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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
Republican Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne will voluntarily appear before the town ethics board to attempt to clear his name following the distribution of an anonymous flier drawing a connection … more
To say changes are coming to Ithaca’s waterfront is an understatement. Within the next decade, what was an industrial neighborhood just half a century ago will complete its transformation into … more
On Sept. 11, the Ithaca Beer Company was granted a tax abatement freeze by the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), saving the company over $165,000 in the next seven years in an … more
**This article was originally published in the May 1-7, 2019 issue of Tompkins Weekly. ** One important way communities, including Ithaca and Tompkins County, help to grow their economies is to … more
Our congressman made national news the other day when he was ridiculed for comparing gun control to banning automobiles. Meanwhile, at the school in Chicago where my daughter teaches first grade, two … more
Is Ithaca really as progressive as we think? We have social justice ventures, green space and many sustainability-focused organizations, but are we prepared for the climate emergency? Sunrise Ithaca … more
The 2020 census is approaching quickly, and with plenty of changes thanks to modern times and technology, there is a lot to know before next year. The Tompkins County Legislature Complete Census … 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
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
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