Town Boards & Committees

The Ithaca Town Board manages the services the Town provides to its residents, such as maintaining highways, providing sewer and water services, and regulating land use. The Board is comprised of 7 residents of the Town of Ithaca, one of whom also serves as Town Supervisor. The Town Supervisor and Town Board Members are elected to 4-year terms, which are staggered to ensure continuity. The Town Supervisor and each Town Board Member serves in an at-large capacity, meaning that each member is elected to represent the entire Town and not just a geographical portion of the Town.

Working closely with Town staff, the Supervisor and Board Members establish policy and enact laws to ensure the efficient and fiscally responsible delivery of services, to promote the health, safety, and well-being of Town residents and visitors, and to steward our natural resources.

The Town Supervisor and Town Board Members work in committees, with each member serving on 3-4 committees.

town hall with snow

Town Board Members

  • Rod Howe, Supervisor
  • Rich DePaolo, Deputy Supervisor
  • Pamela Bleiwas
  • Bill Goodman
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Eric Levine
  • Rob Rosen

Public Meetings

The Town Board meets twice each month on Monday evenings. Town Board meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:30pm for the Business Meeting and the 4th Monday of the month at 4:30pm for the Study Session which focuses on committee reports and specific topics, and any action items that are necessary

These meetings are open to the public. Residents and others who have an interest in the Town are strongly encouraged to attend. A portion of the first Town Board meeting of each month is set aside for public comments about any topic the speaker wishes to address.

Meetings are in the Board Room of Town Hall.  Please see the Town Meeting Calendar for the most up to date meeting dates and documents.

For more information on the Town Board, please contact the Town Clerk at info@town.ithaca.ny.us | (607) 273-1721

Town Board Members

Rod Howe

Supervisor
RHowe@town.ithaca.ny.us
(607) 273 1721

Town Committees

Intermunicipal Committees

Ad-Hoc Committees

  • Economic Development Committee- Chair
  • Town Bicentennial Committee

Staff Committees

  • Employee Relations
  • Records Management

Pamela Bleiwas

PBleiwas@town.ithaca.ny.us
(607) 277 0400

Town Committees

Staff Committees

  • Employee Relations – Chair

Intermunicipal Committees

Ad-Hoc Committees

  • Economic Development Committee

Rich DePaolo

Deputy Supervisor
RDePaolo@town.ithaca.ny.us
(607) 273 1721

Town Committees

Intermunicipal Committees

Ad-Hoc Committees

  • Economic Development Committee
  • Short Term Rentals
  • Sidewalk Committee

Margaret Johnson

(607) 273 1721

Town Committees

Staff Committees

  • Employee Relations

Intermunicipal Committees

Ad-Hoc Committees

  • Green New Deal

Eric Levine

ELevine@town.ithaca.ny.us
(607) 216 3421

Town Committees

Staff Committees

  • Records Management Advisory Board Committee

Intermunicipal Committees

Rob Rosen

(607) 273 1721

Town Committees

Intermunicipal Committees

  • Sewer Joint Committee of the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Community Housing Development Fund (CHDF) Program – Town Representative

Meeting Schedule

The Town Board meets twice each month on Monday evenings, and committees meet at least once each month, either during daytime or evening hours, depending on the availability of committee members. These meetings are open to the public. Residents and others who have an interest in the Town are strongly encouraged to attend. A portion of the first Town Board meeting of each month is set aside for public comments about any topic the speaker wishes to address.

Feedback Welcome

The Town Supervisor and Town Board Members welcome contact from the public. Feedback from our constituents will help us better serve the community.

Board & Committee Rosters

Town Board Committees

Budget

  • Eric Levine, Chair
  • Rod Howe
  • Pam Bleiwas

Personnel and Organization

  • Pam Bleiwas, Chair
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Rod Howe

Planning

  • Rich DePaolo, Chair
  • Rod Howe
  • Margaret Johnson

Public Works

  • Rod Howe, Chair
  • Rich DePaolo
  • Rob Rosen

Codes and Ordinances

  • Bill Goodman, Chair
  • Yvonne Fogarty – Planning Board
  • Eva Hoffmann – Conservation Board
  • Eric Levine
  • Rob Rosen

Town Board Ad Hoc Committees

Economic Development     

  • Rod Howe, Chair
  • Rich DePaolo
  • Pam Bleiwas

Sidewalk Committee

  • Rod Howe, Chair
  • Rich DePaolo
  • Bill Goodman

Staff Committees

Employee Relations

  • Pam Bleiwas, Chair
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Rod Howe

*Staff representatives are appointed by fellow staff

Records Management

  • Bill Goodman
  • Rod Howe
  • Eric Levine
  • John Little
  • Paulette Rosa – Facilitator

Citizen Committees

Agriculture Committee

  • Bill Goodman (Town Board Liaison)
  • A.J. Teeter Farm (Matthew Stalker, Chair)
  • Casper’s Farm (Michael Casper)
  • Forest Family Farm (Claire Forest)
  • Indian Creek Farm (Steve Cummins)
  • Ithaca Equestrian Center (Russ Wedemeyer)
  • Laughing Goat Fiber Farm (Lisa Ferguson)
  • Steep Hollow Farm (Christianne M. White)

Conservation Board

  • Lori Brewer, Chair
  • Lindsay Dombroskie (associate member)
  • James Hamilton
  • Eva Hoffmann
  • Joann Kowalski
  • Michael Roberts

Intermunicipal

Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization

  • Margaret Johnson
  • Rich DePaolo (Alternate)

Cayuga Medical Center

  • Rod Howe

Community Housing Development Fund (CHDF) Program

  • Rob Rosen – Town Representative

Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC)

Policy

  • Rod Howe
  • Bill Goodman (Alternate)

Program

  • Sue Ritter
  • Joe Slater

Ithaca College Community Work Group

  • Rich DePaolo

Joint Youth Commission        

  • Rich DePaolo
  • Eric Levine     (Alternate)

Two Year Terms 2021 through 2022:       

  • Christianne White
  • Lorraine Moran
  • Evelyn Karnes
  • Chelsea Benson

Cable Access Oversight Committee (Recommendation to the City Council)

  • Rich DePaolo

Recreation Partnership

  • Eric Levine
  • Pam Bleiwas

Southern Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Water Commission (Bolton Point)

  • Rod Howe
  • Pam Bleiwas
  • E&O – Vacant
  • Public Policy – Rod Howe
  • Personnel –Vacant

Sewer Joint Committee of the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility

  • Bill Goodman
  • Rob Rosen
  • Rich DePaolo

Tompkins County Council of Governments

  • Rod Howe
  • Rich DePaolo (alternate)

Tompkins County Municipal Health Consortium

  • Judy Drake
  • Rod Howe (alternate)

Subcommittee — Joint Committee on Plan Design

  • Judy Drake
  • Rod Howe (alternate)