Preparing For Thanksgiving in NYC

As we all prepare for the holidays the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released guidelines for enjoying the holiday while avoiding food-borne illnesses. Here are a few tips from Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD MPH:

•  Keep packages of frozen poultry or meat frozen until ready to thaw. Turkey should not be cooked from a frozen state. Thaw poultry or meat in the refrigerator on tray (to catch raw drippings). Allow 24 hours of thawing for every 5 pounds of turkey.

•  If a microwave is used to thaw a turkey, the turkey must be cooked immediately. Do not return the turkey to the refrigerator. Use a food thermometer to ensure that all parts of the turkey are cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

•  Turkey and stuffing should be cooked separately. If poultry giblets or other chopped meats are used to season the stuffing; cook the stuffing so that all parts are heated to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. (If the turkey has a “pop-up” temperature indicator, it is also recommended that a food thermometer be used to test all parts of the turkey to ensure that it is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP