This past July, Tompkins County banned the box requiring applicants to answer if they’ve had a felony conviction.
The change, which applies only to county jobs, is one tactic being used to keep ex-offenders from returning to prison. Another tactic is vocational training inside prison. However, some say those programs don’t necessarily help them on the outside.
Democrats in Tompkins County will have a chance to hear from candidates for the nomination for District Attorney tonight.
Tompkins County has to elect a new DA on a rushed schedule. That’s because Gwen Wilkinson resigned last month for health reasons. Her departure came so late that various party committees - not primary voters - will choose the nominees for the general election.
The Great Lakes have more coastline for beaches than the United States' East and West coasts combined. There are thousands of beaches — and hundreds of drownings each year, in part because of dangerous currents that are very different from those found in the ocean.
Republican Donald Trump recently held a roundtable of top campaign officials and allies to discuss national security policy. Two conservative Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania—Tom Marino and Lou Barletta—took part.
Barletta in particular is known as a hard-liner on immigration.
As mayor of Hazelton—which he now represents in Congress—he led a broad, controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that hired them and landlords who rented to them.
He said he and Trump share a similar vision for national immigration policy.
It's been a rough summer for supporters of Donald Trump.
A convention that aimed for harmony had some disharmony. The candidate picked arguments with a Gold Star family and with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Polls have shown Trump falling behind.
At a recent rally in Altoona, Pa., Trump told the crowd that the only way he could lose Pennsylvania — a state where he is polling well behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — would be in the event of a fix.