Media & Interviews

Check out the coverage of our campaign below, as well as some footage of events in which we’ve participated.

Democratic Socialists of America endorse Nicole LaFave, Veronica Pillar

June 8, 2021
“The DSA does great work that is firmly centered on human rights and grassroots power,” Pillar said. “I’m grateful for their endorsement and excited to work alongside them in Tompkins County to fight for justice in all forms and push policies that support people without barriers.” Read more.

Made of Clay: Interview with Veronica

May 30, 2021
The Made of Clay Report is a community radio program on Ithaca’s community radio station, WRFI Host Eric Clay spoke with Veronica about the issues that motivated her to run for office. Listen to the recording here.

Working Together for Equity: Meet & Greet with Veronica Pillar and Marty Hiller

May 20, 2021
Meet Tompkins County Legislature candidate Veronica Pillar and Ithaca Common Council candidate Marty Hiller, both running in the same neighborhood (Legislative District 2 & City Ward 5). Learn about our motivations for running and thoughts on how the city and county can work together to promote equity. Watch the full event!

Tompkins Legislature Special Election Wraps Up, & What to Look Forward to in Local Elections

April 22, 2021
Veronica Pillar: “I am really proud of the campaign we ran and of my team and I think it was, even though we didn’t win, we didn’t win the seat it was really amazing to see so much support and sort of shifting of the conversation going on during the election process and the campaign process.” Read more.

Tompkins County League of Women Voters
Legislative District 2 Candidate Forum

March 11, 2021
Veronica was pleased to participate in a candidates forum; see the full video above!

Letter to the Editor: Enthusiastic endorsement of Veronica Pillar as a different voice for TC Legislature

Barbara Regenspan for the Ithaca Voice, March 16, 2021
“I want to make the case that if you are aligned with the direction for the new national administration advocated by AOC, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren—Dr. Veronica Pillar is your obvious choice in the upcoming special election…to bring consistent focus to the ways in which the national—even global—tragedies of unconscionable levels of wealth inequality, racial injustice and climate change play out locally—and how they can be productively addressed to improve the quality of life for all in our local communities.” Read more.

veronica on a zoom call with Ellie. in the background is a painting of mountains

Climate Justice is Social Justice!: A Conversation with Veronica Pillar and Ellie Pfeffer

Veronica was joined by local activist Ellie Pfeffer on March 12 for a conversation about sustainability and a just future. Watch the full event!

Screencap of Alderperson Duscon Nguyen speaking on Zoom

Housing Rights for All!: A Conversation with Veronica Pillar, Ducson Nguyen, and Members of the Ithaca Tenants Union

On Friday, March 5, Veronica was joined by Ward 2 Common Council Member Ducson Nguyen and members from the Ithaca Tenants’ Union for a conversation about housing justice. Veronica believes that housing is a human right: affordable housing is a central issue in her platform.

Note: the recording cut out the first question: “What does housing justice mean to you?”

Check out the discussion to learn more about Veronica’s vision for equitable housing, and to hear from the folks who are working passionately to extend housing rights to everyone in Tompkins County.

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Community Solutions and Public Safety: a Conversation with Phoebe Brown

Veronica had a fantastic conversation with Ms. Phoebe Brown on Friday, February 26, covering topics including the city’s “Reimagining Public Safety” report, our own visions for public safety, and our commitments and experiences serving our community.Thanks to those who joined us. If you weren’t able to make it, check out our conversation in full here!

Anti-racism, social justice at the forefront of Pillar’s politics

Ithaca Times, March 4, 2021
“A grassroots activist, Dr. Veronica Pillar is hoping to bring her social justice lens to Tompkins County Legislature as she runs for the seat left open by Anna Kelles, who was elected to the New York State Assembly.

‘It’s the lens through which I want to make all my decisions,” Pillar said. “I want to keep everything anti-racist and keep everything centering the needs as I understand them of poor people, of Black and brown people, and of queer and disabled people — people whose voices you don’t always hear loud and clear.'” Read more.

Protesting beyond the screen: True civic engagement

Multimedia Journalist Amisha Kohli, February 24, 2021
Veronica Pillar found herself entering a special election for a seat in the Tompkins County Legislature in District 2 after becoming involved in community activism like the Tompkins County chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Mutual Aid Tompkins. Check out the full story.

Veronica Pillar, candidate, Tompkins County Legislature

WHCU, February 3, 2021
Listen to Veronica’s radio interview.

Local teacher and activist promises justice and collaboration in campaign for county legislature

Ithaca Voice, January 28, 2021
“Veronica Pillar is a teacher and a community organizer — and, after announcing her candidacy on Jan. 10, could be a Tompkins County Legislator representing District 2, a zone that includes Fall Creek, Cornell Heights, and the area between University and Stewart Avenues.” Read more.

Educator, activist Veronica Pillar announces run for County Legislator, January 22, 2021
“Dr. Veronica Pillar, a local teacher and community activist, announced her candidacy for the District 2 seat on the Tompkins County Legislature earlier this month. Pillar says she has been a resident of District 2, which includes Fall Creek, Cornell Heights, and the area between University and Stewart Avenues, for nine years, and of Ithaca for over ten.” Read more.

All 14 Tompkins County Legislature seats are up for election this year

Ithaca Journal, January 21, 2021
“Ten residents have announced their candidacy or intent to run for re-election to the Tompkins County Legislature. Terms run four years, and all 14 Legislature seats are up for election this year.” Read more.

Working Families Party endorses six County Legislature candidates

Ithaca Journal, Jan 19, 2021
“The New York Working Families Party announced its endorsement of six candidates for Tompkins County Legislature, including community activist Veronica Pillar and incumbent County Legislators Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Daniel Klein, and Anne Koreman. All six endorsees are running on campaigns championing a living wage for all jobs associated with tax abatement-supported projects.” Read more.

Veronica Pillar announces County Legislature candidacy

Ithaca Times, January 8, 2021
“Dr. Veronica Pillar today announces her candidacy for Tompkins County Legislature in District 2, which comprises Fall Creek, Cornell Heights, and the area between University and Stewart Avenues. Pillar is a local teacher and community activist who intends to push for racial and climate justice, genuinely affordable housing, resource accessibility, and open communication between grassroots community and local government.” Read more.