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Posted on: May 6, 2020


88% of town, county and fire district taxes collected on time.
Preparing for next scare: kill bees (murder hornets) by stocking up with medications that can save lives.
Hartsdale fire dept-clap for first responders at 7 PM. See trucks on E Hartsdale Ave

TOWN BOARD WORK SESSION -- 88% of town, county, fire district taxes collected

Preparing for the next very scary problem--the killer bees (murder hornets) by stocking up with medications that can save lives

Hartsdale Fire department - clap for first responders (fire trucks encourage 7 PM clapping on E Hartsdale Ave

New numbers by community

Last night the Town Board held our weekly department update. Since the pandemic started each department head and the Fairview and Hartsdale fire chiefs provide the community with weekly updates on operations. The Greenville Fire Dept declines to participate.  A few highlights:

88% OF TOWN, COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT TAXES COLLECTED-- The Greenburgh Town Board authorized taxpayers who had financial hardships due to COVID-19 to pay their taxes late WITHOUT PENALTY if they met hardship criteria (posted on the town website) and if they completed a form. We also supported the efforts of the county to reduce penalties for those who do not have COVID-19 related hardships.  According to Receiver of Taxes Anne Povella we collected 168 million so far. The law requires tax bills sent in the mail to be postmarked on or before April 30th so checks are still coming in.  It’s slightly less than what we collected in past years but it’s possible that by time all the checks are in that we’ll reach the typical 90% on time rate.


Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could establish itself in the United States.  Instead of waiting, the Town of Greenburgh EMS is preparing.

Recognition is key:  Beyond its size, the hornet has a distinctive look, with a cartoonishly fierce face featuring teardrop eyes like Spider-Man, orange and black stripes that extend down its body like a tiger, and broad, wispy wings like a small dragonfly.  Most serious incidents occur when people come near or disturb the insects’ hives

Why are they so toxic:  A researcher at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, said the species had earned the “murder hornet” nickname there because its aggressive group attacks can expose victims to doses of toxic venom equivalent to that of a venomous snake; a series of stings can be fatal.  Research shows that even in people who aren’t allergic, 50 or fewer stings can cause death due to kidney damage.

Treatment:  In the event these bees arrive to Greenburgh, we have increased our stock of epinephrine and other medications to open up the breathing passages related to the treatment of anaphylaxis.  In addition, it can require intravenous fluids.   In very severe reactions, hospitalization can take place so that the venom is removed from the bloodstream..

According to Jared Rosenberg, who runs our EMS division of the Police department EMS calls have been declining.

On Sunday evening at 7 PM I was bicycling on E Hartsdale Ave in Hartsdale. At 7 PM I noticed some residents on the Ave clapping as Hartsdale Fire Trucks were passing by. Chief Ray Maseda pointed out to the Town Board that this is now being done daily. It’s a way for all of us to show our appreciation to all the first responders who risk their lives for all of us.

UPDATED NUMBERS-- The pandemic is NOT over. Yesterday there was a spike in hospitalizations in Westchester. 51 additional hospitalizations in a 24 hour period.  In Westchester 30,340 people tested positive. 1,116 deaths of Westchester neighbors.  1,089 unincorporated Greenburgh residents have tested positive. Dobbs Ferry: 266; Tarrytown: 258; Elmsford: 188; Hartsdale:121; Ardsley: 95; Irvington:84.  I do not receive info on deaths of Greenburgh residents but know that a number of lives of Greenburgh residents have been lost, very sad.

PLease don’t get confident.  If you get COVID-19 now it’s still a life threatening illness for some. Practice social distancing.BE CAREFUL. We want you alive and healthy.


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