Local electeds, candidates tour homeless encampment sites in Ithaca

ITHACA, N.Y.—A cadre of politicians made their way through “the Jungle” on Wednesday morning, examining Ithaca’s de facto homeless encampment as officials mull ways to address the city’s unhoused population.

Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler and Ithaca Common Council member Cynthia Brock represented local elected officials, while two Republican candidates for higher office, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (running for the U.S. House of Representatives) and former Binghamton Mayor Rich David (running for New York State Senate), also joined.

The group was accompanied by Ithaca Police Department Acting Chief John Joly and Sgt. Thomas Condzella as well as Officer Ryan Card. Card said he has built a rapport with some of the Jungle residents during his time with IPD, though he noted that he isn’t able to spend as much time there as he would have been previously, in part due to staffing. It was announced that Trumansburg Mayor Rordan Hart had been invited to attend, but he was not present.

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