Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Here are your opportunities in Tompkins County this week. If you would like to help TruthSayers News cover more issues that matter, if you are at a meeting, be a reporter. Send us recordings, photographs, or notes, and TruthSayers will publish them while crediting you. Email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org with stories and tips. Let’s put every government action we can on the public record. Hyperlinks go to the meeting agenda for further information, if available. County…Continue Reading “Involve Yourself! This Week’s Tompkins County Government Preview”

This post is adapted from research and emails from Ithaca resident Jerone Gagliano, who has been investigating NYSEG’s installation, starting this week, of smart meters to monitor the electricity usage of about 12,400 households and natural gas usage of about 7,300 households in Tompkins County. If you have information, links, or research you think your neighbors could benefit from, share it on TruthSayers: email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org or use the “Contact Us” form. Gagliano had this to say about his research into the “smart meters,” which have…Continue Reading “NYSEG Smart Meter Installations Start This Week: What You Need to Know”

TruthSayers TV has a new story up on the YouTubes, about New York State’s determination that cleanup of lead around Ithaca Falls needs “no further action.” Join Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers TV at the Ithaca Falls gorge and “island” to see where, once, a gun factory stood and now the lead still remains. Both the state Departmental of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency have spent millions of dollars on cleaning up lead around the site of the Ithaca Gun Factory. Hit this link…Continue Reading “Watch: Ithaca Falls Lead Cleanup Still Underway”

Rich John, who’s running for re-election to the Tompkins County legislature in District 4, joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News for an interview originally aired on WRFI News on July 11. John is being challenged by Reed Steberger, whose interview with TruthSayers you can hear here. On the topic of housing, John called the county’s housing strategy, which TruthSayers covered here and here a “very ambitious document,” but noted that while it “outlines what we need to do” it doesn’t “tell us how to get…Continue Reading “Listen: Tompkins County Legislator Rich John on Jail Study, Housing, More”

Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Here are your opportunities in Tompkins County this week. If you would like to help TruthSayers cover more issues that matter, if you are at a meeting, be a reporter. Send us recordings, photographs, or notes, and TruthSayers will publish them while crediting you. Email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org with stories and tips. Let’s put every government action we can on the public record. Hyperlinks go to the meeting agenda for further information, if available. County meetings…Continue Reading “Tompkins County Government Happenings: July 10-14”

By Josh Brokaw Ithaca’s Common Council voted at its July 5 meeting to accept a $100,000 grant for SWAT team equipment  that TruthSayers reported on two weeks ago. Read More: Ithaca Police Adding SWAT Equipment $80,500 of the funding, distributed by the federal Department of Homeland Security through the  New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be spent in the next two years on equipment like a handheld, throwable robot for barricade situations, a handheld radar unit, night vision goggles, and new…Continue Reading “Ithaca Council: Federal $$ For SWAT Approved”

Henry Granison, one of three candidates for the Tompkins County Legislature in District 3, which represents neighborhoods on Ithaca’s East and South hills, joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers for a radio interview broadcast on  on WRFI News July 4. Granison said his three primary issues are affordable housing, living wage, and preserving the social safety net. On housing, Granison said he supports the draft county hosuing strategy: – “It makes sense to me. ” “They’re trying to control the sprawl, but they’re also trying to…Continue Reading “Listen: Tompkins Legislature Candidate Henry Granison On Living Wage, Housing”

Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Here are your opportunities to help TruthSayers cover activity this week by Tompkins County governments. It’s a slow week, with the July 4 holiday, but government keeps on lumbering on, even in the summertime. If you would like to help TruthSayers cover more issues that matter, if you are at a meeting, be a reporter. Send us recordings, photographs, or notes, and TruthSayers will publish them while crediting you. Email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org with stories and…Continue Reading “Tompkins County Government: Happenings July 5-7”

By Josh Brokaw A new countywide notification system could be “driving a stake in the heart of odd/even parking” this coming winter. The “odd/even” system, in place from November 1 through April 1, requires drivers who park on the street to alternate the side of the street they park every night. From 2 a.m. to 6 p.m., on an “odd” date of the month, a car cannot be parked on the odd side of the street, and vice versa on the even dates. The concept…Continue Reading “Ithaca: ‘Driving a Stake’ Into Odd/Even Parking?”

Jim Dennis, the current legislator for Tompkins County District 5, which covers the Town of Ulysses and Trumansburg, joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News for a radio interview originally broadcast June 27 on WRFI News. Dennis, a Democrat, is running for re-election again this year for a seat he’s held since 2006. His opponents are Anne Koreman, another Democrat, and Keith Hannon, who’s running on the Independence Party line. We opened the interview talking about affordable housing development and the Industrial Development Agency (IDA). “We’ve…Continue Reading “Listen: Tompkins County Legislator Jim Dennis On Housing, Jail Overcrowding”