When my five colleagues' and my press release went out last week, a few news outlets picked it up, such as WHCU. Additionally, we each talked with Matt Butler at the Ithaca Voice to answer some questions and talk about our priorities for the coming year and our campaigns.
Read the full article HERE.
"Amanda Champion - District 12
Champion said she believes her most significant work she has done during her time on the legislature has been environmentally related: an approved policy that stops the county from using "disposable/single-use plastic and Styrofoam items like water bottles, dishes and utensils" for county operations. That comes with her additional focus on the aforementioned labor seat on the IDA and pushing for funding of the Community Outreach Worker program, which was almost cut by the coutny this,[sic]
Champion noted the difficulty that the vaccine rollout could pose, especially in light of the relationship necessary between state and local officials—one that has already proven rocky at times.
"Because the state process of distribution is changing every day, county government must work closely with the state as it rolls out the vaccine," she said. "We must continue to provide COVID tests to everyone who wants one, and make sure everyone is vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. I see my role as a conduit between county operations and the needs of the public. This is such a challenging time for so many, and my goal is to help the people of Tompkins County."