As you may know, Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick ’09 recently released a plan to replace the Ithaca Police Department with a new “Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety.” The department would be divided between armed “public safety officers” and unarmed “community solution workers.”
The plan has received fulsome praise and withering criticism. It deserves neither. I was part of the process that led to this document. Though the mayor badly botched the rollout, the vision behind the plan is exactly right. If we separate process from substance, we can still achieve meaningful change.
In the wake of Ithaca Police Department controversies and months of protests, Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 and town officials have released a set of proposals which would dramatically alter the structure of law enforcement in the city.
Common Council members felt reluctant to drastically reduce funding many of the city’s important resources. But as the city faces a 20 percent reduction in state aid, the council is forced to work within a tightened budget.
With the COVID-19 outbreak requiring most New York State residents to stay home and stripping thousands of workers of their jobs, activists are calling for a rent freeze to protect Ithacans who have lost income.