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Tompkins County did really well with the first wave of coronavirus. We ramped up testing more rapidly than most New York counties and shut down well enough that we seem to have beaten the virus for … more
The city of Ithaca is asking the state to allow it to change city code, giving the mayor the power to cancel rent for tenants, negating leases tenants have with landlords. The Common Council talked … more
After having to shut down and switch to delivery and curbside mid-March, Bellwether Hard Cider has finally been able to return to some kind of normalcy thanks to phase three of the county reopening. … more
New York state said that pandemic precautions limit attendance at Lansing High School’s 2020 graduation ceremony to 150 people. Required attendees - the 74 seniors, Principal Pat Hornbrook … more
The road to the 2020 graduation ceremony for Groton High School has been “all over the map” since GCS Superintendent Margo Martin and GHS Associate Principal Jake Roe first digested the … 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
Although he was born and raised in Newfield, Bill Hulbert has made Groton his home since 2001, and couldn’t be happier about that. During the summer of 2017, Hulbert discovered his artistic … more
As the weather takes a quick turn to cold, it is our inclination to bundle up and stay in the warmth of our homes, but there is so much food to be enjoyed in Trumansburg! Restaurant events, … more
Standardized testing is holding strong as the benchmark for measuring student success, although some schools are able to push back against teacher-based methods in favor of implementing student-based … 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
Kathy Zahler   From time to time, I fall into the trap of responding to people’s social media comments. It’s a bad habit. Recently, TCDC shared a Washington Post link that listed our Congressional candidate, Tracy … more
Mike Sigler   I know a lot of my friends and constituents are not a fan of Tom Reed. They don’t like the way he campaigns and/or some of his stances or that he supported President Trump early on in the presidential race. … more
By Kathy Zahler   I thought this column would be all about the winner of the Democratic primary in the 23rd Congressional District, but that’s what I get for planning ahead. As I write, we are at something of a standstill, … more
Mike Sigler   Bomb Trucks!” Yes, this was just one of the signs that met me at last week’s County Legislature meeting as about 30 people came to protest the Cayuga Power Plant’s plan to repower the plant with trucked-in … more
By Kathy Zahler   As my husband and I contemplate a move to a county with majority Republican representation, people ask us, “Won’t you miss this pocket of blue in a sea of red?” I moved back to Tompkins County, … more
By Mike Sigler   Marc Molinaro. Remember that name. You’ll be hearing it for the next five months and then the next eight years if we’re lucky. I spent a couple of days in New York City last week. It was the Republican … more
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