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. 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…Continue Reading “Tompkins County Government Happenings: June 26-30”

By Josh Brokaw The Ithaca Police Department will again be going shopping for SWAT team tactical equipment with federal funds. Common Council’s City Administration committee recommended accepting a $100,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security at its Wednesday, June 21 meeting. “[T]his funding is provided to improve and develop tactical team capabilities through equipment, training, exercise, and planning projects that support counter terrorism missions in your jurisdiction,” reads the letter from John Melville, commissioner of New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services,…Continue Reading “Shopping List: Ithaca Police Adding SWAT Equipment”

Reed Steberger, Democratic candidate for the 4th district of the Tompkins County legislature, representing portions of downtown Ithaca and Collegetown, joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers on WRFI News on June 20 for a 14-minute interview. Steberger is challenging Rich John, the incumbent in District 4, in the Democratic primary. On the question of affordable housing, Steberger offered up an idea recently put forward by the county Office of Human Rights: “One of the biggest things we can do right away, is pursue a local law…Continue Reading “Listen: Tompkins County Legislature Candidate Reed Steberger”

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. 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…Continue Reading “TruthSayers Watchdog: Government Happenings in Tompkins County This Week”

The Tompkins County planning department released a draft version of the proposed county Housing Strategy this afternoon, June 15. The county legislature’s committee on planning, development and environmental quality will review the draft strategy at a public meeting on June 20 at 4 p.m. in the legislature chambers, 121 E. Court St. The idea is to make a recommendation on the final strategy for a vote by the full legislature by sometime in July. Read this TruthSayers story if you’re interested in some of the…Continue Reading “Tompkins County Housing Strategy, For Your Review”

By Josh Brokaw Construction on the Harold’s Square building is finally close to starting on the south side of the Ithaca Commons, so it seems, after four-plus years of public starts and stops. Developer David Lubin, of Horseheads’ “L Properties,” and the “Harold’s Holdings LLC” entity set up to build the 12-story building, received a 10-year tax abatement from the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency on June 8, one of the final hurdles to the project. Lubin appeared at the May city planning board meeting,…Continue Reading “Harold’s Square On Its Way: Tax Break Granted Over Vocal Opposition”

Mike Koplinka-Loehr, Democratic candidate for the 6th district of the Tompkins County legislature, joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers on WRFI News on June 13 for a 14-minute sitdown interview. “It’s fascinating, some of the biggest issues, county-wide, most of them are in Lansing,” Koplinka-Loehr said. “The power plant, the airport may be expanding, the salt mine  be putting in a shaft, we have some of the hardest challenges and pressures regarding economic development in rural areas. Most of the assets Tompkins County is looking for…Continue Reading “Listening Pleasure: Tompkins County Legislature Candidate Mike Koplinka-Loehr”

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 “All of Your Tompkins County Government Happenings This Week”

Over Ithaca Festival weekend, TruthSayers hosted an Interactive Mobile Newsroom experience. This interactive mobile newsroom could also be called a “table covered in typewriters,” with the TruthSayers staff – that is, everyone who wants to tell truth about the world around us- filling up 30-plus pages with thoughts and varied typewritten experiments throughout the weekend. Many of our staff had not used a typewriter before; others hadn’t pecked at a mechanical writing machine for many moons. The results begin with a call that “raine or…Continue Reading “Type Your Truth Results: Ithaca Festival Edition”

Next Tuesday, June 13, in collaboration with WRFI News, TruthSayers News will premiere a series of radio interviews with candidates running for the Tompkins County legislature. On June 6, Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News talked to Nick Reynolds, managing editor of the Ithaca Times, about the issues that are sure to be Hot Button points of discussion in the campaign ahead. You can listen to the 14-minute conversation with the embedded audio player below or at the link on archive.org. Issues we discuss include housing,…Continue Reading “A Tompkins County Elections Preview, For Your Listening Pleasure”