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Posted 8/8/20

Recommendations and relief

Gov. Tom Wolf surprised many PA residents during a press conference Thursday, during which he said that he and state health officials are recommending that school sports …

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Recommendations and relief

Gov. Tom Wolf surprised many PA residents during a press conference Thursday, during which he said that he and state health officials are recommending that school sports not begin until next year. His office later clarified that this is a strong recommendation, but not an order or mandate. The PIAA has already approved the fall season to begin on time, so the final decision is up to each individual district.

Rep. Matt Cartwright recently held a roundtable discussion with restaurant-owners throughout Northeast PA. Included in the conversation was Justin Genzlinger of the Settler’s Hospitality Group in Wayne County. Genzlinger told the congressman about his concerns that outdoor dining will only be a viable during the summer, and that he’s concerned about what will happen in the colder, shorter days of winter. Cartwright told the business owners that he’s pushing for different pieces of legislation to help. He named the Heroes Act, which would include modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program--as well as the Restaurants Act, which would inlcude a new $120 billion grant program to provide structured relief to restaurants through 2020.

The Wayne County Commissioners are encouraging local farmers impacted by COVID-19 to apply for assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. So far, farmers have only claimed $6.2 billion of the $16 billion earmarked for farmers. The majority of payouts have gone to cattle producers. The deadline to apply is August 28.

Don't plant the seeds

Days after the tropical storm Isaias traveled through the region, hundreds of Sullivan County residents still did not have power. Hundreds of thousands were still in the dark throughout the mid-Hudson Valley region. Citing a lack of adequate planning by utility companies, Gov. Cuomo has directed the Department of Public Service to launch an investigation into the responses by Verizon, PSEG Long Island, Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and New York State Electric & Gas to determine the causes of their failures. 

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark in the Town of Thompson will be closed for the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park, which opened just last year, did not provide a reopening date.

Thanks to a recent signature from Gov. Cuomo, hazardous waste from Pennsylvania fracking sites can no longer get dumped in New York State. Before this law, the oil and gas industry was explicitly exempt from hazardous waste transportation and disposal laws. Environmental organizations are calling this a great victory.

NYS Sen. Jen Metzger has issued a statement on reports of unsolicited seeds in the mail. She is asking New York residents who receive seeds that they did not order, to mail them with the original, sealed packaging directly to the USDA. Recipients are asked to include their contact information and any relevant details. She added that handling or planting seeds from questionable sources is strongly discouraged.

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