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City of Ithaca votes unanimously to pass sweeping changes to law enforcement in reform plan

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ITHACA (WBNG) -- The City of Ithaca has passed a police reform plan bringing extensive changes, starting with the creation of a new Department of Public Safety.

Before a vote, members of Ithaca's Common Council debated over various amendments to be added to the plan. Some members of the council say it was crucial to start meaningful change through this plan. With a new department, the city hopes to reset relations with the community.

"They're looking for something that is very obviously a new department, is a departure, is a rebuild of something that is built for our community," said Stephen Smith, alderperson for the 4th Ward.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick says this is just the beginning of a change in the city. While the plan had to be passed before April 1 to meet Governor Cuomo's mandate, Ithaca's reform is meant to be a constantly evolving plan. The plan now heads to the governor's office.

Katie Jones

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