City Prosecutor

Prosecution for the City of Ithaca

The City Attorney's office prosecutes certain types of cases for the city.  Assistant City Attorney Robert A. Sarachan is the City Prosecutor.


The City Prosecutor holds walk-in office hours in his office on a first-come, first-served basis on most Wednesday mornings, as noted on the right of this page - no appointments.  

While the Prosecutor is usually available during these hours, due to the uncertainty of court and other factors, you may wish to email or call ahead to confirm office hours, as there are some of these times which are quite busy, or when the prosecutor may not be available.


The City prosecutes cases which include the following:
  • Noise, open container, public urination, littering, underage possession of alcohol (see FAQ, Penalty Chart, and City Code Violation Tickets)
  • Traffic Tickets (see Traffic Ticket page)
  • Cell Phone Use/ Texting Ticket: Distracted Driving Course
  • Exterior maintenance cases - garbage, sidewalks, etc.
  • Building code
  • Zoning
  • Fire code
  • Dogs: off leash, biting, unlicensed
  • Most other Ithaca City Code Violations
  • Parking ticket trials (See FAQ)
  • Other miscellaneous matters

Requests for Adjournments

Do not contact the prosecutor to request an adjournment - only the Ithaca City Court can grant an adjournment.