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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With Code Blue Coming to an End, Homeless Services Shift Gears

The warm days of mid-April bring a new feeling of assurance and excitement to many, but it also spells uncertainty for New York’s Homeless. In New York State, Code Blue is in effect anytime the temperature reaches 32 degrees or lower. December 1st through April 15th is considered a mandatory Code Blue period. During these…

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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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Redistricting New York State- An Introduction

New York’s state senate and assembly districts are redrawn every 10 years, after the census. In 2014, New York joined two other states with a constitutional amendment to move redistricting to an independent committee but requiring legislative approval which opens the process to potential gerrymandering.  To report on how this process is proceeding, WRFI news…

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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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