Town Boards & Committees

Committees & Collaboration

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 three or four committees. Committees include the Budget Committee, the Public Works Committee, the Planning Committee, the Personnel and Organization Committee, and the Codes and Ordinances Committee. 

Many of our Boards and Committees will continue to broadcast via the ZOOM platform in a hybrid fashion to encourage participation by the public during public hearings and persons to be heard periods, as well as live broadcasting via our YouTubeLivePublicMeeting link.

Links to the Agendas and Materials is below. Links for both Zoom and YouTubeLive are provided on the Meeting Calendar and each Agenda.

Advisory Boards & Committees

Agriculture Committee

The Agriculture Committee is composed of representatives from farm operations in the Town of Ithaca.  Member farms are appointed by the Town Board.  The committee is responsible for advising the Town Board on agricultural policy, oversight of implementation and review of the Town’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan, serving as a conveyance for communication between farm operations and the Town government, and providing educational resources for farmers and town residents and officials.

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Agriculture Committee Members

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

Public Meetings

Meeting are held four times each year.  Committees have a general set day to meet, but periodically they are changed to accommodate members’ schedules or conflicting commitments. The meetings for 2022 include:

  • January 25 at 6pm
  • March 29 at 6pm
  • July 26 at 7pm
  • November 29 at 6pm

Meetings are in the Aurora Conference 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 Agriculture Committee, please contact the Planning Department at planning@town.ithaca.ny.us | (607) 273-1747

Budget Committee

The Budget committee, in collaboration with the Town Supervisor, is responsible for preparing the Tentative Budget which is then presented to the Town Board in early October. The Committee also develops and reviews policies that are related to the Town’s finances, e.g. Procurement and Fund Balance. They also track sales tax revenues and make investment and bonding recommendations to the full Town Board.

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Budget Committee Members

  • Eric Levine, Chair
  • Rod Howe
  • Pam Bleiwas

Public Meetings

Meeting are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12pm, but periodically they are changed to accommodate members’ schedules or conflicting commitments.

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 Budget Committee, please contact the Finance Department at info@town.ithaca.ny.us | (607) 273-1721

Codes & Ordinances Committee

The Codes & Ordinances Committee includes representatives from the Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Conservation Board.  The committee considers proposed changes to the Town Code including new laws and modifications.

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Codes & Ordinances Committee Members

  • Ariel Casper (Planning Board Member)
  • Bill Goodman, Chair (Town Board member)
  • Eva Hoffmann (Conservation Board member)
  • Chris Jung (Zoning Board of Appeals Member)
  • Eric Levine (Town Board member)
  • Rob Rosen (Town Board Member)

Public Meetings

Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm. Committees have a general set day to meet, but periodically they are changed to accommodate members’ schedules or conflicting commitments.

Meetings are in the Aurora Conference 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 Codes & Ordinances Committee, please contact the Planning Department at planning@town.ithaca.ny.us | (607) 273-1747

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is a standing committee of the Town Board and consists of 3 Town Board members. This committee addresses land-use, zoning, housing, historic preservation, transportation, and preservation of farm land and open space.

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Planning Committee Members

  • Rich DePaolo, Chair
  • Bill Goodman
  • Margaret Johnson

Public Meetings

Planning Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3pm  Committees have a general set day to meet, but periodically they are changed to accommodate members’ schedules or conflicting commitments.

Meetings are in the Aurora Conference 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 Planning Committee, please contact the Planning Department at planning@town.ithaca.ny.us | (607) 273-1747

Public Works Committee

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Public Works Committee Members

  • Rod Howe, Chair
  • Rich DePaolo
  • Rob Rosen

Public Meetings

Meeting are held 3rd Tuesday of each month. Committees have a general set day to meet, but periodically they are changed to accommodate members’ schedules or conflicting commitments.

Meetings are in the Conference Room of the Public Works Facility.  Please see the Town Meeting Calendar for the most up to date meeting dates and documents.

For more information on the Public Works Committee, please contact the Public Works Department at publicworks@town.ithaca.ny.us | (607) 273-1656