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1 – Democratic Primary: Tracy Mitrano wins after close race
Democratic Primary: Max Della Pia concedes to Tracy Mitrano — After the primary was too close to call, it came down to the absentee ballots. In the end, Mitrano pulled ahead. Max Della Pia who was the close second conceded to Mitrano before they were certified. Della Pia did get the most votes in Tompkins County.
“Although the final results of the primary election will not be certified until Thursday, I believe it is important to begin the work of uniting as a party to defeat Tom Reed. I want to thank everyone who supported me through this year-long, primary process,” Della Pia said in a news release.
In other campaign news last week, it was revealed through a Buffalo News report that parts of Della Pia’s campaign website were plagiarized.
2 – NYSP Trooper Nicholas Clark killed in line of duty
Slain New York State Police trooper was previously assigned to Ithaca area — On Monday, New York State Police Trooper Nicholas F. Clark, 29, was killed while responding to a call in Erwin, just west of Corning. Clark and other members of law enforcement were responding to a reported suicidal barricaded man.
Clark was remembered as a hero during services this weekend at Alfred University. The service was attended by hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country, Syracuse.com reported.
3 – Happy 4th of July! Photos and video from Ithaca’s celebration
Gallery: ‘Ooh’s and ‘Ahh’s of Ithaca fireworks show — The weather was perfect Tuesday night for the Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks show, visible from many points on or around Cayuga Lake. At Stewart Park, the shore facing Newman Municipal Golf Course, where the fireworks launched, was packed. In the water, kayakers and even a dragon boat paddled in to get a close look.
4 – End of an era: Ithaca bus depot to shut down
Ithaca bus depot to shut down — In a joint report from 14850.com and the Ithaca Times, the operators of the Ithaca bus depot, the main station for regional services, have announced that the Greyhound bus station will be shutting down.
The bus station at 710 West State Street is leased from its owner, Tompkins Trust Company, who purchased the 2,200 square-foot station in the 1990s. It is shutting down not because of a lack of business, but because the station operators, David and Brenda Wallace, are retiring, and the bank does not want to continue using the space for a bus station.
5 – Police investigating robbery on South Geneva Street
Ithaca police investigating robbery on South Geneva Street — After delivering food Thursday evening, police say a man was robbed on the 200 block of South Geneva Street in Ithaca. Police are asking the public for any information that might help the investigation.
The suspect is described as a black man, about 5-feet 5-inches tall, stocky build, short black hair with light facial scruff. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a white or gray t-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information that could aid in the investigation is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department.
6 – Ithaca native talks about co-producing new Panic! At The Disco song ‘King of the Clouds’
Q&A: Ithaca native talks about co-producing new Panic! at the Disco single — Ithaca native and Cornell alumnus Alex Kresovich co-produced a song on Panic! at the Disco’s sixth studio album, “Pray for the Wicked”, titled “King of the Clouds”. The album was released June 22 and the new single has since reached #11 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart.
Contributor J.T. Stone spoke to Kresovich about working on “King of the Clouds”, The Cut Buddy, and advice he has for aspiring musical artists. Read this Q&A to learn how Carl Sagan influenced the song.
7 — Ithaca police ‘put the leash’ on Riley the Outdoor Store dog
In Ithaca, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces legislation to help bring down prescription drug prices — It’s right around lunchtime on the Ithaca Commons on a hot July afternoon. The Halal food cart is just setting up for the lunch rush, Lou Cassaniti is flipping burgers and hot dogs, and passersby are stopping to enjoy the Ithaca sun during their breaks.
With the aroma of lunch in the air, one regular is missing from the mix – Riley, the beloved golden retriever mainstay of the Outdoor Store. In the past two weeks, Ithaca police have cracked down on Riley on the Commons and ticketed her owner, Dan Philipson, twice for violating city code.
8 — Ithaca Commons fountain closed for repairs
Ithaca Commons fountain out of commission for repairs — The “crown jewel” of the Ithaca Commons has been out of commission for weeks as city employees work on troubleshooting a problem with the water flow.
Parking Director Peter Messmer said the $466,000 granite fountain has been closed for about two weeks and it’s unclear when it will be reopened.
“We don’t really know because we don’t know yet what repair we need to do to it,” he said. “Basically, it’s using a little more water than we expect it to use … we don’t know why.”
9 — Rescue Mission will no longer provide homeless services after October
After October, Rescue Mission will no longer provide homeless services in Tompkins — The contract for the Rescue Mission, which has provided emergency shelter and homeless services for Tompkins County since 2014, is ending in October.
According to a news release from Tompkins County, the Rescue Mission recently informed the Department of Social Services “that it would be reducing the scope of its services here.” The Rescue Mission took over the shelter on State Street, now called the Friendship Center, in March of 2014. The Rescue Mission in Ithaca has also provided emergency shelter and affordable permanent housing. It has also facilitated after-hours placements for people who are homeless in local hotels when the shelter is at capacity.
It is unclear why the Rescue Mission will no longer be serving Ithaca. The Rescue Mission in Syracuse could not be reached for comment Friday.
10 — Community comes together to support slain Capital Gazette journalists
Local news organizations, including The Ithaca Voice, the Ithaca Times, WRFI, WSKG and Tompkins Weekly hosted a vigil Friday on the Ithaca Commons to remember the five journalists killed in the Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom. About 70 people attended and dozens of people filled out postcards of support for the Capital Gazette staff.
Read Managing Editor Jolene Almendarez’s reflection after the incident.