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Mayor Advises Common Council Against Resolution Calling For Ceasefire in Middle East Conflict – Recommends Councilors Voice Own Opinions


In a letter to Common Councillors, Cortland Mayor Scott Steve advised against bringing up a resolution for the Common Council to vote on calling for a ceasefire in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. The letter comes after a resident who spoke during the April 4th Common Council meeting asked if the Mayor and Council would consider passing a resolution calling for a ceasefire.

Before announcing the recommendation against a resolution, Mayor Steve wrote on a number of factors that should be considered by the Common Council. Those included the Council’s mandate as a governing body to extend its role beyond its jurisdiction, the procedures and precedence the council would establish regarding a vote, and to reach a consensus on how the resolution would be the best interest of the City of Cortland.

Voting on a resolution calling for a ceasefire would fail to carry weight or be of any type of relevance in the overall decision of the conflict, Mayor Steve described in the letter. More reasoning included the vast complexity of the ongoing situation and a call for just a simple ceasefire resolution would not be sufficient in addressing the overall scope of the conflict.

“In consideration of this, I recommend against introduction of a resolution on this or other matters beyond the city’s jurisdiction. Instead, I suggest that any Council Member who feels it important to declare support for a ceasefire do so in a memorializing letter that voices their opinions beyond the jurisdiction of the City of Cortland, and that they send it on their own behalf as an elected representative. The letter could be joined by other Council Members and addressed and sent where they think appropriate.”

Mayor Steve said in the letter.

During the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Alderperson Kathryn Silliman, read her letter to be added to the record. Silliman said she shares no sympathies for Hamas, but shares her sympathies for the hostages taken from Israel and the Palestinians affected by the conflict. Alderperson Pat Lane also read her letter to the Common Council. Lane noted in her letter her understanding of the recommendation of the city not passing a resolution, but voiced her support for a ceasefire in order to allow negotiations for the release of hostages and a permanent end of the conflict.

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