Svante L. Myrick is an American politician serving as the mayor of Ithaca, New York. He is also a member of the Democratic party.
We’ve tried arresting people. We’ve tried shuffling them from place to place. We’ve tried shaming them into sobriety. What would happen if, instead, we met people where they’re at? Stephanie talks to Ithaca’s Mayor Svante Myrick and Bronx harm-reductionist Hiawatha Collins about the inequities of our justice system and how we can do better, including treating all people with dignity and respect, going into communities and reducing potential risk, and creating medically-staffed safe spaces for drug use. It may sound controversial, but according to data worldwide, it could mean 20,000 fewer funerals a year in America.Step into the no-judgment zone. All are welcome here.  Continue the conversation on your phone at Day contains strong language, mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Transcriptions available shortly after air date at Last Day is presented by Show Notes: • Harm Reduction Coalition• Insite Supervised Consumption Site• Parks & Recreation • Lola (promo code LASTDAY)• Pod Save the People Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
At age 24 Svante Myrick won a mayoral race to become the youngest mayor in Ithaca's history and the first mayor of African American heritage. In this exclusive interview, host Alex Zalben '99 and Svante will chat about Svante's childhood, the first time he visited Cornell ("I thought I had stumbled on something magic, and I was right"), the opioid crisis in Ithaca and his plan to combat it, his learnings from President Barack Obama, his advice to young people getting into politics, and much more.  Learn more about Svante.  Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
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Mar 15th, 1987
Ithaca, NY, USA
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1 hour, 35 minutes