This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the Dryden Hotel, rebuilt after a 1995 fire, suffered significant damage when a sprinkler pipe froze and leaked. The sprinkler system's apparent evacuation called Dryden firefighters, who turned off the sprinkler system and evacuated guests, but substantial damage had already been done to ceilings. The building was undergoing renovation.
At the county level, the New York State Corrections Commission has carried out its threat to remove all variances at the end of the year if the county didn't build a new jail, leaving the county with slots for 58 inmates instead of 103. There are currently 68 inmates, so some will likely have to be boarded out.
There's also a piece on the difficulties county charities are having raising funds this year.Posted by simon at December 23, 2004 9:50 AM in Ithaca Journal , Village of Dryden , crime , politics (state) , volunteers