By Josh Brokaw ITHACA – At least one developer has expressed serious interest in replacing the Green Street parking garage with a 15-story, two-tower project that includes a re-build and expansion of the parking garage and a 25,000 square foot conference center. Read More: Can Ithaca Handle 15 Stories Downtown? The question that Common Council, the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency* and city officials next have to answer is whether Jeffrey Rimland and Peak Campus are the right developers with the right project. That process will…Continue Reading “What Will Replace the Green Street Garage?”

By Josh Brokaw ITHACA — The first draft of plans to build dual 15-story towers along Green Street between City Hall and the new Marriott Hotel were revealed to a Common Council committee on Wednesday night. In the above image, a “bird’s eye” rendering of the view from the north by architecture firm Cooper Carry, the high-rise on the left is the Marriott, and that on the right is Harold’s Square, now in the pre-construction phase. In between are the two towers, near the 140-foot…Continue Reading “Can Ithaca Handle 15 Stories Downtown ?”

By Josh Brokaw The future of Ithaca Community Gardens is in question, again, since Cayuga Medical Center announced the purchase this June of the Route 13-facing Carpenter Business Park property that includes an option to buy the property on which the Gardens sit from the city. By spending $10 million to buy Carpenter Business Park from previous owner Maguire Family of Dealerships, Cayuga Medical won it away from competitor Guthrie Health, of Sayre, Pennsylvania*. What Cayuga Medical Center and developer partner Park Grove Realty LLC…Continue Reading “Ithaca Community Gardens Want to Stay, Cayuga Medical Says Go”

By Josh Brokaw Last week, TruthSayers published a story sharing the feelings of West Village residents about the Officer Next Door program, through which landlords Omni New York LLC has granted free rent to Ithaca Police Department officers at the West Hill housing complex since late 2015. Read More: West Village Residents Question Officer Next Door Program In this story, we’ll take a look at the expectations – or lack thereof – city officials, Ithaca Police Department leadership, and Omni management have had for Officer…Continue Reading “Was Free Rent for Ithaca Police Officers Intended to Fix West Village Problems?”

By Josh Brokaw Nearly two years after apartments in West Village were first made available rent-free to Ithaca Police Department officers by landlords Omni New York LLC, residents and city officials are questioning the purpose and effectiveness of the “Officer Next Door” program. Currently, two IPD officers live in West Village in apartments provided by Omni. One of the officers is planning to move out within the next month, acting chief Pete Tyler told Common Council members at a City Administration committee meeting on Wednesday,…Continue Reading “West Village Residents Question Officer Next Door Program”

Amanda Champion joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News for an interview that originally aired on WRFI News on August 8. Champion is the sole candidate who has announced a run so far for the Tompkins County Legislature District 12 seat that Will Burbank is leaving, which represents southwestern parts of the Town of Ithaca, West Hill, and the Ithaca College campus. (The deadline for filing petition signatures to earn an independent line on the ballot is August 22.) Champion had this to say about the…Continue Reading “Listen: County Legislature Candidate Amanda Champion On Affordable Living and More”

Deborah Dawson, a first-time candidate for the Tompkins County Legislature, sat down with Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers for an interview that first aired on WRFI News on August 1, 2017. “It seems that one of the real challenges we’re going to be facing in the coming years is making the money stretch, if we don’t get a lot of support from the state and the federal government,” Dawson said, “and it doesn’t really seem too wise to expect we are going to get a lot…Continue Reading “Listen: Tompkins Legislature Candidate Deborah Dawson on Tax Abatements, Affordable Housing”

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 “Tompkins County Government Happenings, August 7-11”

By Josh Brokaw At its August 2 meeting, Ithaca’s Common Council voted to approve new zoning standards for areas along the West End waterfront. The process of designing the new zoning standards started in 2015, once the new city comprehensive plan was approved, and began in earnest with committee meetings and public outreach starting in the fall of 2016. “We went through this so many times, it’s like being in a French restaurant and getting so frustrated you order a hot dog,” Alderperson George McGonigal…Continue Reading “Council Approves New Zoning On The Waterfront”

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”