Melissa Hall, one of three candidates for one open seat on Common Council in the 5th Ward, which covers Fall Creek and a portion of Cornell Heights, talked with Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News in an interview that aired first on WRFI News on Tuesday, September 26.
Hall, along with Aryeal Jackson and Laura Lewis, are running to fill the seat resigned by Josephine Martell in August 2017. All three candidates turned in petitions for independent campaigns. Hall’s selected party name for her ballot line is Fall Creek Voice.
Lewis was TruthSayers’ interview two weeks ago, which you can listen to here, and Jackson was our interview last week – listen here. Lewis was granted the Democratic 5th Ward Committee endorsement on September 18 – see Nick Reynolds’ report here.
“When I was petitioning it seems like it’s almost landlord versus tenants here,” Hall said of her conversations on housing. “Often the tenants don’t understand the things from the landlord perspective and the landlord doesn’t understand from the tenants’ perspective …”
“Ithaca has a huge boom in a lot of luxury housing and not a lot of affordable housing,” Hall continued. “I’ve been working myself up to speed that one needs to learn about to become very familiar with as a candidate in a race like this.”
Listen to the full interview at the link on archive.org in the embedded player below:
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