Updated: ‘Back the Blue’ mural being planned in the city

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Cortland Common Council met Tuesday night, where Mayor Brian Tobin said details are being worked out with a group requesting a Back the Blue mural to honor local police.

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Several other ideas were also proposed, including a blue line along the center of a section of Greenbush Street.

Details are still being worked out and an initial date of Friday, August 28 was proposed by the group to complete the project. However, Tobin said that would be tough to manage.

“With everything going on in the community and that being the tail-end of SUNY Cortland move-ins, I can see that being a disruptive time to paint the street overnight,” said Tobin. “The first mural was done on a Monday night.”

Additional conversations are ongoing and will likely produce more information in the coming weeks.

So far, all eight council members appear to be onboard and have already signed a letter in support of local police.

Meanwhile, the local Black Lives Matter group is planning a “Community Matters” fair – details still need to be confirmed, but Mayor Tobin hinted at a tentative date of Sunday, September 6.

Council also approved the touching up of the “Black Lives Matter” painting on Main Street, which will happen on a future date to be determined.

Stay tuned with WXHC for more local news coverage.

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