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Common Council Tables Resolution That Would’ve Abolished City Health Option For New Elects

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The Cortland Common Council met last night (April 16) and moved to table a resolution that would’ve abolished the city health insurance option for members of the Council.

The proposal was brought forward last meeting by Alderman Troy Beckwith (Ward 7) and received initial support from Alderman Bill Carpenter (Ward 5) and Alderwoman Katie Silliman (Ward 2).

But it was 1st Ward Alderwoman Kat McCarthy, in office for less than six months, who suggested taking a step back with the vote:

“Since this won’t take effect until 2020, I would suggest tabling this resolution and having a full discussion before we vote to completely get rid the health insurance benefit for members of Council. There’s been talk about modifying the health insurance option, which I think we should explore. We need to look at the issue holistically instead of resolving it in parts.” –Kat McCarthy at yesterday’s meeting.

When it came down to it, the vote was airtight–as the resolution was tabled by a 4-3 margin. That will now be back up for discussion two meetings from now on May 21.

Also at last night’s meeting, the St. Anthony’s Day Festival and Main Street Music Series were both confirmed and approved.

St. Anthony’s will be held the weekend of June 8-9 and the Main Street Music Series the four Fridays in July.

Arbor Day is also right around the corner on April 26 and there some local ways you can celebrate.

Programs are available within the city of Cortland to beautify your yard or neighborhood with the planting of trees. Get in touch with Mayor Tobin’s office for more information on that.

Also On Saturday, April 27, from 9-11 a.m., residents and staff from the William George Agency will plant 25 trees on the grounds of Dryden Elementary School, not only for Arbor Day but to commemorate the village of Dryden becoming a Tree City USA Community.

They’d love your help too! For information on helping plant trees, contact Destiny Haughton for more info, 607-708-4530

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