Boards & Committees
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?
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.
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.
Find agendas and minutes, membership and general overview information about the Common Council.
Policies and procedures for the Department of Public Works are set and revised by the Board of Public Works,
View information about meeting times and dates, membership, agendas and minutes and board duties.
Read meeting, membership and overview information, along with agendas and minutes.
The Ithaca Civil Service Commission oversees the administration of New York State Civil Service Law for the City of Ithaca, Ithaca City School District and Ithaca Housing Authority.
The Community Police Board may recommend rules, bylaws and regulations for the government of the Police Department of the city, not inconsistent with the laws of this state, which may be promulgated through the Chief of Police to the whole force.
The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission (ILPC) is the citizens' body charged with administering and interpreting the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.
The object of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency shall be to carry out the functions and duties of urban renewal in and for the City of Ithaca.
The Planning and Development Board receive and act upon subdivision and site plan review requests, among other things.
The Special Joint Committee (SJC) oversees the operations of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Find information about the Workforce Diversity Advisory Committee.
The Youth Council Advisory Board was established to oversee the activities of the Youth Council.