Ithaca, N.Y. — U.S. Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D — N.Y.) will appear with Mayor Svante Myrick at Ithaca’s City Hall Monday afternoon to discuss truck safety following the June 2014 accident on the Commons.

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Schumer will offer to help Ithaca with a “truck safety audit,” according to Mayor Myrick. The senator will be meeting with the mayor, members of the local transportation council and other officials.

A group of local officials has worked toward implementing a number of changes after the fatal crash at Simeon’s restaurant but often said federal action is also necessary.

“Keeping Ithaca safe from runaway trucks will take action on the local, state and federal level,” Myrick said on Sunday.

City Hall is closed for the holiday Monday but the event will be open to the press. The meeting will be at 2:30 p.m.

Mayor Myrick was critical of a recent federal budget deal that weakened truck safety regulations, but said Senator Schumer’s staff has been helpful in working toward a solution.

“Thankfully, we have the best imaginable partner on the federal level in Senator Schumer. The senator and his staff have taken great initiative and have been tremendously helpful,” Myrick said.

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Jeff Stein

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