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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University Assembly Endorses Pursuit of Alternative Energy Sources

The resolution calls for the trial-testing of Earth Source Heating, a $700 million project that requires exploratory drilling to determine its viability as a future primary means of energy on campus. Specific funding details will remain unknown until the energy source is deemed viable, Howarth said.