“They need to continue because the money for those has already been allocated which is important, but also those are supporting downtowns and small businesses and jobs.”
“They need to continue because the money for those has already been allocated which is important, but also those are supporting downtowns and small businesses and jobs.”
Their plan is a temporary four month emergency relief package only meant to last from December 1st to March 31st.
“A lot of the landlords are small business owners or just mom-and-pop folks who may have a couple of that they picked up and they’re using it for side income.”
In recent days, Danks Burke attempted to bring suit against officials in Schuyler County over some invalidated absentee ballots.
The budget is about a 6 percent decrease from 2020.
According to Danks Burke, the case relates to 75 to 100 ballots.
“Those faculty of color took a chance coming to an institution that did not have a great pedigree in terms of diversity,” Soyinka-Airewele said.
Thirty people tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day in Tompkins County. That is a significant increase.
Kelles has been a Tompkins County legislator since 2015.
“Joe Biden has rightfully earned the title of being the projected president-elect and that should be recognized,” Rep. Reed said.
“We also need to do a whole lot of work in the coming years to make sure we are building a truly equitable and just democracy,” said one of the rally organizers, Joanna Green.
“There may be a whole lot more bitterness, division and cynicism that we had back then,” Mitrano said.
Reed faced Democrat Tracy Mitrano for a second consecutive time.
Students who wish to leave must test negative before returning home.
“I wanted my vote to be counted right away and not after the Election Day.”
Spray paint of a circle with a cross was found on one business and in other places around the city.
“I do not believe you can be trusted on this question, Mr. Reed,” said Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano.
The school originally moved online this month.
“I couldn’t wait another second.”
Over the previous week, the city was the site of escalating tensions between pro- and anti-Trump groups.
So far, 55 students have been suspended or banned from campus because of COVID violations.
The officers were on the scene briefly but left.
Tuesday’s 90-minute debate was sponsored by local chapters of the League of Women Voters.
The death occurred almost seven months to the day the county announced it was closing all schools to slow the spread of the virus.
Officials made the decision after a rise in cases of COVID-19 included 11 new cases in a 24-hour period.
The Ithaca City School District began in-person classes this week.
“There’s no clear issue arising from off-campus activity,” SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said. “It’s not as if there’s one big gathering or two big gatherings. But clearly the activity is coming from off-campus.”
This is the second time Danks Burke has challenged O’Mara to represent the 58th senate district. Geographically, the district is the largest in the state senate.
Jennifer Wilson, Deputy Director of the League of Women Voters of New York State, said the success of their lawsuit makes three important changes.
“Throughout this pandemic I think mental illness, depression, anxiety has increased.”
“By showing up here today you have sent a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We will not be run by a mob of thugs and criminals.”
“Certainly, we are working very hard behind the scenes to make sure we can get people in contact with doctors if they need it and things like that, if they need it.”
“The numbers are probably going to obscure some real misery, a sort of invisible misery in this community. We still have almost 10% unemployment.”
Catherine Huang, a Cornell senior, said some of the work of educating students is being done by students on social media.
The false claims amounted to 272 hours of sick and leave time, equivalent to over $6,000.
“We just have to make sure that these early indications of some isolated misbehaviors don’t become larger.”
Myrick said police “cannot be everywhere and our safety is ultimately in our hands.”
Student gatherings are now restricted to no more than 10 people.
Reed described the vandalism was an act of extremism.
Amy Molloy with the association said mental health and social-emotional learning should be top priorities for schools as they reopen.
Teachers have been given the choice of returning to in-person teaching or teaching virtually. Teaching aides have not been given the same option.
Resident Advisors cite positive dialogue with Cornell officials.
Earlier this month the college stepped back it’s initial plans and announced that students in states on the New York travel advisory list could not return to campus this fall.
“We have legislators in office that aren’t representing the people and don’t necessarily care about certain precautions.”
“It’s, it’s awful. And it’s not for a lack of the teachers doing an amazing job. And it’s not for a lack of everyone trying their hardest and their best.”
“It can’t just fall on the teachers to figure it out, or even the local school districts,” said Griffin.
“We’d really encourage you to stay at your permanent residence until your state is lifted from the New York State advisory. We’re not going to dictate what you do but that’s our strong encouragement.”
“And across the country we prioritize bars and restaurants over young people. How dare we do that.”
“Stepping back for a moment does not mean you’ve lost interest in the cause.”
“I don’t live in a fairy tale world of this is the idea, let’s put it into practice. Well, no I’ve put it into practice and we’ve seen things that do and don’t work.”
“It’s not like we don’t know what needs to be done. He could make a list of things that needed to be done and start putting them in place.”
Malina said students are being “encouraged” to quarantine for 14 days at home before returning to Ithaca.
During their most recent online session, participants made art while talking about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Sometimes abusing privilege in service of justice can be a very sacred thing,” he said.
“Right now, in New York, the middle class is subsidizing the top. Most of the top lives in New York City.”
Anna Kelles faced six other candidates to become the Democratic nominee.
The Democrat is unopposed in the November election.
“What we want to avoid is providing data in a manner that would cause people to jump to potentially false conclusions about the disease or about any individual in our community.”
Students will be required to undergo regular screening and testing for COVID-19.
“We’re in uncharted waters.”
“That’s not a responsible way to handle a problem.”
The candidates were opponents in a case last year that involved the arrest of two young black people. Now, that is part of the election.
“Our white accomplices understand abolition. They worked with us on abolition and we need them to get back into that mindset.”
The mayor called the process a reinvention of public safety that will include town hall meetings, canvassing, and outreach to a variety of organizations.
“It’s right back to hiding and ducking and worrying about everything, especially right now.”
One of the longest portions of the forum involved questions about housing and homelessness.
“In the sense that you can waive rent and you can not have consequences that are going to impact those same people that you are trying to help.”
“Now is the time when true leaders will emerge to roll up their sleeves, stay in the room and have the passionate debate.”
“We also saw a significant increase, for us, in calls from adults who were sexually assaulted or rape,” Campbell said.
“Understand Ithaca, you’re not innocent. You are guilty, too.”
“It is time for community, for colleagues, who are white, who have the ability and the privilege to be heard — to take action.”
“I’m a mother of two black sons and this is enough. So, we came to make some noise.”
“The twice per week is not based in any scientific recommendation and counters what the CDC is asking for.”
“It would just be a disaster. It’s, it would just be awful in every area.”
“It’s a beautiful day, we’re not stuck in the house, you know, driving each other bonkers.”
“What we found on Cornell campus is really three degrees of separation”
The processing time of COVID-19 tests depends on what’s happening that day at Cayuga Medical Systems in Tompkins County.
The normal start date for fall classes would have been August 24.
“It takes that one person walking through the door. That one person being curbside that happens to cough on me, then who knows.”
Four regional counties were allowed to restart the procedures on Wednesday.
The candidates were asked a range of questions including what lessons they learned from a case last year which gained public attention and drew protests against the prosecution of two young people of color after an incident with police on the Ithaca Commons.
“This is not about government. Government can offer suggestions, advice and guidance.”
The Southern Tier region includes Broome, Delaware, Chemung, Tioga, Tompkins, Chenango, Schuyler and Steuben counties.
“I’m trying to look at the positive side of things with everything going on.”
The tests were conducted after an employee was found to have the virus on April 27.
Some senior staff people volunteered to be furloughed so that others could keep their jobs.
“The plan is for us to continue to get dairy into the county through the food pantries and other food programs as long as the donations keep flowing.”
The Council also passed a resolution to reduce the type of health insurance plan for the mayor, Common Council and other managerial staff.
Brian Miller represents parts of Otsego and Delaware Counties
In a regular summer, up to a thousand kids from across Tompkins County participate.
Even after the closure is over, specialists say many students with special needs still won’t be in the classroom.
As need has increased, donations have decreased.
“I have to facilitate everything and doing that on top of the physical care taking of Oliver is almost impossible.”
“It is incredibly unfair that local governments serving populations under 500,000 or less were not given direct access to funding in the CARES Act”
Nurses in Tompkins County talk about their work during the ongoing pandemic.
“I will tell you, I believe the state has the authority to issue such a thing.”
As of Tuesday, 16 residents have died of COVID-19
A hospital official identified the person as a man with an underlying issue that contributed to his death.
“I’m just super proud of her”
Volunteers are now helping people to set up new shelters and move belongings.
“The measurement of density on our masks being produced here cannot be matched with cloth”
The Republican said New York’s budget deficit was around $6 billion even before the pandemic started
“I don’t know when the next time I’ll be able to hug her is, because of this virus”
The 68-year-old is also undergoing cancer treatment.
Brian Miller represents New York’s 101st Assembly District, which includes parts of Otsego and Delaware counties
Testing through the new site is now free, regardless of health insurance.
“They may not be getting a meal at home, that’s heartbreaking.”
You must have an appointment to be seen at the screening center.
A statement from the Ithaca Police said no suspicious items were found.
Reed also said that Congress is keeping an eye on the needs of families while schools are closed.
“Being there in the flesh, being able to see a face looking bored or looking confused or looking intrigued or looking fascinated, is part of teaching,” Law said.
As of Friday night, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins, but several are in isolation.
Other colleges and universities have made similar decisions.
The decision is a response to concern over exposure to COVID-19
Kelles is in a seven-way Democratic race in New York’s 125th District.
39 people in Tompkins County are under quarantine.
All international travel by students for Cornell-related reasons is banned. Faculty and staff must now get special approval for any international travel for University-related reasons.
The response was due to the recent destruction buildings and subsequent brawl that occurred days later.
The money be used to create a state-wide program for weatherization, insulation, and other energy efficiency measures.
Some of the travelers will serve out their quarantine off-campus at an undisclosed location in Ithaca. Others will stay at their own homes or with family.
The cause of Saturday’s conflict goes back over a decade and involves the site of several buildings.
Emotions quickly spilled over when Lifton opened the floor to discussion.
Myrick said Murtagh is the best candidate to further the interests of Ithaca, the largest city in the Assembly district.
The group said it occupied the bank to protest its investment in the fossil fuel industry.
Elmira was awarded $1 million. Binghamton was awarded $585,000.
After the vote, she said her election is evidence that the legislature is not color-blind and respects what members of working families can contribute in elected office.
There are now seven Democrats running for the 125th Assembly seat currently held by Barbar Lifton.
“It did change how I look at people because they’re not, like, all criminals. There are more of, like, people who maybe, like, just had bad luck.”
The Count lasts four days from Friday through Monday, February 14-17, 2020. You don’t even have to have a backyard to participate.
A Democrat has represented the district for over thirty years.
Governor Cuomo is scheduled to meet with President Trump on Thursday to discuss the situation.
Harbin is the first person from Cortland County to enter the race. The other three announced candidates are all from Tompkins County.
The four officials say fear over coronavirus has incited acts of bias against Asians and Asian Americans.
There have been no confirmed cases in New York.
Kelles is the third candidate to join the race for Democratic nomination.
The decision comes in the wake of a New York law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license.
Jason Leifer said he intends to continue a tradition of progressive representation in the district.
“We should definitely be careful and cautious but it has all the makings of a situation that could spiral out of control in terms of public panic.”
“We govern in service to our constituents with respect and transparency, which is exactly the approach I will bring to this race and, if elected, to this seat.”
“Critical work remains on climate and education and health care among other issues about which I care deeply.”
The Green Light Law allows undocumented people to obtain driver’s licenses.
“So what are we getting for those really high taxes? Not enough.”
“I think overall it’s a very positive outcome that we’ve had based on the concerns that we’ve expressed.”
Republican Tom Reed said some of his constituents are students and staff at the University.
The Republican believes the President had the right to violate the law by freezing the funds
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability and job performance rating also improved slightly.
“It’s a hard topic and it’s a simple topic all at the same time.”
He said Barksdale asked for help to complete investigations of cases she was assigned but the City and police department didn’t provide the support she needed. Barksdale is accused by the City of mishandling dozens of cases, including sex offenses.
Congressman Tom Reed says the decision to not recite the Pledge is an example of what he calls an “extreme liberal agenda”
Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is one of over a dozen current and former members of Congress who wrote letters.
Alderperson Seph Murtagh said the e-bikes fit in a gray area of the law.
“I am shocked and saddened by these revelations, which can easily erode public confidence in the IPD.”
An FBI spokesperson said people should always report scams to local law enforcement.
He has been mayor since 2012.
“This isn’t just Mr. O’Mara who neglects upstate New York,” she said.
Korchak prevailed in November but not before Battisti challenged the results in court.
It’s the first time the county has added a judge in 50 years.
Reed questions the fairness of SUNY-system procedures around political express and free speech.
Governor wants the law to require riders to wear a helmet.
Police say the attack appears to have been random and that the specific officer was not targeted.
The Green Light Law in New York went into effect this week. Some county clerks criticize the changes to allowable proofs of identity.
Laurel “Sherrie” Eriksen, refused to issue the license because she had religious objections to same-sex marriage.
Former clear admitted to writing checks worth $4, 788 to herself from village funds.
ITHACA, NY – New York’s temporary ban on flavored vaping liquids is set to expire Sunday. It was never enforced because vaping industry groups challenged it in court.
The ban was a response to an increase in vaping related illnesses among New Yorkers. Public health officials are expected to extend the ban but reports not all of the region’s lawmakers agree there should be a state imposed ban. The 90-day ban is an emergency measure put in place by the New York Department of Health. A more permanent ban on flavored vaping liquids would require legislative approval.
The law has been on the books for over ten years, but it’s getting new attention thanks to recent snowfall.
“Common sources of contamination include plastic bags, Styrofoam, padded envelopes, coffee cups, and cigarette butts.”
Jim Barber is a Schoharie County farmer
“Repeal this criminal justice reform effort in New York, go back to the drawing board and engage in real criminal justice reform where the rights of victims.”
Under the new Pennsylvania law, a judge is required to order a person to surrender firearms if they are the subject of a PFA order entered after a contested hearing.
Until the new regulation went into effect, therapists regularly worked with children one-on-one in another room of the childcare center.
The state Office of Children and Family Services refuses to recognized their existing background clearances and won’t allow therapists to get new ones through their agency.
The funds will pay for improvements to the airport’s taxiways.
The fee will not apply to people using SNAP or WIC
Several firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in his home during the investigation into the calls
Former ACLU President says cancelling lecture may have sent the wrong message.
Without the fee, Dawson said there is a risk Tompkins County will just swap one trash problem for another.
The new bill will allow visas for year-round workers and it provides a path to legal status for current farm workers already in the U.S.
Reed has been consistent in his support of the president and his opposition to any impeachment investigations.
PFAS chemicals are synthetic compounds used in many household products, including food packaging, household cleaners and nonstick cookware.
The Capital Plan is part of the county’s long term effort to bring down it’s carbon emissions to almost zero by 2035.
Several other counties have criticized these reforms as another unfunded mandate.
The compromise comes after cries for more of an investment to fight climate change.
The Democrat faced a challenge from an independent candidate.
“People who are worrying about affordable housing can’t live in the City of Ithaca so they’re not voting in Ithaca.”
Ithaca residents have two choices for mayor this election. Incumbent Svante Myrick is running against challenger Adam Levine.
The vote went along party lines.
Ithaca residents have two choices for mayor this election. Adam Levine is running against two-term incumbent Svante Myrick. Levine has lived in Ithaca for almost 20 years.
“I do view this vote here coming up this week as an impeachment vote in regards to do you approve impeachment, do you disapprove of impeachment.”
If you or someone you know has an urgent mental health concern please call the national suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
“The amount of preparation we’ve put into preparing for early voting is like, I would say equal to the amount of preparation you put into preparing for a general election.”
They want two more full-time staff members, more money and a longer commitment to funding.
Challenger Adam Levine says more should be done to help residents who are being pushed out of Ithaca by new housing developments, which he blames for driving up costs.
Reed described those who voted against the president as showing a “political cowardice” that was “appalling.”
“The timeline was too short and it was yet another unfunded mandate.”
Polish opposition critics worry that the ruling party’s changes to courts and press freedom are a threat to their democracy.
Earlier this year, the state’s health department issued changes to a program known as CDPA, that helps pay the wages for in-home assistance. The reductions totaled $150 million.
Still, he called some of Schiff’s overall rhetoric “dangerous” and “divisive”.
The D.A. said it was never his desire that either of the two young African-Americans arrested have criminal records or go to prison.
He called criticism Trump’s decision cowardly
The Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service Community Land Trust plans to use it on two developments that will result in 18 affordable homes.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said the Trump Administration’s efforts to block subpoenas and witnesses in the impeachment inquiry are unprecedented.
Over the last three months, a report from District Attorney Steve Cornwell finds there were nine overdose deaths in Broome County.
The governor signed a bill which allows the district to create an insurance reserve fund to help manage health insurance costs.
The Southern Tier AIDS Program wants to open a research pilot site in Ithaca.
The shop now offers over 100 flavors, but with the new ban it will only be able to sell eight.
Tompkins is one of five counties in the state that do not allow rifle hunting for deer and bears.
Reed said that nuclear energy has to be part of the transition away from fossil fuels even with its risks.
Myrick sat down with Celia Clark at WSKG’s Ithaca studio.
“I’m not asking for anyone to lose their job. I wish that they would just realize that there’s some sort of consequence to their actions.”
“We urge Governor Cuomo to waste no time in calling for a special election to ensure the people of New York’s 27th Congressional District have proper representation in Washington.”
The judge said police didn’t properly handle situaton.
Nayor has been acting chief since June.
Opioid prescription abuse is the focus of Dr. Scott Noren’s candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 23rd congressional district.
Reed’s statement came after the release of a summary of a call between Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Many in crowd called incident example of police brutality
The company and DEC disagree with Hang’s claims
The devices have been linked to eight deaths across the country.
The Finger Lakes Independence Center in Ithaca is among those agencies suing the New York Department of Health over cuts to a program that assists the elderly and people with disabilities.
Over time, the extension is expected to save the company about $159,000.
“During the course of the bloom you’ll get different odors. It doesn’t always smell the same way. But it will go through different phases where it smells like different chemicals.”
These cows don’t go out on pastures. That’s becoming more common, unless the farm is certified organic.
The new high energy x-ray beams will also be available to manufacturers.
Mitrano first announced her intent to again challenge Reed shortly after her defeat in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Appointment needs approval from the Ithaca Common Council.
Army Corps of Engineers surveys the lake, looking for noxious weed.
The Republican reaffirmed his opposition to an assault rifle ban and described it as a slippery slope that might lead to the repeal of the Second Amendment.
The 26-year-old Ithaca man was arrested in April after an altercation on the Ithaca Commons. The judge ruled Friday.
Most at the hearing oppose a proposed mixed income housing development.
The most recent HABs were in the northern part of Cayuga Lake.
State Senator Pamela Helming calls them a money grab
Democrat Debbie Shannon will be running against incumbent Alison Hunt.
Incident stems from arrest of two black people in April
New York’s Red Flag Law went into effect on Saturday.
The county wants anyone who might drink untreated water or who swims in the lake to be aware of the discharge.
Officials debated the best way to inform potential residents.
The county offers tips to stay safe.
The town has to wait for the completion of state environmental review before it can move forward.
Protestors want to know why it’s being done.
Activists plan to take to Cayuga Lake early this morning to protest seismic tests by Cargill. The company has salt mines below the lake.
Cayuga County Health Department officials went door-to-door in part of Genoa on Thursday to warn people to not swim in Cayuga Lake near their property until Friday.
Over 50 people at a public hearing called on the Public Service Commission to deny rate increase.
“My concern is that a lot of people who are not citizens might have been spooked by the back and forth and it is going to be very difficult for people to trust that they will not be asked (a citizenship) question.”
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently announced that the project will get $500,000 of federal funding. The new seed bank will be located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York.
Residents and visitors to the Finger Lakes have the opportunity this weekend to visit working farms.
“I can vote and do all the stuff a citizen can do. No more restriction.”
Nobel Laureate and novelist Toni Morrison is being remembered on Cornell’s campus as a graduate and a professor. Morrison died earlier this week at the age of 88.
Charges will be dropped against one of the two young black people arrested after an altercation on the Ithaca Commons in April.
“If Daryl were here, she would tell you, just as I and others have been doing for years now. Don’t mess with cancer. It is insidious and relentless.”
“I think the sentiment can be interpreted, rightfully, as offensive and I think it’s, it was inappropriate.”
“The need is it let the public know that we are deeply concerned about this issue.”
Emergency responders found unconscious body Sunday evening.
“This is a life saving intervention. This is an intervention that steers people into medical treatment and to substance use treatment.”
In Tompkins County, educational activities and games were organized by FORCES, Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – The 2019 New York legislative session saw the passage of a raft of legislation that has been blocked in previous years. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton spoke with WSKG’s Celia Clarke in the Ithaca studio. She represents Tompkins County and part of Cortland County in the state Assembly. Lifton spoke about the new farm labor rights, legalization of electrically-assisted bicycles and scooters, and why she thinks marijuana legalization is inevitable. The conversation begins with Lifton talking what she considers the most important accomplishment of the session.
Police body cam footage and surrounding security videos showed officers forcefully arresting the two.
He said Congress has more to do on immigration.
Acting Police Chief said officer behavior was not wrong
“I’m concerned about the coal ash landfill, I do think that that needs further remediation. It’s definitely old technology that was used.”
Advocates said the most urgent change is the one-year ‘look-back’ window. It allows adult survivors younger than age 55 to file civil suits against their abusers and any responsible institution.
Teachers in the Ithaca City School District have voted for a six-year contract. The contract covers the next five years and was ratified in an almost unanimous vote.
Electric-assisted bicycles and scooters are now legal on New York streets. As the session ended, the New York state legislature passed a bill to legalize the vehicles on Thursday.
“The cost of living in Ithaca is much different than elsewhere in the Southern Tier or even central New York.”
“There’s just been no response. So, I would like conversation. Whether you agree with it or don’t agree with it from their end. Conversation.”
“By removing e-scooters from the category of motor vehicle,” he said, “it would remove them also from the driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired law of the state.
“I would rather they had a license and had insurance, you know because, if say you get into an accident and you know, the other person is driving illegally and they don’t have insurance, you know it makes that whole thing more difficult.”
In his bid for a third term, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has an opponent The Tompkins County Board of Election confirmed that Adam Levine will be on the November ballot.
“The proposal itself would really discourage real estate investment at a time when New York state should be creating more incentives to attract people, grow businesses, and investment opportunities not only locally but in the entire state.”
“It’s pretty common that anyone who enters our jail is going to have a substance abuse issue, possible a mental health issue and a lot of times an issue with both. That’s always been a big problem.”
“Where I have to be concerned is when it comes into the public safety of everybody in our community. And, you know, things like driving while ability impaired, is a big thing for me…
“What am I going to do with this knowledge, not even what am I going to do, but how am I going to do what I want to do with this knowledge?”
Black Lives Matter Ithaca was present in Ithaca City Court Friday to support a young man facing charges after an incident on the Ithaca Commons.
“Our improvements in management which includes feeding and housing and veterinary care, disease control…we’ve been able to control infectious diseases to a greater extent than ever before.”
Solar energy is plentiful in the summer, but when cold winter mornings return, a Cornell researcher has found the Northeast will still rely on fossil fuels for heat.
“We’re starting to get inquiries from former clients regarding their former cases in which they plead or been convicted at trial seeking a review and that’s gonna require a review, in some cases, of what was the officers role in those cases.”
There’s a new solar project in Tompkins County that has farmers and solar companies helping each other.
A bill that would ban trash incinerators in the Finger Lakes is now law.
Erin Croyle, a write-in candidate, defeated Bradley Grainger to become the newest member of the Ithaca City School District school board.
The capital project plan was one of three propositions on the Ithaca ballot. All three passed with over 80% of the vote.
Voters in the Ithaca City School District will decide on a $120-million dollar capital project in today’s election.
The owners want to convert it into a 100 megawatt data center. Their proposal includes a seventy-five acre solar farm, and they will apply to the state for a 125 megawatt renewable energy allocation.
The New York Farm Bureau said farmers need more workers and it wants the President to consider an expansion of a visa program.
“That trauma leads them to make decisions that those of us with adult, non-traumatized brains might not make. And they end up facing prosecution and prison for those decisions. And, in that way it concretely criminalized their trauma.”
“When the customer goes back to the garage with the ticket, it’ll show they owe nothing or they’ll owe a less amount depending on what the discount was.”
“We’re trying to re-enter a person into the community so they fit in better, so they don’t come back here.”
During a lengthy and sometimes contentious public hearing, about 20 people spoke for and against e-scooters
Their main objection is the addition of a customs building and one customs inspector. Customs is part of the federal Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security.
Videos show a chaotic scene with police officers using force and Tasers in trying to subdue and handcuff an African American man and woman.
Every day about 15,000 people travel into Tompkins County, mainly into Ithaca from neighboring counties. Most of them commute for work and most are alone in their cars.
The spotted lanternfly eats away at the bark of trees. It’s a threat to some commercial crops that are big in New York like grapes and apples.
The ordinance would only allow for hens. No roosters! Only six per household will be allowed, a property must be at least 2,000 square feet and there are other requirements for the chickens shelter and regular inspections.
A panel of public health, law enforcement and others will speak this evening in Tompkins County about the pros and cons of legalizing recreational marijuana.
Crispin Hernandez used to work on a North Country dairy farm. He and others workers tried to organize and were fired. Now he works for a workers’ rights group.
BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – Some Binghamton University students are pushing Congressman Anthony Brindisi to do more to address climate change.
Liat David is 19, a sophomore at the University. At a recent forum she helped organize, she said climate change has made her re-think having children. “Do I have that right as a woman that I can have a child and be proud of the earth that I live in and say that this child is going to be living in a regenerative and sustainable future?” she said. “I can’t necessarily say that right now, which is very sad to say because that is my right as a woman to say that I can have a child if I want to, but I really feel like that was taken away from me this past generation.”
“Farm workers are excluded from labor laws that protect all other workers. So, do we want to level the playing field and ensure that those protections are in place?”
Mental health issues are a community concern, not just one for the schools, according to Kelly Houck, Dundee Superintendent of Schools.
Today’s gathering was prompted by Kelly Houck, the superintendent of Dundee schools in Yates County. Months ago, she made public her emails to local officials. She said children and families are in crisis but there are not the resources to help properly help them. She went on to describe procedures they are told to follow are inadequate.
For several years, Cornell University has had more Title IX investigations opened with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education than any other college or university. WSKG’s Celia Clarke recently spoke by phone with the Title IX Coordinator at Cornell, Chantelle Cleary about how the Office handles complaints on campus.
Ithaca’s city hall “needs more security people will be part discussions when it’s time to renegotiate the contract.”
“When we have residents coming back from treatment and ending up in the same housing they left we’re not assisting them in staying in recovery,” said Rebecca Kaufman, Director of the Broome County Department of Health.
Police increased patrol of Newfield schools in Tompkins County this week after a threat of violence was found written in a bathroom stall of one of the schools.
“Basically, if you overdose on fentanyl, you’re probably not gonna get revived even if someone tries to. It’s a death sentence. It’s very concerning.”
“When you create a system that’s going to hurt people like that, it’s not just going to hurt the folks that are in those buildings it’s going to hurt everybody in between, too.”
‘This is not money that’s used to necessarily fill in potholes. This is more to rebuild or reconstruct roads or to do larger paving projects.”
“The sugar is being directly eaten by the tumor, and the tumor can use that sugar to grow.”
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa have re-introduced a bill that would change the way colleges and universities handle sexual assaults that occur on their campuses.
Shanakia Gray got out of prison in October. She’s gotten those two jobs and even a promotion to help raise her two small children.
“The real challenge with the Green Amendment is that it may not even mean anything, but even if it does it could take decades for it to become meaningful.”
“With college professors, the notion that your students will become something more than you are is also something that you hope for.”
The Cornell graduate student union, Cornell Graduate Students United is trying to pressure the University Administration for changes to mental health services.
It is the latest step in efforts to block the construction of the trash incinerator in the town of Romulus.
One person described walking across the wide boulevard in front of Elmira’s Clemens Center as a ‘near-death experience.’
“We are really, really thrilled,” said Mary Anne Kowalski, Seneca Lake resident. “I think the fact that is impressing me most is that we’ve got bipartisan support on this bill.”
Small farmers and rural homeowners argue they set aside too much land for preservation.
A group of landowners and farmers are trying to stop some zoning changes designed to preserve open space in the Town of Ulysses. Some say agricultural needs haven’t been considered. The town disagrees.
The New York State Assembly has released its budget priorities. Among those priorities for Democrats is more money for early childhood education and health services for “at-risk” children.
Barbara Lifton is the New York Assembly representative for the 125th district. It includes Ithaca, Cortland and Dryden. She spoke to WSKG’s Celia Clarke in the Ithaca studio about some of what the legislature has accomplished so far this session.
Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) has re-introduced a bill to increase penalties for people convicted of trafficking the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
“We’re actually seeing the biggest increases in the number of families who are facing homelessness. So, typically that would look like a young single mom with 2 or 3 young children.”
Yates County schools face a mental health crisis. School psychologist Christine Diamond says, “What I’ve experienced in the past 5 years has been sickening,” She was talking about the quality of mental health care she’s seen for children.
A New York State Senator from Olean is resigning her seat to take a job with Cornell University. State Senator Cathy Young has been a leading voice for Republicans and upstate communities.
This week the global meeting of the United Methodist Church voted to maintain a ban on same sex marriages and ordinations. It’s the third largest faith community in the United States. Many American Methodists hoped for a different outcome.
Cornell University has received over $68 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to build a new federal research facility for grape genetics. The site will be in Geneva, New York, home to ongoing collaborations between Cornell and the USDA.
The New York Farm Bureau has announced their federal policy priorities on Wednesday. Immigration is top leading issues they want Congress to address.
BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – Religious leaders and fiscal analysts are traveling New York talking to communities about the state budget proposal. After a recent stop in Ithaca, Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute sat down with WSKG’s Celia Clarke in the WSKG’s Ithaca studio. Here is some of that interview:
A coalition of religious leaders and fiscal analysts are traveling New York talking to communities about the state budget proposal.
Students and teachers have been drinking bottled water since 2015 when tests showed elevated lead levels. Today, the water is scheduled to be turned back on in some elementary schools.
Airports in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes are getting some infrastructure funding.
Shannon Monnat, professor of public health at Syracuse University, says the national emergency is an example of how current policies don’t help.
Theresa Alt was one of two people who stopped by for a visit. Alt met Tuesday with staff at Congressman Tom Reed’s Ithaca office. That office last opened its doors two weeks ago, but there were no visitors. This time, people showed up.
During a stop in Elmira, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted lawsuits challenging the President’s declaration of a national emergency will be successful.
Now that Amazon won’t build a new headquarters in Queens, some Finger Lakes legislators want the company to consider coming upstate. But, that likely won’t happen.
Amazon’s decision to cancel it’s planned headquarters in New York City has some upstate Republicans saying the governor bears part of the blame.
Binghamton-area state senator Fred Akshar introduced a bill that bans supervised injection sites like the one under consideration in Ithaca. Now, his proposal has a twin in New York’s lower house.
New gas masks acquired by Olean police should allow them to search meth labs more safely.
It’s been over three years since water fountains in some Ithaca area schools could offer students a drink. In 2015, water systems in all 12 Ithaca City Schools were shut off after tests showed elevated lead levels. However, within two weeks, the water will be turned on again at some elementary schools.
There’s a mental health crisis in Yates County, and a school superintendent adds her students can’t get the services they need. Dundee Central School superintendent Kelly Houck says mental health is decreasing while she sees the need for them increasing.
In January, a group of Cornell Law students and one of their professors returned from working at the U.S. Mexico border. They were providing free legal help to families in Texas and Tijuana. Some of the children’s behavior was unsettling to the students.
Over the weekend, Republican congressman Tom Reed hosted a series of three town halls around his Southern Tier district. They came just after the partial federal shutdown ended.
Today is the 35th day of the partial government shutdown. For New York Republican congressman Tom Reed that’s 35 days too long.
Beginning January 26, Farm Service Agency offices across New York and Pennsylvania will reopen. Nationwide, the USDA is recalling almost 10,000 workers to help farmers affected by the partial federal shutdown.
New York’s Farm Bureau says even though the legislature is under Democratic control, the needs of farmers don’t change. The group, that represents New York farmers, has announced its legislative priorities.
As the partial government shutdown enters its fifth week, the effects are spreading throughout Southern Tier and Finger Lakes communities.
In Tuesday’s State of the State Address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed several changes to the criminal justice system.
New Yorkers who receive federal food assistance, also known SNAP, will get their February payments early. SNAP, which a federal program and part of the Agriculture Department, is caught up in the federal shutdown, but earlier this month the USDA instructed states to issue the February payments early.
A group of Cornell Law Students and their professor have been volunteering on the Texas border this week. They are helping mothers and children in the largest family immigration detention center in the country to file asylum claims.
The center is in Dilley, Texas. A remote town of about 4,000 people located over an hour’s drive south of San Antonio. The students have been interviewing women about the experiences that caused them to flee their homes and seek asylum thousands of miles away. From there they will be interviewed by an asylum officer who will decide if they have a “credible fear”.
Six Cornell Law School students and one of their professors have gone to border this week to volunteer at the country’s the largest family immigration center in Dilley, Texas. They are working with the Dilley Pro Bono Project. The Project has been organizing volunteers since the federal facility opened in 2014. Each week a group of volunteer lawyers, law students, paralegals arrived to assist mothers and children file their asylum claims.
Dilley is a remote town of about 4,000 people over an hour’s drive from San Antonio. Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer is an associate professor at Cornell Law School.
The New York legislature returns to work this morning and Finger Lakes Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I) sees it as another chance to kill a proposed trash incinerator in the town of Romulus.
A health network in Pennsylvania’s Tioga County hopes to reduce the abuse of unused medications by making them harder to find. Nationally, young people who abuse prescription opioids usually get them from friends and relatives.
New leadership positions in the state assembly were announced late last year and a pair of Southern Tier legislators will take charge of important committees.
Representative Tom Reed said there are compromises available to both parties which would reopen the federal government and give them a victory. First, Reed says Congress must stop what he calls partisan ‘political theater’ and start working to each other.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – 2018 is almost over and 2019 is on its way in. Around Ithaca, people are looking to make some changes. Inside a health club, people are signing up for new memberships to start the new year. Nearby others are pushing and pulling on weight machines. “I’m most looking forward to great self care,” said Christine Cummings.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Tuesday, the New York State Attorney General announced a $174 million consumer fraud settlement with Charter/Spectrum, the largest internet and cable provider in New York State. Wednesday, Congressman-Elect Anthony Brindisi called for the state’s Public Service Commission to move forward with their case against Spectrum. That case challenges Spectrum’s right to operate in the state. Brindisi said customers deserve better options than Spectrum provides. “No one’s losing their cable,” Brindisi said.
The new Farm Bill was passed by Congress last week. A few hours before the vote, Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed said parts of the bill may help small and mid-sized dairy farmers in his 23rd Congressional District.
Significantly more harmful algal blooms were reported on Cayuga Lake this year than in 2017. A local non-profit reports the 2018 blooms were more likely to contain toxins harmful humans and small mammals, like cats and dogs.
“It’s like we’ve learned nothing from the failures of our drug policies over the past 40 years… If we were to invest similar money into revitalizing social infrastructure and economic infrastructure and our educational system we would see long term benefits,” said Shannon Monnat, sociology professor at Syracuse University, who specializes in public health.
About one hundred Cornell graduate students gathered outside the Cornell Health Center on campus Wednesday afternoon. They were calling for an external review of the mental health services at the University. Students shared their own mental health struggles. They described not being taken seriously by faculty and having to go off campus to find therapists. They say getting appointments is difficult unless they are in crisis, suicidal or in academic trouble.
Residents of Schuyler County have been warned about a possible property deed scam. Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman has received reports of a company that sells public information to homeowners about their properties.
A bi-partisan group known as the Problem Solvers Caucus reached an agreement last week with likely-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed, co-chairs the caucus, but he and other Republican members were not part of those talks.
The shortage of affordable housing is a serious problem across the Southern Tier. On Thursday night in Ithaca, people from different sectors came together to discuss one aspect of the problem — workforce housing.
The Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution Tuesday urging the New York DEC to reject a proposal that would convert an old coal fired power plant to natural gas.
Republican Congressman Tom Reed confirmed on Monday that he might vote for Democrat Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. To do so, she would need to agree to some changes he supports.
Republican Tom O’Mara is running for a fourth term in the New York State senate. O’Mara represents the 58th district. It’s one of the biggest in the state senate. It stretches from Yates County in the west into the eastern part of Tompkins County. WSKG’s Celia Clarke talked with him about some of the biggest issues affecting his district.
Now that Rep. Tom Reed has defended his seat against Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano, he says his first priority is to pass a set of legislative rules changes from a bipartisan caucus he co-chairs. Reed and a few other representatives have said they’ll withhold their support from the next House Speaker unless that person agrees to the changes. But, with the Democrats winning control of the House, that caucus may lose steam.
“I doubt that that caucus will stay together in terms of any leadership question because the Democrats who are members of that caucus, their bread is going to be buttered by whoever becomes Speaker,” said Jim Twombly, professor of political science at Elmira College.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – When Amanda Kirchgessner won the Democratic primary for New York’s 58th Senate district, she didn’t have a campaign manager, a communications team or even a staff. Just friends and supporters helping her. She’d campaigned by driving around the district and walking door-to-door to talk to people. She’s a first time candidate running against Republican incumbent Tom O’Mara. The district is one of the biggest in the state senate.
New York’s 23rd congressional district is represented by Tom Reed (R-Corning). In this year’s election his opponent is Tracy Mitrano (D), a cyber security specialist from Penn Yan.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Counties in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes are working together to find new places to house children in the criminal justice system.
Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano met in a debate Tuesday night at Corning Community College. They are running for the 23rd congressional district seat. The district covers the Western Southern Tier and parts of the Finger Lakes including Ithaca, Elmira and Hornell. The debate was televised by WETM-TV. Healthcare was a prominent topic.
About two years ago, meth started coming into the area in bulk shipments. Tioga, Chemung and Broome counties are now main destinations for meth coming from Mexico.
“There’s been a long time passing without much information about what the remediation was,” said Alan Karasin, treasurer of the PTA. “We would get periodic reports that things were being replaced but we didn’t exactly know what or when.”
You can register in person, online, or by mail, but make sure it’s postmarked today.
“We recommend that you go, actually into the post office and have them stamp it in front of you. Don’t just drop it in the mailbox because we get mail without postmarks and then we can’t count it, unfortunately.”
“It’s way, way more important what we do with Mexico and China and what our general trade posture is,” he said. “Trade is important to us, but trade with Canada is not the biggest worrier.”
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Some constituents are urging Congressman Tom Reed to take action to support net neutrality. Reed represents New York’s 23rd congressional district, which stretches from Ithaca to Jamestown. Seven people met with a member of his staff in Ithaca on Tuesday morning. Back in December, the Federal Communications Commission repealed 2015 net neutrality rules that required internet providers to allow equal access to all web content. Congressman Reed supported the repeal.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Leaders in Ithaca City Schools say the water should be turned on by the end of the year.
Parts of the Southern Tier are again under a state of emergency due to rain and flooding. Tioga County is under a state of emergency due to flash flooding from the overnight rain that are the result of Hurricane Florence.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Thursday’s primaries were dominated by Democratic primaries. Many people who voted are looking ahead to the mid-term elections in November. For Elizabeth Skapley, a sophomore studying chemistry at Cornell University, she’s concerned about the national consequences of the mid-terms.
“I think it’s very important for Democrats to take back the Senate and kinda help take down Donald Trump,” said Skapley. “So, yeah. I mean, I think that just equal rights for everyone are very important, working rights are very important and it’s important for the middle class to rise up and take control.”
Fellow farmers helped Erik Landowne at Blue Heron Farm quickly harvest an onion crop before it could begin to rot.
The attorney for the Town of Root says the town board should formally review recent actions by the town clerk who refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple.
The NRA is suing the Cuomo Administration over a decision to end the sale of liability insurance for gun owners because it’s illegal under state laws. In rural parts of New York residents have their own view.
It’s county fair season across New York and Pennsylvania. That means fried food, games and shows. WSKG’s Celia Clarke made a stop earlier this summer at the Seneca County Fair and filed this audio postcard.
Rep. Reed met with a select group of senior citizens in an invitation only event with the Chemung County AARP. Some people said they’re worried Social Security won’t be around for their grandkids.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – The boundaries of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts changed this year after protracted court hearings. The issues facing citizens didn’t change, including for dairy farmers. In the new 12th District, Democrat Marc Friedenberg is running against Republican incumbent Tom Marino. Friedenberg is a first-time candidate. The district includes Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga counties.
NYSERDA, a New York State agency that works on energy research and development, announced a new tech product completely manufactured in the Southern Tier.
Rain has caused flooding across part of New York and Pennsylvania, but for farmers it’s a welcome sight.
At Rep. Reed’s manufacturing summit, he said there’s an opportunity for growing the high tech industry in his district, which includes Geneva, Jamestown and Elmira. But, one manufacturer in the area says her biggest challenge is just finding employees who can show up for work on time and read a tape measure.
It’s been a week since Tracy Mitrano won the tight Democratic primary in New York’s 23rd Congressional district. The 23rd covers the western Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and includes Ithaca, Geneva and Hornell. Mitrano is campaigning at rallies across the district this week.
ENFIELD, NY (WSKG) – The Enfield Food Pantry has re-opened. It was temporarily suspended by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier for potential rodent problems.
Enfield is about 6 miles from Ithaca. About three weeks ago, Food Bank of the Southern Tier stopped delivering food to the pantry until they did a few things to prevent rodents from getting in. The town owns the building where the pantry’s located. So, the Town Board, Pantry volunteers and the Food Bank came together to resolve the problems.
Now, the food pantry has freshly spackled and painted walls to keep rodents from getting in.
About 15 protesters took over Congressman Tom Reed’s office, demanding he condemn the “zero tolerance” immigration policy and work to reunite families separated under it.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – A bill that would have stopped a proposed trash incinerator in the Town of Romulus failed to get a vote in the New York legislature before the session ended last week.
On Friday, the operators of the Cayuga Power Plant announced their plans to convert one burner of the coal-fired plant to compressed natural gas. Anticipating the announcement, protesters attended a Tompkins County Legislature meeting earlier in the week.
On Monday, officials from the New York State Office of Mental Health visited Ithaca to tell the public about a suicide prevention strategy. The approach is called Zero Suicide.
For the past two weeks, Jean Owens has been worrying about how to feed people in her town. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier says they’ve temporarily suspended deliveries until the Enfield Food Pantry and the town make improvements to address food safety concerns.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – A Rochester company is suing the Town of Romulus for the way they changed their zoning rules to ban trash incinerators.
The snow in March and April kept newborn lambs cooped up in their barn because the pasture wasn’t growing quickly. Now though, they’re bouncing and bleeting in the new spring. Be prepared for an adorable lamb video!
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is the latest politician to speak out against a proposed trash incinerator in the town of Romulus on Seneca Lake.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Tuesday morning, Governor Cuomo announced his opposition to the proposed trash incinerator in Romulus, NY, between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.
BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – Drug use in upstate New York was the focus of a conference at Binghamton University on Friday. The topics ranged from solutions in rural communities to the challenges in local politics.
The keynote speaker was Shannon Monnat, a Syracuse University researcher. She reminded attendees that upstate communities deal with other drug problems besides opioids. If solutions for the opioid crisis ignore underlying economic and social causes, she says they’ll be useless when the next crisis hits. The audience also heard about solutions.
Farmland prices in the Finger Lakes continue to increase. In Yates County, that’s partly due to more interest from craft breweries and distilleries.
Discussions are continuing in Ithaca about opening a supervised injection site. A place where drug users are able to inject heroin under medical supervision with the goal of reducing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C, infections, and overdose deaths. The Southern Tier AIDS Program believes they could run it. They already operate three syringe exchanges in Ithaca, Norwich and Johnson City.
Most of his remarks were about events of the early 2000s. Attendees asked him about some current issues, like how mistakes of the past could inform the current situation with Iran and North Korea.
“Who’s going to teach this administration?” he responded.
Democratic candidate for governor of New York Cynthia Nixon says she supports having supervised injection sites in New York state as part of a plan to reduce heroin overdose deaths.
Supervised injection sites are places where heroin users can inject drugs under medical supervision and get other healthcare. Ithaca is considering opening one. Nixon spoke in Geneva yesterday. “I think it’s very important. She said, “I think it’s a great idea and I think it’s an idea we shouldn’t be afraid of here in New York state. Saving lives is obviously our priority.”
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Now that white communities have shifted from prescription opioid addiction to heroin addiction, New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says the conversation has shifted from incarceration to treatment.
Students at DeWitt Middle School in Ithaca walked out of classes into a cold and snowy morning. They walked out to remember those killed at Columbine 19 years ago today. On March 14, nearly the entire school body walked out. Today, it was only a small group.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – On Wednesday evening, in Ithaca, a small group gathered in the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca to learn about the plight of Assyrian Christians from Iraq. The gathering was organized by the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East.
Opposition is growing against a proposed trash incinerator in the town of Romulus. In recent months several Finger Lakes municipalities have voted resolutions opposing the proposed incinerator in the town of Romulus. Article Ten allows for state review for proposals like this. Now, lawmakers have proposed a law eliminating trash or waste incinerators from the Article Ten process. When the project faces strong local opposition the company withdrew it’s application for local permitting. They said they would bypass local permission and seek a permit from the state under Article Ten instead.
CORNING, NY (WSKG) – Southern Tier lawmakers are voicing their opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the minimum wage tip credit. Corning Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined fellow Assemblyman Chris Friend and State Senator Tom O’Mara, both of Big Flats, at a press conference on Wednesday in Corning. The Republicans were joined by restaurant owners and employees. The tip credit is part of the phase-in of the $15 per hour minimum wage. In upstate New York this means employers may pay their tipped workers $7.50 per hour with a $2.90 per hour tip credit for a total equalling the current upstate minimum wage of $10.40 per hour.
A coalition of immigrant rights groups and farm workers are campaigning for undocumented people in New York to be allowed to get a driver’s license.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – The emerald ash borer has infested several trees in the City of Ithaca. Just a week after one tree in Cornell’s Arnot forest was found to have ash borers, entomologist Mark Whitmore confirmed them in a tree in downtown Ithaca. Whitmore calls this is big news.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – A Trumansburg carpenter has just begun to help with Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria.
TOMPKINS COUNTY (WSKG) – Students in Tompkins County joined thousands across the country in the school walkouts on March 14. Some school administrations tolerated them while other warned of punishment if students participated.
Ithaca, NY (WSKG) – Emerald ash borers have been found in Tompkins County. Researchers at Cornell University spotted the insects in one tree in the University’s Arnot Forest. The forest is 4,500 acres and stretches across Tompkins and Schuyler counties.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – STAP said they would be a good fit to run Ithaca’s proposed supervised injection site because they already have the staff and resources in place. The group runs three syringe exchange programs in Ithaca, Johnson City and Norwich. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, who proposed the injection facility in 2016, said approval for it would need to come from the state.
(Batavia, NY) – In January, people in downtown Ithaca witnessed three public daytime immigration arrests. As federal immigration arrests have increased across New York, so has activism against immigration policies. In Syracuse, Hector and Arely Navarro’s three kids worry every day that their mother won’t come home from work. That’s because federal agents picked up their dad one morning after he dropped her off just before Christmas. He’s been held at the federal detention center in Batavia – between Rochester and Buffalo.
Ithaca, NY (WSKG) – With around 700 people in attendance, Tracy Mitrano was the winner of a Democratic straw poll on Monday at the State Theater in Ithaca. Six of the seven candidates vying for the seat held by Republican Tom Reed took part.
Recently, a few upstate news outlets released stories about a crime Ithaca College president Shirley Collado plead no contest to almost 20 years ago. And that got us thinking, what’s the impact, on individuals and society when someone’s criminal record is made public after they’ve completed their sentence?
Since 2015, the number of homeless people in New York State has increased. Monday night, local teams of volunteers worked with law enforcement agencies to conduct an annual count of the homeless population across the nation. It is a federal requirement for commu nities receiving funds to help homeless people and reduce homelessness from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The count happens overnight. It has two parts: counting those living in shelters and also, those who are described as “unsheltered.”
The community portrait project, We Are Ithaca, held its final photo session Thursday. The project was created by two local photographers in collaboration with the Community Arts Partnership. One of them is Robyn Wishna. The project began last fall, she says, to offer the community something positive in a year that had so much negativity. “We came up with this project to celebrate the community through portraits.
It was standing room only at Wednesday’s Romulus Town Board meeting. Most in attendance were there for the public hearing about two proposed moratoria.
People packed the gym of Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in downtown Ithaca to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They also were there to further his vision of a Poor People’s Campaign.
It was a movement to “revolutionize” the country’s attitude toward the poor and rally them to advocate for better living conditions. After a buffet lunch and brief presentations, those attending the celebration divided into smaller groups to discuss issues and solutions to current societal problems.
Fabina Colon, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and one of the organizers of the Ithaca event, said it was important to spend time talking to each other about problems the community faces today. “If we want different solutions we must create different processes. That is, looking at some of the work that the Poor People’s Campaign is doing and being in alignment with that,” said Fabina Benitez Colon, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and one of the organizers of the Ithaca event. Nationwide, organizers are trying to bring about a revival of the Poor People’s Campaign with an emphasis on systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation.
A new company from Rochester wants to build the largest trash incinerator in the state in the small town of Romulus in the Finger Lakes. Many in the area don’t like the idea. About 4,300 people live in the town of Romulus between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. People packed the Town Planning Board meeting Monday night to hear from Circular enerG, which wants to build the 200,000 square foot incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot. Some, like Michael Davis, support the project. He’s the president of Finger Lakes Building Trades and the Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 840.
Davis and several of his fellow union members sat up front.
One of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State proposals would protect Cayuga Lake from toxic algal blooms.
Governor Cuomo’s proposal targets the 12 lakes that have the biggest algal bloom problems in the state. He said, “In the beautiful lakes of upstate New York we now have toxic algal that is spreading it is literally endangering the drinking water. No more procrastination, Let’s resolve these issues and let’s do it this year.” It’s a $65 million plan he wants begun in February, finished in May and enacted this summer. After years of inaction, Greg Boyer, professor of biochemistry at SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, thinks the “aggressive timeline.”
New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance requires counties to collect fees from homeless people staying in shelters. Some counties are pushing back. The regulation was first enacted in the mid 1990s but in 2015 it was updated. Under the existing regulation, a person who is homeless could be required to pay up to $70.54 per night depending on a state formula based on all of their income, earned and unearned. Tompkins County has not been collecting the fees.
New York state has already had bitterly cold temperatures this week. That includes the Southern Tier and the lates forecast say that will continue. This weekend will bring us more than a New Year. For those traveling, David Morford, Senior Forecaster for the National Weather Service in Binghamton, has advice about road conditions. He says temperatures during the day could be in the single digits or low teens and drop below zero at night. With the windchill, people should use extra caution.
The Finger Lakes is leading New York state with the most craft beverage manufacturers. Some distillers, farmers and cider makers credit the growth to the passage of a 2014 law. The Craft New York Act lowered some taxes, provided grant funding, and eased some regulations. It had strong bipartisan support, in part, because of its benefits to the upstate agricultural economy. The number of new craft businesses has grown significantly in every region of the state.