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posticon What's Open, What's Not in Town of Lansing

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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With state requirements for lockdown and reopening changing daily, planned Town of Lansing activities are open... or closed... depending on Albany's requirements and guidance by the Tompkins County Health Department at any given time.  This will be felt especially tomorrow, because the Lansing Fireworks and Lansing Lions Club's annual 4th of July Chicken Barbecue, a Lansing staple, has been cancelled.  The good news is that Dave Hatfield, Lansing's king of barbecued chicken, will be hosting a chicken barbecue tomorrow at the Lansing Town Hall.  And swimming at the Myers Park beach is open between 10:30AM and 8:00PM. The bad news is that several events have been cancelled, including the annual Thursday night Music In The Park series.

"Due to Covid-19 and the public gathering size limit of 50 we are unable to have our Music in the Park series. This is just as frustrating for us as it is to you but we have to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the State and the Tompkins County Health Department. We hope to re-schedule all the bands for 2021 as this was one of the best line ups we have ever had," says a statement from the Town Parks & Recreatioon Department.

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posticon $3.6 Million Federal Funding for Regional Aiports

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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US Congressman Tom Reed delivered $3,624,165 in aviation funding Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airports across the district. $957,500 of the money is allotted to the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. The federal aid will support infrastructure revitalization projects ranging from reconstruction, taxiway lighting, and fire and safety equipment. A portion of the grant funding for these projects comes from the CARES Act.

“We care about making sure our region and its airports have the latest infrastructure in place to grow the economy, support local jobs, and keep our facilities up-to-date,” said Tom. “We will continue to advocate for smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure because they provide direct, tangible economic benefits to the community at large.”

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posticon Health Department Discourages Travel to Limit Spread of COVID-19

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By Samantha Hillson Print
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In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain U.S. states, New York has joined with New Jersey and Connecticut to issue a travel advisory for anyone returning from states that have significant community spread.

The Tompkins County Health Department is discouraging all non-essential travel to affected states by Tompkins County residents. Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, "COVID-19 is still an ongoing pandemic, and while New York State has curbed the spread of the disease, we're seeing it increase across the nation at unprecedented rates. Traveling to states with increasing spread is not advised, we need to continue to be vigilant to prevent future outbreaks of the disease."

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posticon Travelers to NY From 16 States Required to Quarantine for 14 Days

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that eight additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

"As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening," Governor Cuomo said. "We've set metrics for community spread just as we've set metrics for everything the state does to fight COVID-19, and eight more states have reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York's travel advisory, meaning we will now require individuals traveling to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days."

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posticon Cornell to Reactivate Ithaca Campus Sept. 2

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By Cornell University Print
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The suspense is over: Cornell plans to welcome students back to its Ithaca campus for a fall semester blending in-person and online instruction, confident that decision best serves public health, President Martha E. Pollack announced June 30. From classrooms to residence halls to dining facilities, no aspect of campus life will be quite the same as before the coronavirus pandemic abruptly forced a shift to virtual instruction in early April, Pollack said in a message to the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses.

Students will be expected to observe strict behavioral requirements and participate in a comprehensive testing program designed to detect and contain any spread of COVID-19. But with those safeguards in place, Pollack said, epidemiological modeling by university experts showed that resuming residential learning this fall would create a safer environment for Cornell and its neighbors than if classes were only held online.

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posticon County Officials Support Cornell and IC Reactivation Plans

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By Dominick Recckio Print
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Tompkins County officials have reviewed and support Cornell University's and Ithaca College’s phased return to campus plan for the fall 2020 semester. Officials from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) are in ongoing communication with University officials and have been participating in planning efforts.

Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director and EOC Operations Chief stated, "Cornell has shown a careful approach to putting protocols in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Their plans reflect their commitment to their campus community and Tompkins County residents." Kruppa continued, "The plan is thorough, including a robust testing program, a coordinated approach to isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing, and significant modifications to campus life. Ithaca College is making careful considerations in planning to reopen their campus, including moving in students over a four-week period ending on Oct 5. We have been in active communication with members of their reopening task force and they are committed to the health of their campus community and the wider public in Tompkins County."

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posticon State Police Crackdown on DWI During the July 4 Holiday

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday, beginning Saturday, Friday July 3 and running through Sunday, July 5. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.

"While the July Fourth weekend is a time to celebrate and spend time with family and friends, too often drinking leads to poor decisions when it is time to go home. To ensure safety on our roads this holiday, State Police and local law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired driving of any kind," Cuomo said. "I urge all New Yorkers to act responsibly and make arrangements to find a safe way home - never drink and drive."

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posticon Phase 3 Indoor Dining Postponed in New York City

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that the reopening of New York City indoor dining, originally part of the city's expected entry into Phase Three on July 6, will be postponed as states across the country that previously reopened indoor dining are experiencing upticks in COVID-19 cases.

The governor also announced that New York State will expand its testing criteria to all New Yorkers statewide. New York conducts more tests per capita than any big country in the world and now has the capacity to expand the testing criteria.

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posticon Bill Would Establish Nursing Home Deaths Commission

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senator Pam Helming today announced that she is co-sponsoring legislation that establishes an independent, bi-partisan commission to fully investigate the deaths of the New Yorkers who died from COVID-19 in state-regulated nursing homes.

"From the beginning of this pandemic, the Governor and Commissioner of Health acknowledged nursing homes as Ground Zero for COVID-19. Yet, little still has been done to protect the vulnerable residents living in these facilities or the staff who care for these residents. An independent investigation needs to be conducted so we may understand where the state went wrong in order to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future," Senator Helming said.

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posticon Reed Celebrates USMCA

News | Friday, July 03, 2020 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Congressman Tom Reed was proud to announce Wednesday that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement has officially gone in to effect. Reed served as an integral member of Republican leadership's USMCA team, and fiercely advocated for the agreement because of its many positive benefits for NY-23 workers and farmers. The Problem Solvers Caucus, which Reed co-chairs, also contributed to the deal's swift passage.

"Today marks an important milestone for our country and economy. After years of hard work, we are implementing a modernized free trade agreement with our Northern and Southern neighbors that creates fair market opportunities for American farmers, eliminates foreign governments' unfair trading practices, and delivers relief to our domestic manufacturers," said Reed.

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