Ithaca Common Council meeting scheduled for tonight

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ITHACA, NY (WETM) – The City of Ithaca Common Council will have a meeting this evening at 6 PM. The public is invited to sign up to speak at the meeting.

While it is not currently on the agenda posted on the City of Ithaca’s website it is believed that the Re-Imagining of Public Safety will be a topic brought up tonight. This topic has blown up over the past week, when Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick released information about the plan to GQ magazine, prior to releasing information to the Ithaca Police Department and staff.

The plan includes a total revamping of law enforcement in Ithaca, which would require current officers to reapply for a job with the new department as public safety workers. This also comes at a time when there have been numerous violent crimes in the city within the past month, including shootings, armed robberies with injuries, and stabbings.

Up to 40 citizens are able to sign up to speak at the meeting or submit comments to be attached to the minutes. Registration to speak at the meeting will close at 3 PM. You can also reach out to the Common Council at any time via the following email address: council@cityofithaca.org.

Common Council consists of two elected representatives for each of the City’s five wards.  Common Council members (also known as “Alderpersons”), serve four-year terms and are paid $9,641 annually. You can find information about who your Common Council representatives are and where you vote by using our resident services tool.  A map of the City’s election wards and districts can be found here.

The Mayor presides over Common Council meetings, but may only vote when Common Council is setting the annual property tax rate, or when a Common Council vote results in a tie.

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Members of Ithaca Common Council

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The agenda as it stands at the time of the authoring of this story is below.

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