ITHACA, N.Y. — Hundreds of people showed up at the Southside Community Center in Ithaca Saturday morning — some of whom arrived as early as 4 a.m. — to take part in a town hall with Congressman Tom Reed.

Dr. Nia Nunn, Southside Community Center Board President, gave opening remarks about the historic relevance of the center and its current role in the Ithaca community. Then, Reed took on questions from the crowd.

While most of Reed’s hour-long visit focused on questions about general health care, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and women’s health needs, Reed also answered questions about environmental concerns, President Donald Trump and LGBTQ issues.

Read the entire story here.

Below are photos from the event by Reporters Alyvia Covert and Jolene Almendarez, as indicated:

The photos below are by Alyvia Covert/The Ithaca Voice

A crowd of people enter the Southside Community Center gym after many people waited hours in below-zero temperatures and snow to ensure entry into the town hall.
Local activist Phoebe Brown (left) hugs Ithacan Doa Abdel-Ahany , who waited in line for the town hall since 4 a.m.
Dr. Nia Nunn holds a stack of hundreds of pre-submitted questions people emailed SSCC leaders for the town hall.
Dr. Nia Nunn (Right)
Congressman Tom Reed (Right)
Dr. Nia Nunn
Congressman Tom Reed
Congressman Tom Reed
People raised signs throughout the town hall visually indicate whether they agreed or disagreed with Reed’s statements.
People raised signs throughout the town hall visually indicate whether they agreed or disagreed with Reed’s statements.
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton asks questions about the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Tom Reed
Dr. Nia Nunn
Dr. Nia Nunn (Left) and Congressman Tom Reed
Congressman Tom Reed

Photos below by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

Organizers and volunteers prepare to hand out about 400 tickets to a line of people waiting to get into the Southside Community Center for Congressman Tom Reed’s town hall in Ithaca Saturday morning.
Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler (left) listens in on Congressman Tom Reed’s town hall in Ithaca Sunday morning.
Dr. Nia Nunn (Left)
Assemblywoman Barbra Lifton talks to one of Congressman Tom Reed’s representatives (left).
Ithacan and community leader Richard C. Rogers speaks to a crowd after Reed left the town hall, reminding attendees that the Southside Community Center is in need of donations to continue to be able to serve the community. Donations can be made here.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.