On Monday, state Assemblywoman Anna Kelles and state Senator Rachel May endorsed Lea Webb for state Senate. Webb is running in the new 53rd Senate district, a heavily Democratic seat that includes both Ithaca and Binghamton. Kelles represents the 125th State Assembly district made up of Tompkins County and part of Cortland County. May represents the pre-redistricting 53rd district which was based around Syracuse. May is now running for reelection in the new 55th Senate district.
The Ithaca Police Department is warning of a scam where a caller poses as an agent from the Inspector General’s office. Police say scammers will call residents claiming the resident owes money to the Social Security Administration. When challenged, scammers will have a second scammer call claiming to be an Ithaca Police Department officer using an actual officer's name and the IPD phone number. The IPD says law enforcement would never call a citizen and request money over the phone.
The city of Ithaca is considering proposals for a new Collegetown fire station. According to the Ithaca Voice, the city has decided to sell the current station and use the proceeds to purchase a new property. The current station was built in 1968. The city Planning and Economic Development Committee will get its first look at the station proposals at tonight’s meeting.
On Monday, former Governor Andrew Cuomo published an Op-Ed in the New York Daily News criticizing Governor Hochul. According to Syracuse.com, Cuomo attacked Hochul’s decision to approve $600 Million in state funding for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. Cuomo also criticized Hochul’s response to crime in the state and levied allegations of corruption. Cuomo went on to claim he was pushed out of office by the “establishment.” Cuomo resigned last August after he was accused of sexually harassing 11 women. The Governor was also maligned for undercounting the number of nursing home deaths during the pandemic and was ordered to pay back over $5 million in profits from a book he wrote using state resources.