Changes to Work Visa Applications Affect Immigrant Workers

Written By Guillaume Gentil

Video By Mark Prowse

Immigration continues to be a hot-button issue in the United States. With the Trump administration making changes to the H-1B visa work program last month in March 2017 and imposing travel restrictions on citizens from certain countries, many immigrants look to different ways to secure their position in the U.S. Continue reading

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‘Agstravaganza’ Brings Families and Farmers Together

Written By Guillaume Gentil

Video By Mark Prowse

The Farmer

Rooster calls and bleating sheep fill the air at Ithaca’s ‘AgStravaganza’ Saturday, as dairy farmer Skip Hardie wanders the Commons. He’s got locally produced ice cream nestled in his gloved hands as he meets and greets some festival-goers and milk product consumers. Continue reading

Ithaca’s First Fully Vegan Cafe Opens in the Commons

Written By Guillaume Gentil

Video By Mark Prowse

The bustling new cafe Ten Forward sits perched in a loft above the Autumn Leaves used bookstore in the Ithaca Commons. The space has been occupied by several cafe owners over the years — now the torch passes to a sci-fi fan whose passion to provide for the community is only rivaled by her love for everything space-related. Continue reading

Governor Seeks $2 Billion Repairs

Written By Mark Prowse and Guillaume Gentil

Visuals By Mark Prowse

From small towns to big cities,  issues related to clean and reliable drinking water are appearing all over the nation. During his State of the State address earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo presented a $2 billion clean water infrastructure and water quality protection plan. Continue reading

City of Ithaca Welcomes Refugees

Key Points:

  • Over 10 million Syrians are currently forced out of their homes by the civil war in their home country. Of that number, 6.6 million are displaced internally and 4.6 million are actively seeking asylum elsewhere.
  • Mayor Svante Myrick announced late last year the city of Ithaca will welcome those displaced by the war and provide opportunities for resettlement.
  • A recent plan outlined by Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga calls on the city to take in and resettle 50–60 refugees starting in October 2016.

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New Development to Offer Affordable Housing Alternatives in Ithaca Neighborhood

Key Points:

  • Ithaca is facing a housing affordability crisis, in which home values continue to rise while median household incomes have remained stagnant, pushing many low-income families and individuals out of their homes
  • Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services recently headed a development plan for mixed-affordability housing in Ithaca’s Northside neighborhood
  • The development at 210 Hancock Street will feature 54 mixed-income rental units in a four-story building, as well as 12 townhouses for sale

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City of Ithaca Prepares for Arrival of Invasive Ash Borer

Key Points:

  • Emerald ash borers are native to Asia and were brought to the United States about 14 years ago through lumber transport
  • North American ash trees are common in Ithaca and have no natural resistance to the beetle, and an infestation would mean 100 percent mortality
  • The City of Ithaca is currently surveying the treatment needs of publicly owned ash trees in preparation for a possible infestation, as well as beginning education and outreach to residents
  • So far, emerald ash borers have killed about 25 million ash trees and cost municipalities tens of millions of dollars in control measures

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Ithaca Officials Hope to Improve Housing Affordability

Key Points:

  • The city’s median household income is estimated at $30,318 per year, about half that of New York State
  • About a third of renters in the city pay over 50 percent of their income on housing costs, while 30 percent is considered the norm
  • 13,000 people, most of whom work in Ithaca, commute every day from outside Tompkins County due to a lack of affordable housing in urban areas
  • Last month, the Tompkins County Planning Department conducted a survey collecting information from people who live, work and study in Ithaca to update existing housing strategies

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