caused water quality issues – we’ve now completed lead testing in 60 random homes and everyone one of the 60 homes came back below the allowable limit for lead.
We’ve rebuilt the Lake Street Bridge adding a beautiful welcoming park, rebuilt Dryden Road, Tioga Street, Hector Street, Aurora Street, 7,200 linear feet of sidewalk,
All while settling contracts with the CSEA Admin and CSEA DPW, and are within striking distance on the Executive Association.
The State of the City is strong. But we must brace to face a storm unlike any we’ve faced in recent memory – a federal government that is openly hostile to progressive governance.
In two weeks a new President will be inaugurated – a President who rode a wave of ethno-centric jingoism to the election. He received nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent, pledged to create an unconstitutional ban on Muslims, demonstrated no knowledge of urban policy, intends to appoint a HUD Secretary with no experience in government, pledged to punish women who seek abortions, and has threatened to retaliate against cities like Ithaca – cities that have declared that they will not cooperate with federal attempts to round up and expel hard working law abiding immigrants.
So our challenge beginning in 2017 is to continue strengthening the City of Ithaca despite a hostile federal government. I believe we can do this if we do three things – protect the vulnerable in our midst, link arms with likeminded communities around the country, and prove that progressive governance leads to a high quality of life.
First - Protect the vulnerable
An overwhelming majority of Ithacans voted to make our country stronger together. Those Ithacans will not be represented in the White House, or in the halls of Congress. We must do what we can to give voice to their mandate.
I’ve tasked City Attorney Ari Lavine with a project we are calling the new Federalism – named for the principles outlined in the Federalist Papers and enshrined in the United States Constitution. A principle that holds that local and state governance can and should act as a check on federal excess.
We are preparing measures that will protect DACA students – students who have barely known any country but ours – from forcible deportation.
We are preparing to resist any efforts by the Justice Department to insist on racial profiling in policing.
We will resist any effort of the federal government to disregard the states’ ability to chart public health and safety approaches to drug policy.
We will work with our partners in the non-profit sector to protect New York State’s rights to guarantee women their full reproductive rights.
We will continue working with Ithaca Welcomes Refugees to bring refugees out of the nightmares of Syria and Iraq and into a new life of productivity, freedom and happiness.