2021 Izzy Award Winner: Tim Schwab

One of the largest figures in the American economy and culture, Bill Gates, has only improved his reputation throughout the pandemic.  Gates. and the Gates Foundation, are a point of leadership throughout this global health crisis. Although, Tim Schwab’s reporting paints a picture that is not so singularly benevolent. Schwab is a recipient of the…

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Coronavirus Update, June 11, 2021

Tompkins County is reporting no cases of the Coronavirus, and a total of 12 active cases. There have been no new cases for the past two days. This is the first time since August 2020. There are 2 patients currently hospitalized for COVID in Tompkins County. Schuyler County is reporting no new cases of the…

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TCAT Changing it’s Routes, Hosting Focus Groups

This is a press release Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT). To submit Community Announcements to WRFI Community Radio News, email news@ithacaradio.org. The public is invited to attend any of five virtual focus groups this month to weigh in on a proposed system redesign resulting from TCAT’s Transit Development Plan (TDP) 2020-2021. Focus groups are either divided among all…

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As State Legislative Session Nears End, Cuomo Proposes Legislation to Waive Taxes on Grants From $800 Million Pandemic Small Business Recovery Program

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo proposed legislation to waive taxes from money given through the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The Program was passed in the state budget in April. It includes $800 million dollars to be given in direct grants to small business, micro business, and for-profit…

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Coronavirus Update, June 8, 2021

On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York would end it’s COVID-19 restrictions once the adult vaccination rate reached 70 percent. It’s currently at 68.6 percent in New York. These changes would lift COVID-19 capacity restrictions in most commercial settings in New York state, i,.e. disinfecting requirements, health screening to inform contact tracing, social distancing.…

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Environmentalists Go to the DEC’s Doorstep, Demand for Regulations on Cryptocurrency Mining

UPDATE: Cuomo Addresses Bitcoin Mining: “There Are Serious Concerns The fight to regulate energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining in New York reached the DEC’s front door on Saturday. Close to two-hundred people rallied outside one the DEC’s  regional headquarter offices, located in Avon, NY. As 2021’s last legislative session nears it’s close on June 10th, ralliers were…

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