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– New Ithaca police chief selected – A 23-year veteran of the Schenectady police department has been selected to be the new police chief in Ithaca. Thomas Kelly was selected after interviews with community members and a search committee. His appointment must be approved by the Common Council. They are set to vote on it at a December 6 meeting. – One person injured, part of downtown Elmira shut down after shooting – One person was injured in a shooting in downtown Elmira on Monday. Police say the shooting was targeted at one person and not a random act. WENY TV reports that police closed off a one-block area of downtown Elmira for…
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Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in October there have been several separate rallies in Ithaca supporting Palestine or Israel. Public emotions ran high when the Tompkins County Legislature briefly considered a resolution in support of Israel and flying the Israeli flag in the legislative chamber. It was around that time,…Read More
We’re sorry to announce to our Watkins Glen listeners that we have gone off the air on 91.9FM as of Friday, November 10. This change will not affect our signals at 88.1FM in Ithaca, or 89.7FM across the Southern Finger Lakes. Nor will it affect our webstream heard here at WRFI.ORG. In fact many Watkins…Read More
WRFI Community Radio and The Ithaca Voice are bringing you conversations with candidates in the contested Ithaca Common Council races and the mayoral race. Tonight Matt Butler interviews Ward 5 candidate Jason Houghton. Houghton is running on the Ithacans for Progress ballot line. His opponent is Clyde Lederman, running on the Democratic Party and Working…Read More
WRFI Community Radio and The Ithaca Voice are bringing you conversations with candidates in the contested Ithaca Common Council races and the mayoral race. I’m Celia Clarke, with Matt Butler Editor-in-Chief of The Ithaca Voice. Today, Ward 3 candidates Pat Sewell and Pierre Saint-Perez. Saint-Perez is the Democratic Party candidate. Sewell is an Independent running…Read More
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Jason Leifer, Dryden Town Supervisor called into WRFI Community Radio News at 6 on Tuesday June 3. He spoke with WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt about how his campaign had adapted in the midst of social distancing, and also discusses issues of economic development in terms of tax reform, education funding, universal healthcare, rural broadband…Read More
In Tompkins County the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 grew by 1, and the total number of cases stands at 162. According to the Tompkins county health department, no people are hospitalized for the virus. 141 of the positive cases have recovered, and over 10,000 people have been tested in total. In Schuyler county,…Read More
Cortland County Legislator Beau Harbin called into WRFI Community Radio News at 6 on Tuesday June 2. He spoke with WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt about how his campaign had adapted in the midst of social distancing, his strong support for the the New York Health Act, along with conservation and climate change, among other…Read More
In Tompkins County the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 stands at 161 as of tonight. According to the Tompkins county health department, there are no active hospitalizations for the virus. 140 of the positive cases have recovered, and over 10,000 people have been tested in total. There is one new confirmed case of the…Read More