Downtown Ithaca stakeholders elect nine board members 

ITHACA, JUNE 24, 2020 — Nine individuals — four downtown Ithaca property owners,  four commercial tenants, and one resident —  were elected to the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) Board of Directors during the nonprofit organization’s Annual Meeting held Monday.
Downtown property owners re-elected Cathy Hart, Abby Peterson, and Joseph Wetmore and elected Seth Adams who has previously served on the board.
Hart is the general manager of the Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons;  Peterson is VP and marketing communications manager at Tompkins Financial; Wetmore owns 115-117 E. State St. on the Commons and Autumn Leaves Used Books; and Adams owns properties at 124 The Commons and 116 W. Seneca St.
For the commercial tenant’s seat, business owners re-elected Ashley Cake, owner of The Watershed and The Downstairs; Nicole Pagano, owner and pharmacist at Green Street Pharmacy; Megan Vidler, owner of Home Green Home and elected Amy Cohen, the founder and director of Circus Culture and co-owner of One Ring Donuts.
For the resident’s seat, Dustin Patte, was elected as an unopposed candidate.
Board members serve a three-year term on the board, a group of individuals who are tasked to oversee the use of special assessment funds collected within the 22-block Business Improvement District of downtown Ithaca.
The Board of Directors meeting are held on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. on July 20.  Meetings are open to the public. The board is currently conducting meetings via Zoom. If you want the link to the meeting, email


Darlene M. Wilber, Communications Manager
Downtown Ithaca Alliance

Images of the newly elected Downtown Ithaca Alliance Board of Directors members available below

Cathy Hart

Ashley Cake

Abby Peterson

Seth Adams

Joseph Wetmore

Amy Cohen

Dustin Patte

Megan Vidler

Nicole Pagano