Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin Announces 'Black Lives Matter' Artwork Downtown

This is a press release from Cortland City Mayor Brian Tobin.

The City of Cortland is announcing the closure of the Main Street and Court Street intersection on Monday, June 29, from 8pm until 7am Tuesday, June 30. Residents are advised to use alternate travel routes.

City Council approved a resolution June 16 asking the Mayor to determine where “Black Lives Matter” could be painted on a city street to demonstrate support of the Black Lives Matter movement. It was determined to paint in the intersection of Court and Main streets. Painting is anticipated to begin at 10pm, and to conclude by 1am. Residents are encouraged to walk by and show their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. If there is inclement weather, painting will be delayed until Tuesday, June 30 (same time frame).

A community member made the request, and is personally funding it. Local artists are volunteering their time. “Over the past several weeks, the community has spoken- we believe everyone is entitled to the same level of respect, and to equal opportunities. By painting Black Lives Matter, we continue to send the message that we will listen to everyone’s voice, and move Cortland forward together”, said Mayor Tobin.  Residents are encouraged to engage in dialogue with one another about the topic of race in America, and to actively listen to other’s experiences.