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City of Cortland Asked to Pass Resolution Calling For Ceasefire in Middle East Conflict

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During the City of Cortland Common Council meeting on Tuesday. The Mayor and Alderpersons listened during the privilege of the floor portion of the meeting of the possibility of the Common Council passing a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.


“I realize the issue that I’m about to bring up is not a local issue, but I do think it’s very important and it’s bothered me.”

Cortland resident Diane Chu said to the Mayor and Common Council.

Chu recognized that it is an international issue, but noted over 100 municipalities throughout the country have passed resolutions calling for a ceasefire and/or for immediate humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip. She continued on talking about her frustrations with the federal government shutting down humanitarian aid provided by the United Nations through the Relief and Rehabilitation Administration for those in Gaza.

“I really wish more municipalities would, if it so pleases the Council, would like to call for a ceasefire at least and humanitarian aid being brought in.” Chu said during her final remarks.

Later on towards the end of the Common Council meeting, Alderman Kathryn Silliman of the City of Cortland’s 2nd Ward asked the Council and the Mayor if the Council could consider a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

“We will look into the language of that and try to maintain that correctness.” Cortland Mayor Scott Steve said.

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