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”

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”

By Josh Brokaw With one full-time staff person who’s working for volunteer pay – unless you lovely people send us cash – TruthSayers can’t be at every event or political happening. Which is why you need to become a reporter for us, if you’re feeling the itch to tell some truth. Check out our weekly agenda posts for meetings in Tompkins County you might want to cover, and feel free to pitch us with stories through the “contact us” box about local happenings in Tompkins County…Continue Reading “Tompkins County Politics Round-Up, Electioneering Edition”

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 4-8”

Anne Koreman, the Democratic candidate for the District 5 seat in the Tompkins County Legislature, talked to Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers News about issues important to Tompkins Countians in an interview that originally aired on WRFI News on August 22, 2017. As a resident of the area since 1984 and a long-time activist, Koreman said she decided to run for office because “Instead of asking people in municipalities to do things for us, I thought it was time to take my voice to an actual seat…Continue Reading “Radio: County Legislature Candidate Anne Koreman on Tiny Houses, Tax Abatements”

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 “Government Happenings: August 28 to September 1”

By Josh Brokaw Six Democratic challengers vying to unseat Congressmember Tom Reed in 2018 introduced themselves to Ithacans Tuesday night at an open meeting hosted by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee. The general tenor of the conversation, with each candidate giving opening and closing statements and fielding questions in between, was genial. There was some disagreement about how the size of the Democratic field could help or hurt candidates, some concerns raised about how to compete with Reed’s $1 million-plus campaign war chest, and much…Continue Reading “Tom Reed Challengers Introduce Themselves to Ithaca Dems”

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”