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On March 20, life for all New Yorkers changed dramatically. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the entire state would be put on pause as first responders worked tirelessly to confront the Covid-19 virus. All non-essential workers were asked to stay inside their homes and do their part to curb the d…

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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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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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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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You don’t really mean that you don’t like the way people protest, you mean you don’t understand what they’re protesting and that’s where we’ll start. Read more

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We are writing to express our view that, given current local COVID-19 case numbers, Ithaca City Schools can and should reopen for in-person instruction, alongside a remote learning option, as currently scheduled for October 5th. As community healthcare professionals, and in many cases parents of school-aged children, we recognize that there are risks associated with school reopening. We believe strongly, however, that these risks are currently low and so outweighed by the enormous benefits that in-person school provides for many children. Read more

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My son went to college with merely two suitcases and a backpack in tow, following Cornell’s creative Coronavirus packing policy. The limited load was so that he could move himself into his room alone to quarantine once he took a COVID test. We said goodbye briefly in a car pool line to keep possibly infected parents out of the dorms.  Read more

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Like lots of parents I can still remember the first time I dropped my children off at school. Being a teacher myself didn’t make it any easier. No amount of familiarity with the way a school functions could prepare me for that emotional moment when I had to walk away from my girls and leave them in the more than capable hands of my fellow educators. Educators who routinely start the school year under circumstances that many have come to expect to be challenging and difficult for any number of reasons. From budget cuts, limited resources, and state mandates, to the latest school shooting; educators start the school year with one goal in mind: keeping our students safe and healthy so they can learn. We do this despite the many obstacles and barriers thrown in our way by external forc… Read more

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On March 20, life for all New Yorkers changed dramatically. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the entire state would be put on pause as first responders worked tirelessly to confront the Covid-19 virus. All non-essential workers were asked to stay inside their homes and do their part to curb the deadly disease.  Read more

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