TruthSayers has been in the business of “punching up” with original, locally-focused investigative reporting since October 2016, when founder Josh Brokaw published his first story on the site. That story, on the illegal firing of two Cayuga Medical Center nurses for union organizing activity, was only the first of many stories Brokaw reported on the…Continue Reading “TruthSayers is Hiring: Help Us Make Headlines”

By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org The Ithaca City School District Board of Education will be asking district taxpayers to vote on borrowing about $120 million on May 21, 2019. The $120 million bond issue is proposed to be used for capital improvements to Ithaca school buildings. The first phase of improvements, if the vote passes, will…Continue Reading “What Will Ithaca City Schools Do With $120 Million?”

This Week: The county is making decisions on harvesting forest in Newfield and appointing new Industrial Development Agency members that decide on all those juicy tax abatements. More Chain Works and Cornell North Campus planning at City Hall. And anyone who wants to ever think about renting out property in the Town of Ithaca should…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: January 21-26 Tompkins County Government Happenings”

This week: The long Martin Luther King Day weekend … All events, of course, might change plans due to weather. That said! Breakfast on Saturday and lunch on Monday at BJM to celebrate MLK, opening a new barbershop at the Multicultural Resource Center, be your greaser self at a rock ‘n roll show at the…Continue Reading “January 18-21 $10 and Under Weekend Planner: Music, Dance, Food, Free Happenings”

This week: The city is distributing some affordable housing monies to developers, while the county has to adjust its budget upwards to account for all the hotel stays the homeless are needing this winter. Plus, discussion of a 24-acre solar array in Lansing, subdivisions in Ulysses, and one builder is planning a lakeside tram on…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: January 14-18 Tompkins County Government Meetings”

This week: Hockey! Board games! Yoga! Chicken ‘n biscuits! Gong bathing! Chili! Punk rock! Everything but a bikini party, for it is January in the Finger Lakes and you should be wearing layers. Bookmark the Weekend Planner here. What are you up to this weekend, Ithaca? Here’s some happenings in and around Ithaca of the…Continue Reading “January 11-13 $10 and Under Weekend Planner: Music, Dance, Food, Free Happenings”

By Mario Hernandez The opinions expressed by this author in this piece are his alone. If you’d like to respond to this column or otherwise share your thoughts or news about an important issue in your community, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org The CIITAP* public information session about the demolition and development of the Old Library site that…Continue Reading “Old Library: Protesting Unaffordable Housing and a Potential ‘Asbestos Munition’”

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 cover more issues that matter, if you are at a meeting, be a reporter! Send us recordings,…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: January 7-11 Tompkins County Government Meetings”

This week: Print a T-shirt! walk the labyrinth! Songwriters’ night! Game night! First Friday Gallery Night! And that’s just Friday! See, January ain’t so bad … Chin up, kids! Bookmark the Weekend Planner here. What are you up to this weekend, Ithaca? Here’s some happenings in and around Ithaca of the free, low-cost, educational, and…Continue Reading “January 4-6 $10 and Under Weekend Planner: Music, Dance, Food, Free Happenings”

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 cover more issues that matter, if you are at a meeting, be a reporter! Send us recordings,…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: January 2-5 Tompkins County Government Meetings”