Ithaca Common Council slot opens up as Josephine Martell steps down

The City of Ithaca says a position is opening up on Common Council to replace alderperson Josephine Martell, who announced last week she’s resigning as of August 24. Common Council is looking for a resident of the 5th ward to fill out the rest of her term.

According to a city statement, the temporary replacement will serve until December 31, 2017, and the vacant seat will be on the ballot this fall to elect a new alderperson as part of the November general election. Martell’s term had been through 2019. Acting mayor Deborah Mohlenhoff is the other Common Council member who serves the 5th ward.

Anyone interested in serving out Martell’s term “should forward a letter of interest and resume to City Clerk Julie Conley Holcomb at or to the City Clerk’s Office, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, New York 14850, no later than August 29, 2017.”

Applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee “pursuant to the Common Council Rules of Procedure,” and the committee will put forth a recommendation to a vote of the full Common Council.

More info about Common Council’s duties are on their website. Questions can go to Holcomb at or 607-274-6570.

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