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2022 WRFI Candidate Interviews AUDIO, TRANSCRIPTIONS

By Corinne Shanahan

New York’s redistricting process remains unresolved. But you can still tune in for WRFI’s live interviews with candidates in the primaries for what may be New York’s 22nd US Congressional District and the 53rd NYS Senate District Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm. Hosted by Fred Balfour and George Christopher. Interview Schedule Expand The interviews…

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WRFI and Ithaca Voice to jointly cover Good-Cause evictions in March 29th Community Conversation call-in show

By Corinne Shanahan

As part of our ongoing efforts to engage the community in important local issues, WRFI and the Ithaca voice are working together to provide coverage on recent Good-Cause evictions legislation and the surrounding conversation. Should laws be passed to establish a tenant’s right to an automatic lease renewal? Good-cause eviction laws are being considered at…

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“Steppin’ Into My Shoes” Radio Play with the Civic Ensemble – September 11, 18, and 25, 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

The in-person listening party and talkback at the Cherry ArtSpace was on September 25 and it was a beautful experience. Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, the play was produced  exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have experienced incarceration. Aiming to disrupt…

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Interview: NY State Senate Candidate Leslie Danks Burke (2022-05-10)

By Felix Teitelbaum | May 11, 2022

Leslie Danks Burke is an attorney and political organizer and a candidate for New York State Senate. WRFI’s George Christopher interviewed her on May 10, 2022. Transcript to follow. Back to all candidates. WRFI News Theme music: Alex Reed. Photo: provided.

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May 11th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 11, 2022

On Monday Tompkins County attorney William Troy released an opinion concerning an ethics complaint made by Councilor Cynthia Brock against former Mayor Svante Myrick. In his opinion Troy said that since the City of Ithaca doesn’t have a Board of Ethics, jurisdiction should fall to the County Board of Ethics. Brock’s allegations stem from payments…

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May 10th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 10, 2022

A study by the Washington Post has found that rent prices in Tompkins County have risen by 12.3 percent since the beginning of 2020. According to the Ithaca Voice, that was the fourth highest rise of any county in New York state. Rent prices have been  a hot button issue in Ithaca especially since the…

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May 9th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 9, 2022

Last week two COVID deaths were reported in Tompkins bringing the county’s total to 62. According to the Ithaca Voice, these were the first COVID deaths locally since late March. COVID-19 has been on the upswing with hospitalization numbers in the double digits for the first time since January. The county no longer publishes active…

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May 6th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 6, 2022

New York State has approved 36 new cannabis cultivator licenses. According to the Ithaca Journal, two licenses were awarded to Tompkins county growers, Mary L. Strassheim and Ithaca Growers LLC. Three licenses have now been distributed to Tompkins county growers including Enfield Glen Hopyard which was granted a license last month. Only 88 licenses have…

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May 5th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 5, 2022

On Tuesday, activists gathered at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons to protest the recent draft decision from the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade. The draft, which was leaked to Politico, would overturn Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, two landmark abortion rights cases. Speakers included State Senate candidate Leslie…

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