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Active COVID Cases Reach New Heights, Hospitalizations Remain Low

By WRFI News Staff | September 2, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY – There are 428 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, burying the previous all time high of 330 active cases on January 8th, 2021. On August 26th,  there were just 186 active cases. There have been an average of 60 new cases every day for the past week. While the rates…

CALL-IN SHOW: “1000 Conversations,” Ithaca’s Green New Deal w/ Luis Aguirre-Torres

By WRFI News Staff | September 2, 2021

Two years ago, the City of Ithaca passed the Green New Deal resolution, promising that whatever it does to fight climate change will benefit the whole community, especially people with limited means.  As the city moves to decarbonize transportation and electricity sources and change the way it heats and cools its buildings, it’s also asking…

Push is On for Stronger NY Retirement Savings Program to Become Law

By Michayla Savitt | September 1, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. — A bill to bolster the New York Secure Choice Savings Program will reach Gov. Kathy Hochul’s desk in the coming months. Proponents of the measure said its approval will allow New Yorkers to save for retirement more easily. The legislation would apply to companies with at least 10 employees that don’t already provide a…

Record for New and Active COVID Cases Broken in Tompkins Co.

By WRFI News Staff | August 31, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY – Tompkins County’s record for new cases of COVID-19 has been broken. The Health Department is reporting 130 new positive cases of COVID today, and a total of 364 active cases. The rise in cases is largely being attributed to the arrival of college students. In response to the sharp increase, Tompkins County…

EPA Built a Lead Containment Wall at Ithaca Falls. Will it be Enough?

By WRFI News Staff | August 31, 2021

      And that was the voice of Walter Hang, talking about Ithaca Falls: a spectacular natural area, that’s contaminated with lead.  Efforts to clean up the lead have gone on for almost 20 years, and now the EPA is near completing a limestone wall to contain the pollutants. Once that wall is done,…

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