Upon the resignation of Former Mayor Svante L. Myrick, Acting Mayor Laura Lewis assumed office on February 7, 2022. During this time, Acting Mayor Lewis will continue to represent the 5th Ward on Common Council. In addition, she serves as Chair of the City's Planning and Economic Development Committee and Chair of the TCAT Board of Directors.
Originally a native of Buffalo, New York, Acting Mayor Lewis has lived and worked in the City of Ithaca for over 40 years. She is retired from Cornell University, where she served as the Director of Student Services in the Industrial and Labor Relations School.
Acting Mayor Lewis looks forward to moving several key initiatives ahead, such as the Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative, the Green New Deal, and the expansion of affordable housing throughout the city.