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Ithaca’s Dr. Scott Noren talks being a U.S. Senate Write-in Candidate [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff

WRFI talked to Ithaca’s own Dr. Scott Noren, who’s running for U.S. Senate as a write in against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. We talked campaign finance, voter issues, and what his strategy will be in the upcoming race. Originally aired on Wednesday, July 18th on WRFI news.  Photo:

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Charge NY Brings Electric Vehicle Initiatives to Tompkins County [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff

WRFI spoke to Adam Ruder, the Clean Transportation Manager at NYSERDA. We talked about the Charge NY program, which is a collaboration between NYSERDA, the New York Power Authority, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to increase clean transportation in New York, specifically electric vehicle use. This originally aired on Monday, July 16th…

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PACE Energy Program Revamps for 2018 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff

In 2015, Tompkins county adopted the Sustainable Energy Loan Program which has provided Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE financing for local energy-related improvement projects. The financing program helps commercial and non-profit building owners reduce operating costs and increase the value of their properties through clean energy improvements. The Legislature has scheduled a public hearing…

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[AUDIO] 23rd District Democratic Candidates Forum (2018-06-21)

By Felix | June 19, 2018

By Jolene Almendarez for the Ithaca Voice ITHACA, N.Y. — The five congressional candidates vying for the Democratic nomination next week took a hard stand Thursday night advocating for green collar jobs, healthcare, gun laws, better veteran care, and sustainability. A significant amount of time was also spent talking about one of the people progressives…

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Katharine Celentano from Drug Policy Alliance talks Safer Consumption Spaces [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 13, 2018

We sat down with Katharine Celentano, a policy coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance. We discussed public health and addiction, harm reduction, and the possibility of bringing a safer consumption space to our community. This first aired Wednesday, June 13th. Photo credit: Erik McGregor/Drug Policy Alliance

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Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County starts Helping Hand for Parents Support Group [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 8, 2018

Helen Kaplan, clinical director of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, talks about the new support group, “Helping Hand for Parents”.  The group is for for parents and caregivers of youth age 18 and younger who may be struggling with alcohol or drug use.  The group will be meeting the second Wednesday of…

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Athena Merlot performing at a House of Merlot event celebrating Kimbella's birthday. Kimbella was Josie Berrios' drag name -- Berrios, a trans woman, was murdered on June 13.

The House of Merlot, Ithaca’s main drag night, talks about drag in the LGBTQ community and Josie Berrios [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 6, 2018

Three leaders from the House of Merlot, Ithaca’s premiere drag night, talk about drag’s role in the LGBTQ community, particularly as gay and lesbian bars are dying out. They also reflect on their first year without Josie Berrios, who was murdered on June 13. She was a trans woman and one of the key members…

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Voices from the Ithaca Festival Parade [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 5, 2018

Last weekend, WRFI Producer Aron Gutman took to the streets of Ithaca to learn more about the relationship our community has with the annual Ithaca Festival Parade. As a matter of full disclosure, WRFI does receive support from Ithaca Festival. Produced by Aron Gutman, origionally aired on WRFI News 6/4/18. Image courtesy of Ithaca Festival.

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Yvonne Taylor of Gas Free Seneca About Finger Lakes LPG Gas Storage Project [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | May 30, 2018

Yvonne Taylor, co-founder of Gas Free Seneca, comments on the recent letter from Finger Lakes LPG (FLLPG) to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In the letter, FLLPG asks the DEC to delay its decision on the permitting of the storage facility until the company can conduct well tests at the site. (photo…

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