Ithaca cop union rails against mayor’s proposal to replace police department

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca mayor’s proposal to replace the police department with a new model for public safety is dangerous, ill-conceived and political, union leaders said at a fiery news conference Friday.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick last week announced a plan to create a new Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety, composed of two divisions: One an unarmed force of “community solution workers” and the other an armed unit of “public safety workers” who respond to and…

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