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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: norenforsenate.com

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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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Lack of Transparency around Cayuga Plant Raises Concerns from Local Lawmakers

By WRFI News Staff | August 13, 2013

OVER-EDITED DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE CAYUGA OPERATING PLANT’S FUTURE HAVE LEFT THE PUBLIC IN THE DARK, ACCORDING TO SEVERAL LOCAL LEADERS WHO GATHERED FOR A NEWS CONFERENCE MONDAY AT ITHACA TOWN HALL. THE NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION IS ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS UNTIL FRIDAY ABOUT WHETHER LANSING’S COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT SHOULD BE CLOSED OR RETROFITTED.…

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Proposed Project to Increase Jail Capacity?

By WRFI News Staff | August 13, 2013

THE TOMPKINS COUNTY LEGISLATURE’S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TODAY INDICATED ITS SUPPORT FOR A PROPOSED CAPITAL PROJECT TO MODIFY THE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING TO INCREASE JAIL CAPACITY—A PROJECT THAT COULD BE EXPECTED TO DECREASE THE COUNTY’S INMATE BOARD-OUT COSTS. THE RECOMMENDED PROJECT WOULD CONSTRUCT A SECURE COVERED OUTDOOR YEAR-ROUND RECREATION AREA AT THE JAIL, THEN…

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NY Gov. Cuomo Mulls Fracking Decision

By admin | August 13, 2013

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO DEBATED THE PROS AND CONS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ON MONDAY’S BROADCAST OF “CAPITOL PRESSROOM”, BUT HE SAID THE STATE HAS YET TO REACH A CONCLUSION ON THE CONTROVERSIAL DRILLING PRACTICE. HYDROFRACKING HAS BEEN ON HOLD IN NEW YORK SINCE 2008 AS STATE REGULATORS REVIEW THE POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF…

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Celebrating The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

By WRFI News Staff | August 9, 2013

Friday August 9th marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994. This year’s focus is “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.” According to the United Nations the goal of this year’s theme is to quote: “highlight the importance of…

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Livable Wage Working Group: Livable Wage for Contracted Workers “beyond the County’s immediate reach.”

By admin | August 9, 2013

The group reviewing Tompkins County‘s Livable Wage policy says that it’s still too expensive to pay a living wage to all of Tompkins County’s Contracted workers. The working group’s report indicates that quote, “the cost to bring all contracted employees to the living wage is estimated to range from $1 to $2 million, the equivalent…

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Flooding Reported in Tompkins County Thursday Night

By WRFI News Staff | August 9, 2013

Last night’s storms caused serious flooding on Tompkins county‘s roads, and more rain is expected to follow into the weekend. WCHU radio reported that last night, several people were trapped on top of their cars after a wal-mart parking lot flooded in Cortlandville. A bridge near Harvey hill Road in Enfield was washed out, and…

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