IC Community Responds to Resignation of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick

Svante Myrick, Ithaca’s youngest and longest-serving mayor, will step down Feb. 6 after 10 years of service. Throughout his tenure, Myrick has worked closely with the leaders of Ithaca College and faculty.

Myrick, a Cornell alumnus, announced his resignation On January 5, stating that he had accepted a leadership position at People for the American Way, a leading progressive advocacy group in WashingtonCC. Myrick quoted the continued attacks on democratic norms by Republican lawmakers ahead of the 2022 midterms as the reason for his taking the job. Myrick will be replaced through VScommmon VSadvice RRepresentative Laura A. Lewis.

“I love Ithaca,” said Myrick in his ad. “I loved serving this vsity, and I believe my serve made a difference. It has been the honor of my life to serve as the 44th mayor of Ithaca – and the oldest mayor in our history.

In a statement to IthacaLa Jerne Cornish, acting president of Ithaca College, praised Myrick’s time as mayor, including his involvement in establishing the college’s new physician assistant. Studies Program, which can be found on The Commons. The Physician’s Assistant P studiesprogram was launched in October 2021 and offers a 27-month MSc program for 30-50 graduate students.

“Just as the city of Ithaca was honored with Svante’s leadership, Ithaca College was honored with their friendship, support and advocacy,” Cornish said. “More recently, Svante has been a key partner in establishing the college’s presence on Jil Ithaca Commons with the opening of our pdoctor aAssistant program installation – a major moment for this institution.

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Myrick collaborated with the administrations of Cornell University and Ithaca College to manage the economic and academic fallout from the pandemic In Ithaca. Because Ithaca is a college town that attracts about 30,000 students, the closures of the two schools have hit Ithaca businesses particularly hard. Myrick also oversaw the passage of Ithaca Green New Dealwhich will transform the city’s energy system to be 100% carbon-free by 2030.

“Ithaca is a college town and through its service to this community, Svante has enriched the lives and experiences of our students, faculty and staff,” said Cornish. “On behalf of Ithaca College, I offer Svante our deepest gratitude, and I look forward to seeing how he shines in his new role leading People for the American Way.”

Senior Jonah Robertson said while he grew up just outside of Ithaca, he had visited the town frequently since he was around seven years old. because both of his parents grew up in the area. After Ithaca elected Myrick as mayor of Ithaca in 2012, Robertson noted he began to notice the effects of his governance.

“I remember when Svante came and redid the circulation system in places like the Octopus,” Robertson said.

The Octopus is a nickname used by Ithacans for a complex multi-lane intersection in western Ithaca that experiences frequent traffic jams. Under Myrick’s leadership, the city passed many transportation revitalization plans, some of which address The octopus.

Senior Leticia Guibunda is the vice pcampus affairs resident to the college student governance council (CMS). Guibunda said that as one of SGC’s leaders, she supports many of Myrick’s efforts to improve the city, such as the renovation of The Commons as well as his prioritization of public safety. After former governor. Andrew Cuomo signed executive order demanding police reform, Myrick administration passed legislation replace the Ithaca Police Department with a bureau of the Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety.

“One thing that was really important to me was the issue of public security,” Guibunda said. “That’s one of the reasons I got involved in student government to begin with. One of the things that have always impressed and admired me about the mayor is his commitment to public safety in Ithaca.

Guibunda is an international student from Brazil. Guibunda said when he first visited Ithaca with his mother, they thought Myrick was a dynamic leader and were impressed with his renovations on The Commons.

“Although it is a loss for the VSof Ithaca to lose someone who has been such a great leader for a long time now, I think it’s a good thing that he’s continuing,” Guibunda said.

Robertson said that as a child he went to Sherburne-Earlville Central School District, which is the same school district Myrick attended when he was growing. When Robertson was a student, Myrick revisited his school district. Robertson said he felt connected to Myrick’s life storywhile Myrick grew up in poverty and experienced periodic homelessness.

“I remember him coming to our school and giving interviews in the halls and introducing himself,” Robertson said. “He came from the same… kind of background as me, as coming from nothing to go to something. I was like, ‘Oh, this person is from the same high school and has the same roots as me.’ It was really good.”

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