TruthSayers cartoonist Christine Finnigan submitted these notes and photographs from Representative Tom Reed’s visit to the Trumansburg fire hall on Saturday, June 3. If you have writing, photos, or video to share on meetings or other issues of public importance, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org. Words & Photos by Christine Finnigan Another exercise in futility trying to be heard at a Tom Reed town hall this morning in Trumansburg.  At 8:10, we arrived to find the room had reached capacity (180) already. The fire hall folks tried to…Continue Reading “Notes & Photos: Tom Reed in Trumansburg”

Gimme! Coffee Baristas Organizing for Power in Service Work

Update, June 1: According to a release from the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, baristas at Gimme! Coffee voted  16 yes, 1 no, in favor of organizing a union with Workers United Rochester. The Gimme! baristas are now part of Workers United Local 2833, which also included unionized workers at the Ithaca Health Alliance. By Josh Brokaw Gimme! Coffee baristas are voting today, May 31, on whether they should form a union. Baristas at Gimme!’s four Tompkins County locations are exercising their right to organize after…Continue Reading “Gimme! Coffee Baristas Organizing for Power in Service Work”

By Josh Brokaw Dominion Transmission will need more permits from the Town of Dryden to complete planned upgrades to the Borger compressor station in Ellis Hollow. At a May 1 meeting in Varna, Town of Dryden supervisor Jason Leifer told concerned neighbors of the compressor station that Dominion already had approvals from the town and from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC]. At that point, Dominion would have needed to volunteer to go through the town’s “special use permit” process before making upgrades, Leifer said….Continue Reading “Dryden Tells Dominion to Stop Work on Pipeline Project”

The Tompkins County government is asking for comments from citizens on a new document that will guide efforts to increase the number and quality of housing units within the county. By May 31, questions and comments about the new Tompkins County housing strategy should be directed to the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability, whether in writing at 121 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, via phone at (607) 274-5560, or by email at planning@tompkins-co.org. What is a “housing strategy,” you ask? Tompkins County…Continue Reading “Housing Tompkins County: Make Your Voice Heard”

By Josh Brokaw About 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers are planning on going out on strike for three days starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 19, if their contract demands are not met. The workers include those represented by Communications Workers of America District 1 at AT&T Mobility corporate-owned stores in Ithaca, Horseheads, Vestal, Johnson City, and three in Onondaga County. About 21,000 workers across 36 states in retail stores are planning on striking, along with 19,000 landline and DirecTV workers in California, Nevada, and…Continue Reading “AT&T Workers Planning Weekend Strike Across New York, U.S.”

The Tompkins County government is asking citizens to give their opinion on the issue of sharing more police services, or even consolidating municipal police departments within the county. The “law enforcement shared services” study, as it’s officially called, is being performed by CGR, a consulting firm out of Rochester. Though CGR is also doing the Tompkins County jail study, the two studies are separate. The $70,000 shared services study is mostly being paid for from a New York state municipal restructuring fund, with Tompkins County…Continue Reading “Share Your Views on Police Consolidation in Tompkins County”

By Josh Brokaw Update, May 13: As one reader on social media have pointed out, this piece is “ridiculously biased.” This piece is not meant to be straight-ahead reporting – this piece is one reporter’s feeling about the situation at Cayuga Medical Center after doing months of reporting on issues there. Cayuga Health System – parent company of Cayuga Medical Center, Schuyler Medical Center, and Cayuga Medical Associates – celebrated National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week this second week of May. We know this…Continue Reading “A Happy “Screw You” From Cayuga Medical For National Nurses’ Week”

By Josh Brokaw Syracuse University researchers are suing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement [ICE] in federal court for what they say is an “abrupt change in disclosure practices.” Professors Susan Long and David Burnham, of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse [TRAC], filed suit against ICE in United States district court for the Northern District of New York on Wednesday, May 9. The complaint, which you can download here, says that “(s)tarting abruptly in January 2017, ICE began refusing to disclose much of the information produced in…Continue Reading “ICE Sued For Withholding Previously Public Information”

Tompkins County Action will have $400,000 more in funds to give out in rental assistance over the next two years. The funding will provide up to 15 people per year with rental assistance starting in June 2017, allowing the tenants to pay only 30 percent of their income for rent. Danielle Harrington, housing services director at TCAction, explained to service providers at the Tompkins County Continuum of Care meeting last week that the funding will also provide for some staff assistance for renters. The idea…Continue Reading “$400,000 More For Rental Assistance, And Other Tompkins Housing News”

By Josh Brokaw Representatives of Dominion Transmission heard their company’s commitment to being a good neighbor questioned over and over in a meeting at the Varna Community Center on Monday, May 1. The Borger Compressor Station, on Ellis Hollow Road in the Town of Dryden, is slated to receive upgrades as part of Dominion’s $158 million “New Market” pipeline upgrade project. The company wants to push more natural gas from Clinton County, Pennsylvania, to utilities Brooklyn United and Niagara Mohawk. The two National Grid subsidiaries…Continue Reading “‘What Are You Hiding?’ – Citizens Question Dominion Pipeline Project”