According to a copy of the letter shared with The Sun, Myrick said that the inspiration behind his letter was a letter sent to Gov. Cuomo by New York City Deputy Mayor Herminia Palacio earlier this month requesting the approval of four similar injection sites in the city.
“I’m sure also that the State of New York is quite open,” Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland, said. “To find exactly the way is perhaps difficult and this was the reason why I spoke of [Myrick’s] patience.”
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 faced pushback from University Assembly members while promoting the Ithaca Plan at Cornell Tuesday. University officials also spoke at the meeting to address the dearth of housing available on campus. Myrick originally presented his Ithaca Plan to combat heroin usage last winter; since then, there have been few public developments. The controversial plan involves a supervised heroin injection facility, a provision which would need to be approved by the New York State legislature. “A couple years ago, we had three heroin overdoses in the course of about a week and a half, and it was all too familiar,” Myrick said, stressing Ithaca’s need for a new drug policy.
Mayor Svante Myrick ’09, members of the Ithaca Common Council, and other city officials visited the Cornell campus on Tuesday evening to discuss key issues taking place in the Ithaca community, including Collegetown development and The Ithaca Plan. The event was hosted by the Student Assembly City and Local Affairs Committee.
“In Switzerland, which has 23 supervised injection facilities, overdose deaths have decreased by two-thirds,” explained Svante Myrick ’09. “If we had what Switzerland has in America, 5,000 fewer people would have died last year. The facility will keep people alive.”