Ithaca, N.Y. — Mayor Svante Myrick will go on with a planned dive to kick off summer and raise money to fight hunger at Robert H. Treman State Park on Saturday, a day after Ithaca was rocked by a horrific accident at Simeon’s on the Commons.

Friday’s accident at Simeon’s on the Commons. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Latson)
Friday’s accident at Simeon’s on the Commons. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Latson)

Myrick acknowledged that the decision was a difficult one given the crash, which killed one person, injured at least seven and drew hundreds of emergency personnel to the downtown area.

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But Myrick said that what ultimately matters is to do what he can to fight for causes that he believes are important.

“The dive is to fight hunger,” Myrick said. “That was important yesterday and it will be important tomorrow.”

Myrick is rescheduling two constituent meetings that were supposed to be this morning, he said. Otherwise, his city business will go on as planned.

On Saturday, Myrick will also speak at this year’s annual Juneteenth celebration in Ithaca — which commemorates the end of slavery — and officiate a wedding.

“The rule of thumb is kind of, ‘Go where you’re needed,’” Myrick said.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.