Svante Myrick '09 and members of the State Assembly discuss a new approach to combat homelessness on Wednesday

Ithaca Mayor Endorses Legislation to Reduce Local Homelessness

The Home Stability Support Program would provide statewide rental subsidies to 80,000 households — including 150,000 children — that are on the brink of homelessness despite being eligible for public assistance, said Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-28), chair of the Assembly Social Services Committee, at a press conference.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick '09 discuss The Ithaca Plan at the University Assembly meeting Tuesday.

U.A. Debates Legality of Ithaca Plan, Admins Pitch Expansion to Residential Housing

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.

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Mayor Myrick ’09 Proposes Lower Property Tax

“New growth means the value of land in the city increased by 10 percent last year,” he said. “Some of that is in assessment increases on existing property but most is in the growth from new apartments in Collegetown and Downtown.”