By Patricia Dubin All views expressed are that of Ms. Dubin, who was a participant protester in the events she reports on below.  About seventeen protesters gathered in Rockefeller Hall on Cornell’s campus on Saturday, November 18, to show their opposition to speaker George Phillips of “Reclaim New York.” Reclaim New York is an anti-tax organization that was started by Stephen Bannon and is funded by billionaire Robert Mercer and family. Although they claim to be bipartisan, the Reclaim New York Board of Directors reads…Continue Reading “Bannon Advised, Mercer Funded Group Faces Protesters at Cornell”

Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Do you want to tell your local government to do something else? 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…Continue Reading “Make Laws, Raise Hell: Nov. 20-25 Government Happenings in Tompkins County”

By Josh Brokaw A Seneca County mother who gave birth in the Cayuga Birthplace in November 2016 has sued Cayuga Medical Center and an anesthesiologist there for performing “four unsuccessful epidurals” in her back before she delivered a healthy baby boy. Epidural anesthesia during childbirth is given “through a fine tube inserted in the mother’s lower back to numb the vaginal area and the lower abdomen,” according to Cayuga Birthplace information. The lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court of Tompkins County on October 6 by Melissa…Continue Reading “Cayuga Medical Sued By Mother For 4 Botched Epidural Attempts”

By Lisa Marshall Mothers Out Front NY community organizer About one year ago, retired Cornell professor Ellen Harrison invited her neighbors to a gathering for coconut cake and to talk about what might be done about the impending ramp up of natural gas passing through the Borger Compressor Station, as part of Dominion’s “New Market Project,” in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood. Read TruthSayers’ Josh Brokaw on Dryden Citizens Asking Dominion “What Are You Hiding?” Town of Dryden Tells Dominion to Stop Work on Pipeline Project…Continue Reading “Learn More: Health Effects of NY Pipeline Compressor Stations”

Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Do you want to tell your local government to do something else? 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….Continue Reading “Law-Making, Hell-Raising Opportunities This Week in Tompkins County Governments Meetings”

By Josh Brokaw The Tompkins County Legislature will be voting at its Thursday, November 9 meeting on whether to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical opioid manfacturers for county costs associated with the opioid addiction crisis. This reporter has misplaced his notes from the November 1 Government Operations committee meeting at which Tompkins County legislators discussed authorizing the county attorney to “commence civil litigation against opioid manufacturers and others who have harmed the County by promoting the abuse of opioids and to retain counsel to represent…Continue Reading “Suing Big Pharma? Tompkins County Voting on Opioid Lawsuit Thursday”

Elections 2017: Tompkins & Schuyler County Elections Results, Kind Of

If you just want to see Tompkins & Schuyler County contested election results, scroll down toward the end of this page. Then give us some money, pretty please. Now, we gotta do the everyday work of paying attention to what our Elected Officials DO. And that’s exhausting work sometimes. Which is why writings like the following spurt out.   Screenshot from my gmail – [someone, take my identity, please!] – from an email by 314 Action. Your correspondent, Josh Brokaw,  writes these notes at 10:40…Continue Reading “Elections 2017: Tompkins & Schuyler County Elections Results, Kind Of”

Jennifer Karius, a registered Democrat who is running as an independent for the District 12 seat of the Tompkins County Legislature, spoke to Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News for an interview that originally aired on WRFI Radio News on October 31, 2017. After some time abroad Karius said she decided “the best thing to do in a globalized economy is to work at home and try to create efficacy in local governance at a time when governments have less control.” “Stratification of incomes between quite…Continue Reading “Radio: Jennifer Karius, District 12 Candidate for Tompkins County Legislature”

Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Do you want to tell your local government to do something else? 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…Continue Reading “Make Laws, Raise Hell: November 6-10 Tompkins County Government Happenings”

On November 7, New York voters will be asked a question that’s asked of voters every 20 years: “Shall there be a Convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?” If a majority of voters vote “yes,” New York voters will select delegates on Election Day 2018. The convention will be held in 2019. If voters vote “no,” the question goes away until it’s asked next in 2037 and there will be no “ConCon” in 2019. TruthSayers asked around among its politically aware contacts…Continue Reading “Why You Should Vote NO On a Constitutional Convention”