Category: Tompkins County

COVID-19 could wipe out 5-16% of counties budgets in the Finger Lakes

COVID-19 could wipe out 5-16% of county budgets in the Finger Lakes

Last week when the Canandaigua City Council met — they discussed what could potentially happen if some grim municipal budget forecasting came true. Those concerns had already been highlighted in a report by the New York State Association of Counties. That reality ... MORE
Police investigate multiple reports of shots fired in Ithaca

Police investigate multiple reports of shots fired in Ithaca

Police in Ithaca report that a shots fired investigation is now underway. Around 5:12 p.m. Tompkins County 911 received several reports of shots fired in the 900 block of MLK Street. No victim shave been located at this time, according to police, ... MORE
Patient from NYC dies of COVID-19 at Cayuga Medical Center

Patient from NYC dies of COVID-19 at Cayuga Medical Center

Cayuga Health announced that a patient being treated for the coronavirus has died at Cayuga Medical Center. While that patient was not a Tompkins County resident, it was the first death reported at the facility connected to COVID-19. Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO ... MORE
Ithaca-based ICS announces acquisition of Brightworks Computer Consulting

Ithaca-based ICS announces acquisition of Brightworks Computer Consulting

ICS, a company offering comprehensive technology management services to a wide variety of clients throughout various industries in New York and Pennsylvania, has bolstered its operations with the acquisition of a reputable local consulting firm in Ithaca, Brightworks Computer Consulting. On the ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: What’s next for political campaigns? (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: What’s next for political campaigns? (podcast)

This year was always supposed to be a significant one. Not only is there a census happening, but a number of high-profile elections. Now, it’s all been turned upside down by the Coronavirus. Today we take a look at how the virus ... MORE
Wegmans will provide masks to workers at all stores after backlash

Wegmans will provide masks to workers at all stores after backlash

Wegmans says it was fortunate to receive enough masks to provide all employees with protection while working. The message came in a press release on Wednesday, after intense media scrutiny in the Rochester-area. “We thank our people who continue to show up ... MORE
Police investigate robbery at convenience store in Tompkins County

Police investigate robbery at convenience store in Tompkins County

On Wednesday shortly before 2 a.m. the Ithaca Police Department responded to the A Plus Mini Marked on South Cayuga Street for a reported robbery. Officers arrived and began an investigation. They were quickly able to confirm that a robbery occurred. They ... MORE
Cayuga Medical Center sending two bus loads of personnel to NYC

Cayuga Medical Center sending two bus loads of personnel to NYC

Cayuga Medical Center is sending personnel to New York City. The hospital located in Tompkins County announced that on Wednesday it would send two bus loads of medical personnel to the city, which has become the global epicenter of the pandemic. I ... MORE
Researchers at Cornell University help with hand sanitizer fight

Researchers at Cornell University help with hand sanitizer fight

Researchers at Cornell University are helping to create a new recipe for success in the world of hand sanitizer. “Hand sanitizer is actually not that different from vodka or maybe from gin, so for distillers to make the switch isn’t too difficult,” ... MORE
Cayuga Medical, Cornell join forces to implement surgical mask sewing operation

Cayuga Medical, Cornell join forces to implement surgical mask sewing operation

Cayuga Medical and Cornell have turned Bartels Hall into a surgical mask sewing operation to help in the fight against COVID-19, or the Novel Coronavirus. With Cayuga Medical System, Cornell has created a surgical mask sewing operation in the building that normally ... MORE
Life, Tompkins County
Organizers say Grassroots Festival is on this July

Organizers say Grassroots Festival is on this July

Organizers of the Grassroots Festival in Tompkins County say the show will go on this year. In an email to supporters on Monday, organizers said that efforts are being taken to keep the community informed along the way. It’s the 30th anniversary ... MORE
Wegmans worker in Ithaca tests positive for COVID-19

Wegmans worker in Ithaca tests positive for COVID-19

A Wegmans Coffee Shop employee at its Ithaca location has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Tompkins County Health Department reports that the employee worked multiple shifts over the last two weeks. They further note that anyone who had close contact with ... MORE
Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Law enforcement contends with social distancing, NY on PAUSE violators in Finger Lakes

Who is actually enforcing social distancing protocols? In particular, those directed under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order signed earlier this month. While law enforcement has received sporadic reports of those violating social distancing protocols, they aren’t actually the ones left to respond ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Leslie Dan

INSIDE THE FLX: Leslie Danks Burke discusses digital campaigning and New York’s newest challenges (podcast)

When Leslie Danks Burke set out to run for New York State Senate in the 58th District she could not have imagined what this campaign would look like. Even the most-astute politicians have been thrown for a loop by the Coronavirus pandemic ... MORE
Lawmakers blast executive order to pull ventilators, PPE from Upstate hospitals NYC area

Lawmakers blast executive order to pull ventilators, PPE from Upstate hospitals NYC area

Upstate New York lawmakers ripped Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order to bring ventilators and other personal protective equipment to the downstate area. That executive order was signed on Friday. “Ventilators and PPE are the last lines of defense in a fight that ... MORE
Police investigate shots fired again after several reports over several months

Police investigate shots fired again after several reports over several months

The Ithaca Police Department reports the investigation of shots fired on West Spencer Street. The report came from several individuals who heard a single gunshot around the 200 block of West Spencer. It’s the same location where similar incidents have been reported ... MORE
RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

RATING THE DISTANCE: Counties graded on social distancing efforts across the Finger Lakes

Social distancing, or physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures taken to prevent the spread of a contagious disease by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of people who can gather in close proximity. Before ... MORE
Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Tops Markets bringing back plastic bags temporarily

Plastic bags are making a temporary comeback. Tops Friendly Markets confirmed its allowing customers to use single-use plastic bags amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it won’t enforce the ban until May 15th. The main concern is sanitation connected to reusable ... MORE