Tompkins County DA Candidates Debate Online

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.

State Lawmakers Differ On Need For Flavored Vaping Products Ban

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.

Tompkins/Cortland Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton On 2019 Legislative Session

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.

Ithaca Mayoral Race Now Contested

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.

Firing Of Ithaca Officer Prompts Review Of Police Cases

“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.”