Ithaca, N.Y. — Despite the city’s attempts to halt further legal action, a federal lawsuit over a Cornell student’s suicide in 2010 is proceeding against Ithaca, according to court documents.

The trial will continue on July 28 at 9:30 a.m. at a courthouse in Utica.

Bradley Ginsburg jumped to his death from the Thurston Avenue bridge in February 2010.

Howard Ginsburg, Bradley’s father, sued the City of Ithaca, Cornell and several University administrators, including Cornell’s president, in November 2011.

Howard Ginsburg says in his suit that the city and Cornell should have placed effective suicide barriers on bridges. The Thurston Avenue bridge is owned by the city.

Both Cornell and Ithaca have argued that Bradley Ginsburg’s death was unforeseeable, according to the Cornell Daily Sun.

Ithaca sought to have the case dismissed and was disappointed to learn it is moving forward, City Attorney Ari Lavine said at a Common Council meeting Wednesday night.

Judge David Hurd denied the City of Ithaca’s request for a stay of proceedings — which would halt a proceeding or trial temporarily or indefinitely, according to Cornell’s Legal Information Institute — in a ruling on June 23:

Court documents also show that Judge Hurd denied Ginsburg’s request to impose sanctions on the City of Ithaca.

Kyle Friend

A senior at Cornell University, Kyle covers the affordable housing crisis for the Ithaca Voice. Reach him through e-mail: