Cracking down on Cortaca

By Anna Norris
By Perry Russom

June 5, 2014 Updated Jun 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM EDT

Cortland, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A disastrous aftermath of the 2013 Cortland-Ithaca football game, "Cortaca," has caused SUNY-Cortland to take extra precautions for future games.

"Though it's a traditional rivalry game between Cortland and Ithaca, it has nothing really to do with the game," said SUNY-Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum. "It has now become an excuse for students and other guests who have no connection to the college or the community to gather in Cortland and to party."

The College and Community Commission released its final report Thursday, detailing the issues that took place during the 2013 Cortaca weekend along with its recommendations to curb the chaos.

The nine recommendations, including increasing student awareness, partnering with local bars and increasing visible police officers, will now be reviewed by SUNY Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum and Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin.

"One of the interesting things that has occurred in society is that they've taken police officers out of their cars and have them walk in twos," said Bitterbaum. "A lot of large cities are doing this and what do you notice? Crime goes down dramatically."

The full report can be read here.