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1 – The Ithaca Voice launches it’s largest series to date, delving in to the complexities of Ithaca’s housing crisis
No Place to Call Home: an in-depth look into the Ithaca, Tompkins County housing crisis — No one can truly escape the area’s housing woes, because they impact you either directly through your home and housing situation, or indirectly, through those you care about.
2 – A year later, displaced Ithacan reflects on being booted from the city
No Place to Call Home: ‘The powerful people don’t care about us’ — Ana Ortiz did not want to become an activist. As a 20-year Ithaca resident, Ortiz only embraced the role after Elmira Savings Bank purchased the North Meadow Street property she was renting last December.
3 – Court sides with CMC nurses
Federal judge decides Cayuga Medical Center violated labor laws – The major complaints in the lawsuit revolved around the hospital making attempts to dissuade nurses from joining the union and unlawfully targeting for disciplinary action nurses who supported the union. The hospital is appealing the decision.
4 – Fifty refugees will now be able to move to Ithaca beginning in early 2017.
At long last, Ithaca officially approved to welcome refugees — “It’s just nice to know that (with) the work that we put behind it so far, we can now move forward with the final approval,” said Renee Spear, executive director of Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties.
5 – Once-in- a-lifetime experience for Tompkins County dancers
Tompkins dancers performing in 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – The Armstrong School of Dance participants are from Ithaca, Freeville, Lansing, Spencer, and Southern Cayuga Central schools.
6 – Reports show the found substance tested positive for heroin
Dryden man allegedly found hiding heroin in sweater vest upon arrest — Dryden man was arrested last Thursday accused of having of more than 5 grams of heroin which police say he was intending to sell.
7 – Major 2017 tax cuts in Ithaca
Ithaca passes 2017 budget, bringing lowest tax rate since 2003 – “This is a tax rate reduction of 6.6 percent. It’s pretty remarkable, for the rate down that low brings us to a rate we have not seen since 2003.”
8 – Want to help Officer Colin go to Japantown?
How you can help Colin, Ithaca’s 9-year-old police officer – The answer? Give him the trip of a lifetime.
9 – Man struck by vehicle in Ulysses
Police: Man airlifted to hospital after Ulysses crash with ‘potentially life threatening injuries’ — Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 8 p.m. to the 3400 block of Jacksonville Road in the town of Ulysses to respond to the incident.
10 – New sign commemorates historic police officer
Ceremony honors Ithaca’s first African-American police officer who died in line of duty — “(Spaulding) had every reason to be angry, vengeful, and instead he chose to do the opposite. Sometimes you stand by and protect people you don’t agree with.”