A Message from the Mayor

May 8, 2020

Dear Neighbor:

For nearly two months, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many of us have sheltered in place and used social distancing when out and about to exercise or purchase necessities. Just recently, another requirement has been put in place in which those who leave home to go shopping must wear a mask. These actions seem to be working, as the number of new cases in the state has declined considerably.

Throughout this crisis, our Village has stuck together. We are seeing neighbors helping neighbors in these unsettling and troubling times, whether it is making and donating masks to local medical personnel, or volunteering their time going grocery shopping for those who may not be able to leave their homes due to physical disabilities or weakened immune systems that can make those susceptible to the coronavirus.

Our annual Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 23 has been cancelled. Instead, I will be joined by a small number of people at Veterans Memorial Triangle to say a prayer for those who gave their lives for this great country. We thought it would be unsafe to have such a large gathering, especially with our veterans, who are elderly and, therefore, most susceptible to the virus. As an additional precaution, we have decided to close down the VFW hall until further notice.

Both Village Hall and Justice Court continue to remain closed to the public, but the Court will continue to process payments for traffic tickets. Our Village office employees are working remotely to make sure our government continues to operate efficiently. We hired an outside certified contractor to disinfect our offices to ensure they will be safe when our employees return to work. Our sanitation crews are continuing garbage pickup service and our Highway Department is working around the clock to keep our roads safe. In addition, our essential employees are continuing with the upkeep of the Village grounds and the First Responders Memorial Ball Field, which we plan to open on May 18, but with reduced hours. Please check our website (http://www.newvillageofislandia.com/covid-19-resources/) for the ball field’s hours of operation.

Now that the curve has flattened, we anticipate a slow and steady return to the outside world. It will take some time before everything is back to normal and we will finally be able to say “hello” to our family, friends and neighbors in person once again. Until then, we have to stay safe and stay positive.

If you have any questions, or if you would just like to chat, you may contact me at adorman@newvillageofislandia.com. I will answer every email. You may also fill out our contact form at www.newvillageofislandia.com to receive updates via email.

Sincerely,

Signature

Allan M. Dorman
Mayor

 

AN UPDATE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REGARDING COVID-19

Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to lift the shutdown on nonessential businesses on May 15. In addition, many parks, beaches and golf courses have reopened to the public. However, the state’s Health Department is asking that everyone continue to practice social distancing guidelines.

With that in mind, we ask our residents to continue following these rules:

When out in public, stay at least six feet away from others, wear a protective face mask and avoid all large mass gatherings.

Do not visit a relative’s or neighbor’s house, unless it is to drop off groceries or medications.

Even if the weather is nice outside, if you feel sick and have the following symptoms (coughing, sneezing, high fever), STAY HOME!

If you cough or sneeze, do so inside the bend of your elbow. If you are using tissues, please dispose of them after use in a receptacle with a lid.

When at home, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially before and after eating; after using the restroom; after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose; before handling food; after touching or cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated; and after using equipment and supplies that have been shared or passed on to others. If there is no soap, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Long periods of isolation may result in loneliness and depression. If you feel lonely and/or depressed, call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314. If you are a doctor, nurse, first responder or other health care professional working at the front line, text the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line at NYFRONTLINE to 741-741.

To stay up-to-date, visit http://www.newvillageofislandia.com/covid-19-resources/.

 

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