Severe Flooding in Watkins Glen

Flooding in the Village of  Watkins Glen on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021. (Watkins Glen Police) WATKINS GLEN, NY — Watkins Glen has been hit with severe flooding. The village was suffered a flash flood catalyzed by a severe thunderstorm and heavy downpour last night. Watkins Glen Police report that some parts of the Village were…

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Offices Remain Vacant as Tompkins County Economy Recovers from COVID

Empty  Office Space (Sergei Wing / Unsplash) ITHACA, NY — The Tompkins County Legislature heard a presentation on the county’s economic recovery from COVID at their July 6th meeting. It came from Heather McDaniels, president of Ithaca Area Economic Development.  McDaniels identified several areas that would require additional support to recover from the effects of the…

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Cost of Living is Up, but the Living Wage in Tompkins County Stagnates. Why? Federal Healthcare Subsidies.

(Unsplash) TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The Living Wage in Tompkins County went down by 5 cents, from $15.37 to $15.32. The reason being: new Federal subsidies for health insurance. Although, those subsidies are temporary. Tompkins County’s Living Wage is calculated every two years by Alternatives Federal Credit Union. Alternatives calculates a Living Wage for their…

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Next Steps for Tompkins County’s Workforce After the Pandemic

Workers in a Singaporean shipyard disembark a gas vessel during a planned fire drill. (Unsplash) TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The pandemic is slowing down, and there are a lot of different strategies to help businesses and the overall economy recover in Tompkins County. Natalie Branosky is the Director of Tompkins County’s Workforce Development Board. On June…

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Official Primary Results are in for Tompkins County

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — Official primary election results are in for the City of Ithaca Common Council races, the Tompkins County Legislature races, as well as races for elected town officials in Groton and Danby. These results added absentee and affidavit ballots. Tallying those votes didn’t lead to changing the victors in any of the…

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Coronavirus Update, June 29, 2021

Cornell University is planning a full reopening in the fall. Nearly all classes will be in-person with seating that will not require social distancing. Students planning to take fall classes in person have been informed that they must provide Cornell with proof of full vaccination by August 16.   The University currently only recognizes vaccines…

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