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 ?”

By Josh Brokaw Henry Granison won a three-way Democratic primary race for a seat on the Tompkins County Legislature and incumbent Rich John easily won a race that was no longer contested, according to results released Tuesday, August 12, by the Tompkins County Board of Elections. Granison won 249 of a total 432 votes in the race to represent District 3, which represents neighborhoods on Ithaca’s East and South hills. Granison, a political newbie like both his competitors, won over 57 percent of the total…Continue Reading “Granison, John Win Primaries in County Legislature Races”

By Esther L. Racoosin WRFI Community Radio News A Cornell professor has confirmed that genetically engineered [GE] diamondback moths are now being released into an open-air field near Geneva, at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station operated by Cornell. Cornell scientist Dr. Anthony Shelton is based at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station and is an expert in the biology of the diamondback moth, an invasive insect that destroys plants in the Brassica family. “The GE insects are now being tested in the field,” Shelton…Continue Reading “Cornell Releasing Genetically Modified Moth in Geneva”

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”