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Latest Local Headlines

July 27, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Devon Jezek | July 27, 2022 | Comments Off on July 27, 2022 Daily Headlines

On Monday, Governor Hochul announced that $70 million in funding was awarded to child care programs in areas without enough child care capacity, known as child care deserts. The funds are part of the $100 million Child Care Desert Initiative, which will help child care providers that are newly licensed, registered, or permitted. The funds…

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July 26, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | July 26, 2022 | Comments Off on July 26, 2022 Daily Headlines

Early Saturday the Ithaca Fire Department responded to a fire in Cornell’s Vet Research Tower and successfully suppressed the fire. According to the Ithaca Voice, the fire may have compromised hazardous materials and the crew was decontaminated. There were no injuries. The NYS office of fire prevention and the IFD are currently investigating possible causes…

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Features and Interviews

Police Reform Skips School

By WRFI News Staff | May 28, 2021

While the most ambitions Reimagination of Public Safety in New York might be happening in Ithaca, the surrounding college’s police and safety departments will be continuing as they were. This Episode of Which Way Forward is all about that dynamic. This story comes to us from Ithaca Park Scholars Maia Noah and Lauren Leone. The…


By WRFI News Staff | May 21, 2021

In this Episode of Which Way Forward, we hear from a student activist and professor from Ithaca College reflect on a year since Black Lives Matter protests swept across the United States. This piece comes to us from Ithaca College Park Scholars Jess Moskowitz and Syd Pierre. The music in this piece is from BlueDotSession.…

The Public’s Opinion on Reimagining Public Safety

By WRFI News Staff | May 7, 2021

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…

Which Way Forward: What the Plan is Made of

By WRFI News Staff | April 9, 2021

On April 1st, Ithaca and Tompkins County submitted their plans for reforming public safety. Although the Common Council and the County Legislature have committed to the points of their plans, they still have a long way to go before they’re realized. The recommendations don’t have the mechanics and power of policy behind them yet, and…

Which Way Forward: The road (so far) to reimagining law enforcement

By WRFI News Staff | February 5, 2021

This is the last episode of part one of the Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety series. WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour lays out how Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order for every municipality with a police department to reimagine its public safety practices will play out in Tompkins County. Ithaca Voice intern James Baratta walks…

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