Sunday, June 20, 2021

Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Positivity Drops Below 0.30% for First Time Since Start of COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity is 0.38%—Record Low for 23 Consecutive Days, Has Declined for 76 Consecutive Days

60,498 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours—Vaccination Rate is 70.9

Hospitalizations Drop Below 500 for First Time since September 22

4 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday—Lowest since September 28


 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combatting COVID-19.

"New Yorkers have done an incredible job beating back the virus and thanks to their determination, we have been able to begin getting back to normal," Governor Cuomo said. "However, make no mistake, we are not out of the woods yet and in order to protect the progress we have made, we must build on it. Every shot in the arm brings us a step closer to defeating COVID once and for all and that's why it's so critical for everyone to get vaccinated. There are no more excuses, so if you haven't gotten your shot yet, please do the responsible thing and get yours today."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 88,294
  • Total Positive - 258
  • Percent Positive - 0.29%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 0.39%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 491 (-41)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 51
  • Patients in ICU - 118 (-8)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 72 (-1)
  • Total Discharges - 184,212 (+83)
  • Deaths - 4
  • Total Deaths - 42,918
  • Total vaccine doses administered - 20,574,625
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 60,498
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 512,754
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 68.3%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 61.8%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 70.9%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 63.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 56.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 50.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 58.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 51.8%

State Senator Gustavo Rivera - Saturday June, 26: Summer Celebration!

 

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The Bronx LGBT Expo 2021 - Celebrating the life and Legacy of Jose Ramon

 

Thursday June 17th was the Celebration of the life and legacy of Jose Ramon Creator and founder of the Bronx LGBT Expo and the White Shirt Project. Mr. Ramon was diagnosed with PTSD and Depression. However he also was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2020, and lost his battle to ALS on March 14th 2021. It was said that ALS affects 30,000 Americans every year. One person is diagnosed every ninety minutes, while another dies every ninety minutes from ALS.

Mr. Jomil Luna moderated the event which included a panel discussion for many different topics from problems the LGBT community faces to the death of Jose Ramon and the fight against ALS. Connie Pacheco President of Recoveries  Us presented a check for three thousand dollars to Mr. Luna for ALS research. 

Also on hand was local Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, who spoke about the hope there still is for LBGT members of the community to integrate with the rest of the community saying, 'We are all one, and have to live together, even as there are forces that will try to stop that'. She added with the laws passed in Albany and the more people we educate, we can change that.


The presentation of the three thousand dollar check by Connie Pacheco.


Assemblywoman Fernandez speaks on the LGBTQ+ community, and the non acceptance by some of them. 


Assemblywoman Fernandez is asked a few questions by the moderator Jomal Luna, and the audience, about what the state is doing to help the LGBTQ+ community.


There were plenty of informational tables set up with various items to educate people on a host of items, and to let people know where they can find various services.


The event took place in the new Destination Tomorrow building on the corner of Barnes and Lydig Avenues.

Stevenson Commons Expansion Project In The Bronx Proceeds To Next Step Of Review By The Department Of City Planning

 

Massing diagram illustrates Stevens Commons with expanded buildings - WXY Architecture

The Department of City Planning is now reviewing Environmental Impact Statements for a six-building expansion of Stevenson Commons in the Soundview section of The Bronx. Owned by Camber Property Group, the development site is located at White Plains Road and 1850 Lafayette Avenue and currently comprises nine Mitchell-Lama buildings spanning 990,050 square feet.

The residential component currently includes 948 affordable rental units spanning approximately 914,634 square feet of residential area, 10,648 square feet of local retail, a 36,214-square-foot health center, and 570 surface-level parking spaces. The complex also contains private green spaces totaling approximately 3.1 acres that are used exclusively by current residents.

Aerial map illustrates project area (in red) and development site (in yellow)

Aerial map illustrates project area (in red) and development site (in yellow)

Before construction can begin, Camber must obtain Zoning Resolution and Special Permit Authorizations from the Department of City Planning. This includes allowances for the construction of new commercial areas that will exceed 2 percent of total floor area in the development, a waiver of requirements for off-street parking spaces accessory to the commercial storefronts within the development, and the construction of a parking facility with more than 150 spaces.

If approved, the development would comprise six new buildings referred to as B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, and B6. The residential component would include 735 affordable residences including 621 income-restricted housing units and 114 affordable independent residences for seniors. Additional components would include roughly 34,000 square feet of community facilities, approximately 1.94 acres of publicly accessible open space, and around 466 parking spaces. The parking allotment includes 206 spaces within below-grade garages and 260 surface parking spaces.

Aerial view of Stevens Commons with expanded buildings - WXY Architecture

Aerial view of Stevens Commons with expanded buildings – WXY Architecture

Construction of the proposed project would be completed in three phases. If all goes to plan, construction could break ground by the end of 2021, with all components complete and operational by early 2028. Renderings and illustrative documents included in the most recent expansion proposals are credited to WXY Architecture + Urban Planning, which could be the architect of record

Credit - YIMBY.

196 Days and Counting

 


Happy Father's Day all you fathers out there. 

I get to do nothing today, but many of you say I do nothing every day.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combatting COVID-19

 

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity is 0.39%—Record Low for 22 Consecutive Days, Has Declined for 75 Consecutive Days

63,095 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours—Vaccination Rate is 70.7%

9 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday


 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combatting COVID-19.

"New Yorkers are getting a new lease on life as we defeat this pandemic and reopen our state's economy for the future," Governor Cuomo said. "Vaccination is the key to beating COVID-19, so we're offering incentives to encourage the remaining New Yorkers to take the shot. We're getting back to living, not just surviving, but I encourage anyone who hasn't been vaccinated yet to do so immediately for themselves and their families' safety."

Today's data is summarized briefly below

  • Test Results Reported - 107,751
  • Total Positive - 418
  • Percent Positive - 0.39%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 0.39%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 532 (-16)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 65
  • Patients in ICU - 126 (-17)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 73 (-6)
  • Total Discharges - 184,129 (64)
  • Deaths - 9
  • Total Deaths - 42,914
  • Total vaccine doses administered - 20,514,127
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 63,095
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 498,084
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 68.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 61.6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 70.7%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 62.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 56.5%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 50.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 58.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 51.6%

MAYOR DE BLASIO, SPEAKER JOHNSON COMMIT TO PROVIDE PREVAILING WAGES TO SECURITY GUARDS AT CITY CONTRACTED SHELTERS

 

 Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson announced the City will commit $40.5 million in the FY22 Budget to raise City contracted shelter security guards' wages to meet the prevailing wage rate for security guards. These security guards will see their wages increase from as low as $15 dollars per hour to approximately $18 an hour, in addition to benefits such as family health care. This investment will improve recruitment and retention and impact nearly 4,000 security guards and their families. The new wages will take effect October 1, 2021.

“A Recovery for All of Us includes supporting essential workers. Security officers safeguard some of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are proud to invest $40.5 million to ensure the essential security officers in shelters run by private contractors stay in their jobs and receive the wages and benefits they deserve.”

 

"Security officers in shelters are protecting our most vulnerable New Yorkers, but for too long they were not getting the wages they deserve. This agreement finally guarantees these essential workers a prevailing wage. This is great news, and comes at an important time. They’ve spent the past year helping our city through its darkest hours, and now we’re looking out for them,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.

 

“The challenging reality that so many shelter security officers continue to endure is changing, starting now,” said Kyle Bragg, President of 32BJ. “Today marks a critical turning point for these officers and their families. We are grateful to Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Diana Ayala and Francisco Moya for making sure no shelter security officer goes home hungry. We will continue to fight until all security officers receive the dignity, respect, and good, family-sustaining jobs they deserve.”