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The Wall Street bet behind Ithaca’s Green New Deal

This story first appeared in The American Prospect and New York Focus, a nonprofit newsroom investigating how power works in New York state. It was written by editor-at-large Lee Harris. Sign up for their newsletter here. ITHACA, N.Y.—In 2019, Ithaca, New York, a lush college town bounded by giant gorges, set a goal of going carbon-neutral by 2030. That might sound like a vague, […]

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Tompkins County challenging findings in FCC’s broadband maps

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Tompkins County has filed a challenge against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) draft maps depicting gaps in broadband access throughout the county. The FCC has an inaccurate read on around 1,200 addresses, which its maps say have access to broadband when they don’t, according to county officials. What’s at risk? “The […]

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Local Cornell Cooperative Extension gets $3.5 million to lead Southern Tier clean energy efforts

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Cornell Cooperative Extension in Tompkins County was one of four Cooperative Extension locations chosen to “lead statewide efforts to establish a network of Regional Clean Energy Hubs” according to an announcement from the extension last week. Tompkins County’s CCE was chosen by NYSERDA along with ones in Oneida County, Dutchess County and […]

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County, CDC raises local COVID-19 health alert level after recent uptick in cases

ITHACA, N.Y.—The Centers for Disease Control and Tompkins County have both raised the COVID-19 health alert level to “medium” from “low” after the latest aggressive variant of the coronavirus has become the most prevalent form of COVID-19 in New York. There was no updated masking policy accompanying the announcement (Tompkins County’s mask advisory was dropped […]