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This week’s episode of The Scene features an interview with artist and photography professor Al-An deSouza. The Scene’s Chantal Thomas speaks with Professor deSouza about their exhibition, Elegies of Futures Past, at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art, and its meditations on family memory, colonial empire and diasporic identity. (original air date: November 4, 2022) The Scene airs every…Read More
Stevie Eve Chaneles and Bea Bornstein speak with Pontypool director Jeff Hodges and actors Mike Chen and Ivony Whiteley. HOI is proud to present Pontypool (running November 18-December 3, 2022) by Tony Burgess as an audio horror drama directed by HOI co-founder Jeff Hodges. The show centers on disgraced radio DJ Grant Mazzy, who finds himself…Read More
Democrat Josh Riley and Republican Marc Molinaro are locked in a tight race in New York’s new 19th US Congressional district. FiveThirtyEight calls the race a “dead heat.” Listen to WRFI’s interview with Josh Riley from Tuesday, October 25 with host Fred Balfour. You can also listen to our interview with him from back in…Read More
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Gillibrand Anticipates Challenge from Zeldin Senator Kristin Gillibrand of New York is expecting a challenge from Lee Zeldin in 2024 who ran a competitive race for New York Governor in November. According to the Times Union, the two-term Democratic incumbent sent fundraising emails cautioning her supporters that “Zeldin very nearly won the New York governorship.”…Read More
BorgWarner Manufacturing Facility On Warren Road To Close BorgWarner announced it is closing one of its facilities in Lansing. The automotive parts manufacturer told the Ithaca Voice the company will close a valve part production site on Warren Road by the end of 2024.It is also closing a technical center at the same location. It’s…Read More
New York Says More Must be Done to Protect Bees A state audit of the 2016 Pollination Protection Plan found that more action is needed to protect bees and other pollinators from disease, parasites, and pesticides. The plan, created in 2016 by the joint efforts of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the DEC,…Read More
Ithaca and Tompkins County Looks to Diversify Police Force The Community Justice Center announced a new effort yesterday to recruit and retain a diverse pool of police officers and sheriff’s deputies. Monalita Smiley is the director of the center which is charged with implementing Tompkins County and City of Ithaca’s joint Reimagining Public Safety Initiative.…Read More
State Senate Democrats Push Funding for New York’s Climate Plan Progressive lawmakers and environmentalists have called on Governor Hochul to divert $10 billion-or about 4%- of her state budget proposal to help ensure New York meets its ambitious climate plans. According to the Times Union, the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act committed the…Read More
Council searches for fifth ward Alderperson The Ithaca Common Council is conducting its search for a new fifth ward alderperson. The seat was left vacant after Laura Lewis was elected mayor in November. The council has formed a Vacancy Committee made up of Lewis, the 5th ward’s other alderperson Robert Cantelmo, and Alderperson Robert Gearhart…Read More