FROM THE NEWS DIRECTOR’S DESK: Immigration Law is Not the Cops’ Fault

Trustee Mary Rutigliano has stirred the pot to a boil. She knows this. She consistently doubles down on her pride in protesting GPD's decision to call U.S. Border Patrol at that traffic stop, inviting others to protest GPD's call and most recently inviting college students to get involved in and change the policy of the village government, which she represents. First off, her and others' direct criticism of Chief Eric Osganian and Officer Ian … [Read more...]

Rutigliano: People in Power Must Now Answer to Students’ Issues

GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo student and Village Trustee Mary Rutigliano was one of a few speakers at a demonstration by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality organization protesting the detainment of two Guatemalan women last Thursday as offensive to immigrant rights. Rutigliano took the stage on the college green to say that students can 'make this an issue.' The demonstration lasted for less than an hour. "I was elected … [Read more...]

Public Demands Policy Changes of Split Geneseo Board in Wake of Detained Migrant Workers

GENESEO – Members of the public asked the Village Board to make policy changes in the wake of Thursday's detainment of migrant workers at a traffic stop on Mary Jemison Drive. Mayor Richard Hatheway called a public meeting for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Village Hall. He, Deputy Mayor Sandra Brennan, Trustee Mary Rutigliano and Trustee Matt Cook attended. Over two dozen people including SUNY Geneseo professors and students, village residents and … [Read more...]

Mayor Backs Geneseo Police’s Calling Border Patrol at Stop

GENESEO – Village Mayor Richard Hatheway released a statement Friday laying out the details leading up to Thursday's federal detention of seven people on Mary Jemison Drive and that police did their job and did it well. Hatheway's statement comes after Village Trustee Mary Rutigliano advocated for the release of the seven people, two adult women and five children, to the media and at protests during and following the detention. Hatheway's … [Read more...]

Trustee Rutigliano: Geneseo Detention Protests are the Right Response

GENESEO – The Village Trustee who joined protests at a traffic stop where two women and five children were taken into custody by Border Patrol says that Geneseo is having the right response. Mary Rutigliano was one of dozens who gathered at the traffic stop for hours as Geneseo Police and Border Patrol agents questioned and ultimately took into custody seven people. Later, she and many others protested outside the Border Patrol office in … [Read more...]

Geneseo Trustee: Cops Should Not Have Called Border Patrol on Suspected Illegal Immigrants

GENESEO – Geneseo Village Trustee Mary Rutigliano and several SUNY Geneseo students and recent alumni immediately responded to the detainment of seven people, two adults and five children, as suspected illegal immigrants from a routine traffic stop Thursday evening. Rutigliano returned a request for comment at 1:39 a.m. Friday while outside the Irondequoit Border Patrol Office with members of Metro Justice Rochester and the Worker Justice … [Read more...]

Geneseo’s Social Host Law Turns One, Student Trustees Talk Enforcement

GENESEO – The controversial Social Host Law has now been in effect for one year. Since its passage, three people, all college students, have been charged with violations. Many SUNY Geneseo students have vocally opposed the law since its passage in April 2015. It establishes a violation-level charge and $250 fine when a person is proven to be in control of a residence where underage people are being served alcohol or drugs illegally. Village … [Read more...]

Geneseo Swears in Rutigliano and Cook as Trustees

GENESEO – The Village of Geneseo officially swore in its two youngest trustees in its history Monday night in front of many proud family members and friends. Mary Rutigliano, 19, and Matthew Cook, 20, took an oral oath of office as Trustees of the Village of Geneseo. "Our first meeting was informative," said Rutigliano. "Everybody at the office is really good at preparing us." "It was really nice," said Cook. "We had a lot of e-mails, … [Read more...]

SUNY Geneseo President Commends Students for Election Win

GENESEO – Denise Battles, the president of SUNY Geneseo, congratulated students Mary Rutigliano and Matthew Cook on their successful election to the Village Board of Trustees on Wednesday. Battles wished Rutigliano and Cook well in their terms in office and reminded them of the dedication that their duty will require. "Congratulations to Matt Cook and Mary Rutigliano on their election to the Geneseo Village Board. Their desire to be … [Read more...]

Both Students Win Geneseo Village Trustee in Absentee Ballot Landslide

GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo students Mary Rutigliano and Matthew Cook crushed the political field on Tuesday with a record-shattering number of student absentee ballots, becoming the two youngest Geneseo Trustee-elects in well over 20 years. A total of 594 absentee ballots tipped the scale against candidates Leslie Carson (R), Phil Jones (D), and incumbent Bob Wilcox (D). "We would just like to thank all of the students who helped us out and the … [Read more...]