Apr. 13, 2020: Below is an email message sent by Bronxville Chief of Police, Christopher Satriale, and Mayor Mary Marvin on April 13, 2020, at 7:39 PM.
"Good evening! Mayor Marvin and I are sorry we couldn't send a voice message this evening but the strong storms today have caused some widespread phone outages. We decided an email would be the best way to reach all of you.
As expected, last week was a very difficult week for all New Yorkers. Our death toll from COVID 19 crossed 10,000 with daily deaths topping 700 during the week.
Regrettably, we have to announce the death of Bronxville resident Walter James "Jim" Kenney from COVID-19. Jim always welcomed his friends with a smile, his laugh was infectious and his heart was enormous. We will miss you Jim.
Many of you continue to ask how you can help during this crisis.
We have learned that the local food banks are in desperate need of food. Your donations can help. As an example at feedingwestchester.org your $1 donation is enough for four meals. Please visit their website and help us fill up the food bank for those that rely upon those meals on a daily basis.
The Department of Health has recommended banning the use of leaf blowers during this crisis. In light of today's storms, we will permit use of leaf blowers this week and will begin enforcement of a full leaf blower ban on Monday April 20th. Please share this information with your landscapers as we expect 100% compliance.
Despite the alarming death rates, the infection rate continues to level off in New York. This leveling or "flattening of the curve" is a direct result of the mitigation steps in place, particularly stay at home, social distancing, washing hands and more recently wearing face coverings in public.
This is no time to let up. Continuing these responsible practices will undoubtedly further flatten the curve and permit us eventually to return to some sense of normalcy.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and good night. Mayor Mary Marvin Chief Christopher Satriale"
Photo courtesy Bronxville Police Department