Dear Friends, It's too soon for us to take comfort that the COVID 19 caseload in New York State and Westchester County seems to have reached its peak. The curve has not yet flattened here in Sleepy Hollow. As of today, there are 223 Sleepy Hollow residents who are confirmed to be infected, up from 202 on Friday. Our Village staff (and their families) continue to suffer. (If there is good news here, it is that no one is hospitalized.)
Every neighborhood in the Village has active cases of COVID 19. Every neighborhood.
This difficult time is as frightening as it is tedious. You cannot let your guard down because this virus attacks at any opportunity you give it. Please, stay home as much as you can. As per the Governor's directive, you must wear a face mask when in a public situation where social distancing is difficult to maintain. This is to protect others as well as yourself. I applaud the efforts of C Town and other stores that have marked out the floors for social distancing, and are providing gloves to shoppers. When in the County or Village parks, please wear a mask. While out walking and biking, wear a mask. (TaSH did an extraordinary job to open their season early for on-line orders and car pick-ups this past Saturday. And everyone WORE A MASK!)
Be sure to keep those less fortunate in your thoughts and actions. Again, the numbers show an increase to the stresses that are being felt in our community, food insecurity in particular. The Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown is serving a much higher percentage of people now and it is having difficulty sourcing and providing the following goods: healthy cereal; plain oatmeal; shelf stable milk; peanut butter; 2 lb. bags rice; dried beans; pasta; tuna/sardines. If you are able to contribute, please leave your donations at Tarrytown Village Hall Lobby, 1 Depot Plaza, 8:30am to 4:30pm M-F. Feeding Westchester and the RSHM LIFE Center on Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow are also providing groceries to families in need. I am sure that the Life Center would be pleased with any support you could offer them. Practice kindness, give people a reason to smile, because... We are all in this together.
-Ken Wray, Mayor