The College at Brockport Message to Community

March 7, 2020

Message from President Macpherson, The College at Brockport:

"Members of the SUNY Brockport Community:

In an effort to help our fellow SUNY students who are currently in countries that have been designated by the US Department of State for Level 2 Travel Alerts and Level 3 Travel Warnings due to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in those areas, SUNY, under the direction of the New York State Department of Health, is urging all program participants in the impacted countries to return to New York and begin a 14-day precautionary quarantine either at home or at a designated residence hall.

SUNY is chartering flights to transport students from Italy, Japan and South Korea and return them to New York. Based on information provided by SUNY administration, if returning back to the US on SUNY sponsored flights, SUNY will give study abroad students the option to undergo precautionary quarantine for 14 days (as per NYS Department of Health guidance) either at home or on one of three designated SUNY campuses. Brockport is one of the locations being considered because it has the facilities, services, technology, clinical and general staffing capabilities to accommodate NYS DOH quarantine guidelines. However, we won’t know if our campus will be utilized until we get a final determination from SUNY depending on the number of students that select the dormitory option.
Preparations are currently being made to potentially house these students in Gordon Hall and, if our campus is selected, they could arrive as early as next week.

Our first priority is the safety, health, and welfare of all students, faculty, and staff and local residents. None of these students that may arrive on our campus will have tested positive for COVID-19 but have visited one of the impacted countries and must undergo precautionary quarantine. Please visit the Hazen Center’s website on the Coronavirus for more health information.

The Brockport campus can potentially accommodate up to 95 students. A team of individuals from across campus are working diligently to ensure that any students who might arrive are safely undergoing precautionary quarantine, will continue to receive academic support, and that they experience minimal personal discomfort through the course of the 14 days.

We recognize that many of you will have questions. Please understand that this is a work in progress. Many talented, hard-working people on campus, at SUNY system administration, and in state and local government are working on identifying solutions, which we will communicate as appropriate. We will make this process as transparent and informative as possible.

More information will be forthcoming soon. Many thanks for your understanding, patience, and cooperation as we work to support all SUNY students impacted by travel restrictions.

President Macpherson

Cuomo's Press Conference Re State Response to COVID-19

March 6, 2020

Governor Cuomo's press conference from 3/6/2020


"New Yorkers should focus on facts not fear as we confront this evolving situation, and the facts do not merit the level of anxiety we are seeing," Governor Cuomo said. "The number of cases will increase because it's math - the more you test, the more cases you find. We are testing more people, we are isolating anyone who may have come into contact with the virus, and we are getting people care if they need it."

A brief mention of the SUNY travel abroad students and possible quaratine is made during the Q&A.

Letter to Governor Cuomo Re Quarantining Students

March 6, 2020

Mayor Blackman's letter to the Governor regarding the possibility of quarantining students at The College at Brockport is available here.

Covid-19 Information from NYS Dept of Health

March 6, 2020

Please read this letter from the NYS Department of Health regarding COVID-19.

We want to emphasize the below paragraph from the letter and encourage residents to stay calm, review the facts, and be smart.

"Cold and flu viruses are much more prevalent in New York right now. Your community members are far more likely to contract one of these viruses than COVID-19. You already know the steps to take to stop the spread of all of these viruses. Please remember to advise your residents to:

• Wash hands with soap and water, and often.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, especially before eating

• Avoid contact with sick people.

• And stay home if they feel sick, or are caring for a sick housemate"

NYCOM: The importance of local government

March 4, 2020

Please watch and share this brief video produced by the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), introduction by Mayor Blackman, and narration by a student, the future of our communities!

Village Offices Closing at 3pm

February 7, 2020

Village Offices will close at 3pm due to increasing inclement weather.  Our drop box at Village Hall remains available on our driveway for payments and communication.

Thank you to DPW and the BPD for your continued work keeping our community safe.

HPB Public Hearing 2/20/20

January 23, 2020

The Historic Preservation Board will hold a public hearing on February 20, 2020.  Read the full notice here.

Volunteer Opportunities

January 15, 2020

We are looking for volunteers to serve on various boards and committees - see the full list here.

Local Law Filing

January 15, 2020

Local Laws 2 and 3 of 2019 were filed, read the full notice here.

Call for 2020 Events

January 15, 2020

The village is accepting events for their 2020 Events Calendar.  Please read the notice/directions here.

Brockport Loop Announced

January 7, 2020

Connecting the north and south sides of the canal, between the College of Brockport and the Village of Brockport is a guard gate.  This gate was never intended as a connection for people -- until now.  The gate is being reimagined as a pedestrian bridge.

The Guard Gate bridge, the anchor of the Brockport Loop, will provide access to the Empire State Trail and Corbett Park in the Village. It will be a stimulus to the further development of Brockport Community Rowing at Commissary Park and to the partnership between the College and the Village. Without question, the bridge and the completion of the Loop (to the Smith Street Bridge and across) will stimulate economic development and tourism, drawing people from the greater Brockport area along with more visitors to our section of the Erie Canal.

Read the Governor's press release about reimagining the Erie Canal, including his announcement of the Brockport Loop here.

See the local WHAM news piece, including interview with Mayor Blackman, here.

Village Offices Closed

December 31, 2019

Village offices will close at 12:30 on 12/31/19 and will be closed on New Year's Day.  We will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:30am.

Happy New Year!

Curbside Christmas Tree Pickup

December 31, 2019

The DPW will pickup curbside Christmas trees now through March 2020.

Carolyn Dr. Water Shut-off 12/26/19

December 23, 2019

A water shut-off has been scheduled between 9am and noon for Carolyn Dr. on Thursday, 12/26/19.  Read the full notice.

Morgan Manning House Program Rescheduled

December 18, 2019

The program scheduled for 12/18/19 at the Morgan Manning House has been rescheduled for Monday, December 23rd at 7pm.  See the events tab for more information.

Canal Embankment Update/ Trail Access

December 18, 2019

 Canal Embankment Update, as noted in the Winter Village newsletter (see link below for info regarding trail acces locations)

During the spring and summer, Nick Schwartz, CHA Companies landscape architect on contract with the Canal Corporation, met with Brockport homeowners regarding possible plantings at the toe and top of the embankment. The original plan called for the work to be completed this fall, but that has now been pushed back until next spring.

Meantime, CHA completed an assessment of potential new Erie Canalway Trail Access locations in Brockport. They investigated four potential new trail access locations—from Lyman Street, McCormick Place, Sunflower Landing, and Evergreen Park. The conceptual designs considered ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Empire State Trail Design Guide, and AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) Bicycle Guide standards. CHA’s November 5 memo, “Assessment of New Erie Canalway Trail Access Locations” is available here.

Neighbors across the canal from Allied Frozen Storage should be pleased to know that plans also call for the planting of 18 Norway spruce along the south bank of the canal adjacent to the Allied Frozen Storage facility. These plantings will be installed in the spring at the same time as the others being planted to address adjacent homeowner concerns.


Holiday Office Closures

December 17, 2019

Village offices will be closed 12/24/19 beginning at noon, and closed 12/25/19.

DPW will continue to have laborers on call for roadway upkeep, and the Police Department will continue to operate, keeping our community safe.

Holiday Office Closures (2)

December 17, 2019

Village offices will be closed 12/24/19 beginning at noon, and closed 12/25/19.

DPW will continue to have laborers on call for roadway upkeep, and the Police Department will continue to operate, keeping our community safe.

Village offices closed

November 27, 2019

Village offices are closed Wednesday, Nov 27 through the remainder of the week.  We will open Monday, Dec 2 at 8:30 am.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Public Meeting: Market St. Streetscape Plan 11/20/19

November 7, 2019

The Village Board will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7pm at 49 State St.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and take comments on the Market St. master streetscape plan.  See the notice and plan design here.