ITHACA, N.Y. — Mayor Svante Myrick defeated write-in candidate Phoebe Brown with 89 percent of the vote Tuesday night.

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The result ensures that Myrick will have a second term as mayor of the city of Ithaca, a post to which he was first elected at the age of 24.

Myrick gave an emotional speech at Hotel Ithaca Tuesday night that acknowledged criticism of his tenure.

“I was not unopposed and a significant number of people wrote in somebody’s name other than me: they saw the things we know that this city is too expensive for working class poor people to live; that we still – still – have too many potholes,” Myrick said.

Still, Myrick defended the actions of his administration, which he said had done far more to keep property taxes down and improve municipal infrastructure.

Myrick said he won in every district and noted that the Commons storefront vacancy rate is a third of what it was four years ago.

“More businesses are thriving … more families are doing well,” Myrick said. “…And that is because so many of the people in this room are not just involved every 4 years when it’s time to elect a candidate.”

Myrick’s former housemate and friend Nate Shinagawa, who he endorsed, fell to independent candidate Anna Kelles in a surprising outcome Tuesday night.

This is breaking news and we will be providing further updates.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.