The Tompkins County Health Department is warning the community about monkeypox. Monkeypox spreads through skin-to-skin contact or prolonged close contact with an infected person. Though there are no cases in the county, 86 cases have occurred across the state. In a press release, county Public Health Director, Frank Kruppa said the agency is working “to keep the community informed about this disease and the steps to take to prevent exposure.” For more information, visit tompkinscountyny,gov/health
In June, New York state’s ConnectALL Office released a new mapping tool that provides address-specific information on the availability of broadband service. According to The Ithaca Voice, the tool will be useful to local governments in making informed decisions about investment in expanded broadband. Last fall Tompkins County approved a $70,000 project to expand service to 180 Newfield homes. Governor Hochul has earmarked $1 Billion in the 2022 budget for broadband expansion. New York is also expected to receive a portion of $65 Billion in federal funding to improve broadband access.
Yesterday, Governor Hochul signed legislation requiring certain airports to provide a private space for breastfeeding. According to governor.ny.gov, this bill amends the current Public Health Law to ensure there are nursing-friendly airports that have lactation accommodations inside their security areas.
Governor Hochul also announced that $104 million was awarded to build over 800 homes across 16 development areas in the state. According to the press release, the funding will help local economic development initiatives, expand housing supply, fight homelessness with supportive services, and help close the digital divide for lower-income households. The awards are part of Hochul’s $25 billion statewide housing plan to make housing more stable, affordable, and equitable. For more information, visit governor.ny.gov
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