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Reimagining Public Safety Updates, Upcoming Town Hall and Engagement Opportunities

Monday, December 7, 2020

Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca are sharing updates on the Reimagining Public Safety collaborative and encouraging community members to continue to provide input. On Friday, December 11th at 4 pm, County and City officials will host a town hall outlining community input to date, answering questions, and providing updates on developing a plan to reimagine public safety.

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino stated, "We've received hundreds of ideas from community members so far. Even though the pandemic has complicated how we meet with the community and receive input, I want to thank everyone who has spoken at our community voices forums and answered our surveys. It's clear that we have an opportunity to reimagine how we keep people safe in our community, and many of the creative ideas and critiques we've heard are informing how we plan to move forward."

A recently published list of Reimagining Public Safety working groups’ purposes and deliverables can be found here.

City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick stated, "Everyone involved in this process is listening closely to community input. The working group members bring their own lived experience and engage with communities and analyze the input we receive to help inform the process. I want to thank the community members who've stepped up to provide their input and engage their networks in this process; change is on the horizon."

Mayor Myrick, County Administrator Jason Molino, Tompkins County Sherriff Derek Osborne, and Ithaca City Police Chief Dennis Nayor will hold a virtual town hall on Friday, December 11th at 4 pm. The officials will share their reactions to the community's input to-date and details about the process moving forward. They will answer questions that community members have raised in past forums or share live during the town hall. A list of questions that officials will answer can be found here.

Community members can sign up for the zoom webinar/town hall here: https://tompkinscountyny-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_orCX4wcsSP-zIFcB6pfMNw
The town hall will be live-streamed and archived on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/zw_Aa_oWG2U

More information on the Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative can be found on the website here: https://www2.tompkinscountyny.gov/ctyadmin/reimaginepublicsafety
Previous virtual forums can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0FoCrvXrxA3I8XAKpddWQSqhcMUPKAUc