Boards & Committees

Volunteers Needed!

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to fill vacancies on our commissions, boards, and committees. Apply Here! (Please note that our application system does not support Google Chrome, please use an alternate web browser.)


Each of the four Commissions consists of 9 voting members, 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 the 9 Commissioners must be City of Ithaca Residents.

PUBLIC SAFETY & INFORMATION - Meets on the 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 - Meets on the 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 - Meets on the 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 - Meets on the 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.

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.