Schuyler County Legislature Asks DEC to “Study and Develop” Regulations Around Cryptocurrency Mining

The Schuyler County Legislature is calling on the DEC to study and develop regulations around cryptocurrency mining.  The resolution was tabled at last month’s meeting in order to give representatives time to research the issue. At Monday night’s meeting, the resolution passed unanimously. Mark Rondinaro chairs the Legislature’s Community Development and Natural Resource Committee, which…

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Travis Brooks, Candidate for Tompkins County Legislature District 1

Short version: Long version: Travis Brooks is running for the District 1 seat on the Tompkins County Legislature. He spoke to WRFI News Director Jimmy Jordan in late April. In the conversation, Brooks goes over the main points of his platform: Affordable housing–gentrification has removed our most vulnerable people from their communities and placed them…

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Schuyler County Tables Vote on Cryptocurrency Mining Resolution, Crypto Operations Inquire into Watkins Glen

Cryptocurrency mining has become an issue of ongoing discussion in the Finger Lakes. On Monday night, the Schuyler County Legislature reviewed a resolution asking the DEC to develop regulations around cryptocurrency mining. But, they chose to table the vote until next month’s meeting Legislators said they felt like they needed more time to research cryptocurrency…

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Common Council May Push Back on Deciding to Replace Ithaca Police Department and Focus on Other Recommendations Instead

Ithaca City and Tompkins County Officials have made changes to the recommendations in the Reimagining Public Safety Draft Report. Mayor Svante Myrick and County Administrator presented the updates to the document at a special Common Council meeting on Wednesday night. The report now specifies that if the Common Council approves the recommendation to replace the…

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Coronavirus Update, February 17, 2021

The Tompkins County Health department received 800 COVID-19 vaccine doses for the week of February 15th. 600 doses will be set aside for grocery and P-12th grade school workers that are eligible under phase 1b. The Health Department will be sending registration links for vaccinations to grocery and school workers through their employers or association…

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Picket Line Protests Ithaca College’s Faculty and Department Cuts

Ithaca College is planning to make major cuts to its faculty and curriculum.  Students, faculty, and community members have criticized the College’s process. On February 8th, they formed a picket line at the entrance of Ithaca College. The cuts are a part of Ithaca Forever Strategic Plan, which was formed due to the shaky financial…

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Editorial: So long, farewell, Ithaca [AUDIO]

Dear listeners, friends, & comrades, January 22, 2021 was last day as WRFI News Director. As we continue to face this global pandemic I’ve decided to move to a city (NYC) so I can be closer to family and loved ones in these tough times. It has been an absolute honor to work alongside this…

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