Local News for Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Ithaca Rents Ninth Highest in Country 

According to the rental real estate listing service Dwellsy, Ithaca has the highest rent of any small city in the US. The study shows that the average price to rent a one bedroom in Ithaca was $1908 per month in 2022 up 4.5% over 2021. Only eight cities in the study had higher average rents—most of them major metropolitan areas. These include New York, Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington DC, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The recent boom in construction, especially of luxury apartments, may have impacted these results. Tompkins County has the third highest rate of homelessness in New York State.

Guilty Plea in Death of Leon Arguello

According to the Ithaca Voice, Jonathan Roberts of Elmira pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the death of local musician Leon Arguello. Arguello, an Ithaca-based musician, was killed in a car accident caused by Roberts in March of 2022. Roberts has waived his right to an appeal and will be sentenced in April.

T-Burg Farmers Market Hosts Winter Market

The Trumansburg Farmers Market has launched winter market days. Shoppers can find local vendors at the Trumansburg fire house Tuesdays 4-7pm until April 11. 

State Investigating NYSEG Customer Complaints 

The State Department of Public Service has reported a high number of customer complaints regarding New York State Electric and Gas or NYSEG. The department is collecting public comments from NYSEG consumers about high, delayed, or inaccurate bills, and poor or delayed customer service. Learn more about submitting your comment here.

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