Starting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 City Hall and all other City buildings will be closed to the public.  Please call departments for website or mail in requests.

Mayor DeStefano will present his State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7:00PM live on Channel 20.

NO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS PERMITTED FOR THE PRESENTATION.

The State of the City Address shall be conducted via video/tele-conference and live on Channel 20 for viewing.
In order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the City residents the Council will not have the public at this presentation but will be televised live on Channel 20.

Members of the public may also access the meeting by clicking on the link below and register for the presentation:

https://middletown-ny.digitaltownhall.com/meeting/163

 

The January water and sewer bills included an insert warning

that the customer’s postal forwarding service was expiring
and they should contact the assessor’s office to correct the 
problem. This was meant for a very limited audience and 
if you are not having your mail forwarded please ignore the request.
Sorry for any inconvenience
    Middletown Water and Sewer Billing Department.
 

NYS Division of Consumer Protection
Paula J. O’Brien, Esq.
Director, Division of Consumer Protection
CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY REMINDERS


As we gather this holiday season, NYS Division of Consumer Protection wants to help keep you safe. In light of the public health crisis and with winter approaching, families are spending more time at home then ever. Did you know that many deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning occur during the winter months? Learn how to stay safe this year by following the tips below, provided in partnership with the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC):

Carbon Monoxide – Known as the invisible killer, carbon monoxide leaks are undetectable as they are odorless and colorless. Prevention is key, and can be done by taking the following measures:
• Install a battery-operated or battery-backed carbon monoxide detector. Replace batteries once a year in all CO alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping area. Note that this is different from your smoke alarm.
• Have your home heating systems (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician.
• Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. Use generators outside only, at least 20 feet away from your home.
• Never use a gas range or oven for heating.
• Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool. An open damper may help prevent build-up of poisonous gases inside the home.
• Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. These symptoms can be mistaken for the flu. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911.
• NEVER ignore a beeping CO alarm. If the CO alarm rings, get outside immediately, and call 911.


You can find these and more tips by checking out the Consumer Protection Safety Commission website at https://www.cpsc.gov/ . You can also find more information at the Division of Consumer Protection website at www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection.

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PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
JOSEPH M. DeSTEFANO, MAYOR
CITY OF MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK

Pursuant to Section 24 of the New York Executive Law and in accordance with the Code and Charter of the City of Middletown, New York, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, New York, make the following findings and orders in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus, in New York State and particularly in Orange County:

WHEREAS, I issued a Proclamation of Local State of Emergency, effective March 16, 2020, based upon findings and conditions which are hereby fully incorporated into this Proclamation as if fully set forth herein, and

WHEREAS, I issued extensions of said Proclamation, and

WHEREAS, the findings and conditions that led to the issuance and extensions of such Proclamation have recently worsened in Orange County, and

WHEREAS, it is clear that Middletown must require and enforce the wearing of facial masks or coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and

WHEREAS, I issued a Proclamation of Local State of Emergency, effective December 17, 2020, based upon findings and conditions which are hereby fully incorporated into this Proclamation as if fully set forth herein, and

NOW, THEREFORE, based upon the above findings and in accordance with applicable local and State law, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, New York, have promulgated the following local emergency orders to protect life and health and to bring the emergency situation under control:

1. The state of local emergency due to the virus as set forth above shall continue to be in effect commencing 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 and shall terminate on February 15, 2021, unless rescinded on an earlier date by me.

2. All of the orders and directives set forth in my earlier Proclamation, effective December 17, 2020, are hereby renewed and re-issued as if fully incorporated herein.

3. All persons must wear facial masks or coverings in accordance with any ordinance already in effect or enacted by the Common Council of the City of Middletown during the effective period of this emergency Proclamation.

Promulgated this 13th day of January, 2021, at Middletown, New York.

Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor
City of Middletown, New York

 

ORIGINAL PROCLAMATION ON MARCH 16, 2020:

PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
JOSEPH M. DeSTEFANO, MAYOR
CITY OF MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK

Pursuant to Section 24 of the New York Executive Law and in accordance with the Code and Charter of the City of Middletown, New York, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, New York, make the following findings and orders in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus, in New York State and particularly in Orange County:

WHEREAS, various Federal and State proclamations have been issued regarding the outbreak of the subject virus and the severe threat it poses to life and health, and

WHEREAS, these proclamations have provided guidance for protection of the public and municipal employees in connection with public activities and gatherings, and access to public buildings, facilities and transportation, and

WHEREAS, cases of transmission and infection of the virus have been recently documented in New York State and particularly in Orange County, and more cases are expected to develop and/or be discovered.

NOW, THEREFORE, based upon the above findings and in accordance with applicable local and State law, I, Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor of the City of Middletown, New York, have promulgated the following local emergency orders to protect life and health and to bring the emergency situation under control:

1. The state of local emergency due to the virus as set forth above shall be in effect commencing 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 and shall terminate on April 3, 2020, unless rescinded on an earlier date by me. As Mayor, I also have the authority by means of an additional proclamation to extend this state of emergency for a period not to exceed thirty days.

2. All City of Middletown buildings, including City Hall, shall be closed to the general public, unless escorted by a member of the Middletown Police Department or a City employee. Such escorts shall be provided only to those persons having a reasonable need for such access. Persons in need of such access are directed to come in person to the manned entrance between the Police Station and City Hall at 16 James Street. Alternatively, persons needing access may contact the relevant City Department by telephone.
3. Signs shall be posted at the entrances of all City buildings and shall include the telephone numbers of various City departments. Such telephone numbers shall also be available on the City’s website. For those wishing to pay taxes or engage in other written communications, the person manning the entrance between the Police Station and City Hall shall be authorized to accept such materials.

4. All City employees shall report to their regular job sites at the usual times, unless directed to do otherwise. Nothwithstanding any agreement or policy to the contrary, all employees are considered essential during this state of emergency. Employees are encouraged, however, to utilize legitimate sick time if they are experiencing any symptoms of flu, fever, coughing or other illnesses.

5. All meetings of City boards, including the Planning and Zoning Boards, are hereby cancelled, subject to the following exceptions. Any City board which must make a reasonably necessary decision during this state of emergency may meet to consider and vote upon such matter(s) upon reasonably practicable notice to the public; public attendance is allowable only pursuant to the escort referred to above. The City Common Council shall continue to hold regularly scheduled or special meetings, if necessary, with public attendance available only through the escort referred to above. All Council meetings shall continue to be televised live. All Council and other Board meetings shall comply with all New York State requirements for conducting public meetings without the public being present.

6. All City events and functions involving the general public are hereby cancelled or postponed until further notice. Exceptions may occur only through advance approval by me.

7. All City Department heads are directed to manage their respective departments and employees in a manner that will minimize exposure of such employees and any members of the general public to the virus in accordance with the recommendations issued by the Orange County Department of Health and all other relevant medical professionals and governmental agencies. Department Heads shall comply with the Interim Guidance virus procedures, dated March 11, 2020, and as updated.

Promulgated this 16th day of March, 2020, at Middletown, New York.

Joseph M. DeStefano, Mayor
City of Middletown, New York

WHEREAS, in February 2020, the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention ("CDC") confirmed the first case in the United States of a new respiratory disease called the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is caused by a virus (SARS-CoV-2) that is part of a large family of viruses called corona viruses. COVID-19 spread rapidly in New York. COVID-19 poses serious health risks to persons infected with the disease, particularly those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly. New York State first identified cases within its borders on March 1, 2020. It is therefore essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to safeguard public health, safety, and welfare, and

WHEREAS, the virus that causes COVID-19 is readily transmitted via respiratory droplet contact, especially in group settings. Droplet transmission can be reduced with the use of personal protective barriers such as face masks. The CDC and other public health agencies have uniformly recommended that the general public wear cloth face coverings and that individuals not residing within the same household maintain at least six feet of social distance from one another to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by droplet transmission, and

WHEREAS, on April 15, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.17 requiring any individual who is over the age of two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering to cover the nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining social distance, and

WHEREAS, on May 28, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 202.34 which authorized business operators and building owners to deny admittance to individuals who fail to comply with the Governor's face mask mandate set forth in Executive Order 202.17 or to require or remove individuals from the premises if such individual fails to wear a face mask as required. Nothing in Executive Order 202.34 or any other Executive Order prohibits or limits the right of State and local enforcement authorities from imposing fines or other penalties for violations of the directive in Executive Order 202.17, and

WHEREAS, the New York State Department of Health has issued Industry Guidance During the COVID-19 public health emergency for a variety of activities, industries and businesses which sets forth physical distancing requirements to minimize the spread of droplets and airborne contaminants, including generally mandating a distance of six feet between individuals, and when not able to do so, the wearing of acceptable face covering, and

WHEREAS, the Governor has issued multiple Executive Orders limiting the gatherings of individuals, whether it is on public or private property. Gatherings that do not exceed the Governor's limitations may occur so long as appropriate social distancing and face covering requirements are adhered to, and

WHEREAS, Governor Cuomo has stated that local governments have a responsibility to enforce social distancing, mask-wearing requirements and business closures and limitations. The Governor has warned local governments across New York State that if local officials do not enforce compliance with COVID19 public health orders, areas will be closed again. The Governor has stated that he will reverse openings in areas that are not complying with the rules and in those areas where local governments are not enforcing the law, and

WHEREAS, the City of Middletown has a population of approximately 28,000 residents, and approximately 1,512 City residents have been diagnosed positively for COVID-19 infection, and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Middletown has issued various Proclamations of Local States of Emergency due to the threats posed by COVID-19, and

WHEREAS, the Mayor’s most recent Proclamation requires the use of face masks or face coverings within the City of Middletown, and

WHEREAS, while voluntary compliance with the aforementioned health and safety precautions on public and private property is preferred, the Common Council of the City of Middletown has determined that the grave health risks and economic impacts associated with COVID-19 require enforcement mechanisms to protect the public health, safety and welfare of City residents.

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it Resolved and Ordained by the Common Council of the City of Middletown:

Section 1. There is to be added to the Code of the City of Middletown a new Chapter 215, entitled "COVID-19 Enforcement" to read in its entirety as follows:

CHAPTER 215. COVID-19 ENFORCEMENT.

Section 215-1 Purpose of this Chapter.

The purpose of this Chapter 215 is to require the use of face masks or face coverings in the City of Middletown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is being enacted pursuant to the authority contained in Title 10 (Health) of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, Part 66 “Immunizations and Communicable Diseases”, Subpart 66-3, entitled “COVID-19 Emergency Regulations effective July 9, 2020, and pursuant to the authority contained in the various emergency proclamations of the Governor of the State of New York and the Mayor of the City of Middletown.

 

Section 215-2. Definitions.

Face Masks and Face Coverings: Masks and face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth (e.g.. homemade, sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, KN95, N-95 respirators, and face shields, any one of which must cover the nose and mouth of the wearer.

Section 215-3. Face mask or face covering required.

A. In the City of Middletown all persons in or upon public property must wear a face mask or face covering, which must be worn covering the nose and mouth of the wearer, at all times when the wearer is unable to maintain a distance of six feet of another person or persons unless such person is part of a household unit.

B. All persons must wear a face mask or face covering which must be worn covering the nose and mouth of the wearer at all times when on private property located in the City of Middletown, including but not limited to public areas of residential property, business and professional offices, retail and personal service establishments, restaurants, child care facilities, places of public accommodation, private clubs and religious establishments, when unable to maintain a distance of six feet from another person who is not a member of the same household.

C. Owners of businesses located in the City of Middletown must ensure compliance by customers or visitors on business premises with the provisions of this Section.

Section 215-4. Exceptions.

A. Face masks or face coverings shall not be required to be worn if individuals maintain a distance of at least six feet from another person. Individuals who reside in the same household are not required to wear a face mask or face covering when located within six feet of each other.

B. Face masks or face coverings shall not be required to be worn by any child under the age of six or by anyone who is unable to medically tolerate a face covering as determined by a New York licensed physician or mid-level provider, however, this provision shall not exempt any person from maintaining a distance of at least six feet from another person, except for a child under six or when such person is with a guardian who is not a member of the household.

C. Drivers traveling alone or exclusively with members of their households in or upon a motor vehicle do not need to wear face coverings when traveling in or upon said vehicles. Individuals who are riding bicycles, scooters, or are jogging are exempt if in the roadway and not upon the sidewalk.

D. Persons playing a sport or participating in a fitness class or recreational activity are not required to wear a face mask if such individuals are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity. Persons must put a face mask or face covering on as soon as such physical activity has ended.

E. Individuals are not required to wear a face mask or face covering when they are stationary, seated or standing while actively eating and/or drinking, or while seated within a City restaurant's approved eating area.

F. Police officers, fire fighters, ambulance personnel and other first responders shall not be required to wear a face mask or face covering when not practical because they are engaged in a public safety matter of an emergency nature.

Section 215-5. Enforcement; penalties for offenses.

A. This Chapter may only be enforced during the time that a Declaration of Emergency is issued by the New York State Governor or City of Middletown Mayor due to an epidemic or disease outbreak that is communicable through droplet contact or airborne transmission.

B. Any person who violates any provisions of this Chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 2. Severability.

The provisions of this Ordinance are separable and if any provision, clause, sentence, subsection, word or part thereof is held illegal, invalid or unconstitutional, or inapplicable to any person or circumstance, such illegality, invalidity or unconstitutionality, or inapplicability shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, clauses, sentences, subsections, words or parts of this ordinance or their application to other persons or circumstances. It is hereby declared to be the legislative intent that this ordinance would have been adopted if such illegal, invalid or unconstitutional provision, clause, sentence, subsection, word or part had not been included therein, and if such person or circumstance to which this ordinance or part hereof is held inapplicable had been specifically exempt therefrom.

Section 3. Effective date.

This Ordinance shall take effect immediately

 

§ 460-14. Night parking.

A. The parking of vehicles is hereby prohibited on all highways and streets within the City between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from the 1st day of December until and including the 15th day of March of each year, except for any vehicle permitted through the Office of the City Clerk, or on the following street(s): the westerly side of Rivervale Road. The owners or operators of vehicles parked in violation of this Subsection are subject to the penalties, including removal, provided in Section 460-41 of this Chapter.

B. City residents who do not have a driveway or access to off-street parking may apply to the Office of the City Clerk for a Winter Season Street Parking Permit, which would entitle such residents to park their vehicle in a legal parking space on the street, within one hundred (100) feet of the boundary of their property, during the time periods referenced in Subsection A, above. However, it shall be the obligation of the vehicle owner or operator to remove such permitted vehicle from the street during any periods of snow alert, precipitation or other emergency in accordance with the provisions of Sections 460-22, 460-75 and 460-81. The owners or operators of vehicles parked in violation of this Subsection are subject to revocation of their Winter Season Street Parking Permit in the discretion of the Mayor, as well as to the penalties, including removal, provided in Section 460-41 of this Chapter.

A wintertime parking permit system to alleviate the hardships of residents who do not have adequate off-street parking, and to clarify parking regulations during snow alerts.

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 the Common Council of the City of Middletown voted to change the wintertime parking ordinance from November 15th through April 15th to the new time of:

2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. from the 1st day of December until and including the 15th day of March of each year, except for any vehicle permitted through the Office of the City Clerk, or on the following street(s): the westerly side of Rivervale Road.

City residents who do not have a driveway or access to off-street parking may apply to the Office of the City Clerk for a Winter Season Street Parking Permit, which would entitle such residents to park their vehicle in a legal parking space on the street, within one hundred (100) feet of the boundary of their property, during the time periods referenced above. However, it shall be the obligation of the vehicle owner or operator to remove such permitted vehicle from the street during any periods of snow alert, precipitation or other emergency in accordance with the provisions of Sections 460-22, 460-75 and 460-81. The owners or operators of vehicles parked in violation of this Subsection are subject to revocation of their Winter Season Street Parking Permit at the discretion of the Mayor, as well as to the penalties, including removal, provided in Section 460-41 of this Chapter.

To obtain the Wintertime Permit you must fill out an application, include the following for verification and mail to the City Clerk at 16 James Street, Middletown, NY 10940.

You must include with your application:

1. A completely filled out application
2. Copy of valid Driver’s License – must have Middletown address not P.O. address
3. Copy of valid vehicle registration
4. Mandatory sign up for Nixle notice for snow alert
5. $25.00 fee for Permit

The Permit is limited to ONE per household. Inspectors will be checking all address for compliance of the ordinance.

Delivery of permit may take up to two weeks for verification and mailing.

Permit must hang in full view for Police verification.

Click here for application and full ordinance →   pdf Wintertime Parking Permit Application (192 KB)