Local News: November 1, 2023

- A Cornell student arrested for threats against the University’s Jewish community -

A Cornell undergraduate student has been arrested for making the violent online threats against Jewish students at the University.  U.S. Attorney Carla Freedman made the announcement on Tuesday. 21-year-old Patrick Dai from Pittsford, New York, is charged with the federal crime of “posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications.” Dai is alleged to have made threats in an online forum to slit the throats of Jewish male students, rape female Jewish students, and shoot up the kosher dining hall on campus. Dai is innocent until proven guilty. If he is convicted he could face 5 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervision after he leaves prison.

- Ithaca Common Council to vote on 2024 budget Wednesday -

The Ithaca Common Council is scheduled to vote on the city’s $101 million budget Wednesday night. The Ithaca Times reports that‘s a $10 million increase from the 2023 budget. The proposed budget exceeds the 2% tax levy. The budget process was complicated this year by a delayed Council vote about the Memorandum of Understanding with Cornell University over its donations in place of property taxes.

- Ithaca Election Special -

WRFI and The Ithaca Voice are bringing you a special election series this week. Tune in at 6 PM to hear our interviews with candidates for Ithaca’s Common Council Wards 1, 3, and 5 and the mayoral candidates.

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