This week: Planning boards are looking over the Cornell North Campus expansion, a first official look at the Cayuga Medical project on Route 13, and Ulysses is still working on new zoning laws. Tompkins County Monday, April 22 The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality committee of the Tompkins County legislature meets at 1:30 p.m. at…Continue Reading “Make Laws, Raise Hell: April 22-27 Tompkins County Government Happenings”

By Daniel Bromberg Cornell University ILR School ‘20, Brooklyn-born The opinions expressed by this author in this piece are his alone. Want to respond to this column? Have another important issue in your community you want to talk about? Email  josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org – we’ll help you publish your truth. Ithaca, NY— In addition to placing community…Continue Reading “Cornell Students Demanding University Act Against Confederate Memorabilia Sales at Fairs”

This Week: Tompkins County legislators are voting on spending $1.8 million on the site for a new government center. They are also making decisions on design for the proposed Customs and Border Protection facility for private flights at the airport, and asking for money to have more help in medicated detox at the jail. The…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: April 15-20 Tompkins County Government Happenings”

By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org At its April 10 meeting, the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency [IDA] will presumably vote on whether to grant a tax abatement for a 67-unit, luxury senior housing complex planned for the Old Library site. Located at Cayuga & Court streets in downtown Ithaca, the Old Library site has been a…Continue Reading “Tax Break Recommended for Old Library Project Over Protest It’s Not Affordable”

This week: How will Tompkins County develop Sears & Tioga streets? The Ithaca Farmers’ Market is looking to make accessibility improvements at Steamboat Landing. The Town of Ithaca is reviewing Cornell’s North Campus expansion. That and more in this week’s government meetings around Tompkins County. Do you want to know what your local government is…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: April 1-6 Tompkins County Government Meetings”

By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org The opinions expressed by this author in this piece are his alone. If you’d like to respond to this column or otherwise share your thoughts or news about an important issue in your community, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Svante Myrick announced on Wednesday, March 6 that he’s running for a third term as…Continue Reading “Want a Third Term? Kid Mayor Myrick Needs to Grow Up”

This week: Tompkins County is working on a “recovery & resiliency” program, with planning funded by state Homeland Security monies. The Chain Works and Cornell North Campus projects continue to be reviewed by local authorities. The Town of Ithaca is hearing about the potential of industrial hemp. Do you want to know what your local…Continue Reading “Make Laws, Raise Hell: March 25-30 Tompkins County Government Happenings”

This week: Auditing 2018 Industrial Development Agency activities; putting a nepotism policy for a hire in the sheriff’s office; and the T-burg South Street development is asking for zoning variances. All that and more in your weekly government planner. Do you want to know what your local government is doing? Do you want to tell…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: March 11-16 Tompkins County Government Meetings”

This week: Tompkins County is asking New York State nicely to be allowed to fund and manage affordable housing. The city is planning on adding financial penalties for landlords that continue to rent out condemned buildings. And Lansing is still debating whether the Rod & Gun Club is allowed to expand. That and more in…Continue Reading “Raise Hell, Make Laws: March 4-8 Tompkins County Government Meetings”

This week: Tompkins County is working on a resolution asking the state to permit the county to spend local funds directly on housing development, city planning continues reviewing the Chain Works and Cornell North Campus projects, and Lansing continues to hear about the installation of a private tram to the lakeshore. Do you want to…Continue Reading “Make Laws, Raise Hell: February 25-March 1 Tompkins County Government Happenings”