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Kathy Zahler   In 1991, the year I moved back to Tompkins County, Anita Hill challenged Clarence Thomas as he sat through Senate confirmation hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court. She accused him of sexual … more
Kathy Zahler   When I’ve talked to high school students about registering to vote, I’ve often used the 2004 Dryden school budget vote to show why every vote counts. That year, the budget vote tied, 718-718. A tie … more
By Mike Sigler   The campaigns are over, for now. I’m happy to say that I won re-election to represent the Town of Lansing on the Tompkins County Legislature. It was a hard fight, lasting six months. My opponent … more
By Erin Marteal   Perry Ground, Turtle Clan (Onondaga Nation) member, cultural educator, and professional Native American storyteller, has presented “Rethinking Thanksgiving” several times in Ithaca in recent … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly In last week’s edition, Tompkins Weekly ran responses from two candidates for the 1st Ward seat currently filled by Alderperson Cynthia Brock. In addition to Brock, who is running for … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff Residents in the towns of Caroline, Danby and Enfield heading to the polls on Election Day will be faced with few choices on their ballot as no candidates are opposed in their bids for office. In Caroline, … more
By Kathy Zahler It’s hard to write this column for the week of the election when I don’t yet know the results – but you, the reader, will know them if you pick up the paper anytime from Wednesday on! So I’ll just start by … more
By Rocco Lucente A law that has recently gone into effect across the county has banned the sale of tobacco for anybody under the age of 21. A 9-5 April vote made the change law, and adults across Tompkins County who have … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly Voters in the Town of Dryden will find themselves with choices when they head to the polls on Tuesday, November 7. There is a contested race for town supervisor, as well as for the two town board seats … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly While incumbent alderpersons Seph Murtagh (2nd Ward, Democratic and Working Families ballot lines), Donna Fleming (3rd Ward, Democratic line), Graham Kerslick (4th Ward, Democratic ballot line) and Deborah … more
By Jennifer Karius I have attended many county legislative meetings to better understand the governing body I hope to join, as Will Burbank departs from District 12. One such evening, as I said hello to a group of homeless people … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly There are races for three posts in the Town of Groton – highway superintendent and two town council seats – but Town Supervisor Donald Scheffler and Clerk April Scheffler have no challenges on the … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly Throughout the summer and into early September, Tompkins Weekly offered readers a chance to get to know their Legislature candidates a little bit better. At the conclusion of that series, one … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly Highway superintendent is a hotly contested position in the Town of Ulysses this election season. Not only was there a Republican primary in September, it is the only position in the town that … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff Barring a last-minute write-in campaign, there will be few surprises on Election Day in Newfield. Incumbent officials are all running unopposed in their re-election bids, and a couple are even … more
By Kathy Zahler The New York State Constitution is older than the U.S. Constitution – older, far longer, and much more specific. The genius of the U.S. Constitution derives from its simplicity. The state Constitution, like … more
By Rocco Lucente For political activists in Tompkins County, it has been an intense 10 months since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. With the activist culture of the city of Ithaca shining through … more
By Amanda Champion In recent months, as I have been knocking on doors and meeting community members in District 12, many people have asked me why I, as an activist, writer, and mother, am entering the political arena. Every … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly With at least 20 people announcing their plans to run for Tompkins County Legislature in the fall, Tompkins Weekly will be offering readers an opportunity to learn more about the people who will … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly With at least 20 people announcing their plans to run for Tompkins County Legislature in the fall, Tompkins Weekly will be offering readers an opportunity to learn more about the people who will … more
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