Boards & Committees

Volunteers Needed!

We are seeking chairs, commissioners & advisors for our newly formed commissions and we also have seats open on many of our other boards and committees.

What are the 4 Commissions?

PUBLIC SAFETY & INFORMATION - 1st Monday of the month at 6:00 pm
Policing-Fire Protection-Emergency Response-Emergency Preparedness-Public Information-City Communications-Substance Abuse-Gorge Safety-Commons-Noise-Festivals

PARKS, RECREATION & NATURAL RESOURCES - 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm
Parks-City Cemetery-Newman Golf Course-Recreation (non-youth)-Natural Areas-Trees & Shrubs - Waterways & Waterfront-Marinas & Docks-City Pools-City Ice Rink

COMMUNITY LIFE - 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm
Public Art-Rental Housing-Youth & Youth Development-Refugee & Immigrant-Aging & Elderly-Town Gown & Students-LGBTQIA+-Diversity & Inclusion-Sustainability-Food Systems

MOBILITY, ACCESSIBILITY & TRANSPORTATION - 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 pm
Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure-Accessibility & Disability Awareness-Parking-Traffic Calming-Public Transit-Sidewalks-Multi-use Trails-Taxis & other Services.

Each Commission has 9 voting Commissioners and up to 10 non-voting Advisors with interest or expertise.  Chairs and Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor.  Advisors are appointed by the Commission.  Chairs and 7 of 9 Commissioners must be City of Ithaca residents.  Interested?
Apply Here!

Topics You Care About & More Ways to Get Connected

The new commissions are designed to broaden engagement from local residents on topics important to everyone!

The new commissions will:
  • Create additional opportunities for public input and facilitate discussion and/or Q&A sessions with the public on city matters
  • Research matters that might appear before Common Council or another city board
  • Make recommendations regarding city processes and policies

Other Boards and Committees

If you are interested in other topics, consider applying to serve on one of the city's other boards or committees.  You can find information about them at the links on the side of this page.

Appointment Process:

If you are interested in serving on a board, committee, or commission please complete our on-line application form.  Once we receive the the completed form, it is shared with the Mayor for consideration.  It is common for appointments to committees to take a few months as most appointments are made by the Mayor and subject to the approval of Common Council (Common Council only meets once per month).

Please contact the City Clerk's Office with any questions at (607) 274-6570.

Video Archive & Live Streaming

Both video archives and live streaming for Common Council, the Planning and Economic Development Committee and the City Administration Committee are available online.