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Board of Trustees

I moved to Ithaca in 1978.  I knew immediately this is where I wanted to spend the rest of my life. It was the perfect place to raise my daughter, find stimulating employment, hike and ski in the woods and canoe on the rivers and lakes.  I lived in Belle Sherman until 2005 when I married David Woodard, a long-term resident of Cayuga Heights. Until then I had only ventured into the Village to visit my best friend, being careful to drive the same route so I wouldn’t get lost. I quickly fell in love with both David and the Village.

While living in the City of Ithaca I served as a member and then chair of the Natural Areas Commission  and was active in the PTA.  When I was asked to be on the Board of Trustees, I said yes without hesitation. Two years later when I was asked to replace our former mayor, Kate Supron I tried hard to say no.

I received a B.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Loyola in New Orleans and an M.S. in Forestry and Environmental Science from Yale. I worked at Cornell for 36 years as a statistician and computer modeler in a variety of departments: the Division of Nutritional Science, the Ecosystems Research Center and the Center for Advanced Computing.  I did not think there was anything in my background that would be helpful as mayor.

I was wrong.  A strong and diverse Board and a highly skilled and hard-working Village staff have made up for my deficiencies. I sit on the Public Work and the Admin/HR Committees.  It has been a privilege to be your mayor.  It’s the best job I have ever had.

After living in the Village for 28 years, I was elected to the Board of Trustees this Spring, and now look forward to making my contribution to the welfare of this lovely community.
My wife and family returned to Ithaca in 1993 from the University of Michigan when I was recruited to chair Cornell’s Department of Architecture. My wife, Susann Eshleman, and I both studied at Cornell in the 1960-70’s, and as students, lived in Cayuga Heights. Thus, we knew we wanted to live in the Village, finally purchasing the Weigand home on Upland Rd. As an architect, I was thrilled to have one of the early homes in the neighborhood to care for and restore.
Following my undergraduate years at Cornell, I joined the Peace Corps and spent time as an architect in Micronesia. On my return, I attended the Yale Graduate School of Fine Arts, and after a brief academic appointment at Cornell (while my wife finished graduate school), I joined the architecture faculty at the University of Michigan. In 2020, after 27 years, I retired from Cornell, having been Professor of Architecture & Chair, as well as having been Cornell’s Dean of Students from 2001-2015. Presently, I am getting used to the luxury of my own schedule, spending lots of time in my wood shop, and with my cars. And not least, I am pleased and honored to have the time and opportunity to serve the Village as one of its Trustees.

Jim Marshall has been a resident of the Village for seven years and has served on the Board since 2015. He previously served on the City of Ithaca Board of Zoning Appeals for 12 years, and has experience in the areas of town design and rural conservation. 

He has an BA in History from Dartmouth and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. 

I am a twenty-nine-year resident of the Village and a retired Cornell faculty member who worked in the computational mathematics area for forty-one years. Throughout my career I have interacted with research scientists and engineers, all the while using the classroom and textbook writing to refine my skills as a communicator of complicated technical ideas. That said, I am prepared to work as a Trustee on issues that surround clean water, sustainable energy, and safe roadways—all of which have a technical dimension and require community understanding. The Village has done a masterful job in handling these issues in the past, but it is subject to outside forces as never before making this the worst possible time to be complacent. Transparent decision-making is essential I have a great deal of experience with that having served as the University’s Dean of Faculty for five years.

It has been an interesting year, to say the least. I joined the Village Board of Trustees in the Spring of 2020, right around the time when the pandemic was just beginning. After a year of meetings over Zoom, I was excited to attend my very first in-person meeting as a Board member just this past July. My interest in serving as a Trustee stems primarily from understanding that Cayuga Heights is a special place, and wanting to see that it continues to be such a thriving and caring community.
My background is in Finance and Accounting. Before returning to school for graduate studies, I was a Financial Analyst for the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. As part of my job, I came up with financial reporting policies for agencies like the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and other agencies that helped manage natural resources. I also worked on special projects with the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), helping to set accounting guidance for the federal government.
I first moved to Ithaca in 2006 to do my PhD at Cornell in the Johnson School. I lived just off Triphammer Road, and would walk home from school nearly every day through the Village. After finishing my degree, I moved to Urbana, Illinois with my husband, Michael, where I joined the faculty at the University of Illinois. I was there for just three short years before we were lucky enough to be given the chance to move back to Ithaca in 2014. We immediately knew that we wanted to move to Cayuga Heights, and we now live here with our two young daughters, Maggie and Kate. I currently teach Financial Accounting to MBA and Executive MBA students in the Johnson School. When I’m not teaching, I’m conducting research on how psychological biases affect the decisions of managers and investors. My hope is that my work helps individuals make better financial decisions.
On the Village Board I am a member of both the Admin and Finance Committees. I really enjoy my role on each, and believe that my background and work experiences have given me unique insight into the issues that relate to governmental accounting and financial decision making. I can’t imagine a better place for us to raise a family, and I look forward to meeting many of you in the future and continuing to serve as one of your Trustees.

My family and I have resided in the Village of Cayuga Heights for over 24 years.  Since 2013, I have been a member of the Village Board of Trustees, and served on the Finance, Public Works, and IT committees. I reside on Forest Drive, with my wife, Catheryn, where we have raised both our children.  Prior to my retirement from Cornell, I served as the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the Cornell Law School with responsibility for directing the financial, accounting, budgeting, human resources, capital construction and facility functions at the School.  I began my career at Cornell in the Division of Nutritional Sciences overseeing the computerization of the business office accounting system. 

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. Prior to relocating to the Ithaca area, my background and training was in health care administration, working in research, clinical studies, and direct patent services. While a resident of Tompkins County I have served on a number of community organizations, including the Tompkins County Health Planning Council, the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, the Ithaca Child Care Center, and Temple Beth-El.

I strongly believe in engaging with the community where we reside and giving back to the community using my skills.   Cayuga Heights is a special place to live and I am proud to be providing my services to the Village.

Trustee Peter Salton has lived in Cayuga Heights since 1996 and in the Ithaca area for most of his life.  He attended Ithaca schools and is a Cornell University graduate.  After careers in publishing and computer sales, Trustee Salton graduated from University of New Hampshire School of Law, is a local attorney and has been in private practice since 1997.  Before being elected to his first term as Village of Cayuga Heights Trustee in 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca for seven years.  He has served as Deputy Mayor and serves on the Village’s Public Safety Committee.  In addition, Trustee Salton also serves the Village as Secretary and Executive Committee member on the board of directors of the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium.  “It has been a privilege to have served the Village and I am always available to help our citizens any way I can.”

Trustee Peter Salton has lived in Cayuga Heights since 1996 and in the Ithaca area for most of his life.  He attended Ithaca schools and is a Cornell University graduate.  After careers in publishing and computer sales, Trustee Salton graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, is a local attorney, and has been in private practice since 1997.  Before being elected to his first term as Village of Cayuga Heights Trustee in 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca for seven years.  He has served as Deputy Mayor and serves on the Village’s Public Safety Committee.  In addition, Trustee Salton also serves the Village as Secretary and Executive Committee member on the board of directors of the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium.  “It has been a privilege to have served the Village and I am always available to help our citizens any way I can.”

The Board of Trustees meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All Board of Trustee meetings are held at Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise advertised.

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Meeting Dates, Minutes of the Board

Board of Trustees Meeting May 18th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Marcham Hall  Zoom Link

Agendas will be posted as soon as available. Minutes will be posted after they have been approved by the Board of Trustees, which is typically during the next regular meeting. If you would like to request a copy of draft minutes, please inquire to info@cayuga-heights.ny.us.

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05-18-2022May Meeting 2022Download
04-20-2022April Meeting 2022DownloadZoom
04-04-2022April Organizational Meeting 2022DownloadDownloadDownload
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03-16-2022March Meeting 2022DownloadDownloadDownload
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02-16-2022February Meeting 2022DownloadDownloadDownload
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01-19-2022January Meeting 2022DownloadDownloadDownload
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12-15-2021December Meeting 2021DownloadDownloadDownload
11-17-2021November Meeting 2021DownloadDownloadDownload
10-20-2021October Meeting 2021DownloadDownloadDownload
09-15-2021September Meeting 2021DownloadDownloadDownload
08-18-2021August Meeting 2021DownloadDownloadDownload
07-21-2021July Meeting 2021DownloadDownloadDownload
06-16-21June Meeting 2021DownloadDownloadDownload