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Attorney General Letitia James (center right) hands off a ceremonial check for $1.75 million from the opioid lawsuit to elected officials in Tompkins County.


Tompkins County receives $1.75M from opioid lawsuit


ew York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that Tompkins County will receive $1.75 million as part of the state’s lawsuit against opioid drug companies. “We sued big pharma and now they’re paying for the tragedy they caused,” James said. The settlement is part of a lawsuit brought by James and other states’ attorneys against drug companies blamed for the deaths of hundreds of thousands due to the current opioid epidemic. “No amount of money we have received will bring loved ones back, and I hope it can only provide some comfort, some relief to families knowing we’re trying to avoid this happening again,” she said. “We want big pharma to know that you should not be more interested in lining your pockets, and you should not place profit over people and if you do, I will sue you and we will bring you to bankruptcy.” James added that 2020 was the deadliest on record for

drug overdoses and that it is a government’s obligation to provide resources to people who are struggling. She said as part of that belief, and as part of her promise to families who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses, the funds received as part of the settlement will be earmarked for addiction education, prevention and treatment. “I hope we can get to the point where it’s treatment on demand,” James said. “We need to recognize that this is a health crisis. Law enforcement has its role […] but for the purposes of this settlement, it’s

a public health crisis.” Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick credited James for accomplishing the impossible. “I thought [big pharma] was too well-funded, too powerful, too strong, and they have too much of a grip over legislators,” he said. “But [James] did one thing further than just punishing them, she focused on making sure the fruits of that litigation would go back to healing New York state.” Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature Leslyn McBean-Clairborne agreed and said that she was happy to see big pharma paying the price. “Finally, someone is pointing the finger in the war on drugs at the right people,” she said. “For years, pharmaceutical companies have rolled with

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the winds of escapism and capitalism, casting the blame on the users, the providers, the families, and society.” She added that the settlement money will help provide resources and treatment for many who cannot afford it. “At a time when people are more wary of government, this here helps restore a modicum of faith that the government will look out for its citizens,” McBean-Clairborne said. The announcement was held at the Tompkins County Drug and Alcohol Council building on Triphammer Road. The building is still currently undergoing renovations but will house 40 beds and is the future home of the detox and stabilization program. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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PHOTOGRAPHER County Leg begins voting on 2022 budget, approves amendments By C a se y Mar tin


“Vanilla. I used to eat a TON of Vanilla Ice Cream.” -Rifiqi R.


uring two meetings of the expanded budget committee of the whole Legislature, legislators considered and voted on several member filed amendments to the Interim County Administrator’s recommended 2022 county budget. Interim Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes gave an overview of available unassigned fund balance to inform the process of assessing the over-target requests. Holmes outlined that at the close of 2020 the fund balance was $47.9 million, this year the known withdrawals from the fund balance bring that figure down to $41.6 million, and with what’s targeted for use in

the 2022 recommended budget the figure decreases to $36.8 million. In 2021, fund balance has been used to balance the 2020 budget, for pandemicinduced impacts and is budgeted for use in 2022 for Capital Program recommendations, upcoming one-time and contingency requests, and the purchase of the Tioga Street properties and improvements to the public safety building. The fund balance estimates are expected to change based on revenues being greater than anticipated in 2021.

Member-Filed Amendments

Member-filed amendments are budget items considered one-by-one outside of funding

in the recommended budget. The impacts of these memberfiled amendments will result in changes to the tax levy and/ or fund balance. Prior to the consideration of the memberfiled amendments the recommended tax levy increase was 2.7%, representing a $42 increase in taxes for a median priced home in Tompkins County ($205,000). Following the amendments the tax levy was adjusted to 1.6%, or a $22.46 increase of the median priced home’s tax bill over the previous year. This totals $1,265 in taxes on a median priced home. Amendments considered and approved by the Legislature included the following: An amendment was proposed by Legislators Dan Klein, Shawna Black, Deborah Dawson, Leslyn McBeanClairborne, Anne Koreman, Mike Sigler and Glenn Morey that would draw from the county’s fund balance to cover

all proposed levy increases. It was approved 11-2, with Legislators Mike Lane and Martha Robertson in opposition and McBean-Clairborne excused, following an amendment to the proposal brought forth by Koreman to set the amount to be withdrawn at $1 million. Klein stated that the original amendment would bring the tax levy to 0%, reducing the 2.7% levy increase in the recommended budget, and any further expenses added to the budget by member filed amendment. Black added that the “idea of recovery funds was to invest in our community, the way I see we can help the most amount of people is by approving this amendment. For homeowners whose assessment stays the same their tax bill would stay the same.” The original amendment equaled around $1.56 million. Interim Administrator Holmes

The event drew over 100 people in 2019 and raised more than $1,000 for the SPCA. Things were derailed in 2020 because of the pandemic, but White is hopeful this year’s fundraiser will be as successful as ever. Ithaca Beer Co. is donating a keg to the Westy, and all proceeds from the keg and a portion of the proceeds from all draught drinks at the Westy go to the SPCA. Plus, Ithaca Beer provides a raffle item with about $200 worth of stuff in it. Mike Wilber, taproom general manager at Ithaca Beer, said the raffle item is an Ithaca Beer cooler with Ithaca Beer swag in it. He added that if people are not able to make it to the event, they can purchase raffle tickets now up until the day of to support the SPCA. The winner will be chosen during the event and will be contacted if they’re not in attendance. Ales for Tails will also feature a costume contest with two categories – there will be one dog winner and one dog/ human pair winner. Wilber said he’s looking forward to the contest, his dog will be dressed as a lion, and White said 2019 inspired some pretty creative looks. For instance, one woman dressed up in an ‘80s prom dress while her dog was dressed up as her bouquet

of flowers. Another brought their dog named Pepper, and dressed up as the Morton’s Salt Girl. At the heart of the event, though, is raising money for the SPCA. “We’re a private, notfor-profit organization that relies on the generosity of the community to make our work possible,” Jim Boudreau, executive director of the SPCA, said. “These local groups and businesses have gone out of their way to come up with this idea for us, which is flattering.” The event is Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m.-8 p.m at the Westy 516 W. State St. It’s family friend and dog friendly and will be an outdoor event with COVID safety measures in place. If you’re unable to attend but want to contribute, you can donate to the SPCA at http://, or visit their website to see a list of the most urgently needed items. And lastly, while the costume contest is part of the fun, Boudreau reminds pet owners to make sure they’re aware of their dog’s comfort level in costumes, and to avoid costumes that obstruct their vision, as dogs rely on sight cues when meeting other dogs. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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“Sunscreen. I spent a lot of time outside on the playground as a kid”


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Ithaca Beer Co. and the Westy team up to benefit SPCA “Christmas Trees!” -Jen T.

“Linguica Sausages. My mother is Portuguese and always had a soup going on the the stove.” -Tim T.

Nora: “Cow Manure. I grew up in the country (Greene NY Represent!) and my Dad worked on a farm.” Casey: “Baked Beans. Beans on toast was a staple growing up!” -Nora G. & Casey R.

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s far as planning events for young professionals goes, former chair of Tompkins Connect Jessie White said Ales for Tails was a no-brainer. “It makes the most sense – millennials love animals,” she said. The event on Oct. 27, a collaboration between Tompkins Connect, Ithaca Beer Co. and the Westy, is a dog-friendly event that raises money for the Tompkins County SPCA. In its current form, Ales for Tails kicked off in 2019 under the

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name Pints for Pups. Prior to that, there had been two separate events operating about a month apart – Ithaca Beer Co. was hosting Pints for Paws while Tompkins Connect was organizing Ales for Tails. “I saw that and was like, wait a minute what are we doing,” White said. “So I reached out to see if it would make sense to do a joint event. We were noticing half of the people were coming to the Ithaca Beer event, and half to ours. So we joined forces in 2019 and it was the most successful yet.”


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Police seek more staff, Fire Dept. looks to replace training facility


thaca’s Common Council continued to work through the 2022 budget at its meetings on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. The budget meetings give the public a chance to speak as well as gives Council members the chance to speak to department heads about requests. Fire Chief Tom Parsons requested funding to replace two structures at the fire training center. Parsons said the burn building and rope tower have both reached the end of their useful lives, though the rope structure could potentially get a few more years with much maintenance. “The money requested is to start studying new structures to replace these two, and also to look at other locations where we might be able to put a new training structure,” he said. He also noted that this was a capital funding request,

and Mayor Svante Myrick said it just hadn’t snuck on to the recommended list. Council member Cynthia Brock said it seemed like a good project and she would be eager to see the location moved away from the waterfront. Parsons agreed there could be a better location, but did point out that there are no fire retardants or any other hazardous materials used that could run into the water. Parsons also explained to Council that there are several Fire Department vehicles that need to be replaced. “We had been separating them out over years through the operating budget, but there were several years back in the mid-teens where we could not afford to replace vehicles,” he said. “In the last couple years we’ve been trying to get caught up. We’re trying to keep the

Action at the Ithaca Fire Department Training Facility on Pier Rd. (Photo: Facebook)

process going.” One of the new vehicles would be a fully electric pickup truck, the department’s first venture into an all electric vehicle. “We would use it in some support roles in emergency response,” Parsons explained. He said there are no real electric vehicles designed for emergency services, but that this model of pick-up, made by Ford, would support the department’s needs. Parsons added the department currently has three hybrids, and the fire station has emergency back-up generators with enough capacity to charge the electrical vehicles in the case of an electrical outage. Next up in emergency services, Acting Police Chief John Joly requested the addition of two police officer positions to help bolster Ithaca Police Department’s staffing numbers. He noted that there are

currently three open positions the department is working to fill, and these two would make five. There are seven officers who will be eligible to retire next year, and there are currently six officers on long-term injuries, two on long-term military deployment, one out on leave for a year, two who were injured off duty and are unable to work, and one who is out for another month of parental leave. That means of the 67 funded positions, 18 are currently vacant or on-leave. “To say we are short [on personnel] is not encapsulating the stress right now,” joly said. He also requested money for transfer bonuses to encourage lateral transfers to the department. That would speed up the availability of new employees, since when the department hires a new police officer that person has to wait for the regional police academy to begin, which is a six-month commitment, plus four months of field training. “That’s quite a long time to be paying salary without impact,” Joly said. “If we can entice lateral transfers, the training is cut down to 10 weeks. Along with that, we’d save the costs of salary and benefits for the extended time the officer was in training.” Joly said the number he has in mind is $10,000 per lateral transfer. Council members were overall supportive of the new positions and transfer incentives, and noted that there were state requirements and processes that were hindering the department’s ability to hire. Joly noted the earliest Tompkins County could get a Civil Service test is in May 2022. “I would like to see a change, a revision of New York State Civil Service Law,” Alderperson Donna Fleming said. “I would urge our mayor, and all mayors, to put pressure on the powers that be in Albany. They have to see how stupid and antiquated this is. There’s a rule that Tompkins County can’t go to Onondaga to take the test? That’s so stupid, it’s the same test. That really needs to be changed.” Myrick said he would reach out to his colleagues to pursue the matter. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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Ups We’ve made it through the first three weeks of October with no snow. That’s always worth celebrating — now cross your fingers for the final 10 days. Downs There has been a lot of gun violence in Ithaca lately, leading the police department to increase patrols in the west end in an attempt to deter it.

HEARD&SEEN Heard An Ithaca man was surprised by U.S. Marshals during a hiking trip in North Carolina. His resemblance to fugitive Brian Laundrie prompted a hotel employee to alert authorities. Seen Chilly fall weather made its way to Ithaca, evidenced by the breakout of peacoats, Chelsea boots and Buffalo plaid everything.

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Denise Gelberg: The Lucky Girl

Clean Energy and Real News

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By St e ph e n Bu r k e


fter I read a review of longtime Ithacan Denise Gelberg’s third published novel, “Lucky Girl,” Denise shared this thumbnail sketch: “I’m a longtime resident of Ithaca, coming to Cornell from Brooklyn in the late sixties. After graduating, I worked as a teaching associate for Cornell Law School Professor Milton Konvitz’s course in constitutional law, and then enrolled at SUNY Cortland to get my teaching license. I went from analyzing Supreme Court case law to kindergarten in the span of a year. “Later, I interrupted my teaching career to get my doctorate in labor relations in education at Cornell University. I was chief negotiator for three contracts between the Ithaca Teachers’ Association and the ICSD. I also wrote a book about education reform and articles that appeared in national periodicals. After leaving the classroom I worked in higher education accreditation — and I also began writing fiction. “Truly, a checkered career!” Growing up in a working-class family of first-generation Americans, Denise and her brother, both very good students, could earn well-respected diplomas from

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Brooklyn College, at no cost. Only by chance did one of Denise’s well-heeled relatives offer to let Denise tag along on a visit to Ithaca. While the young women Denise met at Cornell all seemed wealthier (middle-class) than Denise was accustomed to; undaunted, she applied to the university to study social sciences. The theme of equal opportunity for all resonates in Denise’s life, no matter what Denise studied or taught — when she negotiated amongst the skilled and powerful, when she spoke of those she met along the way. Reflecting on her years of teaching, Denise spoke lovingly of young students, colleagues, parents. Denise however, recites the bittersweet memories of teaching children whose needs are not met, whom she watched fall through the gaping holes in society’s “safety net.” “I loved teaching at South Hill so much. We had students from every background! African Americans, Latinos, white kids, Asian children, able-bodied children and those with special challenges, rich kids, poor kids. Families, community members, staff all worked for the common good.

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r. Sandra Steingraber is a biologist and science writer who has taught at Cornell University and Ithaca College. She is a leading public health advocate and environmentalist. Steingraber’s work focuses on environmental hazards of fossil fuels and petrochemicals and their links to disease. WIth climate scientist Peter Kalmus, this month Steingraber published an open letter, signed by over 300 U.S. scientists, urging President Biden to use his executive authority to declare a climate emergency and suspend all future fossil fuel projects. The letter was issued in conjunction with a People Vs. Fossil Fuels mobilization held in Washington, D.C. this month. “We stand in solidarity with the People Vs. Fossil Fuels mobilization and its demands,” Steingraber said. The group’s name suggests the need not just for present mobilization but for permanent policy changes. The group said, in an organizing statement, “From October 11 to 15, thousands of people will take action at the White House, participate in civil disobedience, and demand that President Biden choose a side: People Vs. Fossil Fuels.” Steingraber said, “Scientists are done speaking calmly in the face of inaction. Listening to science means acting on science, stopping new fossil fuel projects, opposing industry delay tactics, and declaring a national climate emergency.” The scientists call on Biden to end new fracking and drilling in public lands and waters, reject fossil fuel infrastructure projects, stop fossil fuel exports and subsidies, and advance a program of renewable energy. Kalmus said, “Carbon indulgences and hypothetical tech solutions are dangerous distractions. The climate emergency is caused by burning fossil fuels, and the only way out is to quickly ramp down and end the fossil fuel industry. Too much time has been wasted already.” The letter noted that the harshest effects of environmental hazards are concentrated among Black, Brown, Indigenous and working-class communities, unprotected by wealth and influence. Dr. Robert Bullard of Texas Southern University, a signatory of the letter, said these communities “are living every day with the toxic chemicals that are shutting down beaches in California right now” after an undersea pipeline this month leaked thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean a few miles from downtown Los Angeles. “We have President Biden making lots of promises, but Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities are waiting for action and environmental justice.” The Washington mobilization began on Indigenous Peoples Day, when Indigenous people led a White House protest.

Emphasis was placed on stopping Line 3, a proposed pipeline expansion to move nearly a million barrels of tar sands daily from Canada to the U.S., partly through Indigenous territories. Enbridge, the Canadian company responsible for the project, was responsible for the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history when in 1991 nearly two million gallons of oil burst from its pipeline into a tributary of the Mississippi River and wetlands. A petition of over a million signatures was prepared for the Washington demonstration, calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to shut down the Line 3 project until completing “a proper Environmental Impact Statement.” Joye Braun, the National Pipelines Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, called demonstrators “representatives of communities who have carried the brunt of the harm from fossil fuels for generations,” now with “bodies on the line in the name of climate justice” as they “risk arrest to change the course of history.” A mobilization website reported from Washington that “Indigenous leaders are occupying the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the first time since the 1970s.” Indigenous youth led a march of hundreds to the Capitol. People Vs. Fossil Fuels reported, overall, 130 arrests on the first day of protests, 155 the second, 90 the third and 140 the fourth. (This column is written before the fifth.) Perusal of the New York Times website shows no notice of the mobilization. Meanwhile, in telling contrast about mainstream news priorities, on October 15 the paper’s U.S. Politics section featured a story called “Behind the Scenes of a Conservative Rally,” detailing Republican activity in Virginia. In more of “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” as construed by the paper of record: While ignoring the existence of the citizen mobilization on clean energy and its scientific importance, on October 13 the paper’s Science section found room to report that “William Shatner Finally Goes to Space,” detailing the Star Trek star’s space tourist trip as a guest of Jeff Bezos, scientifically newsworthy (apparently) as celebrities playing astronaut for 10 minutes, 65 miles above the Earth and its dull problems. Dr. Robert Howarth is a professor of environmental biology and ecology at Cornell. Regarding the environmental mobilization and the call for action by scientists, he said, “The science is clear: To stand a chance of avoiding complete climate catastrophe, we must halt all new fossil fuel development now. Today, not tomorrow.”


“But so many struggling parents were never willing or able to return a call, come for a conference, respond to a note…So each year my young students and I created a musical. We made up our own words to familiar tunes. I noted that this happy occasion, where all children shined, was sometimes the only time a parent came to school...This reaffirmed my worldview that helping kids meant reaching families in whatever healthy way we could. “I loved teaching reading and writing. I shared with children the power of communication: ‘You have an idea up here. [Denise points with a lively expression to her head.] And it travels from your brain, down your arm, and into your hand and fingers! When you write down what you are thinking, someone far away, who has never even met you, can understand [pointing to her head again], what you were thinking by reading your words! Writing clearly and legibly is magic!’” Denise still teaches reading to incoming tutors in Marty Kaminsky’s Golden Opportunities (GO) after-school tutoring program and continues in the role of tutor. “I’ve tutored the same boy for 10 years. Now he’s a young man on the cusp of high school graduation. We worked together through the school year, over holidays and summers, and soon he’s about to take flight.” Denise’s observations about the juggling act of work and family, including aging parents and young children, were empathetic, and colorful. “LongCOUNTY BUDGET Contin u ed From Page 4

stated that this would delay the increase in the tax levy to a future year, and could have a compounding effect. In opposition to the amendment, Lane stated that “it’s the job of elected bodies to keep tax increases reasonably low,” adding that this doesn’t give a break to everyone, as many residents of Tompkins County are renters who wouldn’t get a property tax break from this proposal. The amended proposal recommending a limit of $1 million was estimated to result in a 1% increase to the levy before the consideration of further member-filed amendments. An amendment for a local match for capital improvements and deferred maintenance at Tompkins Cortland Community College totaling $310,000 was brought forth by legislators Dawson, Schill, and Lane and approved by a vote of 12-1, with Granison opposed and McBeanClairborne excused. Legislators remarked that this is an investment in the college which is a property shared by Tompkins and Cortland Counties. An amendment brought forth by Legislator Dawson to fund the second and third years of TC3’s workforce and career development pilot program totaling $220,500 was approved

time partner, Charlie Wilson of Wilson Engineering, and I have a grown daughter with two children. I am out-of-body ecstatic to be with my grandchildren. During the busy years of parenting and working, I somehow took the miracle of child development too much for granted…After years of observing the challenges so many children face, it feels like a miracle to see a healthy baby turn over, learn to walk, go off to school. “When downtown business owners decry crime and drug use, I think of all those children passing through my life. I say ‘They were someone’s little child long ago. We have no idea what challenges they may have encountered.’” Denise Gelberg, author, teacher, researcher will speak again with us soon. For now, read what Dr. Nancy Hopkins (the Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences), featured in a Nova documentary “Picture a Scientist” about gender harassment in the sciences commented about Denise’s third novel: “‘Lucky Girl’ is the profoundly moving story of a woman who with brilliance, passion, and support from an extraordinary family overcomes common barriers that long kept most women out of high-powered science. I had to stop several times and remind myself that this is a novel, not the biography of a flesh and blood scientist. A brilliant book. I wept and cheered for the heroine.” https://

unanimously. An amendment calling for $199,656 in funding to cover the first of three years of development of “Sunflower Houses” through Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, Ultimate Reentry Opportunity, and Opportunities Alternatives and Resources was offered by legislators Robertson, Granison, Black, Schill, John, and Koreman. The funding will support capital improvements to affordable housing and programming expenses and operations to support those who are returning from incarceration. The amendment passed unanimously, 14-0. Several legislators discussed the impending “Recovery Fund,” with some stating that requests like this would be better served through that fund once details are codified. According to Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services Executive Director Johanna Anderson, the plan is for these housing units to be occupied starting December first of this year. Legislator Rich John, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, stated that New York State has a 65% failure rate for individuals on parole, indicating that this proposal would deliver value for those in need and reentering from incarceration. An amendment from Black to fund this now and leverage funds


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from the to-be-determined local “Recovery Fund” that would be decreased by this proposal’s amount passed unanimously, with years two and three set to come from fund balance following an amendment moved by Granison and approved 13-1 (McBean-Clairborne dissenting). An amendment for $100,000 to run a county organization-wide compensation study was member-filed by legislators Dawson, McBean-Clairborne and Black. The amendment passed unanimously, 14-0. Legislators spoke to the fact that this has been planned for a few years but was delayed due to the pandemic. John brought forth an amendment in support of a Career Pathways collaborative effort to address employment for those most marginalized in Tompkins County. Several agencies work together in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension to administer this program and support individuals. The amendment totals $85,000 and was passed 13-1 with Granison opposed. An amendment in support of a resource navigator program addressing health equity in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension and other community partners was passed 10-2, with Granison and Dawson opposed (McBeanO c to b e r

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hat “slightly lower tax rate” is not helpful enough since we taxpayers are still paying more in terms of dollars since property assessments have increased a lot during the past 4 years. Here are some facts according to https://www. • 2019 tax levy: $23,613,758 • 2020 tax levy: $24,443,600 • 2021 tax levy: $26,384,571 • 2022 proposed tax levy: $26,366,541 The good news is that 2022 taxes levy will only be _as_ bad as 2021. The bad news is that the 2021 taxes were already way too high. Mark my words -- once the end comes to all this free pandemic related relief money that municipalities are receiving from State and Federal governments, then our local tax levy will have to go way up to make up the difference if we want to keep all these public programs in place. To make matters worse, since the money supply has been so rapidly expanded recently, there will more upward pressure wages and consequently tax levies, even while businesses may have lower profits due to their own rising labor and supply chain costs. Thus taxes collected on profits might even be lower in future years. Bottom line: Please cut spending since Ithaca Taxes Gorge Us... -Richard Ballantyne, via

Clairborne and McKenna were excused). An amendment was proposed by Robertson, Granison and Koreman to initiate a study of county-wide code enforcement. The amendment passed 13-1, with Legislator Glenn Morey voting in opposition. Additional amendments were passed to increase the stipend for the County Historian, funding for advisory board priorities, support for local emergency responder subscription to a service called “ES Chat” that would allow first responders’ cell phones to act as radio communications, and support for the County’s Poet Laureate. A $70,000 amendment filed by Robertson restoring COVID-related funding to the Tompkins County Human Services Coalition was proposed and approved 13-0 with McBean-Clairborne excused. Executive Director of the Coalition Kathy Schlather joined to share the state of the organization and the increased demands on programs offered resulting in this ask for restored funding. Robertson and Dawson spoke highly of the work the Coalition does to serve Tompkins County residents. Read more at

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he next election is slated for Nov. 2, so Ithaca Times spoke to County Legislature candidates for contested races. Not every candidate was able to be reached, so in those cases we have included bios of the candidate. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. on election day. For more information on polls, candidates in non-contested races or to see sample ballots, visit

the streets and not have that fear. That’s my big thing. Public safety and addressing the violence on West Hill is a big issue as well. Within the last two weeks we’ve had five [editor’s note: there have since been two more] gun issues and then the two stabbings on State Street and at Walmart. We really need to look into public safety. It’s a big thing I want to look into because there’s a ton of children up on West Hill with the West Village apartments, Chestnut Apartments, Floral Avenue apartment complexes. On top of that we have DISTRICT 1 (CITY OF a school right there, so ITHACA) we really need to address the violence Travis Brooks that’s happening and Christopher on West Hill. Hyer Jr. are runWhat experining for District ence do you have 1 Legislator. The that you think will winner will replace translate to County Leslyn McBeanCh . Legislature? Clairborne, the current Jr ro stop er I’ve been in public ofchair of the County Legish e r Hy fice as a volunteer firefighter lature who is retiring after 20 and I’ve held roles as vice president years as a legislator. Brooks represents both the Democratic and Working Fami- in the fire department I was in, so I think lies parties, while Hyer represents the Re- that gives me a little advantage to knowing how we’re going to run, and we need to run publican party. as a team. We need to be on the same page and run as a team, and that’s how we did it CHRISTOPHER HYER JR. What do you think the most important when I was the vice president of the Spenissue facing the county is and how would you cer emergency squad. What are your thoughts on the rising address it? The biggest issue in the county is public property taxes in Tompkins County, and safety. I want our families to be safe and to what do you think is the best way to combe able to go out and enjoy Tompkins Coun- bat them? Our taxes are high, where are we spendty as it was 15 years ago, when you could let your kids run around in the park and on ing that money? It’s not coming back to us, 8  T

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the people. We need to see where we can eliminate and what we can put back into the county. We need to see what we can cut without making our budget bad. We need a good budget so we can look into things like, why is this house assessed at $350,000 but it’s condemned? If it’s assessed there the homeowner is still paying that assessment. We need to look into that, need to look into getting these roads repaired and putting more of our taxes into that. We’re driving down these roads constantly with tons of potholes and we need to get every one of them fixed. TRAVIS BROOKS

Brooks was unable to be reached in time for publication, but Tr av i s did answer similar questions in the Ithaca Times preview for the Democratic primary in June. Visit for his answers. From Brooks’ website: Twenty-two years ago as the new Youth Program Coordinator at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), Travis says his life found new meaning, responsibility, and awareness. He felt blessed to be in a position to serve and give back to the community. His goal was to create a space for individuals to have second, third, fourth and so on chances to become who they were meant to be. More importantly, Travis felt that he could now be at the table, build the table, and bring people to the table to better the lives of the entire Greater Ithaca Community. With more than 30 years of living in this community, and 22 of those years devoted to serving the District 1 community, Travis looks forward to tackling the challenges the district faces regarding affordable housing, living wage, access to community programs to support strong families, accessible & affordable child care, and opportunities for solid employment & growth. He has gained valuable experience in bringing diverse stakeholders to collaborate to solve the problems in his work as Deputy Director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Director of My Brother’s Keeper, and as member of Ithaca’s Municipal Drug Policy Committee. He played a key role in securing a grant that will enable Ithaca to employ progressive solutions

to the problems of crime and addiction. “I pledge to focus my efforts on economic recovery (helping small businesses to rebuild), improving the quality of life for marginalized West Hill residents, building coalitions dedicated to social justice, and improving the lives of all our citizens but particularly those that have been underrepresented.” Brooks lives on 5th St and raised his five children right here in Ithaca. “As a father, I raised six kids into adulthood. I have been a single dad, a married dad, and a single divorced dad. I have begged, borrowed, and have utilized system support to help get to the next day. I lived in public housing before evens Brook tually becoming a homeowner. I bought my home across the street from my old home in the housing projects so my community could see there is hope after all. DISTRICT 8 (TOWN OF NEWFIELD AND A PORTION OF ENFIELD)

Vanessa Greenlee and Randy Brown are running for District 8 representative. The winner will replace outgoing legislator David McKenna, who decided not to run again. Robert Lynch will also be named on the ballot as an Independent. He lost the Democratic primary to Greenlee and suspended his campaign, however did not remove his name from the ballot because it “would have insulted the 151 Enfield and Newfield citizens who chose to sign my petitions.” However, his website states he has no further plans to succeed McKenna. Greenlee is representing the Democratic and Working Families parties, while Brown is representing the Republican and Rural Issues parties. VANESSA GREENLEE

What do you think are the most important issues facing the county are and how would you address them? Economic recovery is the critical shortterm challenge. We know that access to childcare is a key recovery need for working families, but right now for every 3.5 children of childcare age in Tompkins County, there is only childcare space for one. The Child Development Council needs staffing to amplify the impact of federal pro-

First, I think we need to fovider grants at scale, using tactics such as niors and it has caused peocus on reducing daily exgrouping childcare providers for benefits ple to lose faith that things penses of residents from and supporting providers through the ap- will ever improve for food, energy, cable and plication process for state awards. Longer their families or chilinternet. These crititerm, our county’s grand challenges are cli- dren. The county cal services are exmate adaptation and social justice — same must proactively pensive and the as everywhere else — but that’s a much lon- collaborate with revenue does not each community ger answer. stay in our CounWhat experience do you have that you to identify needs ty. We must look at and then invest in think will translate to County Legislature? other revenue streams My professional background is in in- programs that will like rental car and hotel improve family health structional design, and my current role is Ra occupancy taxes to offset in communications and training on a U.S. and opportunities for our n dy B r ow n real estate taxes. I do think we Department of Agriculture food security youth. I will work to make need to understand why Cornell is project. There are so many county priori- family and children the county’s contributing so little to the community and first priority. ties where I can add value, including green What experience do you have that you ask them to double their contribution now. workforce development, food systems inI also think we should offer tax reduction frastructure, and federal awards manage- think will translate to the County Legislaincentives to residents that donate time and ment. On an interpersonal level, as a young ture? Being a sixth-generation resident of this funds to their towns programs. This could person I came of age in a time of cross-cultural collision, and I’ve made a life goal of district gives me a unique understanding be capped at some dollar amount and the learning to communicate across differenc- and commitment to Enfield and Newfield. tax reduction could be a percentage of the My nine years on Newfield’s School Board donation. This could be a win-win for eves. I see this as an essential skill for and eight years on the planning eryone as community programs need public service in the current board will make for an easy funds. moment. transition to issues before What are your the County Legislature. DISTRICT 14 thoughts on the risI’ve done jobs from hay- (EASTERN ing property taxes in ing, janitorial, ware- PORTION OF Tompkins County, housing and con- DRYDEN) and what do you struction laborer Incumbent think is the best early in my life to Mike Lane will be way to combat 14 years in banking running for re-electhem? managing purchas- tion against Thomas The property ing, facilities, secu- Corey. Lane has been tax levy is set to inrity and real estate. I’ve a legislator for six terms, crease 1.61%, meanVa e e also managed and been the from 1994-2005 and 2009 ing the median-size nes Mike sa Greenl president of two local compa- to now. He is representing the homeowner will pay $22.46 nies, Ongweoweh Corp and Cort- Democratic party while Corey is more overall in 2022. But price land Line Co. In these positions I managed representing the Republican party. increases for goods and services are rising much more steeply than that, as we saw over 100 people and worked closely with with the 5.4% increase in the Consumer employees to build strong morale, team- MIKE LANE What do you think the most important Price Index this September. So to me, the work and success. I learned to lead by example and to do the hard work with them issues facing the county are and how would real question is: how can the county apply funds in ways that help residents realize no matter the task. These skills will be uti- you address them? The most important thing is recoversavings continuously year-over-year? An lized when working with the Legislature ing from the COVID-19 pandemic. That example would offer landlord incentives to and County Departments. What are your thoughts on the rising has to be our top priority — getting people refit our housing stock with greener heating and cooling technologies so we can re- property taxes in Tompkins County, and back to work, holding down transmissions duce utility costs for renters. It’s a long term what do you think is the best way to com- of the virus, and getting schools and busibat them? nesses reopened safely. That is our primary environmental and economic win-win. During this campaign I visited over and most important topic. We also have to 1,200 homes and high taxes and assess- be vigilant with public safety. We have to RANDY BROWN What do you think the most important ments due to recent home sales are a con- support our sheriff ’s road patrol. They need issues facing the county are and how would cern. The tax burden on people with fixed funding for equipment and personnel and incomes is not sustainable and it is causing for training to even better defuse stressyou address them? My main concern is Newfield and En- people to forgo basic needs, home main- ful situations. I do not support defunding field, but other towns have experienced the tenance and home ownership. There is no police. We have to keep taxes reasonably same issues for decades without much im- simple answer on how to reduce taxes as low, and I think we’ve done that with the provement. There is a systemic disconnect governments rarely reduce spending, but I proposed budget and amendments. We’re between the county, our schools and rural will focus on county expenses. holding down the tax levy to less than a 2% towns when it comes to our youth and seincrease and we’re using some of the AmerO c to b e r

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ican Rescue Plan Act money to replace revenues in the county, and allow us to use some of that in a recovery fund which will help agencies and other entities to be able to apply for funding to help them recover from some of the issues of COVID-19. We need to continue to support our green initiatives, including trying to get our county buildings carbon neutral by 2035. And we need to support our county infrastructure, especially the airport, bus services and the Route 13 corridor. What experience do you have that you think will translate to County Legislature? I’ve been on County Legislature for a while and I chaired it for four years and I’ve chaired many of the standing committees and special committees over the years. I’m the liaison to our college Board of Trustees and I used to be the chair of [Tompkins County International Development Agency]. I think I have a lot of experience working with a lot of people and doing my best to represent the people of my district and the people of the county as a whole. Doing the job and giving me that experience lets me look at issues that come up with both the history and planning concept of them so we can make better decisions. What are your thoughts on the rising property taxes in TompLane kins County, and what do you think is the best way to combat them? We have to work across party lines to find solutions that are less expensive, and I think we did that in the budget process. The budget was moved forward unanimously. We were able to add some funding for things that were lost since the pandemic started, including more capital for TC3 and for trying to leverage state funding for capital improvements such as classroom upgrades and parking and erosion control. I think you have to look at each program and each thing that you do and understand how it helps people and how it impacts the budget. If it’s too much of a tax increase you have to say no sometimes or find another way to do it. THOMAS COREY

Corey was unable to be reached by the Ithaca Times. He also does not appear to have a website or social media pages for his campaign.

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Cherry On Top By Ste ve L aw re nc e


nd then there were two... Two “W’s” in the win column for Cornell football, that is. One for the Big Red varsity, and one for the Sprint team. The Sprint team has all the same rules as the varsity team, except there’s a weight limit, putting the focus on speed rather than size. Heading into Friday night, the varsity team was looking for its first win of the season, and after putting a 34-20 thumping on Colgate under the lights on Schoellkopf Field, they had it. Two days later, the Sprint team would try to match that feat, and they did just that with a thrilling 3027 win over St. Thomas Aquinas. One of the key players in the Sprint team’s victory was Aidan Tierney, a 2018 Ithaca High grad who wore #55. Wait... he wore #11... Okay, he wore both. More on that later. Tierney transferred to Cornell from Geneseo after his freshman year, and given he had not played football since his sophomore year at Ithaca High, it really wasn’t on his list of reasons for transferring.

Members of Cornell Varsity Sprint Football Team

“The opportunity to attend an Ivy League school in your hometown is difficult to pass up,” Aidan told me, “and I would describe the opportunity to also play Division 1 football as the cherry on top.” While Terry Cullen is still the official Head Coach of Sprint Football (as he has been since 1996, and his involvement with the program dates back to 1964), Associate Head Coach Bobby Gneo actually runs the on-field operations. Gneo, having seen Tierney’s work ethic and on-field smarts (Gneo was a coach in the Ithaca City School District for many years), invited the senior ILR major to come out for the team. “I’m having a great time,” Aidan offered. “I’m playing offense and special teams.”

Asked about that mid-game uniform switch, he said, “When I am playing offensive tackle, I wear #55, but if I switch to tight end, the rules — from Pee Wee football up to the pros — dictate that I have to change numbers to remain eligible to go downfield and catch passes.” That switcheroo is a production in and of itself, as it requires help from teammates to pull it off — and back on — while the game is being played. When Aidan said “Our league is unique in that there is a 178-pound weight limit, and that enables a lot of guys who thought they’d never be able to play college football an opportunity to do so,” I asked if he was one of those guys. He stated, “Yes, I am. At 6’1” and 180 pounds, there is no way I could ever play as an offensive lineman

for a ‘regular’ college program,” He said that he also likes the way the equal weights play out in the game plans, saying “In high school, you have linemen that weigh well over 250 and wide receivers that weigh 130, but in Sprint, everyone weighs about the same.” Indeed, the fact that a player can be strong enough to “move the pile” as a lineman, yet be quick and agile enough to get open to catch passes and do what receivers do would surely open up a number of possibilities and make the game a lot more fun. I also asked Aidan if any other Ithaca High alums are playing (other than Turner DePalma, featured in an earlier column as a member of the Big Red varsity), and he answered, “Not this year, but in recent years, guys like Julian Iacovelli and Jordan Corfine from Ithaca and Denver Space from Dryden have been real impact players.” I asked Tierney if there was ever a chance that his brother, Sawyer — also a Cornell student — would join him on the roster, and he said, “No, he was never much of a football guy. He’s into soccer and track.” I also asked Aidan how many games he has left to play in his rejuvenated football career, and he said, “We have upcoming games with Navy, Chestnut Hill and Army (at Schoellkopf Field, on Nov. 5). I am really looking forward to the rest of the season.”


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xpect lots of one-of-a-kind acts of lunacy when the four stars of “Whose Live” — Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray — return to the State Theatre on Oct. 27. The Ithaca Times spoke to Greg Proops and Joel Murray about all things impromptu. GREG PROOPS

As a performer, Greg Proops has been a cast member of the original UK version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” He did vocal work for Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” and co-hosts his podcast “The Smartest Man in the World.” He talked about the backstory of “Whose Live,” Zoom shows and new rules of the road. Ithaca Times: How many years has “Whose Live” been a thing? Greg Proops: Well, we started going out with Drew [Carey] in 1999. And then it kind of evolved, we were a big group then. I like to call it the Preakness, because we had 10, 12 people in the group. And then we kind of winnowed it down to six, and then it was me, Chip [Estin], Jeff and Ryan. And then Chip left, of course, to do [the TV series] “Nashville,” and then Joel joined IT: So Joel is now Ronnie Wood? GP: Right, he’s got 10 years in. Jeff was the new guy before that. I’ve been working with Ryan for, golly, on TV for over 30 years, and on the road for over 20 years. Drew took us out and Ryan kind of put this group together. We haven’t been out since March 8 of 2020. We had 100 dates on the road in 2019. And then in 2020, we’d done a couple dates in the

Northwest in February, and then I went and did a couple of stand-up dates. And we went out the first weekend in March in Washington state, and then the next thing, we came back to go on a southern California run: Lancaster, Santa Barbara and whatnot. And my wife said, “Why are you going?” Because she knew this was gonna happen. And I said, “Because I’m in a group,” right? And we all got on the bus and went and picked up [musical accompanist] Bob [Derkach] from the airport, and Ryan. And about 1 o’clock that afternoon, the governor of California said there’ll be no gatherings of over a thousand people. So we went to lunch without our masks, because it was still that time, and then we got back in the van and drove back to L.A. And I took all the booze and cookies that we had stored. IT: [laughs] GP: And then we haven’t worked since then. I mean, we did two or three Zoom show thingies, but I don’t think Ryan liked them very much. I’ve been doing Zoom stuff every month, because I’ve had to keep my audience together. I was appreciative of our agent because a lot of people started going out on the road a few months ago, and people have had COVID and there have been issues. Because it’s not solved. IT: We were supposed to be one of the dates last year. And you guys saw four paychecks just fly away into the wind. GP: [laughs] I don’t know the rules at this gig, but it’ll probably be masks or whatever. And we’re being really careful. We’ve all been inoculated, we send our tour manager vaccine cards. We’re not gonna schmooze with people after the show, we’re not gonna have the crew in the green room, we’re taking it seriously, like grown-up people. I mean, you can get it. You’re not immune to it because you tell jokes. None of that has any bearing on COVID. THE NEW GUY: JOEL MURRAY

Joel Murray, brother of Bill, is a Second City alum, and a founding member of the Improv

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Olympic in Chicago. He played alcoholic copywriter Freddy Rumsen on “Mad Men,” and his feature film credits include “Monsters University,” “God Bless America” and “One Crazy Summer.” He was also the voice of Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah from 1986 through 1997. He spoke about COVID, how he joined “Whose Live,” and being the new guy. IT: We got Greg’s version of how COVID shut you guys down. Is everyone in the Murray family okay? Joel Murray: Yeah, we’re okay now. We had a fabulous golf trip to Ireland, and a couple of us got it. Not myself, but everybody’s fine now. They were all vaccinated, but that’s neither here nor there. Before we got the tests coming back to the States, it was the best trip of a lifetime. And then all of a sudden, we found out a couple of us had COVID. IT: I was talking to Greg about last year, when you got on the bus and got off the bus. JM: We went down to San Diego, and we were gonna play Escondido, and right before we were about to check in to the hotel — we stayed at the Rancho San Bernardino down there or something, nice, expensive place. And right before we were gonna check in, we said, “We should just call and see if the gig’s still on.” And Gavin Newsom had just shut down California, and any kind of shows. So we had liquor for five days on the bus, and we started to immediately drown our sorrows. IT: I understand that when “Whose Live” got shut down, Greg took all the cookies and booze off the bus. JM: He took all the cookies and booze? IT: That’s what he said. JM: Yeah, I had faith I would make it through. I might’ve walked out with a bottle of Scotch. I didn’t have the wherewithal or the forethought to grab all the cookies. I think Greg did get those. He generally walks off the bus with all the booze anyway. IT & JM: [laughs] IT: You replaced Chip Estin in the group in 2012. I’m trying to work out if that makes you Mick Taylor or Ronnie Wood. JM: Exactly. And that’s why I changed my hair style, so I could make that decision myself. Yeah, I filled in for a weekend, and I think yesterday was actually the nine-year anniversary of when I filled in for a weekend. IT: What is your “Whose Live” origin story? JM: Ryan Stiles used to have a golf tournament up in Seattle, and I’ve been friends with Ryan since Second City [in] Los Angeles. I want to say Jeff Davis was there. But we did a show, and I guess I did well that night. And a couple weeks later, Ryan said, “Hey do you want to fill in for Chip for a weekend?” And it’s been a nineyear weekend now. So you don’t know what day of the week it is. The show is fun, it’s like the television show, except for there’s a lot more audience participation. You do get a chance to come up on stage and play in some of the games. So dress accordingly, you know. You don’t want to embarrass yourself with what you’re wearing.

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ack in the day, the State Theatre walled off the balcony so that they could play two movies. One night, John Carpenter’s “Halloween” was playing upstairs while I was watching “The China Syndrome” downstairs. During a quiet moment in “The China Syndrome,” I heard this colossal mass scream through the balcony wall, and thought, “Boy, I guess that ‘Halloween’ must be the scariest thing ever filmed.” It took a while to work up the nerve to see “Halloween” (1978). Now I own it on Blu-ray and have studied it with the director commentary. Carpenter’s smalltown fable about babysitters stalked by an unstoppable killer is a masterpiece of tension and suspense. Like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which inspired it, “Halloween” is not a gore-fest. That would come with “Friday the 13th” and countless slasher rip-offs that “Halloween” unwittingly spawned. And now there are 12 “Halloween” movies. Aside from “Halloween III: Season

of the Witch,” which ditched the Michael Myers mythology and made all the fans mad, I’ve only seen the movies with Jamie Lee Curtis, including the 1998 “H20.” Twenty years later, I came back for Curtis in the 2018 40th anniversary “Halloween” and now, “Halloween Kills” (UniversalMiramax-Blumhouse, 2021, 108 min.). “Halloween Ends” — yeah, right — will be released next October. Conceived by Danny McBride and director David Gordon Green (“The Pineapple Express”), this reboot trilogy pretty much plays out in real time, and “Halloween Kills” picks up right where “Halloween” left off: Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak) are headed to the hospital, thinking that they have finally trapped Michael Myers in Laurie’s house, currently burning to the ground. Well, of course, they’re wrong. continued on page 15


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mbitious sculpture, particularly of the freestanding variety, can be an afterthought in area art galleries. While purely decorative or functional threedimensional work — and of course, novelty kitsch, entertaining or tedious — can be found in abundance, work that activates real space in ways that shake our perceptual and imaginative habits typically takes a backseat. This fall, strong statements in sculpture appear unusually prevalent. Recently, over at SUNY Cortland’s Dowd Gallery, Cornell professor Jack Elliott’s “Laying in the Cut” explored found tree-forms and concise planar cuts in a dialog between nature and abstraction. “Romanoff Redux,” now just opened at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, features one of Ithaca’s great culture hero(in)es. Victoria Romanoff, a 1964 Cornell MFA, architect, and pioneer of the local historical preservation movement, is a witty and expansive visual artist working on paper and in wood assemblage. I hope to write about her homegrown retrospective (which runs through Nov. 21) at full length soon. Located in Milstein Hall, Cornell’s Bibliowicz Family Gallery currently features a modest cohort of handsome wood constructions by a long-time art department professor. “Roberto Bertoia: Reflections 2020” (through Oct. 31) incorporates a selection of small tabletop pieces and larger works: begun months or years earlier but completed during the depths of the pandemic last year. Like Romanoff, ingenious in his medium, he can be seen as a cooler, more elegant and fussy counterpoint

to the older artist’s impish cacophony. Seeing the two shows with each other in mind is a joy. Drawing from the Cubist and Constructivist roots of modernist sculpture, Bertoia assembles his “repurposed and/or salvaged” pieces of wood with a technical care that often recalls fine furniture and an improvisational energy that makes his pieces appear to jostle and shake. This tension — between precision and spontaneity — gives his work a rare complexity and expressive depth. Bertoia’s rich, but subtle, organically toned finishes are offset in most of his larger sculptures here by small-scale color accents: little blocks or hollowed interiors painted in boldly hued red, blue, or black. Pieces of polished metal, mostly aluminum (but in one piece each: steel and bronze), also make appearances. His elusive and allusive use of strong color in fragments speaks to a longstanding chromophobia in modernist and abstract sculpture. Those of us steeped in traditions of modern art or design may feel the tension with some acuity. Two human-height pieces, “Observer” and “Visitor,” consist of elevated masses resting from the gallery floor on table leg-like supports. (One misses the Rococo whimsy of Romanoff ’s titles, which would be just as apt here.) The former, in a reddish finish, incorporates an upright, blocky form that has been broken up, Cubist-style, into twisting facets. Two small rectangular projections reveal, through their “windows,” hollow interiors painted respectively in bright red and blue. A small, shelf-like fringe of aluminum halos one side while a bent wood cylinder lies casually atop this playful but stately assembly. The latter effort is presented in pale, unfinished wood with no metal or colored accents. Skinnier, more dispersed, it recalls the modular apartment architecture of IsraeliCanadian architect Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67: an appropriate allusion given the gallery’s setting amidst Cornell’s architecture department. Exhibitions in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning’s several galleries are not typically

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ade Preston, “The Piano Man”, returns to CRT in Cortland on Saturday, October 23 for two performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Preston worked with Billy Joel on the Broadway musical “Movin’ Out” and is back for a fourth time to share Joel’s songs, from the big hits to the deep cuts. Preston spoke to the Ithaca Times about his COVID year, keeping his show fresh, and his new CD. Ithaca Times: Tell me about your COVID time. Is everybody OK? Wade Preston: Yeah, I managed to survive it. I laid low. I was fortunate not to contract the disease. I did a number of virtual concerts; some people requested videos, and I had a bit of savings to get me through the rainy days. I came out with a CD in July of 2020, and sold a bunch of those. That helped as well. It gave me something to focus on, ‘cause I was working with this relatively new ensemble, just a bass player and a drummer – The Wade Preston Band 2.0 (laughs) – and it was going really well. We were rehearsing on a regular basis, and I was getting them to sing, so it was really cool having a three-piece band with three-part harmony, and they were really into it, and then COVID hit. The thing that kind of kept me from losing my mind, ‘cause there was so little to do, was staying focused on this CD. So that helped me get through it, psychologically. I had a personal project to focus on. IT: It must have been nice to say what you wanted to say. WP: Yeah, it’s funny that you say that. The concerts that I do revolve largely around Billy Joel’s music, and there’s some Elton, and there’s

some boogie that I throw in there; the piano pyrotechnics. But I’ve got a lot of original music, and I don’t really get to focus on that a whole hell of a lot. So it’s nice to have something that represents my own sense of individuality. I have my own personality, I have my own music, I have my own, as you say, “things to say.” [laughs] IT: You’ve played at CRT before. WP: I believe this is my fourth time. IT: How do you keep things fresh? WP: There are certain songs that they’re gonna wanna hear every time. There are classics that if I don’t play, they’ll get upset. But Billy’s catalog alone is so vast that I can always find songs to sprinkle in there to keep it fresh. I have an arrangement of “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan that I’ll probably play. It just seems to draw people in. Just a beautiful song and a beautiful sentiment. I don’t always have to play Billy Joel, and also, I’ve got a CD to push. I wanna try to at least get a couple of originals in there. IT: What’s the name of the CD? WP: “Lost in the Noise.” A few years ago, a friend of mine said, “How come you haven’t put a CD of your own out?” And my answer was, “Well, you know, every day I’ve got these long-term goals, but all the short-term goals kind of consume my days, and the long-term goals keep getting put on the back burner.” And she said, “Oh, you’re lost in the noise.” And I said, “And that will be the title of the CD,” [laughs] Lo and behold, about two weeks later, I was in the studio recording the first song.



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What makes “Halloween” intriguing is the opportunity to track Curtis’ character over the course of 40 years, from high school student to damaged, triggered grandmother. It’s like some messed-up version of Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise” trilogy. Has any other actor played the same role over a greater span of time? I find that fascinating. The problem with “Halloween Kills” is that Laurie Strode is largely side-lined, recovering from her wounds in the hospital as the focus shifts from her to the townsfolk of Haddonfield, Illinois going full-on Frankenstein’s villagers, picking up hockey sticks, guns and baseball bats to hunt down Myers, chanting “Evil dies tonight!” en masse. (Any similarities to the raid on the Capitol are very flawed and American.) Anthony Michael Hall plays one of the kids menaced back in 1978, now all grown up and — he thinks — ready to kill Michael Myers. Hall is a very good actor, but I just wasn’t as interested in his character as I was in Laurie’s family crisis. If you’re expecting the same lack of gore and restraint of Carpenter’s original vision, think again. There are a lot of kill sequences, and they’re all on the outer edge of R-rated carnage. If you’re not into blood, brains and extreme splatter, stick with the Carpenter original.

promoted to the broader public. Often these many and myriad shows of student, faculty, and visitor work embrace what may seem to outsiders esoteric means and ends. Gallery-goers familiar with “townie” art venues may be baffled or bored — not necessarily without good reason. Although far from a populist or lowbrow show, “Reflections” has a playfulness and immediate energy that belies Bertoia’s deep sophistication. Indeed, his work shares this in common with that of fellow

Cornell-affiliated wood sculptors Elliott and Romanoff. Comparing the latter two, at least, is recommended and doable. Bertoia’s is a metaphorically, as well as formally, ambitious art. In an accompanying statement, he writes that “enclosure, isolation, separation, [and] privacy are among the ideas involved in the work.” This is more than some COVID-era grasping for relevance — rather, the constructions here take the artist’s signature approach and give it richly evocative variation. With their building-like structures and often anthropomorphic presence,

they offer much to experience and think through.

Biblowicz Family Gallery Occupying an underground corner of Cornell’s Rem Koolhaas-designed Milstein Hall — look for the notorious cantilever over University Avenue, across from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art — the Bibliowicz Family Gallery is open to the general public from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. AAP runs a busy calendar of shows and other events free and open to the general public. More information can be found at

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Just in time for Halloween and Christmas, “The Movies That Made Us” on Netflix just dropped season three: “The Holiday Movies That Made Us,” and the first episode is all about the making of Carpenter’s “Halloween.” The series is cool because as much as I know about the movies being profiled, I always learn something or get a new angle on the history of production. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the original “Halloween,” but I did not know that during the shooting of the scene where Michael Myers hijacks Dr. Loomis’s car, actor Donald Pleasance was half-swacked on wine. Season three is a real holiday grab bag, with episodes about the making of “Friday the 13th” (1980), “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), “Aliens” (1986), “Robocop” (1987), “Coming to America” (1988), “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) and “Elf ” (2003). I’m still not sure what holiday you’re celebrating when you watch “Robocop” and “Coming to America,” but whatever… Recommended: “I’m Your Man” at Cinemapolis; “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” on Netflix.

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11/2 Tuesday Junior Recital: Jingwen Ou, violin | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

11/3 Wednesday Elective Recital: Andrea Morokutti, piano | 7 p.m. CONCERT: Samantha Fish | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St


10/22 Friday

The Ende Brothers | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road Country night with Grit n Grace | 7 p.m. | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd

David Rogers, Classical Crossover Guitar | 7 p.m. | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen Street Sweelinck in Italy | 8 p.m. | Sage Chapel, Ho Plaza | Free Tom Rush | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St Junior Recital: Faith Willett, viola | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

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Sunday Music feat. Rob Ervin | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road

10/26 Tuesday Tuesday Bluesday | 6 p.m. | The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd Concerts/Recitals

10/20 Wednesday Midday Music for Organ: Jeffrey Snedeker | 12:30 p.m. | Anabel Taylor Chapel, 548 College Ave | Free Tenor Lawrence Brownlee’s Masterclass for the Manley and Doriseve Thaler Vocal Concert Series at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Israeli Chamber Project: CU Music | 8 p.m. | Barnes Hall, 129 Ho Plaza | Free

10/21 Thursday

10/24 Sunday Senior Recital: Matthew Suffern, double bass at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 1 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Senior Recital: Benjamin Daly, piano at Ford Hall | 2 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center


Tenor Lawrence Brownlee: The Manley and Doriseve Thaler Vocal Concert Series at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Sweelinck and the Germans: CU Music | 1 p.m. | Anabel Taylor Chapel, 548 College Ave | Free Faculty Recital: Laura Amoriello, piano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 2 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Wade Preston | 2 p.m. | Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24 Port Watson Street Vinyl Roots at Abandon Brewing | 3 p.m. | Abandon Brewing Company, 2994 Merritt Hill Rd Cayuga Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven’s Fifth | 7:30 p.m. | Ford Hall, Ithaca College, Danby Rd David Yearsley and Martin Davids, organ and baroque violin | 8 p.m. | Anabel Taylor Chapel, 548 College Ave | Free

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10/25 Monday Faculty Recital: Vadim Serebyany, piano | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

10/26 Tuesday Junior Recital: Donald Schweikert, bassoon | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center City and Colour | 7 p.m. | State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St | $35.00 - $45.00

10/27 Wednesday Graduate Recital: Xiangyu Wang, piano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Eilen Jewell & Jerry Miller | 8 p.m. | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | $25.00 Graduate Lecture/Recital: Abby Strayer, trumpet | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

10/28 Thursday Midday Music in Lincoln | 12:30 p.m. | Lincoln Hall B20, 256 Feeney Way | Free African Drumming and Dance | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Elective Recital: Anna Damigella and Jacob Boseley, trumpet | 8:30 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Senior Recital: Caroline Ryan, violin | 1 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Clarinet Studios Recital | 4 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Chorus Twilight Concert | 6 p.m. | Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave | $7.00 - $17.00 Junior Recital: Nicolas Peloso, double bass | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Peter & the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals ballet | 3 p.m., 10/23 Saturday | Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, PO Box 4341 | Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals ballet for the whole family. The Ithaca Ballet’s season begins. The first in-person performance by the Ithaca Ballet in a year and a half. | $10.00 - $20.00 Night of the Living Musicals | 3 p.m., 10/23 Saturday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | Attendees can enjoy indulgent local hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer while socializing with Ithaca’s changemakers and art lovers. Attendees can take a keepsake photo of themselves in costume at Jyl’s Photobooth, hear incredible music, and support Hangar’s exciting future plans in the process. Brave Space | 7 p.m., 11/3 Wednesday | Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, 330 East State Street | A puddle of fabric grows to envelope the audience in a world of wondrous circus performed under a blanket fort as we build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments. | $25.00

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Junior Recital: Jack Pesch, double bass at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 1 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Elective Recital: Jacob Boseley, trumpet | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

Dan Welden | Aesop’s Fables (Color Sequel) | 5 p.m., 10/20 Wednesday | The Ink Shop Printmaking Center, 330 East State, 2nd floor CSMA bldg. | Aesop’s Fables is a series of symbolic gestures which employs visual opposites, including the hare and the tortoise and the grasshopper and the ant, as metaphors for the Yin Yang philosophy. | Free Museum Book Club: “Ninth Street Women” by Mary Gabriel | 4 p.m.,

10/29 Friday Brahms Chamber Music: CU Music | 8 p.m. | Barnes Hall, 129 Ho Plaza | Free Clarinet Potpourri Recital with IC Clarinet Faculty and Special Guest Wojtek Komsta at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center Elective Recital: Amber Ward, soprano at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center

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11/1 Monday Composition Premieres | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center



Barnes Hall, Cornell and Ford Hall, IC | | A big weekend for lovers of chamber music. On Thursday, the Israeli Chamber (pictured) project returns to CU for their final visit with a combination of new works by Cornell composers as well as more established classics. On Saturday, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra will kick off their new season over on South Hill with Beethoven’s Fifth. (Photo: Facebook)

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10/27 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | Artists Lee Krasner , Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan , Joan Mitchell , and Helen Frankenthaler shared a history that makes a fascinating tale of determination, drive, talent, and guts. Professional Development for Teachers: Fall Session 1 | 4 p.m., 10/27 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | Teachers of all disciplines and grade levels can draw on art to illuminate the past and challenge and enrich our understandings of the present. Museum Book Club: “Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad” | 4 p.m., 10/27 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | In conjunction with the Johnson’s fall exhibition Women Making Their Mark , we will read a book exploring one of the many arts that women have historically used for self-expression in the United States.

Film Nitrate Kisses | 7:15 p.m., 10/20 Wednesday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Explores the lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture by putting the forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people into the context of the contemporary sexual practices of four gay and lesbian couples. Hester Street | 7 p.m., 10/21 Thursday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | New York’s Lower East Side, circa 1896, was a battleground between the Old World and the New, a place where immigrants began the process of becoming “Americans” while a constant stream of new arrivals reminded them of everything they had left behind in Europe. Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro | 9:25 p.m., 10/21 Thursday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | In 1979, the imaginative mind of Hayao Miyazaki debuted on the big screen with this thrilling entry into the beloved anime series. The Alpinist | 10/21 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | MarcAndré Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old Canadian makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer sets out to make a film


Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main Street, Homer | If you can’t get enough Halloween jump scares, head up to Homer for their 39th annual Haunted House festivities. This is the final weekend so get your goosebumps while you can. Reservations appreciated, but walk-ups accepted until 9:30. (Photo: Provided)

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island for the Summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. The Woman Who Ran | 7:15 p.m., 10/22 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Three lowkey and lo-fi vignettes of Gam-hee (Kim Min-hee) as she visits friends while her husband is on a business trip. Black Widow | 9:15 p.m., 10/22 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | After the events of Captain America: Civil War , Natasha Romanoff is forced to go on the run. Her isolation is cut short when an old contact from the Red Room, the organization where she trained from early childhood to become the infamous Black Widow, drags her into a massive conspiracy. Becoming Cousteau | 10/22 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Takes an inside look at Cousteau and his life, his iconic films and inventions, and the experiences that made him the 20th century’s most unique and renowned environmental voice — and the man who inspired generations to protect the Earth. Fathom | 2 p.m., 10/23 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | ONE DAY ONLY Featuring LIVE Q & A w/ Dr. Michelle Fournet. two

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Museum Book Club: “Ninth Street Women” by Mary Gabriel | 4 p.m., 10/27 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | Artists Lee Krasner , Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan , Joan Mitchell , and Helen Frankenthaler shared a history that makes a fascinating tale of determination, drive, talent, and guts.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 10:00AM-3:00PM Brooktondale Community Center, 522-526 Valley Road, Brooktondale | A full day of family fun for all ages with a quilt raffle, music, cake wheel, silent auction, food, and more! (Photo: Facebook)

Hamblin Hall, 3rd Floor of Community School of Music & Arts, 330 E. State St. | The Ithaca Ballet is back for its first in-person performance since the pandemic. Under the artistic direction of Cindy Reid, it will open its 2021-22 season with this family-friendly production. (Photo: Provided)

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