ITHACA, N.Y. — The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) announced their Board of Directors election results on Wednesday. Elected by the DIA stakeholders, the nine members of the Board were voted in on Monday, June 22. 

The board members will oversee the special assessment funds obtained within the 22-block Business Improvement district of downtown Ithaca and will hold their position for three years. 

Cathay Hart, the general manager of the Ithaca Marriot Downtown on the Commons; Abby Peterson, Vice President, and marketing communications manager at Tompkins Financial; and Joseph Wetmore, owner of 115-117 E. State St. on the Commons and Autumn Leaves Used Books were all re-elected to the board. Seth Adams, owner of the properties at 124 The Commons and 116 W. Seneca St, was also selected for the position. Adams had previously served on the board. 

Ashley Cake, owner of The Watershed and The Downstairs; Nicole Pagano, pharmacist, and owner of Green Street Pharmacy; Megan Vidler, owner of Home Green Home, were all re-elected for commercial tenant’s seat. The newest member of this position, Amy Cohen, is the founder and director of Circus Culture and co-owner of One Ring Donuts.  

Dustin Patte ran unchallenged and was elected for the position of resident’s seat. 

The Board of Directors meets every third Monday of each month. The upcoming meeting is on July 20, at 6 p.m. The meetings that are open to the public are currently being held via Zoom.  If you would like more information or the link to the meeting, email  

Editor’s Note: Dustin Patte is Sponsorship and Development Coordinator for The Ithaca Voice. His position did not impact our coverage.