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Cayuga Lake is at risk. Our beloved lake provides drinking water for over 40,000 people residing in at least six municipalities, not to mention the numerous private wells along the entire shoreline. … more
In late September, former City of Ithaca mayor and Collegetown businessman John Gutenberger presented at a forum on “visioning and community development” at the Tompkins County Public … more
The American Flag: The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; … more
I’ve been doing this politics thing for half a century, ever since my mother hauled me downtown to stuff envelopes for a guy who was running as the antiwar candidate for U.S. Senator. He lost, … more
I’m an independent thinker. I have supported a democracy of the people, for the people, by the people as an American woman. Our Republic is made of primarily two privately run political … more
Medicare is what most older people rely on for healthcare and to pay for nursing homes, home care and hospice care. Most couldn’t afford such care otherwise. Those with Medicare and Social … more
As a Cornell student-voter registered in Tompkins county, I am looking forward to an especially diverse ballot on Nov. 6. I cannot remember the last time I had the chance to vote for a Sheriff like … more
I am a fervent supporter of Amanda Kirchgessner’s campaign for NYS Senate. My biggest reason, until recently, was her strong support for the NY Health Act, which would provide a … more
I’ll be voting for Tracy Mitrano on Nov. 6. Tom Reed has had his chance, and the trust is just not there. An example is the oversized card Mr. Reed recently sent out featuring Donald … more
Sheriff candidate Derek Osborne believes that law enforcement should reflect the community it protects. He celebrates the diversity of Tompkins County and is walking the walk with his first proposed … more
This March the President approved the federal spending budget, which included increased funding for science. Scientific discovery directly improves human health and gives us our latest tech gadgets. … more
Sometimes I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, reliving the same day, fighting the same battle. The county legislature has made it clear that it does not support any new natural gas … more
As I campaign throughout New York’s 23rd District, voters consistently ask me “Will Social Security be there for me and my children?” Social Security ensures our seniors a dignified … more
As a resident of NY 23rd, I will be voting for Tracy Mitrano in the midterm election on November 6th, and, while I believe she has compelling positions on issues like education and healthcare, my … more
I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds Representative Tom Reed out of touch with his constituents. His office has never even acknowledged receipt of my letters regarding his support for … more
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, I will be casting my vote for Tracy Mitrano to represent the people of New York State’s 23rd district.  I support Tracy for her position on many of the bread and butter … more
  Last year hundreds of angry constituents confronted Congressman Tom Reed at his town hall meetings and demanded that he ensure any change in our health care laws would prohibit insurers … more
On Election Day, Danby residents will be voting on whether to change the Danby Highway Superintendent from an elected position to an appointed one. I am voting yes in support of the … more
I am writing to whole-heartedly encourage you and your readers to vote for Tracy Mitrano, who is running to represent New York’s 23rd District in the United States House of Representatives. I … more
It is very disheartening that the Trumansburg Planning Board recently determined there would be no potentially problematic environmental or community impacts from the proposed 73-unit Hamilton … more
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