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Some Wisconsin residents stood in line for hours to vote in their primary election. According to The Guardian at least 50 of them have since tested positive for COVID-19. Imagine what could happen when millions vote in November. If we want to have secure, efficient voting without risking our…

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This week, New Yorkers are waiting for a ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to determine whether or not we will have the right vote in the June 23 presidential primary election. On April 27, 2020, the Democratic Commissioners of the NY State Board of Elections canceled the presi…

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When I announced my candidacy for a seat on the New York State Assembly in February, I focused on the need to build more resiliency into our systems, noting we were one major challenge away from collapse on nearly every front including healthcare, food security, heat security, economic secur…

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Last month, thousands like me joined in petitioning and calling on the Common Council to demand a Rent Freeze. Small landlords and city legislators have been against the idea, arguing that a Rent Freeze just passes the burden from renters to landlords, instead of focusing on who really owns …

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The spread of coronavirus has left few, if any, communities untouched. Amid growing numbers of infections, deaths, frozen economic activity and a tanking stock market, governments both national and local have had to react quickly. Emergency distancing measures have been put in place, workers…

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As communities across the nation continue to grapple with coronavirus, there has been significant concern about how the pandemic will impact our elections. This past weekend, Governor Cuomo postponed the New York State Presidential Primary from April 28 to June 23, the same date as the state…

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In a few days the City Common Council and the Tompkins County Legislature will be voting on whether to proceed with a Downtown community conference center. Both bodies will be separately voting on a shared City/County/DIA agreement that would provide a guarantee to the project, providing ass…

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In March, the City is scheduled to vote on building a conference center in downtown Ithaca. The proposed conference center is projected to cost $36 million to build and the City of Ithaca would be co-signing the lease*. The 49,000 square foot conference center has been endorsed by city offic…

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I read a piece in Ithaca Times about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase “under God,” along with Stephanie Redmond's suggestion that the “under God” reference be eliminated from the agenda at future meetings of the Enfield Town Board. I applaud her courage and reasonable stand r…

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My drive to work in New Jersey was an enraging 40 minutes of stop-and-go traffic that often left me too irritable to speak to coworkers in the morning. In 2009 I got relief when my wife and I moved to the Ithaca area, residing near the airport, where I was blessed with a new commute that onl…

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For anyone who has ever heard the song “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell, they might be acquainted with the semi-paranoid feeling that gives the song its name. While we know companies across the globe track where we go and how we feel through our phones, there is a particular reason for s…

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There will be an opportunity for the public to address the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Dec. 11th at 6 p.m. in Ithaca City Hall’s Council Chambers during a public hearing that has been scheduled ahead of a discussion and vote on an ordinance concerning guidelines to develop…

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When I announced my candidacy for a seat on the New York State Assembly in February, I focused on the need to build more resiliency into our systems, noting we were one major challenge away from collapse on nearly every front including healthcare, food security, heat security, economic secur…

  • 0

Last month, thousands like me joined in petitioning and calling on the Common Council to demand a Rent Freeze. Small landlords and city legislators have been against the idea, arguing that a Rent Freeze just passes the burden from renters to landlords, instead of focusing on who really owns …

  • 0

The spread of coronavirus has left few, if any, communities untouched. Amid growing numbers of infections, deaths, frozen economic activity and a tanking stock market, governments both national and local have had to react quickly. Emergency distancing measures have been put in place, workers…

  • 2

As communities across the nation continue to grapple with coronavirus, there has been significant concern about how the pandemic will impact our elections. This past weekend, Governor Cuomo postponed the New York State Presidential Primary from April 28 to June 23, the same date as the state…

  • 0

In a few days the City Common Council and the Tompkins County Legislature will be voting on whether to proceed with a Downtown community conference center. Both bodies will be separately voting on a shared City/County/DIA agreement that would provide a guarantee to the project, providing ass…

  • 0

In March, the City is scheduled to vote on building a conference center in downtown Ithaca. The proposed conference center is projected to cost $36 million to build and the City of Ithaca would be co-signing the lease*. The 49,000 square foot conference center has been endorsed by city offic…

  • 1

I read a piece in Ithaca Times about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase “under God,” along with Stephanie Redmond's suggestion that the “under God” reference be eliminated from the agenda at future meetings of the Enfield Town Board. I applaud her courage and reasonable stand r…

  • 0

My drive to work in New Jersey was an enraging 40 minutes of stop-and-go traffic that often left me too irritable to speak to coworkers in the morning. In 2009 I got relief when my wife and I moved to the Ithaca area, residing near the airport, where I was blessed with a new commute that onl…

  • 0

For anyone who has ever heard the song “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell, they might be acquainted with the semi-paranoid feeling that gives the song its name. While we know companies across the globe track where we go and how we feel through our phones, there is a particular reason for s…

  • 1

There will be an opportunity for the public to address the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Dec. 11th at 6 p.m. in Ithaca City Hall’s Council Chambers during a public hearing that has been scheduled ahead of a discussion and vote on an ordinance concerning guidelines to develop…

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Despite the stories of self-dealing coming out of Washington, I still respect the dedication and hard work the majority of our elected officials display. But Tom O’Mara (NY Senate 58th), the senator who represents Enfield, Ithaca, Newfield and Ulysses, is cut from a different cloth. In his n…

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Common Council restricted zoning on West State St. only a few years after the urban core was up-zoned; something cities do to inspire development and change. Last week Common Council members voted and passed (6-3) as resolution to downzone State Street on grounds for preserving architectural…

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We all have an “other,” someone for whom our first instinct is to judge or stereotype based upon preconceived differences in culture, political or religious beliefs, clothing, lifestyle, symbols they use, even cars they drive. This is compounded by the news we watch or read and the social me…

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I think most of us would agree that our school system could stand to improve. I believe this proposal, if followed, will have a profound impact, leading to significant improvements in both our most challenging and our best schools.

Editorials

Letters

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As the former and current chairs of the Tompkins County Legislature, we enthusiastically support the development of the waterfront area of the City of Ithaca. For decades the City and County have worked to transform this area from an industrial district of the City to a vibrant, walkable mixed-use neighborhood. There are several projects now in the works, that together will absolutely transform this underused part of our community, providing jobs, easy access to medical care, much-needed housing for all income levels, public access to the water, innovative sustainable infrastructure, and more.  Read more

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The waterfront projects are two that I and many other City, County, and State elected officials and staff have been supporting for the last 2 1/2 years,due to their combination of access to medical care, affordable housing, mixed use dense walkable development, and public recreation all built with innovative sustainability and dignity for all users.  Read more

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It has recently been reported in The Ithaca Times that Tompkins County Legislator and candidate for the Assembly seat I have held for 18 years, Anna Kelles, recently returned a total of $4,500.00 in campaign contributions to three local developers after it became known that Ms. Kelles wrote to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to "move along" their proposed City Harbor development project after receiving the contributions. Read more

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I am proud to support Jordan Lesser in the race to continue Barbara Lifton’s legacy of strong leadership and representation in the 125 th Assembly District. As a Town of Ithaca legislator since 2008, and an activist for years prior, I have had the good fortune to work with many government officials, some of whom are also on the primary ballot this year. Read more

Guest Opinions

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Some Wisconsin residents stood in line for hours to vote in their primary election. According to The Guardian at least 50 of them have since tested positive for COVID-19. Imagine what could happen when millions vote in November. If we want to have secure, efficient voting without risking our heath, we must make plans now. Read more

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