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”

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”

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?”

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”

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”