CAZENOVIA, N.Y.—The former executive director of Longview Senior Living Community in Ithaca has been arrested on charges he had inappropriate contact with two underage girls.

Mark Macera, 68, who is now listed as living in Cazenovia, in Madison County, was arrested late last week on four charges, two of forcible touching (definitions here) and two of endangering the welfare of a child (definition here). All are misdemeanor charges.

According to Cazenovia police and Syracuse.com, Macera is now a bus driver in the Cazenovia School District and the charges stemmed from complaints that two passengers on his bus lodged with a school resource officer, who then notified the district and police on March 1. Macera was subsequently suspended from his job with the district while the investigation was conducted.

According to Syracuse.com’s story, the conduct took place over the course of months.

In response to a request for more information, Longview’s new leadership provided a statement to The Ithaca Voice clarifying that Macera has been gone from Longview for over a year, and said the charges were not related to Longview.

“Mr. Macera retired from Longview at the end of 2020 after 30 years,” said Longview’s current CEO Paul Phillips. “He has had no involvement with Longview since his departure over a year ago. This issue in Cazenovia, NY reported in the news has nothing to do with Longview, its employees, or residents.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com