Shawna Black, a first-time candidate for the Tompkins County Legislature this year, joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News for an interview that first aired on WRFI News on August 15, 2017. Black is running in District 11, representing areas of Cayuga Heights and the eastern part of the Town of Ithaca. On the topic of affordable housing, Black said that she hopes there will be a focus on more senior housing – multiple neighbors of hers, Black said, have had to leave Tompkins County when…Continue Reading “Radio: Shawna Black on Opioid Crisis, Running For Office”

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 21-25”

By Josh Brokaw Workers and business owners of Tompkins County should familiarize themselves with two new numbers: 13.90 and 15.11. $13.90 is the new living wage per hour for workers in Tompkins County whose employers provide them with health insurance. $15.11 is the living wage per hour, as calculated by Alternatives Federal Credit Union, for those workers who have to buy their health insurance on the New York State marketplace. A Brief Promotional Break Help Support TruthSaying Reporting If you’d like to help TruthSayers pay…Continue Reading “New Living Wage Target Announced For Tompkins County”

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”

By Josh Brokaw Keith Hannon has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Tompkins County that asks a judge to overturn the Tompkins County Board of Elections decision that struck his name from the ballot. TruthSayers was the first to tell you on July 31 about the Board of Elections decision to invalidate 22 signatures on Hannon’s petition for an Independence Party ballot line. Currently, Democrat Anne Koreman is the only candidate on the ballot in Tompkins County Legislature District 5, representing Ulysses, Trumansburg,…Continue Reading “Court Docs: Hannon Campaign Appealing Ballot Removal”

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”

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 14-18”

By Josh Brokaw Under a New York State law passed in 2010 and made effective by the state Department of Health in 2015, hospitals and nursing homes are required to disclose a certain number of “nursing quality indicators” for the previous 12 months whenever a request is made by any member of the public. This reporter has made two requests for this data to Cayuga Medical Center in the last year. The first was made in November 2016, with a response coming in December that…Continue Reading “Data: Cayuga Medical Center Nurse Staffing”

By Josh Brokaw Before 2017 is over, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick should have a recommendation before Common Council for who to hire as Ithaca’s next police chief. An unknown number of candidates took the approximately eight-hour civil service examination for Chief of Police on March 18. Four candidates passed the threshold score of 70 that puts a candidate on the “eligible list.” The list was released in June and obtained by TruthSayers about two weeks ago after submitting a Freedom of Information Law request on…Continue Reading “Search for New Ithaca Police Chief Underway”

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”