3 NY regions set to reopen, but Hudson Valley still a few steps away

The Hudson Valley area has still only met five of the seven criteria needed to start phase one of reopening.

News 12 Staff

May 12, 2020, 11:12 AM

Updated 1,474 days ago

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While three New York regions have been given the green light by the governor to begin phase one of reopening on May 15, the mid-Hudson Valley area will have to wait a bit longer.
The Hudson Valley could be a week out from beginning the first phase of reopening select industries, including construction.
As New York’s curve flattens, real estate development and management firm Kirchhoff plans to do their part when they finally have the green light to reopen.
"We built incredibly great hand-washing stations at all the jobs with tanks of water and foot pumps, so nobody has to touch any faucets by hand," said CEO Joe Kirchoff.
The company also invested $50,000 in new tools so each employee has their own.
For Joe Kirchhoff, it’s a necessary safety measure to get more than 200 employees and three major projects back to work. He said the company is losing thousands of dollars each week while the state remains shut down.
When compared to this same time last year, Dutchess County has seen the biggest percentage increase in unemployment claims across the Hudson Valley, jumping nearly 1,700%.
“The devastation is real and rebounding, restarting and moving forward needs to be about safety,” says County Executive Marc Molinaro.
The Hudson Valley reopening will happen as a region. So far, the Hudson Valley has met five of seven criteria needed to reopen under New York's Phase One, which includes construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail curbside pickup, agriculture, forestry and fishing.
Molinaro is having weekly town halls every Wednesday and Friday to answer questions families have about the upcoming re-opening.
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