Cortland Student Landlords Urge Increased Enforcement of Public Drinking Laws Ahead of Cortaca
Only a couple of student landlords and a handful of residents showed up to the latest Cortaca Commission forum last night, the meeting was an opportunity for student landlords to express concerns and offer suggestions to reduce the chaos and out of control behavior surrounding the annual football game.
Among the landlords that attended the meeting was Joanne Dukelow of Homer, Dukelow and her husband are longtime SUNY Cortland football fans and also have a couple student rentals in the city.
Dukelow says they go out of their way at the beginning of the semester to talk with students about being good neighbors and the consequences they face if they break local laws and engage in out of control partying and underage drinking.
Some have suggested the landlords should be more aggressive in preventing large house parties, Dukelow points out that tenants do have legal rights and landlords are somewhat restricted in what they can do when problems arise.
Dukelow feels if the city and the college are serious about addressing the problems that surround this years Cortaca event they need to start enforcing local laws and hand out tickets as soon as the semester begins in the fall.
Student landlord Jim Reeners says another approach should be to get the students parents involved, he thinks the college or the city should send letters to parents informing them of the consequences that their child faces if they are found to be engaged in criminal conduct or other dangerous or disruptive behavior.
Reeners says he has been able to discourage some of the types of out control behavior that was observed at some student housing by simply being actively involved in the management of his properties.
Several speakers repeated the call for the college to offer so sort of on campus activity on game day to provide students with an alternative activity other than partying.
SUNY Cortland Professor Bob Spitzer also said the local bars should not encourage early game day drinking by offering alcohol and breakfast specials.
The commission has held 4 public meetings so far, they will hold another round of public listening sessions in February.
The commission is expected to formulate some recommendations to improve the atmosphere before and after the game.