November 6, 2006

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Candidates Face Off in Tomorrow’s Local Election Races
– Tompkins County Sheriff: eight-year incumbent Democrat Peter Meskill, Republican Brian Robison, a retired Ithaca Police Department officer and Citizens for a Safe Tompkins candidate Timothy Little, a county deputy sheriff.
– Tompkins County Clerk: Incumbent Aurora Valenti runs unopposed.
New York State Assembly’s 125th district seat: The two major candidates are incumbent Democrat Barbara Lifton and Republican James Rohan, assistant bursar at Cornell.
– U.S. House of Representatives 24th district: The main candidates are Democrat Michael Arcuri and Republican Raymond Meier.
– New York State Supreme Court justice for the sixth judicial district: Republican Dennis McDermott and Democrat Elizabeth Garry

Council Approves 2007 City Budget of $51.83 Million
Common Council approved the city’s budget of $51.83 million for 2007 at last Wednesday’s full Common Council meeting. Next year’s budget is an increase of 4.2 percent from last year and includes funds for the fire department for three additional full-time positions: Two firefighters and a data entry clerk.

Collegetown Neighborhood Council Meets
The Collegetown Neighborhood Council meets Thursday to discuss the Collegetown Vision Task Force, review of the recent Campus-Community Coalition meeting, and Ithaca Fire Department concerns about continuing problems with disconnected smoke and heat detectors in Collegetown apartments. The meeting is from 4 to 5 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 109 Oak Ave.
— Written by Vanessa Hoffman