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. Join us this Wednesday, September 27, at the Tompkins County Workers Center…Continue Reading “Legislating & Hell Raising Chances: Tompkins County Meetings, September 25-29”

Words & Photos by Josh Brokaw A group of about 20 people gathered along East Martin Luther King Jr. Street in front of the Gateway Commons this Friday, September 22, to register their protest against the Republican health care bill currently proposed in Congress by Senators Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (Louisiana). “The bill for health care is coming up again for a vote in the Senate,” said Rebecca Elgie, who’s worked on a proposal for single-payer health care with the Campaign for…Continue Reading “Ithacans Protest Proposed GOP Health Care Bill”

TruthSayers News will be hosting a potluck meal and a Media Making Session this coming Wednesday, September 27, at our new digs in the Tompkins County Workers Center. Join us for an evening of food, fellowship, and learning how to take control of the media. A simple agenda, really. If you’re in the Ithaca area and are interested in any aspect of media-making, we’d love to meet you. And, of course, if you can’t make this session, or are interested in locally-focused media in some…Continue Reading “Eat Food, Join TruthSayers News”

Aryeal Jackson, 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 19. Jackson, along with Melissa Hall 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 – Jackson’s selected party name for her ballot…Continue Reading “Radio: Ithaca 5th Ward Council Candidate Aryeal Jackson”

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 Opportunities: Tompkins County Meetings, September 18-22”

Laura Lewis, 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 12. Lewis, along with Melissa Hall and Aryeal Jackson, are running to fill the seat resigned by Josephine Martell in August 2017. Lewis said she grew up in rental housing, so affordable housing is always a topic that’s been…Continue Reading “Listen: Laura Lewis, Ithaca Council Candidate”

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 ?”

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, September 11-15”

Carolina Osorio Gil, one of three Democratic candidates for the District 3 seat in the Tompkins County Legislature, joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News for an interview that originally aired on WRFI News on September 5. “There is a gap between local government and the people, so to speak, and activists,” Osorio Gil said. “In trying to bridge that gap and understand how our local political system works and how laws are made at the county level, I’ve become really interested in trying to change…Continue Reading “Radio: Carolina Osorio Gil on Housing, Making Progressive Change”

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”