Independent candidate for Ithaca mayor Katie Sims has received the endorsement of the Working Families Party. Sims, who is running to the left of both incumbent Laura Lewis and Republican candidate Zachary Winn, is focusing her platform on housing justice and combating climate change. According to the Ithaca Voice, the Working Families Party has endorsed a slew of candidates recently, including Anna Kelles for State Assembly, Lea Webb for State Senate, and Tiffany Kumar for Common Council.
On Monday, state health officials announced that more than $10 million in grant money will be distributed to small, community wellness organizations. The purpose of the grants is to bolster community health infrastructure and to promote accurate health information. According to Spectrum News NY1, the grant is available for non-profit organizations, community and educational groups, faith-based groups, as well as community health organizations. Up to 210 different organizations will receive funding. One-time grants of $50,000 are available to eligible groups.
Last Friday, Governor Hochul signed a bill designed to expand awareness of advance care planning, hospice, and palliative care. According to Hospice News, New York ranks 50th among states in hospice utilization, despite being 25th in population growth among senior citizens. The campaign is designed to make residents aware of the full extent of end-of-life care options available. It will be developed and funded by the New York State Department of Health.
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