October 23, 2021

Heading into neighborhoods

Todd R. McAdam/managing editor

Cortland community policing officer Jesse Abbott chats Tuesday morning with Tom Larson of Cortland and other residents. Abbott, who cannot meet with people in his office because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions, is taking his table to spots in each ward in Cortland to talk with neighbors.

Jesse Abbott sat at one end of a folding table Tuesday morning between the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marketplace Mall in Cortland, chatting with Tom Larson.

They discussed sports, lacrosse in particular, and economic development.

A group of children said hello and thanked him for the popsicles he brought to the park when the playgrounds reopened last week.

Several people stopped by and asked Abbott, the Cortland community policing officer, why he’d set up shop on the sidewalk.

Abbott cannot meet with people in his Main Street office because of coronavirus restrictions, so he plans to unfold his table and a couple of chairs at each ward in the city so neighbors can discuss any questions or concerns they may have in their neighborhood.

Today he was at Water Works from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Monday he set up shop at Suggett Park.

Here’s his schedule for the next several days, weather permitting.

Thursday — 1 to 3 p.m. at Barry School on Raymond Avenue.

Friday — 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. at Beaudry Park, Scammell Street.

June 29 — 10 to 11 a.m. near St. Mary’s on North Main Street and 1 to 2 p.m. at Yaman Park on Kennedy Parkway.

June 30 — 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. at Dexter Park on Elm Street.

July 1 — 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. at Courthouse Park.