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Ithaca Residents Charged With Critically Injuring Chemung Co. Investigator
 
03/31/2024 9:42:45 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 16 replies
fingerlakesdailynews.com ^ | 3/31/24 | Lucas Day
An investigator with the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is fighting for his life after being thrown from the hood of a moving car while trying to apprehend a suspect in Big Flats Friday night. On Friday, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police were conducting a joint retail theft operation in Consumer Square, in the Town of Big Flats. At about 6:45 pm, while pursuing a larceny suspect in the Target parking lot, the subject ran towards a getaway vehicle and jumped on the hood with Inv. Mike Theetge in close pursuit tackling him on top...
 

Ithaca woman arrested after attacking cars with meat cleaver in Aldi's parking lot
 
08/27/2023 12:28:54 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 61 replies
CNYCentral.com ^ | 8/27/2023 | Delana Thomas
ITHACA, N.Y. — On Wednesday, August 23 just after 1 p.m., Ithaca Police Officers responded to the parking lot of Aldi’s at 505 Third Street for multiple reports of a woman who was actively attacking cars with a meat cleaver. Initial reports indicated the woman was waving a meat cleaver in the air and acting disorderly in the parking lot where many customers were present. Witnesses say the person was using the meat cleaver in an attempt to break windows, slash tires, and cause damage to multiple vehicles parked in the area. When officers arrived on the scene, they quickly...
 

State Supreme Court sides with Ithaca Renting: Section 8 inspection requirement makes NYS rule unconstitutional
 
07/09/2023 5:37:25 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 15 replies
14850.com ^ | 7/8/23 | Mark H Anbinder
Now, a New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled for Ithaca Renting, agreeing with the local business’s position that the Section 8 program’s inspection requirement was a violation of the Constitution’s protection against searches. In his ruling on June 27th, Hon. Mark G. Masler says the Attorney General’s argument “is fundamentally flawed for the simple reason that, as set forth above, a landlord cannot accept a Section 8 housing voucher as payment for rent without agreeing to participate in Section 8, which, in turn, requires that the landlord authorize warrantless searches.” Judge Masler’s ruling points out that the Housing...
 

STARBUCKS ILLEGALLY CLOSED UNIONIZED ITHACA STORE, JUDGE RULES (huh?)
 
07/08/2023 6:31:18 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 52 replies
Tag 24 ^ | 7/7/23 | Kaitlyn Kennedy
Ithaca, New York - Starbucks broke US law when it closed a unionized store in Ithaca, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ruled on Thursday. Administrative law judge Arthur Amchan ruled that Starbucks closed its College Avenue café, located near the Cornell University campus, "in large part to discourage unionization efforts in Ithaca and elsewhere." The coffee chain announced it was shutting down the College Avenue store just two months after all three of its locations in Ithaca voted to unionize. This year, the company said it would close the other two stores as well. Amchan called for Starbucks...
 

State (NY) AG sues Ithaca (upstate NY) landlord over Section 8 practices, accused of denying housing to low-income people
 
11/01/2022 6:28:42 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 40 replies
fingerlakes1.com ^ | 10/31/22
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is suing an Ithaca landlord for allegedly denying housing to low-income tenants. Landlord Jason Fane, his company Ithaca Renting Company, and his related entities are all subject to the suit. An investigation by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) found that Mr. Fane and his real estate agents refused to accept Section 8 vouchers at his properties, in violation of New York’s housing laws against source of income discrimination. The lawsuit alleges that agents at Ithaca Renting repeatedly told renters they do not accept government assistance vouchers. Through her lawsuit, Attorney General...
 

Drag Story Hour returns to Ithaca for fall season
 
10/16/2022 5:49:51 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
All content © copyright WENY. ^ | Sunday, October 16th 2022, 6:29 PM EDT | By Sam Shapiro
October Drag Story Hour has returned to Ithaca for the 2022 Fall season. Parents could bring their kids to Buffalo Street Books Sunday morning for a glamorous storytime experience. Miss Coraline Chardonnay and Miss Tilia Cordata have been doing Drag Story Hour for the last four years. Starting in the Fall of 2018, they read children's books to parents and kids throughout the Ithaca community and even held story time virtually during COVID. People were invited to come dressed in the costume of their choice. On Sunday, many did just that, kicking off the 2022 fall season's story hours. “We...
 

Cornell to reinstall Lincoln bust, will place it in ‘the heart of our Ithaca campus’
 
10/03/2022 10:05:26 PM PDT · by ChipMarne · 20 replies
The College Fix ^ | September 29.2022 | Jennifer Kabbany
The bust was modeled from life just before Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865. It was created by American sculptor Vinnie Ream, the first woman to be granted a federal commission by the United States, according to the university’s website. It was purchased and donated to the campus by Ezra Cornell, founder of the university. Its scheduled return to public viewing comes amid concerns over its removal among some Cornell donors and alumni. The public was first alerted of its removal by an article in The College Fix in late June 2022. The Fix was told of the situation by Cornell...
 

Ithaca Common Council member opposes increased police presence in schools
 
05/27/2022 5:59:29 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
Copyright WENY News. All rights reserved. ^ | 05/27/22 | WENY
In wake of the Texas school shooting there are some who question if School Resource police officers make schools safer? Schools in Tompkins County don't have SROs and law enforcement says they have received pushback in the past to have the presence of officers in schools. A member of the Common Council of the City of Ithaca says he has pushed back on officers in schools because he adamantly opposes it. Jorge DeFendini is the Alderperson who represents ward 4 of the Common Council of Ithaca. He believes an increased presence of police at schools or even having SROs in...
 

Ithaca sex offender accused of making 3 sexually explicit videos with a 10-year-old, feds say
 
10/17/2021 2:52:22 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
Post Standard Syracuse ^ | Updated: Oct. 15, 2021, 6:35 p.m. | Published: Oct. 15, 2021, 6:34 p.m. | By James McClendon | syracuse.com
An Ithaca man was charged Thursday after he was accused of producing three sexually explicit videos with a 10-year-old child, federal prosecutors said. Remanu Phillips, 31, appeared in federal court on charges that he sexually exploited a child, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. He was accused of making the three videos of the child in June of 2019, federal prosecutors said. Phillips was already registered as a level-2 sexually violent offender, after he was convicted in November of 2019 of first-degree sexual abuse and sexual contact with...
 

(Ithaca) Mayor’s Plan to Abolish Police Department Will End in Disaster, City’s Ex-Chief Warns
 
03/16/2021 11:21:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 39 replies
© 2021 National Review ^ | 03/16/21 | By TOBIAS HOONHOUT
<p>A progressive mayor’s proposal to abolish the police department of a small city in upstate New York is sparking concerns among residents that the reform effort will exacerbate a recent spike in violent crime, the town’s former police chief told National Review.</p>
 

A Farewell to Ithaca College after 18 years
 
03/04/2021 7:33:57 AM PST · by edwinland · 64 replies
The Ithacan ^ | March 3, 2021 | Sandra Steingraber
In addition to teaching my own class within the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ENVS), I serve as a guest speaker across campus. My position thus offers me an extraordinary view of the Ithaca College curriculum. Each year, I lecture in 10 to 20 classes. Indeed, I may be the only faculty at Ithaca College who has taught or co-hosted programming in all five of our schools. What does climate change have to do with human performance? Well, higher heat and humidity represent health threats to outdoor athletes. In California, three-quarters of new oil wells are drilled in Black...
 

Mayor unveils proposal to split PD into 2 groups: armed and unarmed (Ithaca, NY)
 
02/26/2021 3:39:31 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
police1.com ^ | February 24, 2021 | Julie McMahon
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick this week announced a plan to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety. The proposal, part of a statewide police reform effort, is now up for public comment and requires legislative approval. If passed, the city would install a civilian department leader to oversee two divisions, an unarmed force of “community solution workers,” and an armed division focused on responding to and investigating crimes. Officers would have to reapply to keep jobs as armed “public safety workers” with the city. The proposal acknowledges that in some ways, the...
 

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening In Ithaca, New York
 
02/22/2021 8:43:50 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
Conde Nast ^ | 02.22.21 | BY WESLEY LOWERY
Mayor Svante Myrick will propose replacing the city’s current 63-officer, $12.5 million a year department with a “Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety” which would include armed “public safety workers” and unarmed “community solution workers,” all of whom will report to a civilian director of public safety instead of a police chief. Under the proposal, all current officers would have to re-apply for a position with the new department. If the proposal is approved, calls for service will be evaluated to determine whether an armed or unarmed respondent is necessary, or another public agency altogether would be best to...
 

Police shortage, pandemic contribute to increase of graffiti around Ithaca
 
11/23/2020 9:31:58 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies
Ithaca Times ^ | Nov 21, 2020 | Sydney Keller
<p>People walking around downtown Ithaca over the past few months may have noticed something different — more graffiti.</p><p>Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), said the increase in graffiti began around the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, in the middle of March leading to the beginning of April.</p>
 

Cops Stand Down as ANTIFA Terrorists Attack Trump Supporters at Rally in Ithaca, NY
 
10/18/2020 2:35:08 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 53 replies
Big League Politics ^ | 10/17/20
Police stood down and allowed ANTIFA terrorists to attack a group of peaceful Trump supporters in Ithaca, N.Y. on Friday afternoon. “We gathered to have our Trump 2020 Rally, and at 4 PM were immediately met by a large group of counter protestors. After about a half hour went by and the counter protestors saw that they had a large numerical advantage, they began crossing the street,” organizer Rocco Lucente wrote in a Facebook post. “At that point they began pushing, shoving, kicking, punching, stealing peoples signs and flags, taking peoples hats, and attempting to physically intimidate the crowd into...
 

Violence, chaos marks Trump rally on Meadow Street (Ithaca, NY)
 
10/17/2020 3:05:50 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 91 replies
ithacavoice.com ^ | October 16, 2020 | MATT BUTLER
A rally in support of President Donald Trump in downtown Ithaca descended into chaos on Friday afternoon, as multiple fights broke out between Trump supporters and counter-protesters who assembled to rebuke the rally. No arrests appear to have been made during or after the event, despite a litany of physical altercations involving people from both sides. At least two people were injured during the several scuffles that broke out in the 90 minutes the two sides squared off. The scene was tense from the beginning. A small group of Trump supporters gathered outside the Tompkins County Republicans office starting at...
 

‘Staggering and unprecedented’ budget shortfall forecast for City of Ithaca
 
04/04/2020 2:56:56 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 35 replies
Copyright 2020 Saga Communications, Inc. ^ | 04.03.20
Early projections show the City of Ithaca is due to have a budget shortfall of anywhere between $9 and $20 million dollars resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown. Mayor Myrick made the statement during a Thursday meeting of Ithaca’s Urban Renewal Agency. With the city’s total budget at $73 million dollars, highest estimates could mean a shortfall of nearly 28%. Myrick calls the numbers staggering and unprecedented. He says the only way the city can survive is with federal assistance. Calculations from the City Controllers office account for a lack of sales revenue, and parking fees among other items.
 

City of Ithaca Creates New Position For Green New Deal - Director of Sustainability (only 10.98 years left)
 
01/26/2020 6:20:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
WENY ^ | 1/22/20 | Christina Episcopo
ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY) - The City of Ithaca is now looking for a Director of Sustainability to help launch the city into a organizational transformation initiative. This position was created to help meet the goals of the city's Green New Deal. WENY News Spoke with Ithaca City Mayor, Svante Myrick, to find out what he is looking for. "So we're looking for somebody with a particular set of skills, somebody who understands both environmental justice, as well as racial and social justice. Somebody who is capable of leading a broad community conversation around those issues, and somebody who's willing to work...
 

Ithaca College student breaches White House security perimeter
 
01/23/2020 9:48:09 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 48 replies
© Copyright The Ithaca Voice. All rights reserved. ^ | JANUARY 23, 2020 | BY ANNA LAMB
An Ithaca College student on medical leave for mental health issues breached a security perimeter at the White House in order to speak to the President, resulting in his arrest. According to court documents, on Monday, Jan. 20, the man has been identified as Bronzert Armayor Pedulla-Smith, who told authorities that he was on a medical leave of absence from school. He told Secret Service that he wanted to, "tell Trump he is a fascist and to "bring him down in a non-violent way." **** According to a Secret Service spokesperson, "at approximately 5:57 p.m., an individual attempted to drive...
 

Ithaca M37 Trench Gun
 
01/06/2020 5:07:55 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/6/2020 | F Jardim
This retro military model is made by the Upper Sandusky-based Ithaca Gun Company for their Dayton neighbor, Inland Manufacturing. The latter is best known for their excellent reproductions of World War II M1 carbines. The American martial tradition is no stranger to shotguns. Militiamen employed fowling pieces in battle during the Revolutionary War, and the Confederate Cavalry wielded sawed-off shotguns in the Civil War. It was during World War I that you might say the Army got serious about shotguns. It was, after all, the biggest war they had fought to date. Close combat in the trenches, and especially night...
 
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