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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 parent…

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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 …

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As a "liberal-Democrat", I have tried to gain as much knowledge about the "Conservative" political point of view as possible since 1980.  I have come to some very disappointing conclusions which I want to share with you.

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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 buil…

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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 …

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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 of…

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Although I met Anna last year I got to really know her when she approached me with a group of my colleagues to request a donation of space on the Green Star parcel for use by the County COVID-19 Food Taskforce she was helping to form to establish an emergency food hub.  Access to this additi…

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The next member of the NYS Assembly from Tompkins and Cortland must be a person of vision, flexibility, and serious experience. Jason Leifer is that kind of leader. We need a person who will chart a course based on representing all the people of our 125th District, not just special interests…

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Sunrise Movement Ithaca is proud to endorse Anna Kelles for New York State Assembly. With the COVID-19 pandemic devastating our communities, thousands jobless and facing eviction, heat waves on the horizon, members of the Black and Brown community murdered on our streets, and the same commun…

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I would never call myself a community leader, but I am fiercely engaged with our city and county’s civic culture. When an issue is important to me I speak out at Common Council meetings and the Tompkins County Legislature. I also lobby our representatives personally in letters, emails and co…

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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 …

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As a "liberal-Democrat", I have tried to gain as much knowledge about the "Conservative" political point of view as possible since 1980.  I have come to some very disappointing conclusions which I want to share with you.

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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 buil…

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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 …

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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 of…

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Although I met Anna last year I got to really know her when she approached me with a group of my colleagues to request a donation of space on the Green Star parcel for use by the County COVID-19 Food Taskforce she was helping to form to establish an emergency food hub.  Access to this additi…

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The next member of the NYS Assembly from Tompkins and Cortland must be a person of vision, flexibility, and serious experience. Jason Leifer is that kind of leader. We need a person who will chart a course based on representing all the people of our 125th District, not just special interests…

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Sunrise Movement Ithaca is proud to endorse Anna Kelles for New York State Assembly. With the COVID-19 pandemic devastating our communities, thousands jobless and facing eviction, heat waves on the horizon, members of the Black and Brown community murdered on our streets, and the same commun…

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I would never call myself a community leader, but I am fiercely engaged with our city and county’s civic culture. When an issue is important to me I speak out at Common Council meetings and the Tompkins County Legislature. I also lobby our representatives personally in letters, emails and co…

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I’ve been in numerous meetings with Barbara Lifton and Jordan Lesser addressing complex and difficult issues – from industrial soil contamination, to advocating for immigrant rights, to seeking coordinated funding for water resource management. I got a glimpse into the complexities and chall…

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Please join me in voting for Seph Murtagh in Assembly District 125. This is a crowded race for sure, filled with great people. The reason I endorsed Seph early on when he announced (and mind you, I rarely endorse prior to a primary) is because he has been a reliable, honest, caring, and resp…

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Public Safety, communication and respect were the tenets of my working relationship with District Attorney Matt Van Houten. He is a true public servant, and by far, the best choice for candidate, to continue the hard work of serving as your District Attorney for Tompkins County.

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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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As our higher education institutions reopen, and thousands of people from around the world arrive in Tompkins County, it is more important than ever that we work together to ensure that reopening happens safely. Transparency and responsibility to each other must be priorities, and we all must continue an active and unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community. COVID-19 is still spreading, presenting a serious threat to every community, the actions that each of us take will have an impact on stopping the spread. Read more

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