Central New York

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For the first time since World War II, New York is cancelling its State Fair.  Governor Cuomo made the announcement Monday during his briefing, saying the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he is disappointed there won’t be a fair this year, but he understands the decision.

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COVID-19 didn’t so much create new issues for Central New Yorker experiencing poverty, but instead exacerbated existing inequalities. That’s according to a new Community Needs Assessment produced by the local nonprofit PEACE Inc.  The report listed six areas to focus on including nutrition, employment supports, and access.


Central New York teens have the chance this summer to participate in a STEAM summer day camp that results in helping someone in need.  It’s called “Hand in Hand”, where students entering 7th through 12th grades will work in teams to design and fabricate prosthetic hands for local youth and seniors using 3-D printers. 


With Central New York in Phase Three, AARP says it wants senior living facilities to open its doors to visitors. But local senior healthcare executives are proceeding with caution.

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Local restaurants will be allowed to expand their outdoor seating to accommodate more customers without having to appeal to bureaucratic entities. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon  issued an Executive Order Friday that suspends any permit, ordinance or regulation in relation to outdoor seating in the county. 

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Onondaga County received sales tax receipts, and they continue to indicate financial challenges ahead. Payments were off 37%, which is $9 million less than last year. The County Legislature is considering reinstituting a decades dormant energy tax, which is one of the only ways the county government has found to raise revenue.

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Following late night confusion, Central New York is able to start Phase Two of reopening. Reports began Thursday evening that Governor Andrew Cuomo would not be allowing any part of the state to begin Phase Two until a data review by international experts, causing frustration among local leaders and residents.

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Data from the past two weeks points to Central New York entering Phase Two of reopening on Friday. However, which businesses are included in Phase Two is unclear. As of Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon’s Thursday briefing, New York State still had not issued any specific guidance.

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The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Onondaga County was one of the lowest in weeks Wednesday. County Executive Ryan McMahon reported just 14 new cases of the virus, with only 3 of them from community spread.

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A large number of new, positive COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County are from asymptomatic carriers. County Executive Ryan McMahon reported that 44% of cases this week were from people who exhibit no symptoms.