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Local News: March 27, 2024

– The Town of Caroline approves its first zoning law – The Caroline Town Board approved its first comprehensive zoning law by a vote of 3-1 during its meeting last Wednesday. WSKG Public Radio reports the decision comes after about four years of sometimes contentious community debate. The law was designed to limit development and maintain the town’s “rural character.” – Elmira building collapse highlights city’s problem with “zombie” properties – The collapse of a neglected building in downtown Elmira on March 7 has city officials considering the fate of similar structures. WSKG Public Radio says zombie properties are abandoned to deteriorate by often absentee owners. Elmira’s mayor says city officials are working…

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Voices from the Cornell Encampment

By Felix Teitelbaum

Each day this week (May 20-24, 2024) we’ll add a comment from a Cornell activist from the Coalition of Mutual Liberation’s “Liberated Zone” Palestinian solidarity encampment. The comments were recorded on Monday, May 13, 2024, the day the group voluntarily dismantled their tents and ended the occupation.  Photo: CML

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Cornell Palestinian Solidarity Encampment Closes

By Felix Teitelbaum

Protestors at Cornell’s Palestinian solidarity encampment took down tents and left the Arts Quad Monday. On April 25, the day the encampment was set up, Cornell’s administration told the group it had only hours to vacate. However, 18 days later, members of the Coalition for Mutual Liberation (or CML) voluntarily ended their occupation.  As dusk…

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Alcance Latino: Cornell Small Farms Program [in Spanish]

By Felix Teitelbaum

Spanish Farm Field Day at West Haven Farm (Photo: Jamie Johnson) Carlos Gutiérrez habla con Mildred Alvarado, María José Oviedo y Tim Shenk, quienes forman parte del programa Futuro en Ag en Cornell. Hablan sobre oportunidades educativas para agricultores de habla hispana y aspirantes a agricultores en el estado de Nueva York. Carlos Gutierrez speaks…

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Investment Crowdfunding Platform Launches In Ithaca

By Felix Teitelbaum

The buy local movement isn’t new. But now, an initiative in Ithaca is offering a different kind of opportunity: to invest in local businesses. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe are nothing new and are donation based. The new Ithaca Exchange is investment crowdfunding.  “Investment crowdfunding works with businesses to create actually SEC approved investment…

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