Wednesday, November 28, 2007

One of the people who made Ithaca / Cornell great - our beloved socialist mayor has passed on. It's an obituary worth reading:

Nichols served as mayor of Ithaca for three terms from 1989 to 1995. As a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, he put Ithaca on the map as a city with a socialist mayor. As mayor, he persuaded Cornell to make a much larger financial contribution to the city in lieu of taxes, and passed a domestic partnership ordinance granting equal benefits to gay and heterosexual couples that has been credited with inspiring similar polices at Cornell, Ithaca College and several local businesses.

After retiring, Nichols worked with the Cornell Institute for African Development, and he remained politically active for the remainder of his life, including recently receiving a citation while protesting the clearing of Redbud Woods.

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