- in certain circumstances and to avoid entering buildings unless absolutely necessary. As such, you may be asked to meet the officer outside your home or business to report an incident.

    Reports and records, including incident reports, motor vehicle accident reports and background checks, can be requested online at www.suffolkpd.org. Motor vehicle accident reports may also be obtained at www.buycrash.com (additional fees apply on this website). If you do not have access to a computer, you may call 631-852-6015 and your request will be taken by a staff member and records will be furnished via U.S. mail along with a bill for any applicable fees. Reports/records CANNOT be obtained at precincts or other police facilities.

    The Alarm Management Program will be closed until further notice. The present status of your alarm will remain the same. Extensions will be provided if your bill is due during this time.

    The Pistol License Section will be open for purchase orders only. Pistol license applications can be obtained online at www.suffolkpd.org. Applications can be submitted online or via U.S. mail. For any licensing inquiries, contact Pistol License at 631-852-6575.
    Suffolk County Sheriff Department
    March 16, 2020
    The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office has created a Coronavirus Information Page on its website. This page is a clearinghouse of information compiled from such sources as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and more. It includes preventative measures, how to get tested for COVID-19, current coronavirus-related scams, and other topics.

    "It is important for residents to have information regarding prevention, essential services, and government directives to prepare for daily life. The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office will compile as much information as possible into one location to meet the needs of Suffolk Countyresidents," said Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr.

    To access the Coronavirus Information Page, visit www.SuffolkSheriff.com and click on the "Coronavirus Public Information" button in the center of the home page.Up-to-date information regarding Sheriff's Office Bureaus and the Correctional Facilities can be found at the Sheriff's Office website as well.


    Town of Southampton
    March 24, 2020
    As Town Hall is closed to the public while we are currently under a State of Emergency.
    Town Of Southampton Senior Services
    March 20, 2020
    TOWN LAUNCHES NEW DELIVERY SERVICE FOR SENIORS DURING CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY

    When seniors need something fast, ASAP, the All Seniors Assistance Program can come to the rescue during this coronavirus health emergency. Senior Citizens are being advised to stay at home, yet many needprescriptions and other necessary items and are risking their own health to travel to local stores such as food markets, hardware stores, grocery stores and pharmacies.

    Beginning next week, the Town of Southampton hopes to launch the ASAP program to help seniors, 60 years or older, obtain many items without having to venture out.

    Here's how the ASAP program works:
    - The senior calls the Town to become registered at 631-702-1777
    - The senior places an order with a participating merchant
    - The senior pays for the order by credit card.
    - When the order is ready for pick up, the merchant calls ASAP and a Town employee delivers the items to the senior's door step

    "COVID 19 is particularly dangerous to senior citizens," said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. "The new service will help seniors stay at home and will help our local businesses stay viable through this public health emergency." For more information about the ASAP program, visit the Town's website at http://www.southamptontownny.gov/FormCenter/ASAP-All-Seniors-Assistance-Program-32/ASAP-Register-a-Senior-For-Delivery-138
    U.S. Census Bureau
    March 25, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic has uprooted our daily lives and put a halt to gatherings and events for the time being. It's critical that we do everything we can to adjust to these unprecedented times, not only for ourselves but for the greater good of the state, nation and world. To that end, the U.S. Census Bureau has made some necessary changes to help keep residents safe while still working to ensure a complete census count. This includes extending the national deadline for the count from July 31 to August 14 and postponing all door-to-door outreach campaigns until May. With the majority of our businesses and libraries closed across the state, this gives local communities more time to adjust their outreach plans and helps prevent our state from being put at an unfair disadvantage. While we come together to combat this virus, it's more important than ever that we all do our part to ensure each and every one of us is counted in the 2020 Census. This data determines how much funding we receive to support our hospitals, emergency services, schools and transportation, among many other essential services. When you receive your census form in the mail, please respond promptly to ensure our communities get their fair share of federal funding. We all have the power to make a positive difference in New York State's future - so stand up and be counted!"

    Transportation

    East Hampton Airport
    March 17, 2020
    The terminal at the East Hampton Airport is closed to the public but the Airport remains open to flights
    Hampton Jitney
    March 23, 2020
    Message from Geoffrey Lynch, President Of Hampton Jitney: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Hampton Jitney will be joining the rest of New York State and will put a Pause on both our Jitney and Ambassador Service between NYC and the East End. Both services will resume on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Our Call Center will also be closed during this time, however, travel reservations for trips running 4/9 and beyond can still be made now at hamptonjitney.com or hamptonambassador.com. Prepaid reservations on cancelled trips will be refunded or customers may elect to move their existing reservation to a future travel date without fee. If you have any additional questions or inquiries, please visit the "Contact Us" section of hamptonjitney.com to send us an email.

    On behalf of Hampton Jitney, please know that we did not make this decision lightly. We consider ourselves to be a vital link between NYC and the East End of Long Island, however, in the interest of the health and safety of our passengers and employees, we feel this is the best course of action.

    If the situation changes and we can resume service sooner, please know we will absolutely do so. Updates will continue on social media, email blasts, and our Rider Alerts at hamptonjitney.com. Thanks for riding and we appreciate your understanding during this time while we all navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 health issue.
    SOUTH FORK COMMUTER CONNECTION
    March 26, 2020
    SOUTH FORK COMMUTER CONNECTION SUSPENDED

    Effective Friday morning, March 27th , the South Fork Commuter Connection (SFCC) train and bus service will be suspended until further notice. The MTA/Long Island Rail Road has announced a reduction in their overall train schedule by 35%, due to a significant drop in ridership related to the Coronavirus situation.

    All four SFCC train trips have temporarily been eliminated as part of their service reduction plan.  As a result, the shuttle bus service linked to thesetrips will also stop operating until further notice. Information on other impacted MTA/LIRR train transportation services can be found on their website.

    Suffolk County Emergency Numbers

    American Red Cross
    November 18, 2019
    Call (877) 733-2767
    National Grid
    November 18, 2019
    Call (800) 490-0045
    Non Emergency Number for Suffolk County Police
    November 18, 2019
    Call (631) 852-COPS (2677)
    PSEG - Long Island
    November 18, 2019
    Call (800) 490-0075 or text 773454
    Suffolk Water Authority
    November 18, 2019
    Call (631) 665-0663
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