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Mary Orsaio, Ithaca Police Officer, Speaks about the LEAD Program [AUDIO]

A new program in Ithaca, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), aims to cut down on policing’s revolving door effect. It allows police officers and social workers to divert area residents apprehended for minor offenses from jail and court. LEAD will begin operation soon. Officer Mary Orsaio has contributed to multiple stages of the program’s development.…

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Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity Readies for New Build [audio]

Bob Groll, President and Michael Hartney, treasurer of the Schuyler County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, discuss their new build.  The home is being constructed in the village of Montour Falls.  They talk about the process of interviewing prospective home owners, soliciting contributions, and lining up volunteers.  For more information, go to This interview…

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What’s Next? Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition Comments on Increased ICE Arrests in Ithaca [AUDIO]

Three people have been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Ithaca over the last month. Patricia Rodriquez of the Tompkins County immigrant Rights Coalition discusses this troubling number, and how you can help protect the rights of immigrant community members in Tompkins County. WRFI News’ Katelyn Harrop reports. Photo: wikimedia

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A look at the Tompkins County Public Library's New Makerspace and Artist-in-Residence Program [AUDIO]

Yvette Rubio, Art Exhibits Coordinator at TCPL discusses the library’s commitment to arts and community access to technology. She highlights the library’s new makerspace where community members can use unique tools and technologies to create. Frances Gallardo, the library’s newly hired first Artist-in-Residence. She discusses her plans to engage community through planned programming in the…

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