Hochul to Address Housing in State of State Today
Governor Hochul’s first State of the State Address is planned for 1pm today. According to the Times Union she’s expected to highlight her vision for solving New York’s recent exodus of residents. Hochul is aiming to develop 1 million new living units throughout the state over the next decade. Changing zoning rules, creating tax incentives, and constructing new housing units will all play a part in the effort. The reforms are aimed to combat the New York population drop, which began during the height of the pandemic. Many New Yorkers migrated to other states to avoid contracting covid, to avoid covid restrictions, or in anticipation of an economic downturn.
Cantelmo First to Announce Ithaca Mayoral Campaign
The Ithaca Voice reports that four days after Ithaca Mayor Laura Lewis announced she would not be running for reelection in 2023, Ithaca Alderperson Robert Cantelmo declared his candidacy for the city’s highest office. Cantelmo has been representing the Fifth Ward on the Common Council since 2021, and also serves at Cornell as the associate director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. At his campaign announcement on Sunday, he pledged, if elected, to redouble efforts to implement Ithaca's Green New Deal and the reforms outlined by the Reimagining Public Safety initiative. He also pledged to complete the hiring of a permanent police chief. He said he would fight for tenant protections and tackle Ithaca’s affordable housing issues. Cantelmo is the first person to announce his candidacy for the 2023 Mayoral race.
Trumansburg Conservatory Helps Feed Residents in Need
On January 21st, the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will hold its first concert of the year. The event will benefit the Trumansburg Food Pantry and people are encouraged to bring canned/dry food donations to donate. The pantry provides food for individuals and families struggling in the Trumansburg area. The concert will present a mix of jazz and blues tunes; admission is free to all. You can find out more information at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts’ website.
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