The Tompkins County Health Department has announced an additional COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinic for youth ages 12 to 17. The department will offer the Pfizer booster from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. this Saturday at the Ithaca Mall Vaccine Site. Residents are eligible for the booster if they received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least 5 months ago. For more information visit the county website at Tompkinscountyny.gov/health
On Tuesday, the Tompkins County Legislature voted 8-6 to raise the salary of the county sheriff. Voting in opposition, Democrat Mike Lane expressed concern about raising the salary of an elected official mid term calling it a “terrible precedent.” Lansing Democrat Deborah Dawson, voted in favor pointing out that due to a quirk in the county pay structure, the Sheriff is currently making less than the undersheriff and his Lieutenants. The measure will change the pay structure so the sheriff is always paid more than his subordinates.
On Tuesday New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed court papers accusing the Trump Organization of inflating the value of its assets. According to the New York Times, the filing alleges the company engaged in “fraudulent or misleading practices.” This comes in response to Trump’s attempts to block James from questioning his two eldest children Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, both of whom have been involved in the former President business since leaving college. This is part of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General into the former President’s business practices.
Governor Kathy Hochul’s campaign for governor released fundraising information this week that revealed the Governor raised nearly $22 Million over six months shattering previous fundraising records. According to Politico, this came on the same day Siena College released polling data that showed the governor leading in the Democratic Primary by 34 points. Hochul’s nearest rival in that poll, Bill de Blasio, announced he would not run for governor just hours later. Hochul will still face Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi and New York City Public Advocate Juamaane Williams in the June Primary. So far Hochul’s most prominent Republican challenger is Congressman Lee Zeldin.