Community Life Commission


Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Common Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.  If a meeting should fall on a nationally recognized holiday when city offices are closed, the meeting may take place the following Thursday at the same time and in the same location.

Agenda & Minutes

Agendas are available on the Thursday prior to the meeting.  Minutes are posted upon approval by the Commission.

Most Recent Agenda
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Mural Proposal: "Women in Nature" By Jessica Harron & Megan Parker

Overview & Duties

The Community Life Commission is charged with providing Common Council and the appropriate committees thereof, the City’s quasi-judicial boards, and City staff with advisory research, public input, and analysis for matters related to:

  • Art and public art in Ithaca, including public art displays, programs, and exhibitions.
  • Rental housing, including the accessibility, affordability, and quality of rental housing, tenant’s rights, and such other matters.
  • Youth and youth development.
  • Issues impacting Ithaca’s most vulnerable communities, including refugee, immigrant, and elderly communities.
  • Issues related to the college and graduate student populations of, and the administrations of, local institutions of higher education, including Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. 
  • Issues of concern to Ithaca’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer communities
  • Diversity and the importance of diversity in Ithaca
  • Sustainability, food and food systems, and environmental remediation and contamination.

The Commission is also charged with serving as a means of engaging in community outreach and receiving community input on the above-described subject matter in a manner consistent with the diversity, accessibility, and sustainability goals of the City and in conjunction with all appropriate Commissions, as necessary, to achieve such goals.


Lisa Swayze, Chair                                                              
Term expires December 31, 2020
Susi C.Y. Li                                                          
Term expires December 31, 2020
Rusty Keeler                                                                  
Term expires December 31, 2020
Caroline Byrne                                                                   
Term expires December 31, 2020
Ishaan Bakhle                                                                  
Term expires December 31, 2021
Maria Thomadaki                                                                
Term expires December 31, 2021
Sean Hillson                                                                  
Term expires December 31, 2021
Megan Nettleton                                                                  
Term expires December 31, 2021
Joy Das                                                                
Term expires December 31, 2021
Donna Fleming
Common Council Liaison
George McGonigal
Common Council Liaison
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