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 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”

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”

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 7-11”

By Josh Brokaw At its August 2 meeting, Ithaca’s Common Council voted to approve new zoning standards for areas along the West End waterfront. The process of designing the new zoning standards started in 2015, once the new city comprehensive plan was approved, and began in earnest with committee meetings and public outreach starting in the fall of 2016. “We went through this so many times, it’s like being in a French restaurant and getting so frustrated you order a hot dog,” Alderperson George McGonigal…Continue Reading “Council Approves New Zoning On The Waterfront”

Tompkins County legislature candidate Keith Hannon joined Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News on Tuesday, July 25, in studio at WRFI Community Radio to talk over the issues facing any prospective legislator elected in 2017. The conversation occurred in the week before Hannon was removed from the ballot by the county Board of Elections. Read Josh Brokaw’s story on that development at the link. Hannon, who says he’ll be collecting signatures to run as an independent, spoke about the debate over the South Street housing project…Continue Reading “Listen: Tompkins Legislature Candidate Keith Hannon on Housing, Living Wage”