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he unofficial results of the Tompkins County Legislature special lecture to represent district two has Leslie Schill beating Veronica Pillar by just five votes. Currently Schill has 287 votes, while Pillar has 282. However, there are still three military ballots that have until Monday, April 5 to be returned. Though, even if all three are returned and are votes for Pillar, Schill would still win by two votes.


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There have been 573 votes counted thus far, with four write-in ballots. The election was to replace Anna Kelles, who was elected to the State Assembly last November. The winner of the election will finish out Kelles’ term, and then have to run for re-election this coming fall. To stay up-to-date on the election results, visit Ithaca.com. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

ity Centre has been sold for $75 million dollars just less than two years after opening its doors in 2019. The multi-use residential building in the heart of downtown Ithaca was owned by Marc Newman and his business partners, and sold the 218,000 square-foot building to Adam Ross and Jonas Seider of CREM Capital. The building has 192 multifamily residential units, 10,600 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 8,700 square feet of amenity space. New York City–based CREM Capital owns buildings around the country, and in a letter to the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA), Ross said the firm “manages a private equity investment fund dedicated exclusively to housing of this nature.” On CREM’s website it shows a particular focus on student housing. City Centre

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isn’t specifically designated as student housing, but given the large population of Cornell University and Ithaca College students in Ithaca, it is a popular building for students downtown. According to Heather McDaniel, administrative director of TCIDA, when City Centre applied for a tax abatement with the organization, the cost of building was about $50 million, meaning the now-former ownership group made a profit of $25 million in the sale. “We never thought a building would sell for $75 million in the city of Ithaca,” McDaniel said. “How amazing is that? It’s a testament to how strong our market is.” When a building is approved for a tax abatement, it’s generally non-transferable. However, McDaniel said in circumstances where there’s a change of ownership but the building will still be used for

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the purposes the project was originally approved for, the TCIDA can make exceptions. The TCIDA voted in February to approve the transfer of the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement to the new ownership team. A PILOT agreement is written so that the owners of the property will always pay the property taxes calculated by the land value upon purchase. According to McDaniel, the land was valued at $1.8 million when Newman’s team bought it. “We estimated that the base taxes on that land would be about $837,000 over 10 years,” McDaniel said. “That will always be paid.” Where the PILOT comes in is in the graduation of new taxes associated with the value of the new building. At the beginning, the TCIDA estimated the value of the new building to be $24 million when finished, so the taxes over 10 years would be $3.1 million. However, with the sale the value of the building could go up, McDaniel said, so the taxes paid will reflect that, even with the PILOT agreement. “The taxes are based on whatever the value and tax rate is, so if the value goes up, they’re paying more over the years,” she said. The sale will trigger a new assessment of the property, so if the value of the property is deemed higher, the taxes will be too. As for what people can expect with the new ownership, a letter submitted to TCIDA by CREM said Newman will stay involved at the management level and the management team that has been running the building since it opened will stay on as well, so residents likely won’t notice many, if any,

safely use the street as a walkway. Detour signage will be posted in the area to help drivers navigate around the site. Northbound traffic on N. Aurora Street will be rerouted to East State Street, Seneca Way, and East Seneca Street. Westbound traffic on E. State Street will still be rerouted to E. Seneca Street until the block is reopened.

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recommendations outlined in the plan. Travis Brooks, the deputy director of GIAC and the program manager of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, said he

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s the Reimagining Public Safety draft proposal moves through the process toward votes by Common Council and County Legislature, the group behind the proposal has worked to set up public forums with different community groups. After hosting a forum specifically for people of color, this week the group met with students from New

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he plans for the large apartment complex at 401 E State St. continue to crawl forward through Planning Board review. The sixstory building is proposed to be 240,000 square feet of residential space with 347 units, and 100,000 square feet of parking space, which will house 318 parking spots. Gordon Stansbury was in front of the board on March 23 to present the traffic study for the project. He said that while they did collect new traffic counts, there are impacts from 31–Ap ri l

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COVID that make the numbers lower than usual. “So we used historical data too for realistic traffic volumes,” he said. “Numbers are about 39-64% lower than historical numbers currently.” According to Stansbury, the project is expected to generate about 100 vehicles exiting in the morning and entering/exiting in the evening. “Overall capacity analysis shows we’re not having any significant impact outside of the immediate project area,” he said.

thinks courage is the biggest barrier. “There’s a lot of pressure from people who don’t want to see this done, and it seems like they’re the loudest voices,” he said. “But we need council to dig deep and do what’s right for folks in this community Developers did recommend to the Planning Board though some signage that would ask people to turn right out of the property during peak hours, just for safety reasons. “It doesn’t mean nobody will turn left, but we want to encourage people to use the right out only driveway onto Green Street, which is the preferred exit,” he said. “It has good sight lines and gaps in traffic to accommodate cars.” Developer Jeff Githens said they anticipate that 22% of all residents will need a spot to park. “This was done through a study on parking at comparable properties in downtown Ithaca, notable City Centre,” he said. “We’ll be displacing 148 spaces on the Gateway property that serve existing tenants, so we’ll replace them in the parking facility.” The parking area will have a

[…] Change is scary for everyone, but we’re at a place and time where we can do something amazing and special.” Following up, Khiry Brown, a senior at Ithaca College, asked what part of the plan would be implemented first. Mayor Svante Myrick said he thinks they would start with leadership, and specifically with the civilian director for the Community Solutions and Public Safety Department. “If this plan gets approved, we’ll be moving quickly to define that job description, do a national search and move our community forward in this new direction,” he said. Myrick also went into some of the reasoning behind the socalled “rebrand” of the police department, as well as the difficult task of forcing a culture change. “It’s not just a rebrand, it’s a reset,” he said. “It’s a chance to have civilian leadership over the department and an unarmed community response […] Why is it important to change the name? Well, drill down into what makes a culture in the first place. It’s a complicated set of characteristics, it’s a language, a set of values. What’s funny inside of an organization? What’s not? What are our shared ambitions? What’s admirable? What’s unacceptable? When continued on page 7

total of 302 spaces. Board members were in agreement about the lefthand turn out of the property, with Emily Petrina saying she wouldn’t be opposed to prohibiting left turns alltogether. The development team also went over the landscaping plan, to which the board have a few more comments. “The landscape needs to be a screen or buffer between the mass of the building that’s 20 feet away and the experience on the creek walk, and what you have isn’t doing that,” board member Mitch Glass said. “You could fit more trees, and it’s too hard to tell what the shrubs and grass are doing but I don’t think they’re creating that kind of separation. I just question your plant list […] You should be thinking about more shade trees to crecontinued on page 7


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In quotes: Moving toward police reform


nyone who even casually follows the news in Ithaca knows that the Reimagining Public Safety draft proposal has been front and center of a seemingly endless number of meetings. While conversations began as emotional, they’ve evolved throughout the weeks to be productive and often eye-opening. At the March 24 City Administration meeting, the public, police and city officials engaged in one of the most vulnerable and meaningful conversations yet. The County Legislature will vote on the proposal the night before this paper comes out, and Common Council votes on publishing day, March 31. In the meantime, read some of the most powerful statements from that meeting and others below.

Loretta Tomberelli, IPD sergeant: “We need to reform all social services, not just the police department. A lot of time [the Critical Incident Negotiation Team] is called for mental health services. All systems need reform.” Benjamin Yost, resident: “I want to ask in the strongest possible terms that the city implement all the recommendations […] I don’t think anyone is served by a system where officers are the agency to respond to mental health crises. We simply ask too much of them. I think it’s clear that if it weren’t for the weight of history and tradition that nobody would decide to have armed responders for everything.” Marshall McCormick, resident: “More often than not, the police haven’t been the right people for the job. When armed officers came to my door to take a report for something stolen I felt more scared than relieved […] I think it’s due time we reimagine the public safety system. The police shouldn’t be the only people to call. I encourage you to consider and pass this proposal and make Ithaca a change leader in this situation.” Amanda Conklin, nurse at Cayuga Medical Center: “I know what it means to sacrifice your safety for the betterment of the community, and I support the reimagining public safety in the city. I think the plan is brave and visionary. In the emergency department we see how police have to manage many situations involving vulnerable populations. Someone has to de-escalate tensions between the police and the community, and I think it has to be the police that change the dynamic. I think in order to do this we have to be brave enough to take big steps and make big changes.” Chris Hyer, resident: “We need our police. I live in the west end and have called them over a dozen times in the past year. They’ve always responded and been able to handle it. We went to do an inspection at a rental property that a family member owns and we were met with a gun. It took IPD eight minutes to respond because they don’t have the resources they need. We need our police department.”

Tom Condzella, IPD sergeant, president of Ithaca police union: “Change is not only wanted, but needed, and the [Police Benevolent Association] fully embraces that concept. […] To some specifics about reform, I think the first part of it has to be rebuilding of relationships and community healing. A lot of the issues we’re facing is because of lack of common ground, lack of understanding, lack of shared vision and lack of relationship. […] Hearing voices here tonight and past meetings and over the past year, it’s clear that people are not happy. We value their experiences and their voices and hear loud and clear that change is needed. I think some important aspects that have been highlighted through the draft proposal are embracing assistance from unarmed workers […] We currently have a branch of city government called community service officers who do parking enforcement. I think those folks can be the foundation for more unarmed public safety workers.” Vincent Monticello, deputy chief at IPD: “I would like to see things progress by expanding on what we currently have. We definitely have a need for mental health workers on staff at the police department […] What we should be doing is taking what we have and improving it and looking at civilian support staff to supplement our officers, not replace them.” Travis Brooks, deputy director at GIAC: “Over the last few weeks I’ve talked to a lot of people in this community. Most are white, and they all have the same concern. They want good policing, they want to feel safe, they want to know if they call at their worst time they’ll have help. They want policing to feel like the fire department. It has to do with the culture of policing […] There are a bunch of good officers at IPD. But the idea that we can wait is crazy. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. I’ve been here 30 years and this is the closest we’ve gotten to fundamental change in law enforcement.” Schelley Michell-Nunn, director of human resources for the city: “I know there are good things happening at IPD. I know we have really good people at IPD. But when I hear things like ‘we need to enhance what we’re currently doing,’ what that says to me is we’re not doing the self-reflection that

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we should be doing, because what we’re currently doing the people are saying is not working. […] This is not rushed for the person who has spent their whole life fearing being stopped by the police. This is very real, and I get that we are all good people. But it’s not about our intentions, it’s about our impact, and we’re in an environment where the impact is detrimental to Black and brown folks.”

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Cynthia Brock, alderperson: “I am one of the people who when interviewed would be afraid to call the police, afraid to call IPD. In the past when I have raised concern with regards to things I have witnessed or incidents brought to my attention by constituents and reached out to law enforcement to try and discuss this and bring forward the bias that may have been involved, the response from leadership in law enforcement and PBA has always been ‘how dare you, we don’t see color, we’re professionals doing our job, we’re above reproach, you are not in a position to question what we do.’ And that culture of policing is the underlying issue that all of us are trying to address, but we don’t have the words to share how we are doing to overcome those cultural barriers.”

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Stephen Smith, alderperson: “During this conversation I’ve reached out to as many Black and brown folks as I could. One of the consistent threads that I’ve heard is fear that is so deep seated, the structure of the organization, the way it is set up, the history of it. Black folks in our city and across the country are raised to act a certain way around people in uniform. When they talk about that fear it wasn’t just about interactions, they’re afraid of this conversation right now and the environment it will create. They’re afraid of the idea of how much uncertainty and fear and anger this will cause among a certain subset of folks in our community. But we need to have it. And more than that fear, they have hope. This is a great set of recommendations, but proposal one especially. What we’ve done is show people what we’re capable, what we’ve had the power to do all along.”

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Svante Myrick, mayor: “For too long this has been adversarial. I want to assure you this is not an attempt to union bust. I had a desire to work collaboratively and still do […] If you want to work collaboratively, I, too, want to work collaboratively. […] The community does not want to see all police officers abolished, they want to see more public safety workers out in the community. That’s what the community wants, but we’re not going to get there if we don’t talk to each other, if we don’t show up to meetings with each other […] I think if we work together we can create a department that truly works for everyone.”

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thaca College announced they plan to hold an in-person commencement ceremony on campus on Sunday, May 23. Leadership at the school acknowledged that there will undoubtedly still be limitations on the size of gatherings, but that they have decided to move forward with in-person plans anyway. Both the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will take place in the Athletics and Events Center, though the graduate ceremony is slated for May 21 at 4 p.m. Students will get to walk across the stage in the Glazer Arena in full regalia, hear their name called and receive their diploma cover and class medallion. Undergraduate students will not automatically be grouped by school. Students will get the chance to choose to sign up to participate with groups of friends and classmates. In order to coordinate a safe procession of students and maintain appropriate physical distance, the school has enlisted the help of Chrissy Guest, associate professor in the department of media arts, sciences, and studies, and Steve TenEyck,

professor and associate chair, department of theatre arts. Students who choose not to attend commencement in person will have an opportunity to participate and be celebrated in an individual way virtually. Parents and guests will not be permitted to attend the ceremony due to COVID guidelines. The college will provide a webcast of both ceremonies for parents and loved ones so that they can see and be seen by their graduating student via Zoom as they cross the stage. At the time of publication, plans from Cornell University are still unclear, though in an email to students last week President Martha Pollack said she hopes the school will be able to make a final decision by the end of March. She said the school hopes to be able to hold an in-person ceremony limited to students in Schoellkopf Field to celebrate the class of 2021. However, Cornell is currently awaiting guidance from the state on whether or not it will be allowed.

By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r SCENE: We’re in the middle of a virtual sexual harassment group awareness workshop, moderated by Clinical Social Worker MELINDA CORNSTARCH. There are six male current and former New York politicians sharing the screen, and it is emotionally charged — a lot of pained expressions. Of local interest, two of the attendees are New York Governor ANDREW CUOMO and Representative of the 23rd Congressional District of New York TOM REED. Other attendees include RUDY GIULIANI, ELIOT SPITZER and ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN. CORNSTARCH: That was great, Eliot. Thank you. OK, group, we have a new member! Say hello to Tom. ALL: Hello, Tom. REED: Hello, everybody! CORNSTARCH: Tom, we’re just about to role play some scenarios. I’ll describe a situation, and we’ll take turns acting out proper and suitable behavior. I find this to be a very constructive exercise. Rudy, why don’t we start with you. OK. The fifteen-yearold daughter of a foreign journalist invites you into a hotel suite bedroom for a drink. What do you do? GIULIANI: Clearly, you accept. It would be weird not to. Maybe have a seat on the bed, start fiddling with your pants, loosen up a little bit. It’s a no-brainer. I thought this would be hard. CUOMO: That’s what she said. CORNSTARCH: Andrew, I thought we talked about “that’s what she said.” It’s really just not appropriate in this setting. REED: Typical Democrat. I suppose you’d ask if she’s into older men. CUOMO: Really, Brah? New Member Tom just wants my job, Melinda. REED: ‘Brah’?!? You did not just go there... CORNSTARCH: Gentlemen! Please! Andrew, Tom doesn’t want your job. This process can be difficult and it’s not at all unusual for people to lash out at each other. They don’t really mean it. REED: Actually, Andrew’s quite astute. I do want his job. CORNSTARCH: Let’s move on to another scenario. I feel like we’re losing focus. Let’s try this one: a former staffer comes forward and says that she was subjected to numerous improper and unseemly conversations with you as well as inappropriate touching. What would be the most honorable and fitting response? CUOMO: Well, and I’m just spitballin’ here, you could say you were just joking around and didn’t think it would make anyone uncomfortable. Do one of those ‘I’m sorry if anyone took it the wrong way, I never intended any harm’ things. That way you’re not really admitting anything. [There is a general murmur of approval among the men.] CORNSTARCH: Um, that’s not necessarily… REED: I hate to say it, Andrew, but that’s not bad. How about blaming it on alcohol? Actually any addiction might do. That makes it about your personal struggle. Then just hunker down and ride out the storm. [Some of the men appear to be taking notes.] CORNSTARCH: I think we’re misunderstanding... GIULIANI: My experience is that if you just deny everything and stick to it, it will eventually kind of go away. Louder positive murmuring.] Don’t be afraid of words like “witch hunt.” I have a client who’s had phenomenal success with this approach. I’m talking dozens of accusations. CUOMO: This is helping, guys. I feel so much better. You were right, Melinda! This is actually turning out to be a really constructive session. Melinda? [The attendees realize CORNSTARCH has left the meeting...and the screen goes dark.]

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ate shade and separation from the mass of the building.” Developer James Trasher, however, said that the trees they picked were recommended by the fire chief Tom Parsons, who prefers conical trees that grow upward rather than shade trees that grow outward so that there was enough room for fire trucks to maneuver if necessary. The development team also talked about their intention to add signage near the Six Mile Creek trail with historic photos and information about the creek and trail system.

Overall, the board was in agreement that heartier landscaping was needed to mitigate the mass of the building near the creek walk. The project will be back in front of the board in April with more updates. In other planning board news Key Bank is currently planning a new branch in front of Wegmans in the area that is currently a parking lot. Other than Glass’ concern about the building’s location in a flood zone, there wasn’t much debate. It will go in front of the Board of Zoning Appeals for subdivision approval and then be back in front of the Planning Board for final approval next month if all goes well.

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you attempt to change a culture it always fights back.” Brown asked about the type of training officers will undergo and how to measure whether that training is enough or not. County Administrator Jason Molino said that career-long training in de-escalation and mental health training were important, but so is hiring the right people in the first place. “We need to look at those attributes when we hire candidates,” he said. “Are we hiring folks who look at people as individuals and are they going to treat them in a humane way?” He added that as important as training is, if it’s not affecting change in the way officers are behaving, it’s essentially useless. “It’s not just about law enforcement, it’s a culture revision and a culture change,” Molino said. Myrick echoed that, saying that while he will pursue the most advanced training possible, it’s not sufficient. “If we only do that, we won’t be doing enough,” he said. “We need to do better recruitment, find the right people, train them appropriately and offer the right incentives for advancement.” Frederick said that sometimes he feels like the government isn’t listening to younger folks and asked if there’s anything that could be done to make sure younger voices are included in discussions.

“I’m tired of protesting,” he said. “We want to be able to make decisions. I’m tired of feeling powerless.” Belisa Gonzalez, an associate professor at Ithaca College, sympathized with him, noting that government is slow-moving and frustrating. “It’s mind-numbing,” she said. “This is why nothing ever changes. It’s not surprising to me that incremental change is not flashy, and we don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the strides that we do make.” However, Myrick, who has been involved in city government since he was a student at Cornell, offered a few lanes that could help Frederick “move the needle.” He suggested calling a city council member, meeting them for a cup of coffee and sharing your personal experience with them face-to-face (or mask-to-mask these days). “Relationships are the currency through which political change happens,” Myrick said. He also added that anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to serve on boards and committees, and that he himself ran for office at age 20. “I was less well-spoken and composed than you are today,” he said to Frederick. “And I won. Voters are more interested in fresh energy and new ideas than elected officials are.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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Jason Molino, county administrator: “For me, it’s putting resources behind this as a serious notion for municipalities […] If we’re going to take this seriously, we need to put the human resources behind it. If you want to address some systemic issues, it’s not an unfunded mandate, it’s a will to do it. Yes, it will cost money. We’ve spent over $3 million on COVID response, and that’s in one year. So if we’re talking about changing systems, it’s going to be that type of investment.”

Richard Rivera, crisis intervention at OAR: “Any opposition we hear to the plan revolves around property crimes and loss of jobs, which reveals a monumental amount of tone deafness. We are talking about the existential threat to Black and brown bodies, we’re talking about something that affects quality of life.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


our concerns must be heard, and a clear understanding of where this new proposal will take us is critical. This must not be rushed. I urge the county and the city to not vote on these proposals at this time. -Fay Gougakis, Ithaca, NY

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YOUR LETTERS Tom Reed Should Be Removed from Office Now


aving attended dozens of forums at which Representative Tom Reed has spoken, we have never heard him apologize for anything, nor concede any “points” to an opponent’s argument. The fact that he has apologized to his family and his constituents for his sexual misconduct involving junior lobbyist Nicolette Davis, clearly an abuse of power, is evidence enough of his guilt. And why couple his statement of “complete responsibility” with an announcement of his stepping down in 2023? He needs to be removed from office now. His 2020 campaign appeared to rest on the “trust” of many constituents for his “integrity.” Yet many of us could not square this reputation with his family business resting on the profits of lawsuits against people who could not afford to pay the bills for the medical care denied to them by his consistent votes against publicly funded healthcare. Now that it is clear that this man is lacking in integrity, he needs to be removed from office immediately. And the public needs to wake up to the behavior pattern, now becoming clearer, that men who engage in questionable business practices, however technically legal, often wind up having abused vulnerable women in their employ. What a miscarriage of justice his win over Tracy Mitrano now represents! -David and Barbara Regenspan, Ithaca, NY

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am deeply concerned and frustrated with the speed of pushing through with a new public safety proposal. COVID has kept us apart and we have not been able to have in-person meetings, which are an invaluable asset to our debate and democracy. I do not feel this has been an inclusive process. Any major change like this needs more time and clarity to the many questions still ansnwered. I appreciate the work that has gone into this already, however Zooming our way through this without inperson discussion leaves many people out of the process. I feel we are dividing our community if we do not take more time to process these changes. This is a time of healing and unity. Getting through this pandemic has made it hard to gather and collaborate on the different opinions needed to be heard to make these changes. This is a painful process and much care is needed. All Ma r ch

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feel that the general public does not have sufficient understanding of the reimagining public safety proposal that is going to be voted on in the next few weeks. The impact of this proposal can be very far reaching on the community. The common council appears to have to have a sense of urgency to restructure public safety immediately, but I feel that this issue needs to be discussed further before it is approved. A greater effort needs to be made to engage the general public on this proposal. Since public safety affects everyone in the community, I feel that the public should have an opportunity to vote on a proposal before action is taken by the common council. I am a resident of the town of Ithaca and I will be impacted by changes to public safety in the city of Ithaca. -Jim Meehan, Ithaca, NY

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think there’s a lot of merit in the idea of using a paycheck deduction to build up a fund which would be used when police misconduct results in lawsuits resulting in damage awards to victims. When the taxpayers are on the hook there’s little incentive to adhere to the highest standards of policing. There’s been too many situations where police conspire to back up a story that misrepresents what actually happened. We’ve seen it in cities across the country. We’re fortunate to have law enforcement personnel around here that don’t have a record of misconduct like too many of the big cities. If the fund grows large enough there might be ways in which it could incentivize exemplary police behavior. Knowing that large payouts for misbehavior would come out of this fund would tend to make law enforcement police each other and help to keep the standards high. I suspect there would be less tendency to ‘get their stories straight’ if one of them messed up. It would be imperative to also make sure a locale that doesn’t have a problem with corruption doesn’t end up helping foot the bill for someplace that does. -Dan Broadway, via Ithaca.com

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e enjoy dinner every Friday evening at Little Venice. The menu offers a WIDE variety from which to choose, the food is well prepared , plentiful, and delicious, the prices are reasonable, and the service is excellent. We are fortunate to have such a fine establishment here in Trumansburg, NY. -Scott Hamula, via Ithaca.com

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Stewart Park celebrates its centennial all year long By Charley Githler Located at the head of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca is blessed with a waterfront municipal park that has served as a public recreation hub for a hundred years. Stewart Park was recognized in Ithaca Times’ ‘Best Of ’ poll last fall as the Best Place for a Birthday Party, but it should also have been recognized as the best place to lower your blood pressure, for there is no better balm for one’s soul than to stand near one of the park’s historic structures and look north up the length of the lake. This year marks Stewart Park’s centennial as a public park, and Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) is celebrating the occasion with a year-long series of virtual and in-person programs, headlined by a 100th Birthday Bash on Fourth of July weekend. Events include music, theater and recreation events in the park, as well as virtual presentations. Also planned is an exhibit celebrating the park at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture on the Commons, sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company. In addition to the Birthday Bash in July, upcoming programs include The Many 8  T

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Lives of Stewart Park: Past & Present with Manning, Wharton Studio Museum Executive Director Diana Riesman and Historic Ithaca Executive Director Susan Holland on March 31 at 7 p.m.; Boys & Girls in the Boat: Ithaca’s History of Competitive Rowing on April 28 at 7 p.m.; A Stewart Park Revitalization Plan Public Meeting on May 26 at 7 p.m.; and The Trees of Stewart Park and Renwick Wildwood with City Forester Jeanne Grace and Cornell Botanic Garden Natural Areas Steward Jules Ginenthal on June 23 at 6:30 p.m., which may be in person if public safety guidelines allow at that time. Once the location of small fishing and hunting encampments of the Cayuga Nation, the park’s history as a recreation venue began in the 1890s as a privately-owned amusement park. Accessible by trolley from downtown, it was known as Renwick Park, and was, for about 15 years, wildly popular, especially on weekends. There was a pier for steamboat excursions on the lake, and many of the buildings in the park today, including the Picnic Pavillion, Whar31–Ap ri l

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ton Building and Cascadilla Boathouse, date from this era. Stewart Park, like much of downtown Ithaca, is reclaimed wetland. And so, as with most development at the waterfront, the building of Renwick Park required fill for the swampy land. Innumerable wagon loads of gravel and soil were hauled from the gravel bank near where the high school and Lake View Cemetery are today. By the 1910s, interest had been declining in the park and the trolley, often attributed to the dramatic surge of automobile ownership, and the park owners leased a 45-acre portion of the property, including several buildings, to the Wharton Brothers movie studio in 1915. The Whartons made numerous silent films in Ithaca before moving out to Hollywood in 1919. In those days, movies had an enticing whiff of disrepute, no doubt the legacy of the general notoriety of theater people. While the studio was in operation, there was a steady stream of stars that came to town and stayed for various lengths of time while filming, including Lionel Barrymore,

Pearl White and Irene Castle. The studio used local venues — the park grounds, Cayuga Lake, Cornell University and downtown Ithaca — as open-air sets. It was after the studio left that Ithaca Mayor Edwin C. Stewart led the initiative of making the area a municipal park. Support for the idea was widespread and enthusiastic, but it wasn’t until 1921 that the city purchased the park. Ithaca’s population had doubled in the preceding years, and the city was modernizing quickly. By then there were telephones, electric street lighting, streetcars, two railroad lines, a hospital, movie theaters, an airport, a sewer system, a department store and automobiles. Streets were being paved, there were paid firefighters, water was a public utility and Cornell University had grown to 5,000 students. Of course, the City of Ithaca still had one foot planted squarely in the 19th century a hundred years ago. More than half of the city’s roads were still dirt, and you were just as likely to see a horse-drawn vehicle as an

automobile on any given roadway. There were two overnight trains with sleeper cars to New York City, but people still raised chickens and rabbits in town, and there remained hundreds of private wells and outdoor privies within city limits. The Ithaca City Police blotter in 1921 tells of instances of officers escorting undesirables to the county line. Dozens of Civil War veterans still lived in the county. Excitement about the park ran high, but tragically, Mayor Stewart died just three weeks before it was formally opened. It was decided to rename the park in his honor. The inauguration ceremony officially took place on July 4, 1921, on a gloriously sunny summer day. It was an eventful weekend — Jack Dempsey knocked out Georges Carpentier in the Fight of the Century, and American Bill Tilden won the singles title at Wimbledon. Renovations and accretions to the park, including the Cascadilla Boathouse, continued through the 1920s. The Cayuga Bird Club has a history of protecting and creating bird habitats in the property before it was Stewart Park, and in 1927, the club funded the construction of the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, a pond encircled by shrubs and trees, found in the northwestern corner of the park at the junction of Fall Creek and Cayuga Lake. In 1934, the stone Fuertes Overlook was built, in part as a Civilian Conservation Corps project. Both features were named after Louis A. Fuertes, a former Cayuga Bird Club president, after he was killed when his car was hit by a train at a grade crossing in 1927. The overlook has enjoyed recent restoration through efforts organized by FSP, and gardens of native

bird and pollinator-friendly species have been planted on both sides of the structure. This portion of the park is the last remnant of what the floor of the valley at the head of the lake once looked like — an old growth floodplain forest. In July 1935, natural disaster struck Ithaca. Tompkins County received more than eight inches of rain in less than 12 hours, and as Cayuga Lake rose four-anda-half feet above its normal level, a terrible flood ravaged the area. The park grounds were completely submerged, as were large swaths of the North and West Ends of Ithaca. This was the time of the New Deal, and after the flood waters subsided, the Newman Golf Course was built and extensive work was done in Stewart Park with Works Progress Administration funds and CCC workers, including raising large areas of land by as much as four feet to reduce the chances of future flooding. Many Ithacans have fond memories of swimming, picnicking and playing in Stewart Park throughout the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. At various times, the park has been home to a zoo, a swimming beach and a skating pond. Lake swimming at Stewart Park ended in 1964, and bringing swimming back is a frequent topic of conversation on social media. While restoring swimming was considered in the Stewart Park Rehabilitation Action Plan in 2009, it was ultimately decided that it would be impractical, expensive and very temporary at best. Since the end of the last ice age, four creeks empty into the lake through what is now Ithaca, bringing sediments, clay and silt, especially in spring and after rains.

Diana R iesman and R ick M an ning of Friends o f S t e wa r t Pa r k ( P h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n) Sediment accumulation increased dramatically after European settlement, with agricultural runoff, forest clearing and land development. The extensive marshes that were once a feature of the valley, and that used to trap some of the sediments, have been filled, and the creeks have been channelized. Those sediments now flow directly into the lake, which frequently creates turbid water conditions and is creating a new shelf of soft sediment conducive to weed growth. Plants that once grew in the marshes that have been filled in are now slowly forming a new marsh just off the shore at Stewart Park. In addition, the south end of the lake is shallow, and has a floor of thick muck far out from shore. The major drop-off (to water over 100 feet deep) is about a mile up the lake from the park. Water depth does not reach even six feet until at least 600 feet from shore. In addition, the prevailing northerly winds tend to push debris down the lake to the south shore. In spite of the tantalizing proximity of Cayuga Lake, all these conditions taken together make swimming unlikely to return to Stewart Park. From the 1970s through the ‘90s, as the park buildings aged and government budgets were slashed, wear and neglect on the park’s historic buildings became increasingly evident. After various efforts at restoration, FSP formed in 2011 to revitalize and rehabilitate the park for the benefit of Ithacans and visitors. Since then, there has been a public/private effort with FSP, the City of Ithaca and numerous other governMa r ch

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mental entities on a host of projects large and small, including restoring the boathouse, carousel and picnic pavilion, revamping the landscape and playground, and upgrading maintenance. Through it all, and particularly with the development of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Stewart Park has been a favored venue for all manner of events, from the Ithaca Festival to the Reggae Fest to the staging of a world-record human peace sign. The recent renovation of the park has had many partners, spearheaded by the energy, vision and fund-raising of the FSP. “We have had so much help from the city, private donors, County Tourism, the Chamber of Commerce and New York State. It’s been a team effort, and that theme of public and private partnership has been true since the earliest days of the park,” said Rick Manning, Executive Director of FSP. The result of over a decade of dedicated effort is that the park is indeed rejuvenated, and seems poised to enjoy another heyday. Mayor Svante Myrick serves as honorary chairperson of the Stewart Park Centennial. The 2021 celebrations kicked off in February with a virtual presentation — “Birds of Stewart Park,” with Dr. Stephen Kress, which was attended by hundreds of viewers, according to Janelle Alvstad-Mattson, FSP Communications Coordinator. For all the latest news on the Stewart Park Centennial and to register for spring programming, or to learn more about Stewart Park and FSP, visit www.friendsofstewartpark.org or call 607-319-4766.

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he U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials will take place this weekend, and once again, Kyle Dake, a Lansing native and four-time NCAA champ as a Cornell wrestler, will be in the thick of the action. Before we talk about Dake, here’s a bit more info on other Big Red wrestlers taking part. ● ● ●

The tournament was known as the “Last Chance” Olympic Qualifier, but to opponents of former Cornell wrestlers Gabe Dean (class of 2017) and Ben Honis Georgia@ithacatimes.com 607-277-7000 x220 (class of 2019), it likely felt like the “No SIGN UP TODAY! Chance” tournament. Client: Newspaper: ithaca.com/newsletters The event was held in Fort Worth, Ithaca Times/Fingerlakes News Kendal at IthacaTexas, and its purpose was to help fill out the list of wrestlers competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will also take place in Fort Worth. ithaca.com/newsletters The Big Red will be well-represented at the Trials, as Dean and Honis will join Kyle Dake (class of 2013, 74 kg.), Nashon Garrett (class of 2016, 65 kg.), Yianni Diakomihalis (class of 2023, 65 kg.) and by Betsy Schermerhorn Vito Arujau (class of 2024, 57 kg.), who Director, Marketing and Admissions had already qualified. Cornell fans remember Dean as a beast on the mat, and his four opponents last LIVE SIMPLY, weekend will no doubt agree with that ones and seeing the joy it brings them description. Competing at 86 kg., Dean LIVE BETTER can be rewarding. rolled over his first opponent 10-0, followed up with a 12-2 beat down, another The older we get the more cluttered Memory can be a challenge for seshutout at 8-0, then wrapped it up by takour homes can become, and although it niors. When everything is organized and ing care of the #2 by a convincing 7-2 tally. can be nice to look around a room and simplified, it can help decrease that chalHonis, at 97 kg., was also a wrecking see items that bring us happy memo- lenge. With less to physically and menball, winning three matches by a combined ries, it’s also a good idea to simplify our tally deal with, that results in less stress total of 30-0, and winning on criteria in a surroundings as we age. For starters, and anxiety. This can help seniors live 6-6 matchup. there’s the upkeep. Trinkets collect dust, longer. Call the marketing team at (607) The trials were originally scheduled to and more dust means more dusting to 266-5300 to schedule a tour to see our be held at Penn State, but USA Wrestling prevent the air quality in a home from announced that they would be moved “due facilities and learn more about lifecare at deteriorating. Decluttering can also preto a variety of factors, including current Kendal at Ithaca. Find us on the web at COVID-19 health and safety guidelines vent accidents such as tripping or cutting http://kai.kendal.org/ and the desire to provide the ability to oneself on a broken item. Moving into a accommodate all of the participants, staff P.S If letting go of items is difficult for smaller space that requires less upkeep and fans.” can help preserve energy for more fulfill- you, try storing them away in the attic Dake, who won two World Titles at 79 ing activities. There are emotional advan- or garage and see if you are still missing kg., (which, unfortunately, is not an Olymtages as well. Passing things on to loved them after a couple of weeks. pic weight class), will compete at the Trials at 74 kg., where he will possibly face a 2230 N. Triphammer Road familiar foe in Jordan Burroughs, the 2012 Ithaca, NY 14850-6513 Gold medalist. In a recent pre-trials press conference, Dake was asked how he felt (607) 266-5300 Website: www.kai.kendal.org about the fact that several wrestlers (inToll Free: (800) 253-6325 Email: admissions@kai.kendal.org cluding him) have a bye to the semi-finals,

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and he said, “It’s a good setup. It’s nice in that I will have one fewer match to wrestle, and an extra night of rest to fully recover. It’s nice that a number of people get to sit out until the semis as proven performers.” He added, “I’m feeling good, ready to rock and roll.” One of the questions made me smile, given I started writing about Dake when he was a young teenager, and he is now a father of two. When asked this new set of circumstances, Kyle said, “The change is, I believe, for the better. I am learning how to find these little pockets of time to relax and sleep. It’s great to come home to those two little smiling faces, and to unwind. I’m always grateful for that opportunity.” I saw Dake last week, and I brought up seeing him carrying his oldest daughter on his shoulders at the pumpkin farm. I said, “So, you’ll soon be getting doubled up on the riding time.” He grinned at the prospect. ● ● ●

I’d like to offer some recognition when it is due, and while he will likely see his gesture as no big deal, I extend my thanks to Ithaca High basketball coach Lester McNair. I have heard dozens of coaches say that they aim to help their student-athletes develop skills and habits that are as useful in life as they are on the court, diamond, pitch or whatever venue applies. I wrote about the Little Red’s abbreviated hoops season a couple of weeks ago, and as usual, I interviewed the coach, wrote the story, turned it in and looked forward to getting paid for it. When I stopped into the Ithaca Times office to pick up messages and check in with the editor, there was a card waiting for me. It said, “Thanks for writing about our team. We really appreciate the support,” and it was signed by each and every player on the roster. Given the season has passed, I am guessing it was no easy task to personally connect with each player, but Coach McNair is a guy that has been — since I met him 20-plus years ago when he was a player at Ithaca High — polite and gracious. I happen to believe that gratitude is an extremely important trait to plant and cultivate in young people, and I appreciate it when coaches put forth an effort to build character in their players.

“WW84” sure got a lot of stick from everybody when it premiered on HBO Max last Christmas, but unlike “Tom and Jerry,” at least what we’re seeing is still recognizably Wonder Woman. This lady talks before she hits, and I like that a lot. Set back in the dawn of breakdancing, parachute pants and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the film introduces Gal Gadot as Diana Prince to Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva, who is eventually set up as Cheetah. It’s a drag that Wiig’s big fight looks like murky CG, but she could have carried the whole film aside from Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, a would-be tycoon who absorbs an ancient artifact that grants wishes, and tries to amass world power by granting the wishes of the entire planet. That’s pretty goofy, sure, and it’s too long; it opens with an epic flashback of Diana as a child competing in some kind of Amazonian Olympiad. I don’t think it adds anything to the movie except length and should have been cut, but they spent too much money and scope to consider cutting it. It feels loaded down with too many new characters — a problem that dates back to “Batman Returns” (1992), which overcompensated for not having Jack Nicholson as the Joker by teaming up Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman with Danny DeVito as The Penguin, a combination that never made much sense to me; aren’t cats and birds operating at cross purposes? But “WW84” is nowhere near as feeble as, say, “Supergirl” (1984), which I also caught for the first time recently — never again. The second “Wonder Woman” vehicle isn’t nearly as lame as “Batman & Robin” (1997), “Superman III” (1983), “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987), “Steel” (1997), “The Shadow” (1994), “Green Lantern” (2011), “The Green Hornet” (2011), “Thor” (2011), “Thor: The Dark World” (2013) or “The Spirit” (2008), just to name 10 awful male-driven comic book flicks. And if we’re counting duck-driven comic book movies, there’s always 1986’s “Howard the Duck”! There’s still a lot to like here, like Diana herself wishing that she could be with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) again, and the movie figures out a sweet and silly way to do that, but it’s a trick they can never pull again, I’m sure. Wonder Woman’s lasso is now like Captain America’s shield, and she’s figured out some really cool new moves with it. There’s an awesome sequence with her foiling various crimes at a mall, which should have opened the film, and hey! We also get a version of her invisible jet, and there’s a lovely sequence where she and Steve fly through bursts of fireworks on July 4 reminiscent of Superman and Lois Lane’s first flight in “Superman” (1978). “WW84” isn’t as well structured as the original, but Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are on to something. I’m sure they’re going to keep making these flicks, and as I used to think whenever I read a lame issue of some comic book, hopefully the next one will be better.


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but at least he knew who Bugs and Daffy and company were. As directed by Tim Story, who squandered two “Fantastic Four” movies, the tone-deaf calamity that calls itself the “new” “Tom and Jerry” is beyond dire. ● ● ●

UNDER THE STARS BVC takes in a double bill at the Elmira Drive-In


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h, the drive-in movie theater. Let me tell you about Tompkins County’s drive-in history. The Lakes Car Drive-In was located at 1645 Trumansburg Road. Originally called The Lakes Car Theatre, it opened on July 2, 1957 with “That Certain Feeling,” starring Bob Hope, and Charlton Heston in “Three Violent People.” It began screening more adult movies on June 14, 1972, when it was renamed The Lakes Car Drive-In. I remember seeing family fare when I was a kid, particularly “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory;” the nightmare boat sequence scared the dog out of me, sitting in the back seat of the family Rambler. I also recall the first time I heard cussing in a movie, when my dad took my brother Anthony and me to see “Patton” at the drive-in when my mom was out of town. It closed in 1987 when the screen was struck by lightning. The Dryden Drive-In was located at 1968 Dryden Road in Freeville. It opened on June 8, 1949 with Dennis Morgan in “Bad Men of Missouri” and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan in “That Hagen Girl.” It could house 800 cars. When I was in high school, I went to the Dryden with a bunch of pals to see a double bill of “The Legacy” with Roger Daltrey and John Carpenter’s “The Fog.” It, too, closed in the 1980s, and American Homes, a business selling modular housing, occupies that prop-

erty now. The marquee was converted into the business’s sign. The screen still stands today, but is torn up and hidden by trees; you can see it if you look closely. This column is about as close as I get to keeping a journal, and March 27 marked the first time in almost a year that I saw movies with another person. It’s been a year of watching Blu-Rays and DVDs and stuff on my iPhone in isolation at home. So Constant Companion and I headed out of town on a road trip to the Elmira Drive-In for a double feature of “Tom and Jerry” (Warner MediaWAG, 2021, 101 min.) and “Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Media – DC, 151 min., 2020). Why is it that almost every old cartoon reboot ends up being a mix of live action and animation? I’m thinking of junk like “Space Jam” and “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.” This new “Tom and Jerry” joins that dubious, ignominious club. The obvious inspiration for “Itchy and Scratchy” on “The Simpsons,” the “T and J” shorts as established by Hanna-Barbera at MGM was just the titular cat and mouse, running around the house trying to kill each other. I’ve seen these guys through many series and versions over the years, even one where they tried to give Tom and Jerry voices. Now it’s like they’re guest stars in a really unfunny comedy about Chloë Grace Moretz (“KickAss”) working at a kooky hotel with Michael Peña (“Ant Man”) and Rob Delaney (“Deadpool 2”) where there’s SNL’s Colin Jost as a big media tycoon in an Indian-themed celebrity wedding — elephants and mice, get it? Jost shouldn’t be in movies, and it feels like he’s in this thing longer than Tom and Jerry. Joe Dante’s “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” didn’t need to be done this way, either,

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s a teenager, Sharon Rudahl grew more aware of the social injustices around her and felt compelled to join in a number of civil rights marches, which included marching with Martin Luther King Jr. Rudahl began her writing and illustrations career with a number of anti-Vietnam War underground newspapers. She also became one of the founders of the early 1970s feminist Wimmen’s Comix, and later on, in 1979, she drew stories for the Anarchy Comics #2 and #3. But in 1980 she wrote, drew and published her own comic book titled “Adventures of the Crystal Night.” Over the course of five decades, Rudahl has participated in numerous publications and exhibitions in many countries. She also worked with editor Paul Buhle on the following graphic books: Studs Terkel’s “Working” (graphic version) in 2009, “Wobblies” in 2005, “Yiddishkiet” in 2011. As well as “Bohemians” in 2014 and “Lincoln for Beginners” in 2015. Rudahl is also known for her graphic biography, “Emma Goldman: A Dangerous Woman.” More recently, Rudahl talked with the Ithaca Times about her latest graphic book, titled “Ballad of an American: A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson.” Ithaca Times: This is an artful and important work, but what did it take for

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though the quality was lacking and the knife performed poorly. His interest in forging began about 12 years ago when he traveled to Oregon to take a class taught by Murray Carter, a master of Japanese bladesmithing. “It just turned out that the old ways were actually more — apart from just being more interesting as a journey to learn and to do — for me because it’s a sort of heritage and history and stuff, though incredibly effective,” McClory said. McClory took a three-and-a-half year break from bladesmithing to tend to his ill wife. Following her passing, he felt the need to do something else with his time and decided to move to Dryden and reopen his forge, “Straffan Forge.” He primarily makes and sells kitchen knives, which are made out of either carbon or stainless steel, though he does forge and sell tactical/hunting knives as display pieces. There are two forms of knife making: (1) Western-school, German style of “thicker” and “chunkier” knives with more “obtuse” edges and a bigger “belly” for a rocking motion when cutting; or (2) Japanese style of very flat, thin knives that are excellent for quick chopping, though more fragile. McClory said he tends to forge knives of the latter style. “I sort of tend to follow the Japanese philosophies on that, which is the right blade for the right job, but they do tend to be as thin as needed,” he said. When it comes to forging, McClory said controlling the temperature of the steel is important.

“What temperatures you’re hitting it and how hard you hit it, and all of this sort of matters,” he said. “It ends up being like golf in that the concept is really easy — just here’s a ball, we’ll throw it on the lawn and now knock it into the hole down there. Very easy concept, but there are people who spend a lifetime mastering that and it’s the same thing with working with steel and making knives, there’s always more to learn. You never finish learning.” “Every day I learn something new. Every day I get humbled in some way. Every day I have a great success in some way. It’s a real giveand-take.” He describes forging as a mindfulness tool. “I tend not to plan stuff out too well with my knives prior,” he said. “I tend to sort of let the steel guide a little bit itself and then as a shape starts to form I sort of follow those. So it makes it quite fun for me because you make something and [at] the end of the day you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s pretty amazing.’ I only did part of it and the rest was inspiration and stuff.” McClory plans on offering bladesmithing courses to the public this summer, and hopes to in the later future to sell his knives and sharpen other people’s knives at the local farmers markets. He does not have a website for the forge at the moment, though for those interested in viewing and purchasing McClory’s work can visit Instagram account (@straffanforge).

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Heavy Equipment Operations and Diesel Repair Technology program is designed to offer high school students essential skills in the operation and repair of heavy equipment and heavy-duty diesel trucks using the latest techniques and diagnostic equipment. The teacher will meet the needs of diverse learners when providing both classroom and hands-on training through a partnership between OCM BOCES Cortlandville Campus and All County Collision & Repair. Candidates must possess or be willing to pursue NYS teaching certification. Applications will be accepted online until 04/09/2021 at olasjobs.org/central. For more information, please visit our website at ocmboces.org/cte EOE SPECIAL EDUCATION SUMMER SCHOOL OCM BOCES has the need for the following summer school staff: Speech Therapists (7/6/121– 8/13/21) Sites are at various locations through Onondaga and Cortland County. Interested applicants apply online at: www.olasjobs. org/central. For more information regarding this Summer School posting, please visit our website at: www.ocmboces. org EOE






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Driver with SUV-sized car and good driving record to deliver newspapers 9 a.m.3 p.m. Wednesdays year-round in and around Ithaca. Can start immediately. Call 607 277-7000 x 214.

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OCM BOCES has the need for the following summer school staff: Physical Therapists (7/6/21 – 8/13/21) Sites are at various locations through Onondaga and Cortland County. Interested applicants apply online at: www.olasjobs. org/central. For more information regarding this Summer School posting, please visit our website at: www.ocmboces. org EOE


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— Southern Cayuga Central School announces openings for Elementary Teachers, Library Media Specialist, and a Special Education Teacher; effective September 1, 2021; deadline April 16, 2021; apply on OLAS and include letter of interest, resume, copy of certification & transcripts, proof of fingerprint clearance, reference letters; SCCS EOE

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Nurse; Southern Cayuga Central School seeks an LPN or RN to fill an immediate vacancy; FULL TIME or PART TIME; salary DOE; apply online using the Support Staff Application at southerncayuga. org/644, click on the application in the right hand column. SCCS EOE



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Cornell Law School jury research project; earn $50; 3-4 hours. Weekend times available.

Email legaldecisionlab@gmail.com or call (607) 288-3248 for details!

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Family-oriented single woman looking to welcome a child into her life. Any ethnicity welcome, expenses paid. Please call (347) 470-5228 or my attorney: (800)


OCM BOCES is looking for experienced Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Looking for teachers certified in the following areas: English 7-12, Math 7 & 8, Science 7 & 8, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, Social Studies 7-11, Participation in Government, Economics, Physical Education, Special Education 7-12, Library Media Specialist, Spanish, and Health Sites are at the following locations: Wellwood Middle School, Cortland Jr. Sr. High School, Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and Camillus Middle School. Register and apply at: olasjobs. org/central For more information, please contact Aislyn Spencer at 315-431-8502. EOE

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DELIVERY Part-Time Route Driver needed for delivery of newspapers every Wednesday. Must be available 9am-1pm, have reliable transportation, and a good driving record.

Call 277-7000


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OCM BOCES has the need for the following summer school staff from July 6, 2021 to August 13, 2021 and set up day on July 1, 2021. Special Education Teachers Teachers of the Deaf Music Teachers Speech Therapists Teaching Assistants Teaching Assistant/Interpreters Physical Therapists Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapy Assistants School Nurses Sites are at various locations through Onondaga and Cortland County. Interested applicants apply online at: www. olasjobs.org/central. For more information regarding Summer School, please visit our website at: www. ocmboces.org EOE

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Be debt free in 24-48 months. Pay a fraction of what you owe. A+ BBB rated. Call National Debt Relief 877-590-1202. (AAN CAN)

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A Vibrant, Active Community Center

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119 West Court St., Ithaca 607-273-1511


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Ithaca Piano Rebuilders


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Ithaca.com & Ithaca Times Men’s and Women’s Alterations for over 20 years Fur & Leather repair, zipper repair. Same Day Service Available

(607) 272-6547

South Hill Business Campus, Ithaca

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Free Medical and Holistic Care!

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Your Go-To Oil Change Stop Most Trusted Oil Change in Ithaca Oil & Filter Change Everyday low Price includes up to 5 gls conventional oil

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334 Elmira Rd. 607-882-6816

150 Bostwick Road

Negotiated Wage and Health Benefits | NYS Retirement Pension Program | CDL/Paid Training | Equal Opportunity Employer ICSD is committed to equity,inclusion, and building a diverse staff. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color. I C S D Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n S e r v i c e s 20  T

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