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posticon State DMV Goes More Online To Local DMV's Detriment

Around Town | Friday, September 25, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expanding online services with a pilot program that will allow new drivers to take the written learner permit tests for passenger cars (Class D) and motorcycles (Class M) online, and also allow customers who reside in counties served by the state DMV to register their vehicles online.  That may seem like good news, but Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds says the plan takes much needed revenue away from the County DMV -- run by her office and not by the State -- sort of.  And that makes it more challenging to generate enough income to keep all the local DMV employees and services here in Tompkins County.  Reynolds adds that removing the vision test because services are offered online could pose a hazard.

"I do see this as a big loss of income. They're saying it's due to COVID, but it could move in the future," Reynolds says.  "But now if they take away the vision test, which is not a good thing, because some people really shouldn't need to have their vision tested before they get a license.  There are some people that shouldn't be driving. So there's a safety issue that we're concerned about."

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posticon Artifacts from New York Indigenous Towns Digitized, Repatriated

Around Town | Friday, September 25, 2020 | By Lindsey Hadlock Print
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cornell glass bead BA glass bead found among other artifacts at two historical locations near Geneva, New York. Photo by Cornell University Library

Unearthed, digitized and soon to be repatriated, artifacts from two Native American towns near Geneva, New York are beginning to share their rich stories online through a collaborative project by anthropologists, librarians and Indigenous community members.

The recently launched digital collection – Onöndowa'ga:' (Seneca) Haudenosaunee Archaeological Materials, circa 1688-1754 – features two historical locations, White Springs and Townley-Read, which were inhabited by members of the Onöndowa'ga:' (Seneca) Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) after they fled the French military destruction of the town of Ganondagan in 1687.

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posticon Rotary Club Announces 2020 Grant Awardees

Around Town | Friday, September 25, 2020 | By Sherrie Negrea Print
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rotaryclub 120The Ithaca Rotary Club awarded nearly $12,800 in community grants that will fund personal protective equipment for an after-school program, packets of seeds and vegetable plants for low-income families and online programming for a youth theatre group.

The annual grant program received 33 proposals requesting $29,000 this year. The grants were awarded by the Ithaca Rotary Club Grants Committee, co-chaired by Jessica Gosa, executive director of Foodnet Meals on Wheels.

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