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The City Mayor’s proposal to eliminate the Ithaca Police Department and give away the SWAT Truck is a misguided idea. As the Sheriff of Tompkins County (1999-2010) and a public servant on the County legislature (1994-1998) and as a Village of T-burg Trustee (1990-1993), I have seen the posit…

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It’s a call you never want to get. I was into my second Chivas at my virtual birthday party with my editor when the phone rang. It was my friend, Naomi. “Oh, how sweet of her to remember my birthday,” I thought. I started to text her, but she called again immediately. I sensed something migh…

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I write in response to the article about Doug Baird’s inventive activity book in order to amplify his message and praise him as one of the precious artists in our region able to maintain focus on “the public good” during this unsettling period of history. Like Greta Thunberg, he exposes our …

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Sad news arrived on Thanksgiving morning that my beloved professor and lifelong friend, Dick Polenberg, passed away last night after a long, valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s that robbed us in his final years of his beautiful, analytic mind.

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In August of 2017, I attended a meeting of Ithaca Democrats and met a woman who said not only that she would challenge Tom Reed but that it would take two attempts to win. I thought it was a terrible thing to say to a room full of people who were ready to vote out the incumbent, and I told her so!

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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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It’s a call you never want to get. I was into my second Chivas at my virtual birthday party with my editor when the phone rang. It was my friend, Naomi. “Oh, how sweet of her to remember my birthday,” I thought. I started to text her, but she called again immediately. I sensed something migh…

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I write in response to the article about Doug Baird’s inventive activity book in order to amplify his message and praise him as one of the precious artists in our region able to maintain focus on “the public good” during this unsettling period of history. Like Greta Thunberg, he exposes our …

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Sad news arrived on Thanksgiving morning that my beloved professor and lifelong friend, Dick Polenberg, passed away last night after a long, valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s that robbed us in his final years of his beautiful, analytic mind.

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In August of 2017, I attended a meeting of Ithaca Democrats and met a woman who said not only that she would challenge Tom Reed but that it would take two attempts to win. I thought it was a terrible thing to say to a room full of people who were ready to vote out the incumbent, and I told her so!

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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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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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Mainstream media has been full of praise for Israel’s success in vaccinating most of its population.  Yet many of us in the Jewish community join friends and allies in our dismay that there has been no such robust vaccination campaign for Palestinians living under military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank.   Read more

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Dear Members of the Ithaca Community, As a former parent of the Ithaca City School District and the mother of two children I have been browbeaten and bullied by the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District. He has used his power and connections in this town that serve his own purpose and undermine me as a mother and  as a citizen. My concern is that this abuse of power is a web that stifles not only my rights but many others’ rights in the community. I provide a few of my concerns below but I will also be drafting a detailed affidavit that shows that several signatories on the ICSD affidavits have in some way engaged in outright lies, twisting timelines and cherry-picking information in an attempt to create mass confusion and a circus environment in our community. The diss… Read more

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As ICSD community members, we would like to confirm that the Board of Education ("BOE") of the ICSD conducted an appropriately independent, neutral, and diligent review of the workplace-related claims raised in the Urgent Appeal for NYS Education Department Intervention for Accountability, Justice and Fairness in the Matter of Brown, Brown & the Board of Education, Ithaca City School District, dated January 5, 2021, as filed by Peyi Soyinka-Airewele et al. with the New York State Commissioner of Education, on or about January 5, 2021 (the "Appeal”).  Read more

Guest Opinions

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The City Mayor’s proposal to eliminate the Ithaca Police Department and give away the SWAT Truck is a misguided idea. As the Sheriff of Tompkins County (1999-2010) and a public servant on the County legislature (1994-1998) and as a Village of T-burg Trustee (1990-1993), I have seen the positive outcomes of well thought out reform and change. The current thought process described by the Mayor as “Blue Sky Thinking” is more of Pie in the Sky Thinking that is dangerous and not what is needed or intended by the Governor’s executive order. Read more

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