Svante Myrick, the City of Ithaca’s youngest mayor and first mayor of color, will join the President’s Forum Speaker Series on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room. Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012, at the age of 24. He was first elected to the Common Council at the age of 20 – while still a junior at Cornell.
When he took office, Myrick inherited a $3 million deficit. His first budget included a radical overhaul of City government that merged departments, streamlined processes and successfully closed the deficit – all while delivering the lowest tax increase in the City of Ithaca since 2000.
In his first year in office, his active advocacy in Albany and in Washington D.C. has resulted in more than $20 million of grants and awards from the State and Federal government.
In addition to his economic successes, Myrick has made strides in changing the culture of the City. He changed the way people in Ithaca view public space by turning his parking space into a park; after years without fireworks, he’s brought them back to the City on the 4th of July; and he’s moved Ithaca into the 21st century by embracing social media and overhauling the City’s web presence.
In 2013, Myrick is continuing to press for economic growth in the City and renewing the City’s focus on combating violent crime.
Myrick was featured in an NBC Rock Center feature that was filmed shortly after he took office. In the piece, Myrick speaks of his former teacher and Hobart Alum Jonathan Sherry ’96.
The next President’s Forum Speaker will be activist speaker Judy Shepard, who lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate in Laramie, Wyo. Shepard’s talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 25, in the Vandervort Room.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund kicked off the spring Series, which has also featured political activist and author the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle and Dr. Christopher B. Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College in addition to Myrick.