Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced on Tuesday that he is running for re-election.
“Today I am announcing that I am ready to work hard to win four more years as Mayor of the City of Ithaca,” he said in a Facebook post.
Myrick was elected in 2011 as one of the youngest mayors in the state and the first black mayor in the city’s history.
Here’s the rest of the mayor’s statement, posted today on Facebook:
Four years ago I knocked on every door in the City of Ithaca.
At the time our City was on the brink of fiscal collapse. We were facing an annual structural budget deficit of $3 million, the threat of mass layoffs, huge tax increases and the delay of critical infrastructure investments. I heard your fear, your frustration, your hopes and your ideas.
You gave me your confidence, your vote and your energy, and today the City of Ithaca is on the right track.
We’ve closed the deficit, lowered the tax rate, created jobs faster than any community in New York State, and found novel ways to make crucial investments to our physical and cultural infrastructure.
But I believe we have more work to do. While our unemployment is low, the cost of housing is too high. Our infrastructure is still needs more investment. Our City needs an active and effective advocate in Albany and Washington.
And I want badly to continue doing the work necessary to move our City forward.
So today I am announcing that I am running for re-election as Mayor of the City of Ithaca.
We will run an active campaign and I will once again be knocking on the door of every voter in the City of Ithaca.
I’ll be asking for your opinion, your advice, and your support.
I love this City, I love to serve this City, and I hope my service can make a difference.