An Ordinance to Repeal City of Ithaca Municipal Code Section 346-17, “Pedestrian Crossings” WHEREAS Plan Ithaca, the City of Ithaca’s comprehensive plan, prioritizes pedestrian travel above all other modes of transportation; and WHEREAS on March 6, 2019 Common Council adopted the goals of “Vision Zero” to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries on roadways, and […]
Commissioning a Rental Vacancy Study in the City of Ithaca
New York State’s Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 expanded the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA), allowing municipalities throughout the state to opt into it. The ETPA stabilizes rents in buildings of six or more units constructed before 1974, regulating annual rent increases through a county Rent Guidelines Board and entitling tenants to […]
Calling on the Federal Government to Cancel Federal Student Loan Debt
Modeled after Senator Warren et al’s student loan debt cancelation resolution, this calls on President Biden to use his executive authority to cancel federal student loan debt. WHEREAS over 43 million Americans hold more than $1.5 trillion of federal student loan debt at an average balance of $39,351 and more than 9 million federal student […]
Ithaca Journal: Developer releases ‘Collegetown Innovation District,’ but without high-tech discussions
Developer releases ‘Collegetown Innovation District,’ but without high-tech discussions “I’m a software engineer, so I’m enthusiastic about getting tech jobs here, but the job plan seems vague to me,” said Second Ward Alderperson Ducson Nguyen, a GrammaTech employee, during the meeting. He continued: “I would like some more meat behind the strategy … to get the […]
Ithaca Voice: PEDC Recap
Councilor Nguyen, usually one of the pro-development members of Common Council, said he liked the streetscape and design, but expressed concern that the 360 jobs were goals rather than firm commitments. “We’re approaching this in a unique and aggressive because we’ve done it before (with the Cornell Business Park), and we’ll do it again,” Proujansky […]
Ithaca Times: The Eviction Situation
Ithaca Times: The Eviction Situation “As time goes on, without any response from the Department of Health, I’m getting less hopeful that we’ll see anything,” Nguyen said. “But another reason to pursue it, as aspirational as it was, was to raise the profile of the people who are suffering from the economic impact of COVID, […]
Ithaca Voice: Ribbon Cutting welcomes three new businesses downtown
Ithaca Voice: Ribbon Cutting welcomes three new businesses downtown The first ribbon-cutting ceremony since the COVID-19 pandemic started was held in Downtown Ithaca to celebrate the openings of three new businesses. The ceremony was hosted by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and included a representative from the City of Ithaca Common Council in Ducson Nguyen, alderperson […]
WENY: Tompkins County to open up dialogue with community surrounding police reform
WENY: Tompkins County to open up dialogue with community surrounding police reform “We will be having some kind of formal process to re-evaluate the role of the police, it’s rules and obviously it’s funding,” said Ducson Nguyen, an Alderperson with for the City of Ithaca.
Shelterforce: Did Ithaca Really Cancel Rent?
Shelterforce: Did Ithaca Really Cancel Rent? Ducson Nguyen, alderperson for Ithaca’s Second Ward, expressed skepticism that the state health department would approve the request, but maintained that the effort would pressure state legislators to enact more meaningful and effective action. “I’m hoping that even if the Department of Health doesn’t allow this, the New York […]
Next City: Will Ithaca’s #CancelRent Resolution Actually Cancel the Rent?
Next City: Will Ithaca’s #CancelRent Resolution Actually Cancel the Rent? Ithaca Alderperson Ducson Nguyen, who sponsored the resolution, says it was only possible because of intense pressure from the Ithaca Tenants Union and its supporters. The group had initially asked for a change to the city code, Nguyen says, but members of the Common Council […]