Mayor Hart responds to COVID-19 concerns


On March 12, Trumansburg Mayor Rordan Hart issued a response to the community on his Facebook page.

“As we all continue to watch events unfold in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, I wanted to take a moment on behalf of the Village of Trumansburg to assure everyone that we are monitoring the situation closely, and are keeping open lines of communication with the Town of Ulysses, the Trumansburg Central School District, the Tompkins County Health Department, and other state and local officials throughout the region,” he said.

Hart said he met on March 12 with Town Supervisor Nancy Zahler and Superintendent Kimberly Bell to review organizations’ individual and collective preparedness plans and protocols. Representatives of the village are in daily contact with Cayuga Medical Center and Trumansburg Family Health.

“As many others have already said, please continue to implement the healthy practices we should all be doing anyway when trying to avoid an illness,” Hart said.

Hart said residents can stay up to date with information releases from the Tompkins County Health Department ( and the NY State Department of Health ( Hart will also share news items or releases from the school and the town as he receives them.
Until further notice, the village offices will be closed to the public, Rordan said.

Front office personnel will be working remotely but have access to the office as needed. First responders will be working as staffing dictates, with certain new protocols in place as alluded to this morning. DPW will be working in two-man shifts.

Hart said he wants to assure residents to be strong through these difficult times.

“I know it can be hard to maintain focus when the seas are high, but focus is what allows us to move through an obstacle with thoughtfulness and deliberate speed,” he said. “I and my colleagues on the Trumansburg Village Board remain committed to that focus, and, as a community, we will move through this obstacle together.”

Village elections originally scheduled for March 18 have been postponed per orders from state Gov. Andrew Cuomo to board of elections throughout New York. New York state village elections have been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, April 28, the same day as the state’s presidential primary.
On March 16, Hart updated his response on Facebook to thank village first responders and healthcare providers.

“In particular, Trumansburg EMS has implemented practices that, to my knowledge, are a first in the region with respect to transporting and rendering of care to patients in isolation, and staffing protocols based on type of call and patient contact, in an effort to ensure continuity of service under any and all circumstances,” Hart said. “Hopefully, these measures are never needed, but it has been an honor and a pleasure to watch you all work under the pressure of unique circumstances.”

The village is investigating options to assist those who are most at risk with obtaining meals, groceries and other needed goods. Hart hopes to have more information on that in the next day or so.

In Brief:

T-burg Rotary Grants Available

Trumansburg Rotary is eager to fund self-sustaining community activities including local school learning projects (focused on the Trumansburg, South Seneca, Newfield and Enfield schools), activities in support of senior citizens, the arts and local libraries in those communities.

The application and background information are available to download from the club’s website,, and can be completed and mailed to the club. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1, with grants to be awarded by April 30.

Grants are generally made in amounts up to $1,000, though larger grants may be made if funds are available. If questions arise during the writing of the grant proposal, please direct inquiries to Kathleen Overbaugh (

Thousand-dollar scholarships

The Trumansburg Fairgrounds Board announced that 10 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current New York state high school seniors and students already enrolled in college. The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and the New York State Showpeople’s Association sponsor the scholarships.

The qualifying students must be active at the Trumansburg Fair or with the New York State Showpeople’s Association. All applicants from Tompkins and Seneca counties must submit their applications through the Trumansburg Fair or the NYSSAF no later than Friday, April 3.

Applications are posted online on the NYSAAF website,, and additional information is available at the Trumansburg and South Seneca High School guidance offices. Applications must be printed and completed from the NYFair website.
For more information, contact John Craft, scholarship coordinator, at



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