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Zoning Discussion Overheats at City Council Meeting

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Cortland Common Council met last night, where another public hearing was held on potential changes to the city’s zoning code, some of which involved residential use permits, occupation limits, parking requirements, and last but not least, enforcement.

One of those who addressed council during the hearing has been at the podium before.

Local landlord Gerry Ruggiero has opened several lawsuits over the past decade or more, claiming the city hasn’t been enforcing its building regulations fairly and alleges preferential treatment of certain property owners.

His comments last night culminated with a short, but tense, exchange with Mayor Brian Tobin, which was eventually cut off when Tobin declared his speaking time had elapsed. Listen to part of the exchange below:

City zoning officer Bob Rhea was also in attendance last night to guide council through a list of updates he suggested to the code, although no vote was taken on any amendments thus far.


Two more public hearings are now set for March 3 and March 17, in order to allow for additional community engagement with any proposed changes.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for the the updates along the way.

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