By Josh Brokaw When the Ithaca Plan drug policy was rolled out in February 2016, the one idea among its many recommendations that grabbed headlines nationwide was the idea of a supervised injection facility [SIF]. The idea of giving needle drug users a supervised place to inject heroin has been tried in many other countries, but never in the United States. The idea of a supervised injection facility “came to me as a very foreign concept,” Dr. William Klepack told the Tompkins County Health &…Continue Reading “Supervised Injection Facilities a Rational Response to Drug Problem, County Med Director Says”

2 a.m. notes by Josh Brokaw Next year – 2018 – approaches, and so it’s budget-making season in local government chambers around Tompkins County. Budget meetings are happening at the county, city, town, and village levels, where a handful of elected officials will decide how millions of taxpayer dollars are going to be spent next year. Get to Meetings! Make Decisions! Save Democracy! Bookmark TruthSayers’ weekly Government Happenings report so you know what’s going on in your local governments. Let us say this truth together:…Continue Reading “$275 Million-Plus To Be Spent By Tompkins County Governments Next Year, Do You Care?”

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 “Legislating & Hell Raising Chances, Tompkins County, October 16-20”

By Josh Brokaw You might have seen the billboards that state the issue clearly: “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children is happening in Tompkins County.” The commercial sexual exploitation of children [abbreviated as CSEC] happens when someone under 18 years old has sex for the “exchange or the promise of exchange of something of value.” That’s how Naomi Barry, of the Advocacy Center, defined CSEC for a roomful of service providers at the October 4 Housing & Homeless Task Force meeting. Items of value could include…Continue Reading “Sexual Exploitation of Children Happening in Tompkins County”

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 “Raise Hell, Make Laws: Tompkins County Government Happenings October 9-14”

By Josh Brokaw The Chemung County Sheriff’s Department was searching for marijuana plants from the air last week. The Ithaca Police Department provided “assistance” of an unknown kind in the search, according to a Facebook post from Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss. Moss posted on Facebook on the morning of Wednesday, September 27, that his department was “Using drone technology to search for marijuana in standing corn fields throughout the County.” The above post from Moss garnered quite a bit of attention from Facebook users…Continue Reading “Chemung County, Ithaca Police Busting Pot Growers With Air Intel”

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 “Law Making & Hell Raising Chances in Tompkins County This Week, October 2-6”

Words & Photos by Josh Brokaw Ithacans were collecting supplies for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria this weekend, and asking downtown festival goers to make calls to government officials to expedite disaster relief. No More Tears/No Mas Lagrismas was collecting donations of money and supplies on Saturday and Sunday at DeWitt Park. No More Tears director Ana Ortiz said she will be taking supplies to a collection point in Utica early this week, and will continue to collect supplies in coming weeks. If you…Continue Reading “Ithacans Collecting Supplies, Advocating for Puerto Rico Relief”

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…Continue Reading “Radio: Melissa Hall, 5th Ward Common Council Candidate”

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?”