A Living Wage is Filling Positions at the Marriott

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons is Tompkins County’s newest Living Wage Employer. That means they’re paying all their employees at least $15.37 an hour, and have a certification from Tompkins County Workers Center to back it up.  The reason for this move is to try and get people back to work. Cathy Hart is…

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Which Way Forward: The Executive Order

The summer of 2020 saw mass protests across the United States, demanding that governments defund the police. One of the big administrative responses to these uprising was in New York State Governor, from Governor Andrew Cuomo in the form of Excutive Order 203. The order offered serious affirmation to what many in America were saying:…

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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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The Public’s Opinion on Reimagining Public Safety

On this episode of Which Way Forward, we explore many, many opinions and views on the Reimagining Public Safety process. All these comments and thoughts are from the public feedback period of the Reimagining Public Safety Draft Report. This ranged from early February 2021, to March 31st 2021. In that fast-moving span of time, community…

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2021 Izzy Award Winner: Truthout

The Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College has announced the recipients for this year’s Izzy Award for “outstanding achievement in independent media”. One of these recipients is Truthout, a nonprofit independent news outlet.  During 2020, Truthout launched the series “Despair and Disparity: The Uneven Burdens of Covid-19”. This series comprises 250 articles covering…

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Lisa Holmes to Serve as Interim Tompkins County Administrator

Lisa Holmes is set to serve as Tompkins County’s Interim County Administrator. She was unanimously voted into the position on May 4th’s County Legislature Meeting. Many legislature members expressed Holmes was an obvious choice. She has worked in Tompkins County government for over 20 years. She’s filled many roles in that time.  She began in…

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May Day in Ithaca

On May 1st, a festive crowd gathered  at the Bernie Milton pavilion in Ithaca. They were  celebrating May Day and International Workers Day. The Event was organized by the Ithaca chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA.    International Workers Day, is a holiday commemorating the historical advances working people have made to demand…

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