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By Kelsey O’Connor The Ithaca Voice ITHACA – Legislator Carol Chock will not be seeking re-election in 2017, and said she thinks it’s time for people with fresh energy and perspectives to step up and run for local government. … more
By Kathy Zahler I don’t recommend it as a general rule, but there are a few good things about being the opposition rather than the ruling party. First, I have never seen more interest in joining the Democratic Committee – even our … more
By Mike Sigler There’s been a lot of talk about Sanctuary cities and Tompkins County is now considering becoming a sanctuary county. In 2008 Fred Thompson said in a debate he believed in high fences and wide gates. This is the camp I am … more
By Kathy Zahler Everybody has heard of the Iowa Caucuses, even if most of us only have a vague sense of what goes on there. Surprisingly few of us know that here in Tompkins County, villages and some towns still use the old-fashioned caucus … more
By Kathy Zahler “In the NBA,” Dwyane Wade once said, “you could lose tonight, and you have to put that game behind you because you have another game the next night.” Losing is painful, but life goes on, and the world does not … more
By Pete Angie Tompkins Weekly To many in Tompkins County, the surprise victory of Donald Trump this month left jaws agape, and people wondering how it had happened. His defeat at the hands of a level, highly experienced Hillary … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly Last week, we offered a closer look at the four candidates vying for two Dryden town board seats. This week, we have interviews with the two people vying for the Lansing town clerk position, and one of two … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly With the bulk of the talk this election season revolving around those running for president, it’s important to remember that local offices have the largest impact on the day-to-day life in our … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly Nearing the end of his fourth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-23rd, still wants to represent the people in his district – which includes Tompkins County – on the federal level. To do so, he … more
By Michael Smith, Ithaca Voice   Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as a delegate for Hillary Clinton.   Read more at http://ithacavoice.com/ more
By Jolene Almendarez, Ithaca Voice   Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of stories regarding a recent trip city officials took to Vancouver, Canada to learn more about drug reform.   Four people were using … more
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 … more
By Lori Sonken   The New York State Legislature chimed in on the campaign finance reform debate earlier this month, joining 16 other states that are asking Congress to approve a constitutional amendment that would overturn several court … more
By Tompkins Weekly Staff   The Tompkins County Legislature has approved county financial support to enable Tompkins Community Action to develop the Amici House Project, which will serve homeless and housing-vulnerable young people. … more
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-125th District), last week announced several accomplishments of the recently concluded legislative session in Albany.   The legislature made progress, she said, in a number of areas: ethics reform, … more
By Tompkins Weekly Staff   The special committee of the Tompkins County Legislature in its final stages of its once-a-decade review of the County Charter on June 13 discussed the future of the position of Tompkins County … more
By Tompkins Weekly Staff   The Tompkins County Legislature at its June 7 meeting came out firmly against a proposed retroactive policy change by the New York State Energy and Resource Development Authority (NYSERDA) which would claim … more
By Will LeBlond   Uncertainty loomed over coach Stu Dean and the Lansing High School baseball team following their Section IV Tournament semifinal loss to Sidney to end the 2015 season.   Dean had plenty of reasons to be … more
By Michael Smith, Ithaca Voice   U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican who represents Ithaca and the rest of New York’s 23rd Congressional District, drew criticism recently after making comments that seemed to conflate his opponent’s … more
By Michael Smith, The Ithaca Voice   On May 17, Tompkins County school districts held votes for their budgets and boards of education. Here are the results.   Read more at http://ithacavoice.com/ more
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