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This month, Alternatives Federal Credit Union will roll out its new ReEntry Loan Fund, the first of its kind in the county, designed to provide small loans to those who have been previously … more
In 2017, Ithacans Erica O’Brian and Elisa Miller-Out partnered with upstate New York’s Kathryn Cartini to found Chloe Capital, a seed-staged venture capital firm focused on women-led … more
In our last issue, Tompkins Weekly took a look back at what 2019 brought to the county. Now that 2019 has come and gone, and the new year is here, it’s the perfect time to look at upcoming … more
Between the plastic bag ban, the paper bag fee and new warning stickers being announced, recycling and waste reduction have been in the news a lot lately. Many of the recent measures are centered … more
On Dec. 17, the Tompkins County Legislature authorized the implementation of a plan to merge the county’s departments of public health and mental health into one department, with full merger of … more
When Chelsea Frazier, Ph.D., came from Chicago to Ithaca in August to start her professorship at Cornell University, she brought with her a long history of research and skills in black feminism and … more
When Ithacan Lee Dillon, executive director of Tompkins Community Action (TC Action), was 18, she was living in Michigan and was considered homeless. more
Draya Koschmann is a single mother who rents out an accessory, “mother-in-law” apartment in her house on the northside of Ithaca. “Renting out part of my house on Airbnb has … more
Affordable housing shortages: it’s a problem so prevalent in Tompkins County that it was a critical part of the 2020 county budget, not to mention the many news stories on projects and plans to solve it. ... more
Until I served on a school board, I had only a vague understanding of the census. Every 10 years, as mandated in the Constitution, the government asks every household in America a handful of … more
I’m a Republican, run the party for the county and am a member of the Lansing Republican Committee. For as long as I’ve been in politics, I’ve tried to make my party representative … more
Mark Witmer, Incumbent, Democrat, Caroline TW: Why are you running for Caroline town supervisor? MW: I’m running for supervisor to maintain the wonderful qualities of Caroline and seek … more
Loren Sparling, Democrat TW: Why are you running for Dryden town councilperson? LS: I am running for Dryden Town Board because I am a creative problem-solver who looks at how things are … more
Tompkins Weekly had an exclusive interview with the candidate for Lansing town supervisor. Read what Ed LaVigne, Incumbent, Republican, Independent and Michael Koplinka-Loehr, Democrat, had to say about where they would take the administration. more
I know this is a column about Tompkins County, but Lansing is a part of that, so here we go. We are gearing up for another election season and we have a great slate of candidates in Lansing! We are … more
Well, it seems that if you give your state legislators incentive in the form of a pay raise, they will easily meet their budget deadline. Following that, of course, minority members will mail out … more
Yes, it’s too early to make decisions about 2020 presidential candidates. I can’t quite tell you how many there are or recite their names yet, much less expound on their various … more
As Thanksgiving has come and gone, it gives me hope, but also a worry I can’t seem to shake. I tend to stay on local issues with energy policy and the salt mine leading the way, but in the … more
By Kathy Zahler   You might be wondering why we are voting in yet another primary on Sept. 13. Why is New York the only state in the union to have separate primaries for federal (congressional) and state elections in 2018? … more
By Mike Sigler   The first and only time I met President Bill Clinton was on a press line while interning for CNBC. He was just starting his run for the Democratic nomination. He later spoke at my Northeastern University … more
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