City of Cortland Common Council Speaks on Recent Events at the United States Capitol Building

(Photo from Cortland Voice January 2020 archives).

Yesterday, the City of Cortland Common Council and Mayor released a statement on the events of January 6th, 2021, at the United States Capitol building:

The events that unfolded in our nation’s capital January 6, where the Capitol building was breached by rioters' intent on disrupting the actions of America’s Congress, are reprehensible.  The right to protest and have your voice heard is entrenched in the first amendment of our constitution, and we support it.  However, violence is not an acceptable path.  Further, we know that our elections are free, fair, and are run by the states.  They cannot be overturned by the federal government.

We condemn the actions of the domestic terrorists who fought law enforcement in their attack on the Capitol, and who support unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.  The people involved in this violent action against the United States do not believe in our Constitution, democracy or the rule of law.  Those directly involved in this attack on our democracy, and those who incited them need to be held accountable for their actions.

The 2020 election results have been determined, and despite accusations, there have been no substantial documented cases of fraud. We call upon our friends and neighbors to come together and help our community move forward.  It is our duty as Americans to accept the results of the election and to work together.