Local News for Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Zeldin Hints at Potential Senate Run Against Senator Gillibrand On Monday, Republican Lee Zeldin, declined to rule out a potential senate seat bid against Senator Kristin Gillibrand. Zeldin, a former New York State Senator and Congressman, narrowly lost the New York’s gubernatorial race to Kathy Hochul in November. According to the Times Union, he appeared…

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Local News for Monday, February 6, 2023

Governor Hochul Faces New Obstacles for Proposed State Bail Reforms Governor Hochul is facing pushback from progressives and public defenders against her proposed reforms to state bail laws. At the same time, she’s contending with pressure from Republicans and prosecutors over perceived increases in crime. According to the Times Union, Hochul’s proposed changes would remove…

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Local News for Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Tompkins County Hiring Homeless Services Coordinator In its effort to address homelessness, Tompkins County is hiring a Homeless Services Coordinator. A 2022 study reported that the county has the third highest rate of homelessness in the state. It also pointed to slow progress toward the county’s goal of adding 100 beds of supportive housing. The…

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Local News for Monday January 30, 2023

Gillibrand Anticipates Challenge from Zeldin Senator Kristin Gillibrand of New York is expecting a challenge from Lee Zeldin in 2024 who ran a competitive race for New York Governor in November. According to the Times Union, the two-term Democratic incumbent sent fundraising emails cautioning her supporters that “Zeldin very nearly won the New York governorship.”…

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Local News for Tuesday, January 24, 2023

New York Says More Must be Done to Protect Bees A state audit of the 2016 Pollination Protection Plan found that more action is needed to protect bees and other pollinators from disease, parasites, and pesticides. The plan, created in 2016 by the joint efforts of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the DEC,…

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Local News for January 23, 2023

State Senate Democrats Push Funding for New York’s Climate Plan Progressive lawmakers and environmentalists have called on Governor Hochul to divert $10 billion—or about 4%— of her state budget proposal to help ensure New York meets its ambitious climate plans. According to the Times Union, the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act committed the…

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Local News for Tuesday, January 16, 2023

Ithaca’s 2023 Elections Could Mark Real Change Significant changes could be coming to Ithaca’s city government. This year, all Common Council seats and Ithaca’s mayor office will be up for election. The new Mayor will also appoint the city’s first ever City Manager. The Manager will replace the current Chief of Staff role and hold…

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Local News for Monday, January 16, 2023

Early Morning Blaze Stifled by IPD The Ithaca Fire Department battled a home fire yesterday on Aurora St at around 7:45 AM. Fire Department spokesperson Jim Wheal reported that there was “a significant amount of fire,” and several walls and ceiling had to be broken through to open space within the home and control the…

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