Chamber addresses COVID-19 changes, concerns

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In the past week, dozens of village businesses have announced frequent changes due to COVID-19 concerns and new regulations coming from the state. On March 16, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that casinos, restaurants, gyms and theaters across the state will be closed until further notice starting at 8 p.m. that night. Bars and restaurants can switch to pick-up and delivery only.

“This is undoubtedly a very difficult time for local business owners, and it looks like it will become even tougher over the next couple of months,” said Keith Hannon, interim president of the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce, in a letter to Chamber members on March 16.

Hannon said members of the TACC board are in close conversations with both the Tompkins County Chamber and the village of Trumansburg.

“Myself and other members of the Village Board have been discussing options for how we can play a role in organizing support for or providing relief to Main Street and the businesses of greater Trumansburg,” Hannon said. “We understand how stressful it is to not only have to worry about the health of your family, but the health of your business.”

While Hannon remains hopeful the state and federal government will provide some sort of relief for small businesses and their staff, he plans to continue to work at the local level to find ways the village and Chamber can work together to help get businesses through this.

“These are anxious times, and if the reports are any indication, it will get more stressful before we can exhale a sigh of relief,” Hannon said. “We have a beautiful community, in large part because of the work you all do to make greater Trumansburg such an attractive place to live, visit and patronize. The character of our community and the bond we all share will allow us to navigate through this historic moment.”

Chamber investigation

Last month, the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Chamber President Elaine Springer had been suspended from the board pending investigation into fiscal oversight. Directors discovered the Chamber credit card had been compromised in early December of 2019.

Interim President Keith Hannon released an update on the investigation earlier this month, saying that “the police are in control of the criminal investigation.”

“We don’t have any updates on that, other than we continue to look at historical bank statements for any additional abnormalities,” Hannon said.

Chamber members also discovered the Chamber has insurance that may cover financial losses due to fraud. Chamber staff plan to follow up on that but will first complete the full financial audit to identify all transactions to be included in an insurance claim.

The TACC board voted to hire a bookkeeper to help organize Chamber finances in a way that meets a highly professional standard.

“Once we have brought our account into good standing, it is our hope that she will stay on as treasurer,” Hannon said.

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Ulysses Philomathic Library

While Ulysses Philomathic Library has temporarily closed, staff are continuing to cover limited services.

Hours to call are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday and Thursday noon to 3 p.m. Staff can assist callers with reference questions, help walk you through its online services including e-books, audiobooks and online databases and maybe even tell you a joke. Outside of these hours, please leave a message. Library phone number: (607) 387-5623.
The library is not offering curbside pickup for library materials at this time.

For now, the book drops are locked. Please hold your materials at home until further notice. The due dates for currently checked out items have been suspended until May 1.

If you need urgent assistance with printing/scanning/faxing, please call the library or email director@trumansburglibrary.org.

Need Wi-Fi? The public network is available, and the connection reaches outside of the building, has no password and is available to all.
Responses and procedures to the situation are evolving fast. Stay updated at trumansburglibrary.org.

Village Elections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has delayed all New York state village elections until the April 28, 2020, the same day of the presidential primaries, due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Trumansburg Food Pantry

The Trumansburg Food Pantry is open and is following its normal schedule for as long as there are volunteers and food. Additional safety precautions put in place include rubber gloves, social distancing and outside pick-up. The pantry is open Monday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:15 to 6 p.m.

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