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Tompkins County Legislature to Participate in National Moment of Unity and Remembrance, Honoring Lives Lost to COVID-19

The Tompkins County Legislature will participate in a national moment honoring lives lost to COVID-19 at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Legislature tonight (January 19) at 5:30pm. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is inviting Americans across the country to come together for a national moment of unity and remembrance, and Legislators will participate by lighting a candle this evening. The meeting will be streamed live online and simulcast on local Government Access TV (Channel 15 on Spectrum cable).

Chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne stated, “We grieve for those who we have lost during this pandemic, every single loss is tragic, and we must continue to do all we can to protect one another. Sadly, we have lost 19 of our neighbors here in Tompkins County. This moment of unity is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to a brighter future as we get through this pandemic. Please join us this evening in whichever way that feels right to you.”

Legislators are encouraging members of the community to participate at home by lighting a candle, ringing a bell, and tuning into the meeting this evening or the watching the national event live online or on major news networks. The meeting of the Tompkins County Legislature this evening will feature an update on the local COVID-19 response and vaccination program from the Emergency Operations Center and Tompkins County Health Department.