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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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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…

  • 0

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…

  • Updated
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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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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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I am pleading with you to delay any action to allow dogs on the Commons. I have come before you about the impacts of this. Living on the Commons for about 10 years, I know all its noise issues. The concrete and narrow corridor amplifies sounds of all times, and is cumulative. COVID also has kept us at home more, not able to escape a noisy situation. Dog barking is continuous at all hours of day and night and unpredictable, unlike a set time of events and concerts. There are also busker musicians with dogs that bark. We do not have enough police, if at all, to come prompt to a noise complaint. Read more

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I read the letter from Jim Crawford expressing his concern regarding the change in voting practice related to the large number of mail-in ballots in this election cycle. I am thankful and grateful to him for sharing his thoughts at this important time. There is now a heightened anxiety by the voters. The public is well served to hear from those most familiar with voting in Tompkins County and their wisdom on this issue. The voters understand and demand that the integrity of the system be analyzed and always improved. All legal ballots should be counted. He knowingly understands that confidence and tranquility as he states in our voting practices is fundamental to the peaceful transfer of power in our democratic republic. Everyone should support the scrutiny and search for best prac… Read more

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I read in the recent IT print issue (11/11-17) a letter from Mr. James Crawford where he shared his concerns about voting integrity and security risk with the immense number of paper ballots to process in this year's election. I felt it was a well thought out and explanatory piece by an individual *who was actually present in the room* and tasked with this challenge here in our County, who wanted us all to know about what he sensed and saw. Following this courageous action (i.e., his "exercise of free speech"), I learned he was served a letter from his employer, Tompkins County, notifying him he'd been placed on leave! Huh? Why!? Don't we all want the benefit of hearing a "watchman's" perspective? Would the County please inform us as to their reasoning for this action? I sure would… Read more

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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 might be wrong and stepped away to answer. Read more

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