January 29, 2021- Covid-19 One Year Later Report from Supervisor Linda Puglisi

January 2021

One year ago, we were just learning about coronavirus 19 (Covid) a PANDEMIC.  A word that we only read about in history books.  What occurred over the past 12 months has been surreal, unbelievable and tragic. So many people have lost their lives and so many others became infected with Covid in our nation, state and region.  We had to change our lives in order to be safe and survive.

We will be forever grateful to those who took care of us and provided essential services.  They have been on the frontline and are true HEROES – from doctors, nurses, to grocers, emergency service providers and so many others.  I want to also thank our town government workers who have been dedicated to make sure all of our important services continued.

Thank you to our children who had their lives and schooling activities change to keep them safe.  Our Seniors couldn’t engage in their events and outings and also had to remain home as we were told they were the most vulnerable to this horrific virus.

So finally, a vaccine was developed by the amazing scientists.  We are forever grateful to them, as well.

One year later we have come together in our Cortlandt community to help one another, to adapt to what we had to do to keep our families and ourselves safe, and continue to have HOPE that we will prevail and return to our lives and way of life that we cherish.  However, we will never forget how fragile life can be and we’ll never take even the smallest things for granted.

Someday in the near and far future we will read about the Pandemic of 2020 and never forget and always remember how truly blessed we are to be on life’s journey together.

Thank you all and continue to stay safe.

Linda D. Puglisi


Town of Cortlandt                                                                                                     

January 22, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update with Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Friday, January 22, 2021, 12 PM

Dr. Craig Hametz, Chair of Medicine at NYP Hudson Valley Hospital and a Cardiologist with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley, will provide a detailed update about how the COVID-19 vaccinations work and what you need to know about their safety. Dr. Hametz will also answer your questions.

NYP Hudson Valley Hospital is co-hosting this virtual presentation in collaboration with the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

January 20, 2021

Important Vaccine Information from the VA for Veterans over 75

VA Hudson Valley has started offering the COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine to outpatient Veterans. We are using the risk-based criteria developed by VA and the CDC and offering the vaccine to Veterans over 75 years old and essential workers.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, Veterans who meet these criteria can contact our centralized scheduling team at (845) 838-7668.

We ask that you indicate to the scheduler that you are an essential worker if you are not over 75 years old. Anyone who is a Veteran and has never registered for care with VA can contact me for assistance with the registration process.

Our partnership with you is critical to our mission, the support you provide our Veterans is essential, and we want to ensure you’re able to schedule a vaccine as soon as you become eligible. Please also don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any concerns you have or for any support we can provide.


Thank you for all you do to support America’s heroes,

Nicole Embry

Outreach Coordinator- Public Affairs Specialist

VA Hudson Valley HCS

41 Castle Point Road

Wappingers Falls NY 1290

845-831-2000 Ext 7721


January 19, 2021

Today, we are observing a nationwide COVID-19 day of remembrance. Please join the Town of Cortlandt in remembering those lives lost due to the pandemic.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our families who have lost a loved one to this pandemic.  The Town will be holding a memorial service later this year to honor those members of our community who we have lost.

January 15, 2021

Hello this is Linda Puglisi, Supervisor of the Town of Cortlandt with important information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine. New York State is presently distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in phases. As of January 11th, group 1A and the initial groups of Phase 1b are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine appointment. This consists of high-risk hospital workers, Residents and staff at nursing homes, Individuals 65 and Older, First Responders, Corrections Officers, Teachers and Other School Staff; In-Person College Instructors, Childcare Workers, Public Facing Grocery Store Workers, Transit Workers and Individuals Living and Working in Homeless Shelters, etc.

You can check if you may be eligible to receive the vaccine at HTTPS://AM-I-ELIGIBLE.COVID19VACCINE.HEALTH.NY.GOV/ or download New York’s new app, Am I Eligible or call New York State Vaccination Hotline: 1-833- NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). We will also post information on our Facebook page and website, WWW.TOWNOFCORTLANDT.COM under COVID-19 updates.

For more information about the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit New York State webpage: HTTPS://COVID19VACCINE.HEALTH.NY.GOV/.

Please everyone continue to stay SAFE and to wear the face masks when in the public and to social distance. Thank you.

January 11, 2021

The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Due to limited supply from the federal government, availability is limited. More and more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.

Two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent COVID-19 CLINICAL ADVISORY TASK FORCE: One that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another that was developed by Moderna. Both vaccines require two doses.

As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are ELIGIBLE for the vaccines. All vaccinations are by appointment only. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 75 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a FEDERAL PROGRAM, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.

Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.

People age 75 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” Use our ONLINE TOOL to find a location. Beginning at 4:00pm on Monday, January 11, the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline will open for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.

For more information, visit HTTPS://COVID19VACCINE.HEALTH.NY.GOV/.