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Residents 9 Westchester County Communities are being advised to boil their water before drinking it or using it for food preparation as a precaution until further notice due to the high turbidity at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Catskill Aqueduct.
People living in Briarcliff, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Grasslands Reservation, Hawthorne, Irvington, Valhalla and Thornwood are all affected.
An employee with Siemens Tarrytown is the recipient of the American Heart Association's 2010 Start! Lifestyle Change Award sonsored by Aetna.
Zenaida Naveira received the award Wednesday at a ceremony at the Heart Institute at Westchester Medical Center.
The Lifestyle Change program helps employers recognize workers who make changes that improve their quality of life and health. Recipients achieve such personal milestones as weight loss, lower blood pressure, more energy or eating healthy.
Naveira said she accepted the award in honor of her family. Said Naveira, "A year ago, I was severely overweight and watched many of my family members suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. Their experiences opened my eyes and I realized I needed to make a change.
Naveira initially set a simple weight loss goal of 2-3 pounds, watched her food portions and walked a mile a day at work. She continued that and increased her walking to five miles a day, five days a week and eventually lost a total of 50 pounds and managed to keep the weight off.
The New York State Labor Department has cited the Village of Tarrytown for lapses in protocol in the deaths of a Department of a Public Works employee and a village firefighter in September.
Anthony Ruggiero and John Kelly died September 6 of asphyxiation after breathing in toxic sewer gases after they went into a manhole behind a firehouse in the village on Sheldon Avenue.
Initially, Ruggiero went down attempting to clear a sewer blockage and was overcome by the fumes. Kelly also succumbed to the toxic fumes after he went down to assist Ruggiero.
Union leaders representing two workers killed in Tarrytown last week are pointing the finger at the village--saying the two men are not to blame for going into a manhole to investigate a sewage leak--but rather, their supervisors with the Village were.
William Riccaldo, the Regional President of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), said today that there were no safety measures and rescue protocols in place, allegedly in violation of state laws.
Tarrytown's Village Administrator, Michael Blau held a news conference today and said proper state-mandated protocol for entering a manhole was not followed when Anthony Ruggiero and John Kelly went into a manhole outside the Consolidated Engine Fire House to check out reports of sewage problems.
Blau says the investigation is still ongoing and is being lead by the Tarrytown Police Department, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office as well as PESH--the state's Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau.
A freak accident claimed the lives of two men in Tarrytown on Sunday.
The incident happened around 6:35 as officials were investigating a sewage backup. According to Police, Tarrytown DPW worker ,48 year old Anthony Ruggiero, began to descend into a manhole located behind Consolidated Engine Fire House in Tarrytown, at 177 Shelton Avenue and fell backwards, possibly due to hazardous fumes in the sewer.
The Westchester County Health Department is advising the public of a potential measles exposure. Health Department officials say lab reports confirmed an unidentified individual tested postive for the virus last week. Authorities say he could potentially have exposed hundreds of people to the disease.
The Health Department is warning that people may have been exposed to the virus at a social event at the EF International Language School in Tarrytown. There were roughly 200 students from abroad in attendance.
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