County measure will ‘ban the box’

By Jay Wrolstad   In the interest of reinforcing equitable hiring practices, the Tompkins County Legislature last week approved a resolution to “ban the box” and remove the criminal convictions disclosure line on county employment applications for civil service positions.   The measure also affects… Read More

Sheriff selection process studied

By Jay Wrolstad   The discussion regarding whether the Tompkins County Sheriff should be elected or appointed is once again being held by the county legislature, as lawmakers conduct their periodic charter review.   It’s a subject that has been addressed over the years since… Read More

Airbnb signs room tax agreement

By Jay Wrolstad   Tompkins County is the first government entity in New York State to reach a tax collection agreement with Airbnb, the popular online short-term home rental platform that connects local hosts with guests looking for lodging across the country and around the… Read More

Renovations address needs at jail

By Jay Wrolstad   The $1 million Tompkins County Jail renovation project, completed this spring after years of sometimes contentious debate, has addressed the need to reduce overcrowding at the jail, but officials note that the ability to house all of the county’s inmates is… Read More

Program helps potential homeowners

By Jay Wrolstad   The Tompkins County Homeownership Program, an effort that has helped hundreds of people of modest means purchase their first properties, is looking to fill a vacancy on its Oversight Committee while continuing to serve an important role in the community.  … Read More

Labor violations subject of hearing

By Jay Wrolstad   Charges that Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) engaged in unfair labor practices, brought by CMC nurses, were heard by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week during a hearing conducted in Ithaca.   Among those testifying were nurses and hospital officials… Read More

Towns petition for energy alternatives

By Jay Wrolstad   The towns of Caroline and Dryden this month approved separate, but similar, resolutions petitioning the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to consider cost-competitive, non-fossil fuel alternatives when evaluating proposals… Read More