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2020 Tompkins County District Attorney Candidates’ Forum [AUDIO]

By Felix | June 9, 2020 | Comments Off on 2020 Tompkins County District Attorney Candidates’ Forum [AUDIO]
The Tompkins County District Attorney is Tompkins’ top law enforcement official and prosecutes violations of New York State law within the county.   New York’s primary election is coming up on June 23 and WRFI is pleased to present a District Attorney Candidates Forum Monday, which aired June 8th from 6-7pm. Incumbent Matt Van Houten, and challenger, Ithaca attorney Ed Kopko presented their cases and answered your questions. WRFI’s Michayla Savitt moderated.   While thousands of people have taken to the streets demanding change here in Ithaca and across the country, elections can also play a part in making change. Get informed and let your voice be heard.

In New York's 125th Assembly district

Barbara Lifton announced in early February that she will not be seeking re-election for a tenth term. She has represented all of Tompkins County and portions of Cortland County for the last 18 years.

Since Lifton’s announcement, seven candidates have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for the 125th Assembly district. That group includes Sujata Gibson, Jordan Lesser, Jason Leifer, Seph Murtagh, and Anna Kelles from Tompkins County and Lisa Hoeschele and Beau Harbin of Cortland County. Matthew McIntyre of Cortland County is also in the running on the Libertarian Party line.*

*A previous statement indicated that Matthew McIntyre of Cortland County had dropped out of the race. This is incorrect, he is still in the running for Assembly.

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Tompkins Legislator Anna Kelles returns to WRFI to further discuss her bid for NY Assembly [AUDIO]

By Michayla Savitt | June 9, 2020

Tompkins Legislator Anna Kelles called into WRFI Community Radio News at 6 on Tuesday June 9. She spoke with WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt about how her campaign for Assemblyperson had adapted in the midst of social distancing, what she’d do in the assemblyperson position to address police brutality and pervasive racism in the U.S.,…

Dryden Town Administrator Jason Leifer returns to WRFI to further discuss his bid for NY Assembly [AUDIO]

By Michayla Savitt | June 3, 2020

Jason Leifer, Dryden Town Supervisor called into WRFI Community Radio News at 6 on Tuesday June 3. He spoke with WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt about how his campaign had adapted in the midst of social distancing, and also discusses issues of economic development in terms of tax reform, education funding, universal healthcare, rural broadband…

In the New York State Senate

Tom O’Mara is up for reelection once again in New York’s 58th senate district, which spans Penn Yan to Watkins Glen, Hornell, Bath, Corning, Elmira, and Ithaca. He has held the seat since 2010.

So far, Leslie Danks Burke of Tompkins County is the sole Democrat to challenge O’Mara.

Leslie Danks Burke discusses her candidacy for New York’s 58th State Senate District [AUDIO]

By Michayla Savitt | April 3, 2020

Leslie Danks Burke joins News Director Michayla Savitt by telephone for an on-air interview in the WRFI studios. She is a local attorney and a Democratic candidate for New York’s 58 Senate District which includes Schuyler, Yates, and Steuben Counties and part of Tompkins.    

In New York’s 23rd Congressional District

Representative Tom Reed, a Republican, is once again in the running for his position. Since 2012, he’s held the congressional seat in the 23rd district, which spans the southwestern portion of the state including Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.

Running against Tom Reed this year is Tracy Mitrano of Yates County who was a candidate in the 2018 race to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional district. She won the democratic nomination, but lost to Reed, claiming 45.8 percent of the vote according to ballotpedia.org.  

Dr. Scott Noren of Tompkins County was also in the race for the Democratic nomination but was disqualified since he didn’t reach the minimum 375 signatures needed on the petition. In 2012 and 2018 Noren unsuccessfully ran against New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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New York Congressman Tom Reed (R) comments on proposed laws dealing with police brutality. [Audio]

By Fred Balfour | June 12, 2020

It’s been two weeks since George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman. Worldwide protests continue and federal and state governments are moving quickly to consider reform legislation. Congressman Tom Reed, who represents New York’s 23rd district, commented on the bills during a call with media. WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour reports.  

Congressman Tom Reed Media Call – Funding Local Communities – 4/28/2020

By Fred Balfour | April 29, 2020

Congressman Reed’s opening comments in the media call stressed his support for federal funding for state and local communities. As plans are underway for a fourth phase of federal economic relief, Reed is working with a bi-partisan group to push for recovery funding to aid local governments. WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour reports.