Homer Mayor Hal McCabe called into WXHC from Albany today to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, which he warns could potentially cause widespread travel bans in the area “within 1-2 weeks” similar to those currently seen in parts of Europe.
McCabe’s at the capital this week working alongside state legislators working to finalize a new budget – an increasingly urgent task, given the time constraints likely to come as the scenario develops.
His role as Director of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is a position he was appointed to last year by the governor.
While Cortland County still has no diagnosed cases, the community is gearing up for that to happen soon.
A local State of Emergency was issued yesterday and Governor Cuomo today prohibited all gatherings statewide of 50 or more people.
Food establishments statewide have also been limited to takeout or delivery service only, and all movie theatres, gyms and casinos will be closed down temporarily.
More changes are expected over the coming days, with WXHC‘s comprehensive list of current updates available here.
Press play below to listen to the interview with Homer Mayor Hal McCabe: