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Updates from Cynthia Brock

Happy New Year!   From my family to yours, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and we wish you the best for a happy and healthy 2013!

With the end of year festivities over, I am sending a quick email with information regarding important upcoming events and information on proposed zoning changes for the downtown Ithaca area, including west State/MLK Street.

 Gun Buyback Program

On January 5, 2013 the Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office will co-host a Gun Buyback program to help reduce the availability of guns on the streets.

This is a joint public safety venture and the goal of the program is to remove unwanted guns from our community before they fall into the hands of those that may do harm. The program is endorsed by the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office and City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick. AMNESTY AND IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION IS OFFERED FOR ALL CITIZENS PARTICIPATING.

The program is really quite simple: The Gun Buyback program rewards citizens for their voluntary surrender of firearms.

Cash will be paid on the spot for firearms that are in working order, including up to $200.00 for assault weapons.

Ammunition, non-functioning guns, BB-type guns, Air-soft guns, and Air-rifles will be accepted, however no cash will be paid for them. Citizens may turn in as many guns as they’d like, however there is a limit of three guns for which cash will be paid. Photo ID is required for accounting purposes.

  • January 5, 2013 8:30am-4:30pm
  • The event will be held in two locations:
    • Ithaca Fire Department, 310 West Green Street, Ithaca, NY
    • Tompkins County Airport Fire and Rescue Building, 72 Brown Road, Ithaca, NY

If you have any questions please call 607-327-0759

Public Information Session re proposed Marriot Hotel

 On January 9, 2013, the City of Ithaca will hold a public information session for the proposed Marriot Hotel, to be located at the east end of the Ithaca Commons on Aurora Street. The public information session will begin at 5:00 PM, in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall, 108 East Green Street.  In accordance with the City of Ithaca’s Community Investment Incentive Tax Abatement Program (CIITAP), the developer and project team will present information about the project and answer questions from the public.

The proposed hotel will have 160 guest rooms and a ground level restaurant on the Commons-side of the building.  The building will be approximately 96,075+/- sq. feet in 10 stories with a portion of the upper stories extending 12’ over the Green Street Garage. The main (pedestrian) entrance is proposed to be on Aurora Street with parking and additional entrances from the parking decks at the Green Street garage.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact director of Planning and Development for the City of Ithaca, JoAnn Cornish at joannc@cityofithaca.org.

Proposed Rezoning


The above documents are: a memorandum and accompanying documents from Ithaca Economic Development Planner Jennifer Kusznir, regarding a proposal to re-zone portions of the Central Business District (CBD). The intent of the proposed re-zoning is to allow for increased density in the downtown core, by permitting increased height in several areas. It is important to note that the City is also in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan and any input at this early stage of possible re-zoning will help inform the final recommendations. Comments received on this proposal will be discussed at the January 9, 2013 meeting of the Planning & Economic Development Committee. If you have questions or comments, please contact Ms. Kusznir at jenniferk@cityofithaca.org or 274-6410. Thanks so much.

Special Note: Per current practice, this proposed amendment is only being distributed electronically; however, please do not hesitate to request a hardcopy.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Cynthia Brock
First Ward Alderperson, City of Ithaca

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