ITHACA, N.Y. — Alderperson Cynthia Brock, who represents the First Ward, has announced she will seek re-election to Ithaca Common Council.

Brock is running to represent several residential neighborhoods including the West Hill and Floral Avenue neighborhoods, Nate’s Floral Estates, East State/MLK Street, Collegetown Terrace, South Hill and Spencer Road neighborhoods.

Brock was first elected in 2011 and said Ithaca is on the cusp of transformative change.

“As we rezone our waterfront and neighborhoods, we set the guidelines for the kind of development we want to see in our City,” Brock said in a news release. “Making sure that new development enhances our community rather than overwhelming it is essential. Ithaca and Tompkins County need safe, accessible, and affordable housing. Ithaca must enhance and preserve our strong economic and cultural base by promoting the growth of quality jobs and a livable, vibrant community structure that is welcoming, supportive, and compassionate.”

Brock serves on the Planning and Economic Development Committee of Common Council and is the Chair of the Special Joint Committee of the inter-municipal Ithaca Area Waste Water Treatment Facility.

The First Ward includes commercial and industrial districts such as the Emerson/Chain Works district, the South West commercial district, Cherry Street and Carpenter Business Park Industrial Areas, Inlet Island and the Fulton and Meadow Corridor. The First Ward also contains several parks, recreation and municipal facilities such as Cass Park, the Waterfront and Black Diamond Trails, Six Mile Creek natural area, Farmer’s Market, Community Garden, Ithaca Water Treatment Plant, Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Plant, Tompkins County Solid Waste and Ithaca Police and Fire Department Facilities.

Brock said it is good that Ithaca’s property tax base is growing, and property tax rates are decreasing, but she said as the city grows, it must balance demands on government services with the restrictions of New York’s 2 percent tax levy cap.

“We continue to face tough budgeting choices and a municipal workforce diminished by the 2008 financial crisis. I remain committed to making sure the City addresses its infrastructure and maintenance needs and to supporting our City’s dedicated and skilled workforce,” Brock said.

Featured image by Jolene Almendarez/Ithaca Voice

Kelsey O'Connor

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