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Posted on: November 18, 2022

City of Ithaca Announces Common Council Vacancy for Fifth Ward


City of Ithaca Announces Common Council Vacancy for Fifth Ward

Fifth Ward Alderperson Laura Lewis announced her intent to resign from Common Council effective December 8, 2022, as she transitions into the role of Mayor of the City of Ithaca. The City of Ithaca extends its appreciation to Alderperson Lewis for her four years of service as a Common Council member, and her continued dedication to our community. We look forward to working with her as Mayor.

Common Council is actively seeking a resident of the 5th Ward to fill this seat until the end of the current term, December 31, 2023. Those interested in representing 5th Ward residents in this capacity are encouraged to forward a letter of interest and resume to City Clerk’s Office. Documents can be accepted in person at the Clerk's Office, via email at, or by mail c/o: City Clerk's Office, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, New York 14850. Applications are being accepted until December 14, 2022. Expressions of interest will be reviewed and considered by a Selection Committee, pursuant to the Common Council Rules of Procedure, and put forth to Common Council for a vote.

Once approved, the selected applicant will serve on Common Council until December 31, 2023. The seat will then be vacated, and placed on the 2023 General Election Ballot, along with all vacant council seats and the mayor. 

In addition to serving the constituents of the 5th Ward, the selected applicant will be charged with full participation in Common Council meetings, scheduled budget meetings, Planning & Economic Development Committee, or City Administration Committee meetings (as assigned), and will act as a Common Council Liaison to assigned committees. 

To find out what ward you reside in, please refer to our resident services search tool here.

More information on the duties and responsibilities of Common Council members can be found here.

Questions can be forwarded to City Clerk at  or (607) 274-6570

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