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  • Court orders upstate (NY) woman to remove Confederate flag or risk custody of child

    05/06/2021 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 44 replies
    Times Union, Albany, NY | May 6, 2021 | Robert Gavin
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  • Crime Soaring In Cities With Defunded Police Departments

    04/02/2021 4:12:23 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4-2-2021 | Solange Reyner
    Crime is soaring in cities where police departments have been defunded, reports Fox News. Movements to defund the police have grown since George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Defunding means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. More than 20 major cities have reduced their police budgets in some form, though the scale and circumstances vary. The results have not fared well in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York City, Portland and Austin. Homicides in Oakland, California, have risen 314 percent compared with the same time last year...
  • NYPD cop-killer is now helping reform the police in New York

    03/29/2021 4:04:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 29, 2021 | Tina Moore
    He fatally shot an NYPD cop execution-style decades ago in a Queens bar — and now Richard Rivera is helping reform police in upstate New York as part of a state-mandated plan launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The cop-killer — who murdered off-duty officer and dad-of-four Robert Walsh in 1981 — sits on a panel for Ithaca and Tompkins County as part of its “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.’’ The advisory group was formed after Cuomo ordered municipalities to submit police-reform plans to the state by April 1 following George Floyd’s death.
  • (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 · 38 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>
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Cornell charges students $1,800 for racially-segregated rock climbing class, frantically scrubs website when confronted

    02/21/2021 9:56:14 AM PST · by george76 · 76 replies
    Campus R eform ^ | February 18, 202 1 | Matthew Wilso n
    A Cornell University course titled “BIPOC Rock Climbing,” was originally restricted to “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color.”.. When Campus Reform contacted the school, Cornell officials edited the course description to remove the race-based enrollment restriction. Cornell University altered the course description of a racially-segregated physical education course offered to students during the Spring 2021 academic semester after Campus Reform reached out for comment. The class, entitled “BIPOC Rock Climbing," was originally restricted to “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color," before its description was edited to...
  • Cornell Student Government Removes Two For Not Voting To Defund Police

    12/16/2020 3:00:14 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies
    Newsmax News ^ | 12-16-2020
    Cornell University’s student government removed two executive committee representatives who voted against a resolution to disarm the police at the Ivy League campus. The Student Assembly on Dec. 8 removed Annie Gleiberman for voting against a resolution to disarm the university's police department, saying she condoned "acts of racism, physical aggression, and emotional violence" by voting against the resolution. And when a fellow executive rep, Morgan Baker, said she wouldn’t vote for it either — becoming a procedural block because a unanimous vote was needed — members temporarily removed her to get to a unanimous tally, The Washington Free Beacon...
  • Cornell Activists Threaten Peers Who Voted Against Disarming the Police

    11/26/2020 10:40:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 24, 2020 | Chrissy Clark
    Cornell University activists are threatening student government representatives who voted against disarming the campus police. On Nov. 19, Cornell's student government voted by a 15-14 margin not to disarm the campus police. Following the failed resolution, activists took to social media to harass and threaten the representatives who opposed the bill. After a member of the student government posted the full names of each opponent in a group text for students of color, activists plastered the list on Instagram and Twitter, resulting in an onslaught of threats. Joe Anderson, a former student government president, called on his peers to fight...
  • 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>
  • Rep. Reed (R-NY) Says He and Family Threatened at Corning Home With Dead Animal, Brick

    10/24/2020 9:10:13 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies
    Finger Lakes Daily News ^ | 10.23.20 | Lucas Day
    In a disturbing development, Congressman Tom Reed on Friday released a statement saying that he and his family were threatened at their home in Corning. The incumbent released the following statement: “Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning. The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger. We thank the local police and federal authorities, who are already investigating this disgusting attack against my family. Across the country, politics has taken a...
  • 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
    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 ^ | 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...
  • Tom Reed (R-NY) to hold news conference after office in Corning was vandalized

    08/26/2020 8:19:43 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. | All Rights Reserved. ^ | Aug 26, 2020 / 11:03 AM EDT | by: Fontaine Glenn
    Representative Tom Reed held a press conference Wednesday afternoon at his Corning campaign office after a brick was thrown through a window overnight. Reed was joined by his family, Corning Mayor Bill Boland, State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and a small group of supporters outside of his office. “This type of violence is completely unacceptable,” said Reed, “to the coward who did this… this will not deter us.” The Congressman says that Corning Police are investigating the vandalism and that there are cameras in the area when the brick was thrown around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. No campaign staffers were inside...
  • Today's Toons 6/23/20

    06/23/2020 3:25:25 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 20 replies
    The Politics Forums ^ | 6/23/20 | pookie18
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  • 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
    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...
  • Ocasio-Cortez advisor and Cornell Law professor Robert Hockett falsely blames “Republicans”

    02/10/2019 8:32:05 AM PST · by grundle · 31 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 10, 2019 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advisor and Cornell Law School professor Robert Hockett falsely blames “Republicans” for the fact that Ocasio-Cortez’s official Congressional website said that Ocasio-Cortez wanted to get rid of airplanes, stop cows from farting, and give “economic security” to everyone who was “unwilling to work” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently put a document on her official Congressional website which said she wanted to get rid of airplanes, stop cows from farting, and give “economic security” to everyone who was “unwilling to work.”After a huge number of people criticized her for this, she took the document down.Fortunately, the internet archive has a copy of...
  • Tom Reed bids goodbye to 'Extreme Ithaca Liberal' label

    11/08/2018 10:50:19 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    <p>ITHACA, N.Y. — One of Congressman Tom Reed's favorite campaign talking points has been to cast his opponents as "Extreme Ithaca Liberals." One day after winning re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, he has decided to retire the term.</p>
  • The Pentagon Wants to Make an Army of Virus-Spreading Insects. Scientists Are Concerned.

    10/06/2018 2:02:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6,559 replies ^ | October 5, 2018 12:57pm ET | Brandon Specktor
    Pentagon research project called "Insect Allies." Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project involves using gene-editing techniques like CRISPR to infect insects with modified viruses that could help make America's crops more resilient. If a cornfield were hit by an unexpected drought or suddenly exposed to a pathogen, for example, Insect Allies might deploy an army of aphids carrying a genetically modified virus to slow the corn plant's growth rate. According to the DARPA website, these "targeted therapies" could take effect in a single growing season, potentially protecting the American crop system from food security threats...