Letter to Community - Suburban News 4/11/2020

April 11, 2020

To my neighbors, my community, my village –

I love you. I miss seeing you at village hall. I miss seeing you walk down Main Street, linger over store windows, run to catch a movie, play on our playgrounds, and grab ice cream cones. I miss the Brockport merchants, browsing downtown on my lunch break, buying earrings or books on a whim, grabbing that needed cup of coffee. I miss our elders -- my mentors and friends.

Please stay at home. Please be part of the solution. We are doing it. We are helping to flatten the curve. Don’t stop now. We all have an important role to play. Our essential workers on the front line need us to stay out of the way. Let us thank them the best way we can – from a distance, preferably from home.

Sunshine and holidays are not a sign that the COVID-19 crisis is over. This is not the time to have an extended family work bee at your house or to play catch with your neighbors. If they don’t live with you, they don’t belong with you. Vulnerable neighbors – of all ages – live on every street. We are a team – when we work together we are a great team! Please be responsible and respectful. Be a team player. We have critical weeks ahead of us. Our community is counting on you.

The best part of Brockport is still here - our optimism, our volunteerism, our community spirit. In this moment, being our best means staying apart.

Well wishes,

Erica L. Linden

Village of Brockport Clerk/Manager

New Information for Applying for Unemployment

April 10, 2020

Albany, NY (April 09, 2020) - Facing an unprecedented spike in unemployment insurance applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services today announced a “Tech Surge” in partnership with Google Cloud, Deloitte, and Verizon to improve the reliability of the state’s online and telephone-based unemployment insurance application systems. The Tech Surge will include critical upgrades to the Department of Labor’s technology systems that will increase its capacity to accept and process applications, making it easier for New Yorkers to apply for benefits.

Importantly, the Tech Surge will include a new, streamlined, and more reliable online application system – which will be available at labor.ny.gov. New Yorkers are urged to use the new online system, which can handle most applications from start to finish, dramatically reducing the number of New Yorkers who must speak to a claims specialist on the phone.

In addition, the Department of Labor will roll out a new “call back” system, allowing their staff to proactively call New Yorkers who need to submit additional information to support their existing unemployment assistance application. This means New Yorkers who have already filed partial claims under the old system and had been told to call the hotline to finish their application should not — instead, the DOL call center will call these New Yorkers directly.

In order to launch the new, streamlined application system, New York State’s online unemployment insurance application will go offline today between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to be rebooted.

“I recognize that this is an extremely challenging time for all New Yorkers,” NYS Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “I have been unemployed. I understand the urgency. We want you to be aware of the steps that we are taking to respond to each of you, as quickly as we can. We know that your livelihood depends on it and we assure you that you will get your benefits.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the New York State Department of Labor's unemployment insurance filing system has faced an unprecedented increase in volume — with peak weeks seeing a 16,000% increase in phone calls and a 1,600% increase in web traffic, compared to a typical week.

The Department of Labor Tech Surge is providing critical upgrades to New York State’s unemployment insurance filing system during this crisis. These efforts are expected to increase capacity and reliability. Specific actions include:

· Google Cloud has worked with the State Office of Information Technology Services to create a more user-friendly, streamlined, and reliable unemployment insurance application for the Department of Labor. The online application will shut down from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM today to transition to this new streamlined application. Specific upgrades include:

o Leveraging Google Cloud’s infrastructure to increase reliability and allow the application to scale, so it can handle a high volume of users;

o Allowing users to save an incomplete application and pick up where they left off;

o Providing an “every device experience,” so New Yorkers can file from smartphones, tablets, and laptops; and

o Streamlining the number of questions so the application is shorter and easier to understand.

· Deloitte is opening an additional unemployment insurance call center staffed by hundreds of experienced customer service professionals, which will dramatically increase the number of calls that can be handled; and

· Verizon is expanding the number of phone “ports” for the Department of Labor’s call center from 1,750 to over 10,000 by the end of this week -- increasing the center’s call capacity.

· The Department of Labor will begin rolling out a “call back” feature which allows state representatives to call New Yorkers with incomplete unemployment insurance applications and finish their applications over the phone. This means those who fully complete their claim online will NOT need to call the state themselves. New Yorkers who had previously been told to call the hotline should not — instead, the DOL will call them to complete their application. To prevent fraud, state representatives will verify their legitimacy by providing New Yorkers’ claim type and filing date.

In addition, the Department of Labor has:

· Drastically expanded the call center’s hours, including opening on Saturdays and Sundays:

o Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM

o Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM

· Increased the number of servers that support the online filing system from 4 to over 60;

· Implemented a new, more efficient filing system based on the first letter of the applicant's last name (alphabetical order):

o A - F : Monday

o G - N : Tuesday

o O - Z : Wednesday

o Missed your day: Thursday through Sunday

· Streamlined the claims process, automating additional processes and reducing the situations in which a filer has to call and speak with a representative; and

· Dedicated 1,000 staff to the Department of Labor's unemployment insurance Telephone Claim Center — compared to roughly 400 who typically staff the call center — with plans to bring an additional 1,200 staff on board, including those at the new Deloitte call center.

Last week, the Department of Labor also launched a new PSA that provides information on how to apply for unemployment benefits and reassures New Yorkers that if their unemployment filing is delayed, they will still receive full unemployment benefits. The PSA is also available with Spanish subtitles here.

In addition, earlier this week Governor Cuomo announced he had directed the Department of Labor to immediately make $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits available to all New Yorkers. The additional benefits were included in the Federal CARES Act, but, unlike other states, New York began delivering the extra unemployment insurance to unemployed individuals before Federal funds are disbursed to the states. New York is also extending the period covered by unemployment benefits for another 13 weeks, for a total of 39 weeks.

The New York State Department of Labor is dedicated to ensuring that every New Yorker who is entitled to unemployment insurance benefits will receive all benefits due. New Yorkers seeking to file an unemployment insurance claim should visit labor.ny.gov or call the Telephone Claim Center at (888) 209-8124. Below are some resources that will assist New Yorkers in filing their claims:

Unemployment Insurance FAQs

What You Need to Know and Do About the CARES Act

Real Property Tax Law

April 7, 2020


Please take notice - to answer questions regarding village taxes (mailed out May 31, 2020) at this time, no extension is in place.

"Local governments do not have unilateral authority to extend the interest-free period with respect to the payment of property taxes. This may only be done pursuant to subdivision 2 of section 925-a of the Real Property Tax Law which provides that “during a state disaster emergency, the Governor may, by executive order issued upon the request of the chief executive officer of a county, city, town, village or school district in the affected area, extend by up to twenty-one days the final date for paying taxes without interest or penalty in such county, city, town, village or school district. If such an extension is granted, and any taxes are not paid by the final date so provided, those taxes shall be subject to the same interest and penalties that would have applied if no extension had been granted.” Additionally, the Governor has the authority, under his emergency powers, to unilaterally provide for such an extension of the interest-free period on a statewide basis. To date, he has taken no such action." - NYCOM

Updated: Connect to the Budget Hearing 4/6/2020

April 1, 2020

Join the Brockport Budget Hearing Zoom Meeting on Monday, April 6th at 7pm.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 599 771 929

Password: 551609

You may join the meeting via telephone by dialing +1 (646) 558-8656.  You will be muted. Please send all questions before or during the meeting to Mayor Blackman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Instructions on how to download and use Zoom can be found here.

The tentative budget will be posted via link here on Friday.  The agenda and budget presentation can be found under Village Board Agendas.

Budget Hearing / Public Meeting Notice April 6, 2020

March 30, 2020

The Village of Brockport will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 6th at 7pm on the budget for the fiscal year June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021.

Per NYS Executive Order 202.1 this will be a conference call meeting allowing the public to attend via Zoom. Instructions for how to join the meeting and the tentative budget will be posted on the village website at www.brockportny.org under News and under Minutes and Agendas. 

Spring 2020 Flushing Notice - Subject to change due to COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Please click here for the Spring 2020 Flushing Notice.

(Please note: Dates subject to change to due COVID-19)

Spring 2020 Brush Pickup - Subject to change due to COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Please click here for details for our Spring 2020 Brush Pickup.

(Please note: these dates are subject to change due to COVID-19)

Free Indoor Workouts from the National Fitness Campaign

March 23, 2020

Free indoor workouts are being provided by the National Fitness Campaign, starting today.  The village has been exploring bringing an outdoor fitness court to our community.  This is a great opportunity to see what they are all about.  Visit here - you will need to download an app for the workouts.

Get NYS Updates in Your Email

March 23, 2020

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Water Restored - State Street to Morgan Manning

March 21, 2020

The water main leak was found and repaired that delivers the water between State Street and Morgan Manning.

Thank you to the Department of Public Works!

Water Shut Down Notice - State St. to Morgan Manning

March 20, 2020

The Village of Brockport Water Department will need to temporarily shut down the water main that supplies water from State Street to Morgan Manning, affecting both sides of Main Street. Please be aware that this could be shut down in the next hour. We are not sure how long the water repair work will take, but please be assured that we are working as fast as possible to have this shut down as short as possible.

Notice to Landlords

March 20, 2020

March 18, 2020

Dear Landlords,

The COVID-19 situation continues to escalate. Students may return to the Village following spring break. It’s very important that they not gather in large groups. Please contact your students/ tenants and urge them to stay at home and to avoid groups larger than 10 people as directed by federal guidelines.

Thank you,

The Village of Brockport

Letter from SUNY Brockport President / COVID-19

March 19, 2020

Dear SUNY Brockport Community:

Once again, I’d like to thank our students, faculty, and staff for the tremendous work that has been done and the extraordinary patience that has been exhibited as we manage our response to COVID-19.

We are taking all necessary steps to reduce our campus density in an effort to combat this virus. Sadly, this will include postponing our May Commencement ceremonies. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make. Commencement is undoubtedly the most joyous day of our academic year. It’s a day to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and for our students to celebrate with their loved ones. But it would be irresponsible for us to move forward as originally planned. This will also allow families to adjust travel plans with plenty of advance notice. Students, please make your families aware of this change. I will be tasking a small group with the objective of re-imagining our 2020 Commencement ceremonies so that our graduates can be recognized properly at some point in the future. More details will be forthcoming as we make these plans.

As you are already aware, we have also decided to continue offering courses through distance learning and other alternative formats for the REMAINDER OF THE SPRING SEMESTER. We appreciate the work our faculty has put into this effort as we do everything we can to promote social distancing and stop the spread of COVID-19.

These are just the latest of the many measures that have been taken in our efforts to meet Governor Cuomo’s crucial and necessary objective of reducing campus density. Other new and existing steps include the following:

All internal events, including sporting events and major activities, have been cancelled for the remainder of the spring semester.All meetings/group activities involving more than 20 individuals have been cancelled or moved to an online format.The SERC fitness center is closed for the spring semester.Following Governor Cuomo’s orders, we have provided telecommuting and other remote work arrangements in order to reduce the presence of our on-campus workforce by at least 50 percent. Many offices will only offer online and remote services for the remainder of the semester. Changes to office schedules and operations can be found on the Coronavirus website.BASC has dramatically reduced its dining services offerings. Only carry-out meals are now being served.

Students are being STRONGLY discouraged from returning to campus after spring break. Both students who were planning on returning to campus following spring break as well as those who remained on-campus during break should take advantage of the credit/refund program announced March 17 and make plans to leave campus. Our residence halls and townhomes should only house students with special circumstances, such as international students and students where other safe living and dining arrangements cannot be made. While we regret that COVID-19 has prevented our students from enjoying the outstanding residential experience we typically offer, that is, unfortunately, our reality. Fitness centers, restaurants, movie theaters, and many other businesses in our surrounding communities are no longer open. Therefore, it is in the best interest of both our students and our public health for the vast majority of students to move home.

The coronavirus has brought us to extraordinary circumstances, with many unknowns. However, I have no doubt that we will emerge from these trying circumstances as a stronger community.

Please stay well.


President Macpherson

Village Court Closure information

March 16, 2020

Due to COVID- 19 and under the direction of our Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial District, the court is closed until further notice.

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If you received a ticket and are scheduled for court, a letter will be sent out with a new court date.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Brockport Village Court

Village Offices Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

March 16, 2020

Village Hall, Village Court, Village DPW, Village Police Department

All offices are closed to the public until further notice.  All essential services will continue.  Every department is reachable by phone and email.  At the police department, people are asked to use the call phone outside the building.  All committee meetings are canceled until further notice.

Payments can be made via mail or in the locked dropbox near the porch at Village Hall.  Water payments can be made online here.  Please look at your bill and inlclude all the zero's and the decimal point as your account number.  Example:  000000xxxx.01

Key contact information:

Mayor Blackman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 637-5300 x116

Main Office  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 637-5300 x110

Water Clerk  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 637-5300 x111

Building and Code Enforcement Officer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 637-5300 x119

Building and Code Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 637-5300 x114

DPW Superintendent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 637-1060

DPW Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0r 637-1060


As always, please call 911 if you need to speak to an officer for any reason. 


Village Hall Closed 10 am today

March 16, 2020

Village Hall is closed at 10 am today for a staff meeting.

Updates to follow regarding operational procedures.

Payments can be made using the locked drop box on the driveway near the porch.

Suspension of Open Meetings Law: No Public Attendance

March 15, 2020

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1, suspending the Open Meetings law through April 11, all Village Board meetings, workshops, and Village committee meetings open to the public will be closed to in-person attendance by the public until further notice. Meetings will continue to be held at Village Court as scheduled and will be videoed and posted on the village website. We are working to be able to livestream the meetings. Meantime, in the absence of public comment, we encourage residents to ask questions related to the meeting agenda and content via email. Other protocol regarding Village government operations will be posted on Monday. March 16th.  We ecourgage you to email, call, mail, use the locked drop box or drive up window for all communication needs.

Email for meeting or agenda questions:

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Morgan Manning House Program for 3/19/20 Postponed

March 12, 2020

Below is a statement from the Morgan Manning House program committee - the public program scheduled for March 19th has been postponed.

"It is in the best interest of the health of our membership and the general public to postpone the presentation "Taxidermy: The Work of David Bruce" to a later date. Because of the interest this presentation has generated, we will try our best have this presentation on a future date. With the unpredictable duration of the health concern, we will wait to schedule.

Currently we have not postponed Bill Andrews' presentation on Henry Seldon scheduled for April. As we see developments, we will make a determination on this program at a later date."

Online Resources / Corona Virus / Facts

March 11, 2020

Find websites to help you fact check your sources here

Community meeting about Corona virus with Dr. Mendoza held on 3/10/2020 at Brockport High School - video recording - click on watch on web, then join anonomously

  • Mayor Blackman's opening remarks had no audio.  They will be uploaded separately.

CDC Coronavirus

Pandemic Influenza - Monroe County Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Mendoza recommends we follow all guideliness for pandemic flu as we face the novel conrona virus

Monroe County Public Health Department, corona virus updates and resources

New York State Department of Health, cornoa virus page

World Health Organization (WHO)