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ITHACA, N.Y. — City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Ithaca Police Department Chief of Police John R. Barber are pleased to announce that more dates have been secured for their successful “Coffee with the Mayor and Chief” campaign.

Chief Barber and Mayor Myrick will be at the following locations on the following dates:

— Wednesday August 26
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Southside Community Center
305 South Plain Street

— Wednesday September 2nd
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Island Health and Fitness Inlet Cafe
310 Taughannock Boulevard

—Wednesday September 9th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ithaca Bakery
400 North Meadow Street

These sessions have proven to be a unique opportunity for folks in the area to come talk to them about any police issues or concerns they may have. Just as in previous sessions, there won’t be any speeches and there won’t be an agenda.

Constructive criticism is welcomed and no reservation is required.

Chief Barber is excited to continue to connect with the Ithaca community on a more personal level.

Chief Barber stated “I am excited to work hand-in-hand with Mayor Myrick on this rewarding initiative. The conversations that we have had with folks in our community during previous campaigns were valuable and insightful. I look forward to more of the same. This is community policing at its core”.

Mayor Myrick is equally excited, commenting, “These sessions give folks in our community the unique opportunity to sit down with Chief Barber and I and speak their minds about law enforcement in Ithaca. I am committed to listening to people’s concerns and taking action. In the past we have done these at local coffee shops, but I think broadening our reach is important.”

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Jolene Almendarez

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