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Gov. Cuomo mandates a 14-day Quarantine for NY Residents who visit the Following States

On June 24th, Governor Cuomo mandated a 14-day quarantine for New York residents who visit the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi 
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Obviously there will be no enforcement agent for this new policy, but if you have come from one of the states named above please follow the mandate and help protect our Community.  

Please check HERE for a current and updated list.

Indoor Dining to Resume at 50% Capacity

Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd, restaurants will be able to serve indoors at 50% of their capacity.  See the guidelines below:

Mandatory Recommended Best Practices Physical Distancing Limit indoor capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, exclusive of employees. Limit outdoor capacity to the number of tables that can be safely and appropriately arranged, such that each table is a minimum of 6 ft. away from another. All indoor and outdoor tables with seating for customers must be separated by a minimum of 6 ft. in all directions. Wherever distancing is not feasible between tables, physical barriers must be enacted between such tables. Barriers must be at least 5 ft. in height and not block emergency and/or fire exits. Regardless of physical distance, employees must wear an acceptable face covering at all times. Patrons must wear face coverings at all times, except while seated; provided that the patron is over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate such covering. Individuals seated at the same table must be members of the same party (but may be from different households), with a maximum of 10 people per table. Seating in bar areas and communal tables are only permitted if at least 6 ft. can be maintained between parties. Clearly signal 6 ft. spacing in any lines for customers waiting to order, pick-up food, be seated, or use the restroom, as well as in any pick-up or payment location. New York STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD. SAVE LIVES

July 4th Fireworks hosted by Dutchess County

Dutchess County will be hosting three July 4th fireworks celebrations :

  1. Rhinebeck Fairgrounds
  2. Amenia – adjacent to Silo Ridge
  3. Dutchess Stadium

These events will be car-based and will be on a first come, first served basis.  More details will follow as the time draws closer.

2021 School Budget Vote Postponed

Dear Members of the Pine Plains Central School District Community:

The very important school budget vote and election that was to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, will been postponed.  This postponement is by Executive Order of Governor Cuomo.  There are important aspects of this order that you should be aware of, especially if you have not yet sent in your ballot.

Ballots may be accepted in person or in our drop box at the Stissing Mountain Jr/Sr High School, but only until 5:00 pm tomorrow, June 9th.  After 5 pm tomorrow, the only ballots that may be accepted will be those received by mail.  Mailed ballots will be accepted until Tuesday, June 16thAll ballots will be counted on Tuesday, June 16th beginning at 5:00pm.

Once again, if you did not receive a ballot and feel that you are a qualified voter of the Pine Plains Central School District please contact the District Clerk, Julia W. Tomaine at (518) 398-7181 ext. 1408.

If you have any questions on the budget please contact me directly at (518) 398-7181 ext. 1401.

One final reminder, the completed ballot should be placed in the enclosed oath envelope. The affidavit on the back of the oath envelope needs to be signed, dated and sealed.  The completed oath envelope is returned in the postage paid envelope provided.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Martin D. Handler


PHASE II BEGINS TODAY !!! Tuesday June 9th

Phase II of the Re-Starting Dutchess begins today.  

[Photograph courtesy of Bowen Barn]

Here is a recap of what that entails:

  1. All instore retail activities can resume, operating within 50% capacity, and taking protective measures such as 6′ distancing between customers, the wearing of masks and the availability of hand sanitizer.  Our stores have suffered greatly, and if ever there was a time to SHOP LOCAL, it is now!  Bowen’s Barn, Bulls Head Treasures, Roosters 82, McCarthy’s, Big Rock Market, and all other retail shops will be open for business.
  2. Out-door dining is now allowed at our restaurants, and they are working to comply with the guidelines that State has set for table distancing and social distancing.  For example, there can be outdoor bars but customers cannot congregate at the bars.  You will need to take your drinks back to your tables. Uncle Sonny’s, Coyote Flaco and D’Sarno Pizza are all participating
  3. Offices are reopening, again with 50% capacity, 6′ distancing and masks if closer than 6′  Offices are encouraged to post social distancing markers
  4. Real Estate offices are open
  5. Vehicle sales are open
  6. Hair salons and barber shops are open which is a great thing since we all are looking like Woolly Mammoths
  7. Drive in movie theaters are still the only movie theaters that are open

Our Playground is Open !

Our Sparc Park playground is now open.  We ask that parents supervise their children.  Please utilize our picnic tables in the shade and walk you dogs and enjoy yourselves!

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Beginning this coming Tuesday, June 9th, open air dining will be available at Stanford restaurants.  The NY State protocols call for six feet between tables, and if an open-air bar is actually provided, people will not be permitted to congregate in the ‘”bar area” but can take drinks back to their seats.  Our Town Code Enforcer will meet with all restaurants to go over kitchen and other protocols, but as long as we maintain social distancing to keep down the potential for the virus to spread, this is another step in our entry process.

Military Heroes Banner Program

You may have noticed that before Memorial Day weekend, the first of Stanford’s Military Heroes Banner was displayed outside of Town Hall, where it will remain until Veteran’s Day.  The Military Heroes  Banner Program, sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society, has been created through the joint efforts of the Stanford American Legion, the Historical Society, The Stanford Business Association as well as several community members in order honor our fallen heroes.  The Society will be circulating a brochure which will also be posted on their FB page and the Town website, to explain the process of applying for a banner to honor your loved one.

The first of our Town Heroes to be honored is Peter Miller, a young man who was born on February 18, 1947 and grew up in Stanfordville.  His sister Sandy described him in this way: 

“Growing up here, Pete was always busy working on various farms doing chores ranging from pitching hay to shoveling manure. During the winter he loved a heavy snow. He would be out before dawn until after dark, plowing driveways with Dad’s John Deere.In High School, Pete played all of the sports: football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track. In the summer he played in local softball leagues. He was also active in the Stanfordville United Church of Christ Youth groups. Pete was an Eagle Scout, He loved his dog, Laddie.

Pete graduated from Pine Plains Central School in 1965. He attended SUNY Cortland for 1 year and was drafted into the Army in 1966. He trained as a helicopter pilot graduating as a Warrant Officer from Fort Rucker Alabama Army Aviation School in 1967. He shipped out to Viet Nam in January, 1968, being stationed in Soc Trang.  He was killed by enemy ground fire on September 23rd, 1968. He was 21 years old.”

Restarting Dutchess Phase 1 beginning Tuesday, May 26th !

Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today Dutchess County, as part of the Mid-Hudson Region, has been approved by New York State to begin Phase One reopening starting next week having successfully met all of the core health-related required metrics. The Governor is expected to announce the specific reopening date over the weekend. The following business industries will be able to reopen next week under the NY Forward phased reopening plan:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail – Limited to curbside or in-store pick up or drop off)
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Wholesale Trade

County Executive Molinaro said, “This is good news for Dutchess County, a cautious beginning to restarting our local economy. We have worked tirelessly in the battle against COVID-19 and all of the metrics prove we have moved in the right direction. Our local businesses have also been working hard to put plans in place to ensure the health and safety of their employees and their customers. It is critical we all continue to work together to protect our community’s health as we begin the process of ‘Restarting Dutchess’.”

Construction staging – including moving materials and equipment onto job sites and setting up safety precautions – may begin now to allow full construction activities to be able to begin next week once the Governor has determined the specific date.

All eligible businesses who plan to reopen during Phase One must have a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. Plans must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Businesses must review and submit affirmation they will adhere to the guidelines outlined in the NY Forward plan. Summary guidelines, safety plan templates and affirmation statement and submission directions are available, by industry, on the NY Forward website.

Phase One businesses are considered essential to the economy and are the lowest risk businesses. Phase 2 includes professional services, retail, administrative support and real estate/rental leasing. Phase 3 covers restaurants and food services. Phase 4 is arts, entertainment, recreation and education. It is anticipated there will be approximately 2 weeks between each phase being approved.

The NY Forward website also has a Business Reopening Lookup Tool to see if a particular business is eligible to reopen.

County Executive Molinaro offered his gratitude to all the people who recently volunteered to serve as contact tracers to help Dutchess County meet its goal of 252 contact tracers. Dutchess County had already met the original state-mandated metric of 30 contact tracers per 100,000 population with more than 90 contact tracers. Earlier this week, the state increased the required number of contact tracers to 252, basing it on infection rate. The County pushed out a call for additional volunteers, and there are currently more than 360 people (including the original 90) who have signed up to serve as contact tracers.

“We are grateful to all who are working to protect our community health,” County Executive Molinaro. “We all have a responsibility to remain vigilant, it is vital each person continues to do their part to ensure the health & safety of themselves and our community – wear your face mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently and make smart choices. We want to continue moving forward, opening our economy piece by piece, as long as we continue to see improvements in our community’s health and well-being.”

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Please note: New York State has NOT authorized the Department of Motor Vehicles to reopen to the public. DMV remains closed under Executive Order through June 6th. No reopening date has yet been established.