July 11th, 2022 Daily Headlines

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is asking community members to fill out a health survey available for all residents over the age of 18. TCHD, Cayuga Health System, and other local partners produced the survey which includes questions about, access to care, food security, physical and mental health, chronic conditions, COVID-19, and what makes a healthy community. The survey is open through July, and everyone who completes the survey is eligible for a drawing for a $20 gift card. You can complete the survey at tompkinscountyny.gov/health


On July 1st, an inmate at the Tompkins County Jail assaulted a corrections officer, causing the officer to seek medical attention. According to the Ithaca Voice, the Sheriff’s office claims inmate Abraham Phelan made an “unprovoked attack” against an unnamed corrections officer. Phelan allegedly “intentionally flooded” his cell and attacked the corrections officer when the officer handed him cleaning supplies. Phelan was arrested in January this year for forcibly touching multiple women. Due to the recent assault, Phelan has been charged with Assault in the Second Degree and remains in the Tompkins County Jail on a $30,000 cash bail. The Ithaca Voice has filed a Freedom of Information Law request for any available security footage of the incident. 


Last week, Governor Hochul signed a law that sets new requirements for applicants seeking concealed carry gun permits. Beginning in September, applicants must provide a list of current and former social media accounts, numerous hours of safety training, and provide four character references. According to AP News, local officials will scroll through social media profiles and check whether applicants have made statements suggesting dangerous behavior. However, questions about the law’s implementation remain including how it will affect the privacy rights of applicants.

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