EAST ROCHESTER MUNICIPAL UPDATE (EYER BUILDING)
Beginning Monday March 23rd, the Eyer Building will be completely closed to all public services. Calls can be taken by Police Department – 586-4399, Building Department – 385-3513 and Clerks office – 586-3553. Please continue to mail in tax payments or should you wish to pay by credit card visit www.monroecounty.gov
EAST ROCHESTER COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
The Community Resource Center located at 333 E. Chestnut Street is open Monday through Friday for pick up only. Please call 586-0525 to place your order and they will provide items they have in stock. No rides or monetary requests can be filled at this time. Below is a list of items needed should you wish to donate:
Children’s snacks, fruit cups etc.
EAST ROCHESTER CABLE ACCESS TV-12
Our local cable access station, East Rochester Community News (ERCN), will continue its operation providing local programming and news to our residents and the surrounding communities. The broadcast can be seen on your TV through Spectrum channel 1303 and on ROKU using the PEG-TV app. The broadcast can also be seen via web streaming on computers, tablets and smart phones – streaming portals can be found on the home page of the Town/Village website, and on YouTube by searching for ERCN Live Stream. ERCN will provide updates from myself and the Town/Village offices to keep our residents up to date on community news as it pertains to the virus. If there are urgent public notifications the need to be made on the bulletin board you can email email@example.com
NY STATE UPDATE – GOVENOR ANDREW CUOMO
NEW YORK (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered non-essential businesses to keep 100% of their workforce at home to try to contain the fast-spreading COVID-19 outbreak across the state. “This is the most drastic action we can take,” Cuomo said Friday. Following Cuomo's executive order, the New York State Department of Economic Development issued this list of what is considered an essential business. Cuomo also banned gatherings of any size.
SERVICES NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY, SANITATION AND ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS OF RESIDENCES OR OTHER ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
- law enforcement
- fire prevention and response
- building code enforcement
- emergency management and response
- building cleaners or janitors
- general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
- automotive repair
EAST ROCHESTER BUILDING DEPARTMENT
The Zoning Board meeting scheduled for April 14th has been cancelled. Applications can be mailed to the Building Department office for processing but no matters will be scheduled until the May 12th meeting. This is subject to changed based on input from Monroe County and New York State. The Rabies clinic scheduled for May 11th at the Quinzi Lodge is still on. Please visit www.eastrochester.org for more information.
EAST ROCHESTER ASSESSORS OFFICE
The exemption period ended March 1st. The tentative roll is on schedule to be filed on May 1st of 2020. Grievance Day details to follow, tentative date June 2, 2020. Assessment questions or matters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. JEROMES CHURCH
In case you were not aware, Saint Jerome’s Church is live streaming all 7:30 am weekday masses, 4:30 pm Saturday mass and 8:00 am/10:00 am Sunday masses. It includes a special prayer so that you can received the blessings of the Sacrament of the Eucharist remotely through your heart.
By tomorrow, all masses will also be on-demand so that you can view any streamed mass at any time. By the end of next week Saint Jerome will also have their own Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV channel, so you can watch the live stream on your TV.
Links to get the live stream and updates as they become available are on the church of Saint Jerome's website: https://stjeromerochester.org (there are only a handful of churches in Monroe County that stream masses).
NY STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR UPDATE
Governor Cuomo late yesterday issued an executive order that directs non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent:
Governor Cuomo earlier yesterday issued a separate executive order that includes several health care items and also information about closures at malls and amusement-related businesses:
ESD has set up a web portal and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions on this website with all COVID-19 info: https://esd.ny.gov/esd-covid-19-related-resources
ESD supported Governor Cuomo in New York State’s declaration for SBA disaster assistance. We expect approval by the end of the week. This will allow small businesses and not-for-profits to apply for SBA disaster loans.
Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should contact the Governor’s Office at email@example.com.
DOL has been working hard to keep up with the new demand for Unemployment Insurance and has institute new rules that include extended ours and restrictions about when to file based on your last name:
DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm
Below is the main NYS page for all COVID-19 information: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
EAST ROCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT LUNCH PROGRAM
School Closure Meal Program Begins March 18, 2020
The East Rochester Union Free School District is committed to providing meals to children in need during the school closure. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the District will offer breakfast and lunch meals for pick up on weekdays. There is NO income requirement or registration needed.
The program will be conducted drive-thru style. Just drive through the Jr/Sr High School traffic loop and pick up meals!
Meals-To-Go Lunch &: Next day Breakfast 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Adults age 18+ can purchase breakfast for $2 and Lunch for $4.
EAST ROCHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
The East Rochester Police Department remains committed to serving our community during this State of Emergency. Our office will remain open and functioning, but the building (Eyer Building) will be closed. We do want to limit exposure to our employees, so we ask that you refrain from coming to our office for routine or non-emergency assistance. Please call the office during business hours at 585-586-4399, for routine assistance and request for information. You can reach an officer by calling 911 after business hours or on weekends. We will always respond for immediate needs and emergencies by calling 911. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time. We need to take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and so we can continue to serve the community. If calling 911 please inform the operator if you or anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
EAST ROCHESTER DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Trash and recycling collections remains in effect until further notice. Staff can be reached at the DPW Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm should you have questions.
EAST ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
All materials checked out to patrons will not be accruing fines. Due date for all items is May 18th. Patrons encouraged took keep their books as there is no delivery throughout the Monroe County Library system.
ADVISORY: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IMPLEMENTS A FILING SYSTEM AND EXTENDS HOURS TO ADDRESS THE INFLUX OF UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS AND MAKE PROCESS MORE EFFICIENT FOR CLAIMANTS
Providing Unemployment Insurance benefits is DOL’s number one priority and everyone who is entitled to UI benefits will receive them in a timely manner.
To that end we are implementing a new more efficient filing system based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name (alphabetical order). Here is the step-by-step process for filing;
A - F: Monday
G – N: Tuesday
O – Z: Wednesday
Missed your day: Thursday and Friday
Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.
We are also extending filing hours as follows:
Monday through Thursday 8 am to 7:30 pm.
Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Saturday 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.
Here is a step by step process to file a claim.
We are experiencing an unprecedented increase in the volume of calls and web traffic for Unemployment Insurance claims. This massive surge created intermittent interruptions in service. Our team is continuing to fix the problem as we monitor the situation around the clock.
By Noon today, we received more than 21,000 calls - compared to the 2K in total last Tuesday and, 110K website visits, compared to 42K last Tuesday.
DOL is adding staff and will be expanding hours to help address the rapid influx.
Our dedicated staff are working as hard as we can to ensure that all benefits are paid and we will continue to do so. We appreciate the public’s patience.
Mayor Alfieri has declared a State of Emergency for the Town/Village of East Rochester. You may access the official notification here: State of Emergency Declaration.
Mayor Alfieri has created a video message for the residents of East Rochester to provide you with more information regarding the Town/Village response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. You are invited to view this video here:
I wanted to take a few minutes to send you a personal message on what East Rochester is doing to assist residents and businesses in this time of uncertainty. We have been actively participating with County Executive Adam Bello and his team which includes Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza on all municipal conference calls. This will continue several times weekly as needed.
As an alternative to a state of emergency, I have issued the following executive orders effective immediately:
• The East Rochester Public Library, Jean Daniel Senior Center, Youth Activity Center, Town Court, Office of Local History and Mobile DMV are all closed until further notice.
• Public Access to the Department of Public Works grounds is prohibited until further notice.
• Library Patrons, additional information on late fees and online programs will be provided as it becomes available.
• The Community Resource Center located at 333 E. Chestnut Street will begin expanded hours today, Monday, March 16th. They will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and will be available after hours by appointment only.
Also beginning today, March 16th, the Town/Village Clerks office, Assessors office, Building Department will be available by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Clerk’s Office - (585) 586-3553
Assessors/Building Department - (585) 385-3513
The East Rochester Police Department will remain open. For those in need of Police assistance please call 911 or 586-4399.
Per a directive from the Office of Court Administration, all cases are being administratively adjourned until at least April 30th. Court staff will be sending out notifications of next court dates and will be available in the court office after that date.
The Town/Village of East Rochester is also following the recommendation of Monroe County's Department of Public Health to cancel or postpone all Town/Village related gatherings with more than (50) people in attendance. Should you wish to cancel your lodge or room reservation we will issue you a complete refund with no penalty.
For tax payments or questions we recommend residents call our offices at (585) 586-3553. To complete tax payment transactions online please visit www.monroecounty.gov whenever possible.
These recommendations are out of an abundance of caution for our families, businesses and visitors. Please limit travel and use social distancing whenever possible. Keep children occupied and out of public places without adult supervision.
We are evaluating this situation on a day-to-day basis and all plans are subject to change at a moment’s notice. Visit www.eastrochester.org and watch the news for additional updates as they become available.
Thank you and God Bless.
Additional information pertaining to the management of the Coronavirus and the State of Emergency recently announced in Monroe County can be obtained by visiting the County's website at https://www2.monroecounty.gov/health-coronavirus
Effective immediately, the East Rochester Public Library is closed until further notice. Patrons may call between 8:30am and 4:30pm to ask reference questions and order materials from the East Rochester Library only. Holds from other libraries will not be accepted at this time. Additional information on late fees and online programs will be provided here as it becomes available.
The Community Resource Center located at 333 E. Chestnut Street will begin expanded hours on Monday, March 16th. They will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm and will be available after hours by appointment only.
Beginning March 16th, the Town/Village Clerks, Accessors, Building Department and Court Clerk offices will be available by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment between 8:30m and 4:30pm.
The Office of Local History will be closed until further notice.
The East Rochester Police Department will remain open and the Clerks office will the staffed from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
An an alternate to a state of emergency, I am issuing the following Executive Orders effective immediately:
- The Youth Activity Center is CLOSED until further notice;
- Public access to the DPW grounds is PROHIBITED until further notice. The gate will be marked "Employees only past this point";
- The ER Public Library will remain open but ALL special programs are cancelled until further notice. Occupancy by more than 50 people is strictly prohibited;
We are evaluating this situation on a day-to-day basis and all plans are subject to change at a moment's notice.
Due to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Monroe County, the Town/Village of East Rochester is taking additional precautions to keep our residents safe with special interest on those at high risk.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Jean Daniel Senior Center in the Eyer Building is closing Friday, March 13, and all senior center programming is canceled until further notice. Participants will be updated via email/ US mail notification and through social media. If you are unsure if you are on the mailing list, please call the Town/Village offices (585) 586-3553 to confirm.
The Town/Village of East Rochester is also following the recommendation of Monroe County’s Department of Public Health to cancel or postpone all Town/Village related gatherings with more than 50 people in attendance. Notifications will go out to those impacted.
Currently, East Rochester’s Municipal Complex, the Public Library and all Town/Village offices will remain open. We recommend residents call our offices at (585) 586-3553 or complete tax payment transactions online by visiting www.monroecounty.gov whenever possible. There is a drop box located on the first floor of the Eyer Building for checks only. This recommendation is out of an abundance of caution.
The Community Resource Center at 333 E. Chestnut Street will remain a drop-off location for the East Rochester’s food cupboard. There is also a collection box located on the first floor of the library should you wish to drop off items while at the Eyer Building. Visit http://www.eastrochester.org/Community-Resources/Resource-Center for a list of the “Most Needed Items.” This critical resource will continue to serve an important need in our community.
The safety and health of our residents is my top priority and we will continue to provide public updates as needed. Please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your family and your neighbors healthy and safe.