Returning to Council to Continue the Fight
After being appointed to Common Council in October 2021, I became Council's youngest member and the first Cornell student to join since Former-Mayor Svante Myrick in 2007.
I have wasted no time since joining, working on Collegetown development, housing rights across the City, and reconnecting the student voice to city matters. I serve on the Planning and Economic Development Committee, working to help all our communities rebound from COVID-19, especially our small businesses and restaurants in Collegetown. As a member of the City-Cornell Working Group, I bridge our town-gown relations as both an alderperson and a current student. Within Council, I co-liaise between the Common Council and the Tompkins County Board of Legislators, unifying our city and county governments, and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, economically growing our entire community.
As a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Leadership, Inequality Studies, and Law & Society, I have utilized my formal education directly as a city official and advocate in our community. As a student, I organized thousands of voters as a co-founder and the president of Cornell Votes, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping all students vote. At the national level, Cornellians voted almost 20 points higher than in 2016, finally pushing Cornell over the national average under my leadership. And as the Cornell Student Assembly's youngest Director of Elections, I increased voter turnout by 33% and 31% in the spring and fall semesters of 2021 as well.
But now, in Ithaca's 4th Ward, I am here to continue to prove that a district such as Collegetown and West Campus need not be divided between students and permanent residents, but united under an effective alderperson who understands and advocates for all of our communities' needs. And we can't do that without every homeowner, student, and renter turning out to vote. I hope to see you on the campaign as we vote to keep Patrick on Council!