Over the past few weeks, critical decisions have been made in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and spread. These changes are not easy, and some will cause inconveniences in our daily lives. It is how we respond to these changes that will shift the course of this crisis and slow the spread of COVID-19. During times of crisis, our community needs to work together and support one another. We must stay informed and be proactive in protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.
I thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we navigate through these unchartered times. My best wishes to you and your families, and remember, we are stronger together. If you have any questions or would like to express concerns, please call my 24-hour Helpline at 914-377-HELP (4357).
As always, we will continue to keep residents updated with information as it becomes available.
NEW: Outdoor Dining/Sidewalk Café Application
Due to the pandemic, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has issued an emergency order suspending the City’s zoning and building codes which will allow restaurants to provide outdoor dining for patrons. Once New York State authorizes outdoor dining operations, restaurants will be able to use sidewalks, parking areas or other suitable areas for outdoor dining.
Restaurants will be able to use sidewalks as long as they separate dining areas from passersby and leave four feet of sidewalk open. Establishments also can use their own parking lots if they have one and the City, through the Yonkers Parking Authority, will make City lots available for any ones adjacent to restaurants.
Applicants must submit a $50 fee for the sidewalk café application. Approval of any submitted outside dining permits must conform to New York State’s physical distancing guidelines, and will only be authorized when the State authorizes outside dining for Westchester County.
For questions, email SmallBiz@yonkersny.gov or call the Small Business Center at 914-343-4113
JOBS AVAILABLE THROUGH NYS CONTRACT TRACING INITIATIVE
Governor Cuomo is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine and PPE products providers and manufacturers to come forward to support the state's response.
The following city departments’ services will be available with limited access or by appointment only, effective immediately:
Engineering Department: closed to walk-ins; call ahead to 914-377-6210; visit www.yonkersny.gov for permit application information
Housing & Building Department: closed to walk-ins; call ahead to 914-377-6500; visit www.yonkersny.gov for permit application information.
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Purchasing Department: Closed to walk-ins and public bid openings until further notice. Vendors can look for solicitation opportunities online at the Empire State Purchasing Group System and then Click Registration Link to Open Here. There is no charge for registration. All other inquiries contact 914-376-8001 Ext.7306.
Tax & Water Billing Office: Will be closed effective immediately, until further notice. Satellite mobile offices tax will be closed as well. Payments may be paid by online at www.yonkersny.gov or by mail.
By check, please send your County 20 tax payments ONLY TO:
City of Yonkers
PO BOX 5211
To pay or inquire about any other taxes, please contact the Tax Office directly at: Yonkerstaxoffice@yonkersNY.gov or by phone at: 914-377-6137, 6138 or 6141
Send all Water payments to: Send all Water payments to:
City of Yonkers
PO Box #5211
Binghamton, NY 13902-5211
Those paying by credit card will receive a credit in the amount of the convenience fee in their next scheduled payment.
Tax Assessment Office: closed to walk-ins; e-mail CityAssessor@yonkersny.gov or call 914-377-6200 to schedule an appointment; visit [www.yonkersny.gov/assessment]www.yonkersny.gov/assessment for information
Office of Constituent Services: closed to walk-ins; for assistance call 914-377-6010 or the Mayor’s Helpline at 914-377-HELP (4357) after hours
Office for the Aging (435 Riverdale Ave.): closed to walk-ins; call ahead to 914-377-6822
Veterans Affairs (120 New Main Street): closed to walk-ins: call ahead to 914-377-6700
Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation (285 Nepperhan Ave.): Closed to walk-ins, call ahead to 914-377-6450; for permit applications and updates on recreational sites visit www.yonkersny.gov
Yonkers Career Center and New York State Department of Labor (28 Wells Avenue, Bldg 3, 4th Fl): closed to walk-ins; call center number and New York State Department of Labor 914-461-9077 for assistance
Consumer Protection Bureau (87 Nepperhan Ave): Closed to walk-ins; all hearings postponed; call ahead to 914-377-3000; visit Forms page at www.yonkersny.gov to download applications
Planning & Development Department (87 Nepperhan Ave.): closed to walk-ins; call ahead to 914-377-6150
Parking Violations Bureau (87 Nepperhan Ave.): Will be open to the public on a limited basis; please call ahead to 914-377-6609. Payments are strongly encouraged by mail, by phone at 866-377-9665 or online at www.yonkersny.gov. All requests for hearings, disabled permits and residential parking permit requests should be mailed to Yonkers PVB @ 87 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701.
Any person who received a ticket while under isolation for COVID-19 can request a hearing and should provide medical documentation which will be taken into consideration when their case is reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge.
Yonkers Parking Authority (8 Buena Vista Ave.): open to the public by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM to 4PM. However, payments for permits can be left in the drop box outside of the security office on the 1st level of the garage, completed online by visiting www.ypapermits.yonkersny.gov/ or sent by mail to:
Yonkers Parking Authority
8 Buena Vista Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Yonkers Police Department: All four precincts closed to public as well as the Records Division (914) 377-7232; Commissioner’s Office (914) 377-7200; Property Clerk (914) 377-7941 *(Open on Wednesdays to public access); Community Affairs Division – (914) 377-7375; and Traffic Unit / Hack Unit – (914) 377-7387; members of the public are requested to conduct as much police business over the telephone; if immediate assistance or a police response is needed, call dispatch at (914) 377-7900 – emergencies dial 9-1-1.
Yonkers Fire Department: All fire stations and fire headquarters closed to public; public asked to call for assistance. Fire Prevention (914) 377-7525 or email FirePrevention@yonkersny.gov; Fire Commissioners Office (914) 377-7500; if immediate assistance or a fire response is needed, call dispatch at (914) 377-7900 – emergencies dial 9-1-1.
Yonkers Public Library: All three branches closed through May 15.
Yonkers Public Schools: Are closed for the remainder of the academic school year.
City Council offices will be closed until further notice. In the meantime, employees will continue working from home monitoring phone calls and e-mails.
Clerk’s Office will be opening a mobile office outside of City Hall which will operate every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A tent will be put up in order to assist in time-sensitive matters such as providing residents with birth and death certificates as well as marriage licenses.
This is for emergencies only and those seeking help are required to make an appointment ahead of time. An appointment can be made by e-mailing email@example.com.
In addition; Tuesday’s City Council Meeting has been postponed until further notice.
For more information you may contact the departments below:
City Council President’s office: (914) 377-6060 or councilpresident@yonkersNY.gov
Clerk’s Office: (914) 377-6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Rights Commission: (914) 377-6280
FREE Grab ‘N Go breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years of age and under in the City of Yonkers while schools are closed.
Grab 'N Go is provided weekdays from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the following school buildings
- Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School, 75 Morris Street
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 135 Locust Hill Avenue
- Roosevelt High School-Early College Studies, H.S., 631 Tuckahoe Road
- Scholastic Academy, for Academic Excellence, 77 Park Hill Avenue
- School 5, 118 Lockwood Avenue
- School 13, 195 McLean Avenue
- Thomas Cornell Academy, 15 St. Marys Street
- Yonkers Middle High School, 150 Rockland Avenue
Health Care Providers/First Responders childcare centers are available to students ages 4 through 12 who are the children of essential service providers who are working to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two childcare centers will operate from 8:00 am-6:00 pm, and include two meals, until Yonkers Public Schools reopen:
Healthy Kids Extended Day Program
Casimir Pulaski School
150 Kings Cross
Yonkers, NY 10583
Capacity: 2 classrooms (20 students)
759 North Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
Capacity: 2 classrooms (20 students)
Eligibility Details: Essential health care workers who qualify for the services may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel and pharmacists. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters. As space permits, health care providers and first responders childcare centers will accommodate children of Yonkers Public Schools district essential employees.
If interested please contact Dr. Corey Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent, at email@example.com. Seating is limited. Any parent who wishes to utilize the HCPs/FRs services but does not have a registered Yonkers Public Schools student will be charged a daily fee per child not to exceed $60.00 per child, per day.
ALL city sponsored events now through June 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Cancellations also include community events requiring Yonkers Police or Parks Department special events permits.
Scheduled events canceled through June include all Yonkers Office of Veterans Affairs events, cultural parades and flag raisings and boys and girls clubs sports events. Organizations that may have already submitted special events permits to the city will be refunded their permit fees. Residents should contact the Yonkers Parks Department at 914-377-6450 or email Dinorah.Marshall@yonkersny.gov to redeem a special event permit refund.
ALL civil service examinations scheduled for May 16, 2020 have been postponed until further notice.
The Yonkers Firefighter written exam training sessions have been postponed until further notice.
To limit residents’ need to visit City Hall to pay taxes due next month, the City of Yonkers also will reimburse online credit card fees should taxpayers opt to pay taxes on the city’s website.
The Annual Yonkers Arts Weekend Festival will be postponed to October 3-4, 2020.
red Yonkers Public Schools student will be charged a daily fee per child not to exceed $60.00 per child, per day.
Important Information For Renters
On March 20, Governor Cuomo announced all tenants—residential and commercial—are protected under a state eviction moratorium that is in effect until at least August 20.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline
The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline at (888) 364-3065, where the Department of Health experts will be available to answer questions regarding COVID-19.
Am I likely to become infected with COVID-19?
While there are known cases of COVID-19 in New York State, including Westchester County, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 remains low. If widespread cases were to occur in our area, most people are likely to experience mild to moderate disease with full recovery. In addition to staying informed, you can reduce your risk of becoming infected by taking proper prevention measures similar to what is recommended to avoid the common cold and flu.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause either mild illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia.
What is a novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus called COVID-19 was detected in thousands of people worldwide, primarily in China. Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S. and it is expected that more cases of COVID-19 will be identified in the future. For the most recent case information, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary webpage.
How is COVID-19 spread?
Many of the initial patients with COVID-19 in China had links to large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, cases being reported at this time have been occurring through person-to-person spread. The virus is thought to spread mainly:
· Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
· Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
What should I do if I (or someone I know) traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading?
Anyone who has traveled to a CDC Level 3 destination (one that is experiencing widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19) should self-quarantine at home for 14 days following their return. For the most recent travel alerts, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel webpage. You should monitor your symptoms and call your health care provider if you feel sick with fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing. If you need to go to your doctor’s office or an emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. The same precautions should be taken if you have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19. You should also avoid contact with others.
Who can be tested for COVID-19?
New York State is now able to perform testing for COVID-19. All testing performed on patients in Yonkers must be approved by the Westchester County Department of Health. The CDC has developed specific criteria for who can be tested for COVID-19. As the situation evolves, the criteria may change. For the most current testing criteria, visit the CDC Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI) webpage.
Is there a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. There is also no specific treatment for COVID-19 disease at this time. However, most people will recover on their own after resting and drinking plenty of fluids. To relieve symptoms, people with the virus can take pain and fever medication, use a room humidifier or take hot showers to help ease a sore throat and cough.
What can I do to protect myself?
You should go about your daily life, but take the same precautions that you would during cold and flu season:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue (not your hands), then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning product that contains bleach.
Will wearing a surgical mask protect me from COVID-19?
Surgical masks do not protect the person wearing the mask from infection with COVID-19. Surgical masks should only be worn by people showing symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of disease to others. In addition, N95 respirator masks are not recommended for the general public and should only be worn by health care workers who have been properly fitted for them.
Should I travel during the COVID-19 outbreak?
If you are planning to travel, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel webpage for the latest travel advisories related to COVID-19.