Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Attorney General James Launches Investigation Into

Impacted Charities are Encouraged to Contact the NY Attorney General’s Office  

  Attorney General Letitia James today announced an investigation into, an online fundraising platform that has failed to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to New York charities over the past several months.

“ is inexcusably depriving charities of their donors’ generosity,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “Leaving New York’s charitable organizations high and dry by denying them what they are owed is unacceptable. My office is launching this investigation because we remain committed to the protection of New York’s charitable sector, and those who contribute to it.” 
The investigation, being conducted by the Attorney General‘s Charities Bureau, is based on more than 100 complaints from individuals and organizations. The claims of unpaid contributions range from $200 to over $100,000.  
Charities that wish to submit a complaint can do so on the Attorney General's website, via an email to, or by calling the designated hotline at 1(800) 771-7755. 
The Charities Bureau has also issued a guidance for charities that have utilized the now defunct fundraising platform. Impacted charities are encouraged to:  
If the website is active, use their account to post a message on the page connected to their organization to alert potential donors that contributions should be made directly to the charity, and, to cancel any recurring contributions that have been set up on’s website;  

Post a notice on their websites indicating that contributions should be made directly to the charity and not via;  

Contact regular contributors to advise them that contributions should be made directly to the charity and not via and to cancel recurring contributions. 

First Day Detroit Presidential Debate Watch By Ben Franklin Club.

  The top two Democratic candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination in round one at  the Detroit debate were Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Yes there were eight other candidates on the stage with them, but the bulk of the exposure were on these two front running candidates. The debate was hosted by CNN, and to the surprise of some answers to a few questions seemed to agree with the current presidents policies. 

The Presidential Debate Watch by the Ben Franklin Club was held at Blackstones Bar and Grill, where the food was delicious and the drinks tall and smooth. Tonight is part two of the Presidential Debate which will feature all three local representatives running for president. They are U. S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Corey Booker (NJ), as well as NYC' beloved Mayor Bill de Blasio. The big names will be former Vice-President Joe Biden, California Senator Kamala Harris, and five other longshot candidates. 

The debate will begin at 8 PM and the Ben Franklin Club will be toasting the candidates for the second night at Blackstones Bar and Grill located at 3713 Riverdale Avenue between West 236th and West 238th Streets. Below are photos from night one.

Above - 81st A.D. District Leader (and announced candidate for city council in 2021) watches the debate closely trying to pick up what to do, and what not to do.
Below - Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Chief of Staff to Congressman Eliot Engel Bill Weitz enjoy the debate with other members of the Ben Franklin Club.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr - Bronx Summer Concert Series at Orchard Beach August 4th.


Asthma-Free Bronx aims to reduce asthma-related emergency room visits to three of the City’s public hospitals

  The de Blasio Administration announced today the launch of Asthma-Free Bronx, the City’s first program to address pediatric asthma in a comprehensive, coordinated manner between a child’s home, school and health providers. The programrun by the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, NYC Health + Hospitals, and the NYC Department of Education, will provide a suite of personalized services to every child seen in the emergency department or hospitalized at any of the City’s three Bronx public hospitals due to an asthma attack. The three hospitals currently serve more than 2,500 children for an asthma exacerbation yearly.

“Families in the Bronx should not worry about their kid’s next asthma attack,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “As a city, we are stepping up to ensure kids have access to a comprehensive program that provides them with the resources and education they need to control their chronic condition and live healthy lives.”
“Too many families in the Bronx live in fear of their child’s next asthma attack, which is emotionally taxing and compromises their overall physical health,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “This new program will connect families in our city to the treatment and holistic care their children need to manage their asthma and be healthy.”
“This new health initiative is the latest evidence of what can be accomplished when we successfully leverage the power of our local Health Department, health care delivery and public school systems to improve the health of New Yorkers.” said Dr. Herminia Palacio, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. “Through Asthma-Free Bronx, families will learn to manage their children’s asthma, avoiding unnecessary ED visits and hospitalizations; this will go a long way in closing the Bronx pediatric asthma racial disparity gap.”

Asthma-Free Bronx will help coordinate key services between the hospital and other agencies by stationing social workers in all three NYC Health + Hospitals’ Bronx acute care centers. These social workers will be responsible for identifying children who are seen in the ED for asthma exacerbation, and enrolling them into the Asthma-Free Bronx program. Social workers will also schedule a follow-up visit with a primary care provider within two weeks, notify the child’s school nurse, and refer them to the NYC Department of Education’s Open Airways Program, which educates children about the condition and empowers them to manage their asthma. The program will also facilitate the seamless sharing of information between providers to better serve families, and will provide home inspections to identify allergens and provide in-home asthma education to the family of all kids enrolled in Asthma-Free Bronx. Additionally, the program aims to increase the number of schools in the Bronx with DOE’s Open Airways curriculum.

The program will start at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in September and will be fully implemented at all Bronx NYC Health + Hospitals by November. The City will invest $2 million in FY 20 for this program, and double the funding for future years.

Asthma-Free Bronx will improve asthma outcomes in the Bronx among children ages 5 to 17 by reducing asthma-related visits to the emergency room by 50 percent and asthma-related hospitalizations by 30 percent in the three public hospitals, both within five years. Black and Latino communities endure the highest burden of preventable emergency department visits and hospitalizations, so achieving a reduction in childhood asthma rates will make significant strides towards closing racial health disparities in the Bronx. Each year, approximately 20,000 children in New York City end up in the emergency department or are hospitalized due to asthma; about 40 percent of these children live in the Bronx. NYC Health + Hospitals’ three acute care facilities serve about one-third of all Bronx kids with asthma exacerbations.

Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said, “As a pediatrician I have seen how dangerous, as well as how treatable, asthma can be. Asthma-Free NYC will enable us to reach children at home, in school and in their neighborhoods to lead healthier lives.”

“When we work together to meet the needs of the whole child, our children succeed, our schools succeed, and our City succeeds. I’m excited to be part of this innovative partnership to better serve our Bronx children and families, and I thank Mayor de Blasio, DOHMH, and NYC Health + Hospitals for their leadership and collaboration in this exciting, first-of-its-kind program,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza.

“We are excited to be partnering with the Mayor and NYC DOHMH to help address pediatric asthma in the Bronx,” said Dr. Ted Long, Vice President for Ambulatory Care at NYC Health + Hospitals. “Chronic diseases, such as asthma, require comprehensive, coordinated care, and so working with schools, health providers and others in a child’s day-to-day life will ensure they’re able to better manage their asthma and stay out of the hospital.”

Other NYC Health + Hospitals facilities will have the opportunity to adapt the program to meet their pediatric patients’ needs as success of the program is demonstrated in the Bronx.

The City’s three public hospitals in the Bronx are:
·         NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
·         NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
·         NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx

at RINCÓN CRIOLLO (La Casita de Chema)
Saturday, August 3, 2019 ~ 2-6pm
The FREE live arts series that asks "WHAT MAKES OUR SOUTH BRONX BOOGIE?" continues its second season of STAGE GARDEN RUMBA!

We Stay/Nos Quedamos in partnership with Pregones/PRTT invite you experience our beautiful South Bronx green spaces and Casitas in the company of creative and fearless agents of change throughout the summer. Music, theater, dance, literature, and activism. All are welcome—family friendly! 
Extraordinary ARTISTS—actors, singers, dancers, writers; ACTIVISTS with the pulse of local, national, and international struggle and social justice; and other COMMUNITY MEMBERS, just like you, invited to join in co-learning/co-curating activities shining a spotlight on 40 years of original Puerto Rican/Latinx theater and music by Pregones! Get inspired and connected with live performances, community dialogue, and calls to action!
Performances by Pregones/PRTT Ensemble in scenes from GuacharaMazarte Dance CompanyMariachi Real de MéxicoCaridad "La Bruja" de la LuzSimply RobAriel FranciscoRoyo MarshSandra García RiveraDahlma Llanos FigueroaVamir DJ Music, and more!

Featured activists/advocates include Lisa Ortega, Frank Vergara, Enrique Colón, and Ray Figueroa.
Rainbow Garden at 749 Brook Avenue (East 157th Streets), starting at 2PM—RAIN OR SHINE!
GARDEN LOCATION (click for map):
Rincón Criollo ~ La Casita de Chema

749 Brook Ave (East 157th Street), South Bronx.

Team AOC - Trump uses AOC’s image in Facebook Ads

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress

t’s no secret that AOC and the rest of the Squad scare Trump. Our positive vision for the future clashes directly with his divide-and-conquer agenda — but now, he’s using his massive online advertising program to try and attack us:
Our policies aren’t radical. Majorities of both Democrats and Independents support the Green New Deal, raising the minimum wage, and making the rich pay their fair share. A majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s immigiration policies, and resoundingly reject separating families at the border.
But Trump has to lie — it’s the only way he can protect his campaign, and prevent working-class Americans from uniting around an agenda that centers economic, social, racial, and environmental justice at its core.

Alexandria doesn’t do call-time — so as we’re building this movement, we’re counting on small donations from people just like you to keep everything going.
And we’ve accomplished so much in such a short period of time that now, the President of the United States is trying to take us down. And he’s failing, because the power of our progressive, unifying vision for the future will always defeat his politics of hatred.


Team AOC

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Allowing Candidates to Use Campaign Funds for Child Care Expenses, Enabling More Women to Run for Public Office

Governor Cuomo: "By signing this measure into law, we will build on the historic progress we've made toward gender equality and empower more parents - and mothers in particular - to seek public office to ensure the decision makers in Albany reflect the people they are elected to represent."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.2680A/A.1108B) to allow state and local candidates to use campaign funds to pay for child care expenses, enabling more parents to run for public office.

"Women face too many barriers when it comes to running for office and frankly child care expenses shouldn't be one of them," Governor Cuomo said. "By signing this measure into law, we will build on the historic progress we've made toward gender equality and empower more parents - and mothers in particular - to seek public office to ensure the decision makers in Albany reflect the people they are elected to represent."

"We are committed to continuing to break down barriers for women in New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the NYS Child Care Availability Task Force. "I know firsthand the challenges mothers, and all parents, face running for office and balancing responsibilities at home, work, and on the campaign trail. Despite more women being elected in the state and nationwide, women are still underrepresented at all levels of public office. This legislation will make it easier for women to run for office and advances our efforts to achieve full equality for all."

Specifically, the bill amends state election law to allow campaign funds to be used to pay child care expenses that are "incurred in the campaign or in the execution of the duties of public office or party position." The bill's provisions are effective in 60 days.

In New York, about 33 percent of the state's executive and legislative officials are women, compared with a national average of 29 percent of state executive and legislative officials, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.   
Governor Cuomo launched the Child Care Availability Task Force in 2018, which is tasked with examining solutions to ensure that families of all income levels have access to child care in New York without risking their employment or the quality of care. Additionally, the FY 2019 Enacted Budget provided more than $800 million dedicated to helping low-income families access child care.   

State Senator Shelley B. Mayer said, "Today is a historic day for parents, particularly mothers, across New York State. I am thrilled that my bill allowing state and local candidates to use campaign funds for child care expenses was signed into law. Child care expenses are a heavy burden for many families across the state, and these expenses should not prohibit qualified parents from seeking public office. This new law will allow more young parents to run for public office, and we need their experiences represented in government. Thank you to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his leadership, and thank you to former congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley for spearheading this important issue nationally."

Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal said, "'Run, momma, run,' is the rallying cry for the cadre of women and mothers who are considering and running for elective office. This law will encourage more women to run, ensuring that legislators begin to look more like the communities they represent. By making child care an allowable campaign expense, we pay more than mere lip service to that reality, and begin dismantling some of the institutional barriers that women and mothers continue to face."


We left in the comments from the two female state legislators on how this will help mothers and women run for office who will look more like the communities they represent. 

We beg to differ, and fail to see one mention of single fathers raising children. We hope that this legislation as noted by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and two female state legislators while not mentioning it at all, does include single fathers raising children.

U.S. Attorney Charges Monroe Prior Sex Felon With Transporting A Minor To West Virginia For Criminal Sexual Activity And With Possession Of A Gun

  Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the arrest of EDUARDO TALENTINO.  TALENTINO is charged with transporting a minor from Monroe, New York, to West Virginia with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with the minor.  TALENTINO, who was convicted of Rape of a Child in 1997 in Massachusetts, is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  TALENTINO was arrested yesterday and was presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith McCarthy in White Plains federal court and was detained without bail.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “This case underlines the urgent need for law enforcement to continue its efforts to protect children from those who prey on them.  As today’s arrest shows, we will use every tool available to law enforcement to investigate and prosecute those who allegedly sexually exploit children.”
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “As alleged, Talentino sexually abused a minor child, one who had been entrusted to his care, in the most horrifying way imaginable.  While today's arrest certainly isn't his first run-in with the law, it is the first time he's been charged with a federal crime – one that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. There's no excuse for this type of behavior.  The FBI is asking victims in this and all cases to come forward with information that could help put child sexual predators behind bars.  The number to call is 1-800-CALL-FBI.”
According to the Complaint[1] unsealed today in White Plains federal court:
From in or about June 22, 2018, to June 25, 2018, TALENTINO transported a 16-year-old minor (“Victim-1”) from Monroe, New York, to West Virginia, where he engaged, and attempted to engage, in illegal sexual activity with Victim-1.
From in or about August 2018 up to and including in or about February 2019, TALENTINO possessed a Colt Pocket Positive .32 caliber revolver at his home in Monroe, New York.
On or about February 8, 2019, TALENTINO was arrested and charged in Orange County with unauthorized practice of a profession.
In or about August 1997, TALENTINO was convicted in Massachusetts of Rape of a Child, a felony, and sentenced to a prison term of four years and one day.
If you have information to report, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 800-CALL-FBI.
TALENTINO, 54, of Monroe, New York, is charged with one count of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.  The statutory minimum and maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the efforts of the FBI, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, the Orange County Child Abuse Unit, Orange County Child Protective Services, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in connection with this investigation.  Mr. Berman also thanked the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance.  He added that the investigation is ongoing.
[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Robert Pizarro And Juan Rivera Sentenced To Life In Prison For The Kidnapping And Murder Of A Federal Cooperating Witness

  Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ROBERT PIZARRO and JUAN RIVERA were sentenced today for the attempted robbery, kidnapping, and murder of federal cooperating witness Robert Bishun on September 20, 2016.  PIZARRO was also sentenced for his role in an earlier 2015 robbery attempt.  PIZARRO, 39, of the Bronx, received a sentence of life in prison plus 14 years.  RIVERA, 42, also of the Bronx, was sentenced to life in prison plus seven years.  PIZARRO and RIVERA were convicted by a jury following a twelve-day trial before U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan, who imposed today’s sentence.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As the evidence at trial established, the defendants viciously kidnapped and murdered Robert Bishun because he was a federal cooperating witness.  While we cannot undo the terrible acts committed by these defendants, we firmly believe that today’s sentences further the cause of justice.  We thank the DEA, NYPD, and the Special Agents of our Office for their extraordinary and tireless efforts in pursuit of justice.”
According to the evidence introduced at trial:
On September 20, 2016, PIZARRO and RIVERA attempted to rob Robert Bishun at gunpoint inside his auto body shop in the Bronx, during which two customers in his shop were bound with zip ties and locked in the trunks of separate vehicles inside the shop.  Upon learning during the robbery that Bishun was a federal cooperating witness, PIZARRO and RIVERA kidnapped Bishun from his shop and strangled him to death with a plastic zip tie, before abandoning Bishun’s body in the back of his own vehicle on the side of the road.
On a prior occasion, in January 2015, PIZARRO and another accomplice stormed into Bishun’s auto body shop and robbed Robert Bishun at gunpoint, taking approximately $10,000 in cash from Bishun.  During the course of the robbery, two customers were bound with zip ties.
Mr. Berman praised the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York City Police Department, and the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Attorney General James' Statement On Capital One Security Breach

  Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement following news that Capital One’s system was breached, and that the personal information of 100 million consumers was illegally accessed:

“Today, 100 million consumers across America are wondering if they were unfortunate enough to be a victim of the most recent data breach. Though Capital One’s breach was internal, the fact still remains that safeguards were missing that allowed for the illegal access of consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and other highly sensitive, personal information.
“It is becoming far too commonplace that financial institutions are susceptible to hacks, begging the questions: Why do these breaches continue to take place? And are companies doing enough to prevent future data breaches?
“My office will begin an immediate investigation into Capital One’s breach, and will work to ensure that New Yorkers who were victims of this breach are provided relief. We cannot allow hacks of this nature to become every day occurrences.”
Last week, Attorney General James led a nationwide announcementproviding restitution to the more than 147 million consumers affected by the breach of Equifax Inc. in 2017.
Additionally, Attorney General James, last week, applauded the signing of the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act — a legislative priority of the Office of the Attorney General during the 2019 session — into law. This major overhaul of data security laws expands the trigger for data breach notifications, requires all companies that collect or store personal information to maintain appropriate safeguards, and broadens the Attorney General’s oversight and ability to fine companies for failure to protect personal information.

Engel Calls for Formal Impeachment Inquiry

“The American people want, and deserve, the truth…I believe the House must pursue a formal impeachment inquiry.”

  Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement calling for a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump: 
“The President abused the power of his office in an effort to stymie a legitimate investigation into his campaign’s involvement with Russia. Mr. Mueller chose to follow Justice Department guidance that a sitting President can’t be indicted. The Constitution empowers Congress with checks and balances to address high crimes and misdemeanors by a sitting President. 
“The American people want, and deserve, the truth. Mr. Mueller’s testimony provided ample evidence that the President committed obstruction of justice, and I believe the House must pursue a formal impeachment inquiry. 
“Questions about the abuses and corruption of this Administration require Congress to press ahead with its investigations and follow the facts where they lead us. As Chairman of one of the six House committees looking into possible acts of wrongdoing in the executive branch, I’ve pushed to get answers about Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin, unconstitutional emoluments the President has received, and the President’s deep conflicts of interest around the world. 
“The President’s repeated abuses have brought American democracy to a perilous crossroads. Following the guidance of the Constitution – which I have sworn to uphold – is the only way to achieve justice.” 


Heat Advisory in effect for New York City Tuesday 7/30

Cooling centers are open across the city today. To find the nearest location call 311 or visit 

  The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Health Department today advised New Yorkers to take precautions to beat the heat. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in effect for New York City from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. today. High heat and humidity are in the forecast, with heat index values in the mid-90s.

“The best ways to beat the heat are to stay cool and hydrated,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell said. “Use air conditioning or visit a cooling center, drink lots of water, and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.”        

“The heat that New Yorkers are experiencing this summer is not just uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous,” Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said. “New Yorkers can greatly reduce the risk of heat-related illness by following a few precautions. If possible, stay near air conditioning, wear light cool clothing, drink lots of water and try to avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day. Also, check in on friends, family members and neighbors who are sick, elderly, or disabled and may need assistance in a heat emergency.”

To help New Yorkers beat the heat, New York City cooling centers are open throughout the five boroughs today.  Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers and senior centers that are open to the public during heat emergencies. To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at

In New York City, most heat-related deaths occur after exposure to heat in homes without air conditioners. Air conditioning is the best way to stay safe and healthy when it is hot outside, but some people at risk of heat illness do not have or do not turn on an air conditioner.

The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Health Department urge New Yorkers to take steps to protect themselves and help others who may be at increased risk from the heat. People at risk are those who do not have access to air conditioning and:
o   Have chronic medical, mental health, cognitive or developmental conditions.
o   Take certain medicines that can affect body temperature. 
o   Have limited mobility or are unable to leave their homes.
o   Are obese.
o   Misuse alcohol or drugs.

Some New Yorkers are at greater risk when it is hot than others. Older adults are more likely than younger New Yorkers to have some combination of the risk factors described above.  In addition, as people get older, their ability to maintain a safe body temperature declines resulting in an increased risk for heat-related illness. African Americans are twice as likely to die from heat stroke compared to Whites due in part to social and economic disparities, including access to air conditioning. Certain neighborhoods are also more vulnerable to the health impacts of heat than other neighborhoods; visit the NYC Environment and Health Data portal to learn more about the Heat Vulnerability Index.


  • Go to an air-conditioned location, even if for a few hours.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Remember: drink water, rest, and locate shade if you are working outdoors or if your work is strenuous. Drink water every 15 minutes even if you are not thirsty, rest in the shade, and watch out for others on your team. Your employer is required to provide water, rest, and shade when work is being done during extreme heat.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing when inside without air conditioning or outside.
  • Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first speak with their doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Eat small, frequent meals.
  • Cool down with a cool bath or shower.
  • Protect your pets and service animals when extreme heat strikes:
    • Never leave pets in the car. Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and can be deadly for your pet. Call 911 if you see a pet or child in a hot car.
    • Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it is hot.
    • Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to go when outdoors.
    • Avoid exercising with your pet outside on extremely hot days.
    • Be sure your pet or service animal has plenty of food and water.
  • Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at a mall, or swimming at a pool or beach. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. The NYC Parks Department has free swimming lessons for kids and adults. Visit here for more information on pool and water safety.
·         Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and, in apartments where children live, window guards. Window guards can prevent children from falling out of a window and suffering serious injuries or even death. Screens keep mosquitoes that can spread West Nile Virus out of your home and keep cats from falling out of windows.
  • Never leave your children or pets in the vehicle, even for a few minutes.
  • Check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with disabilities and access and functional needs.

Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know has:

  • Hot dry skin.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Confusion, disorientation, or dizziness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

If you or someone you know feels weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call a doctor or 911.


The improper opening of fire hydrants wastes 1,000 gallons of water per minute, causes flooding on city streets, and lowers water pressure to dangerous levels, which hamper the ability of the Fire Department to fight fire safely and quickly.

Properly used “spray caps” reduce hydrant output to a safe 25 gallons per minute while still providing relief from the heat. To obtain a spray cap, an adult 18 years or older with proper identification can go to his or her local firehouse and request one.


During periods of intense electrical usage, such as on hot, humid days, it is important to conserve energy as much as possible to avoid brownouts and other electrical disruptions. While diminishing your power usage may seem inconvenient, your cooperation will help to ensure that utilities are able to provide uninterrupted electrical service to you and your neighbors, particularly those who use electric powered medical equipment or are at risk of heat-related illness and death:

  • Set your air conditioner to 78°F or “low.”
  • Run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it is cooler outside to reduce heat and moisture in your home.
  • Close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out when the air conditioner is running.
  • Keep shades, blinds, and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows.
  • Turn off air conditioners, lights, and other appliances when not at home, and use a timer or smart technology to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home. Keep air conditioner filters clean.
  • If you run a business, keep your door closed while the air conditioner is running.
  • Tell your utility provider if you or someone you know depend on medical equipment that requires electricity.

For more information, visit New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency communications program. To sign up for Notify NYC, download the free mobile application, visit, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.