Cayuga Heights, New York

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Cayuga Heights, New York
Cayuga Heights, New York is located in New York
Cayuga Heights, New York
Cayuga Heights, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°27′59″N 76°29′19″W / 42.46639°N 76.48861°W / 42.46639; -76.48861Coordinates: 42°27′59″N 76°29′19″W / 42.46639°N 76.48861°W / 42.46639; -76.48861
Country  United States
State  New York
County Tompkins
Settled  ()
Incorporated 1915 (1915)
Named for Cayuga Lake
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 787 ft (240 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,729
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 36-13079
GNIS feature ID 0969981

Cayuga Heights is a village in Tompkins County, New York, United States. The population was 3,729 at the 2010 census.

The Village of Cayuga Heights is in the Town of Ithaca, north of the City of Ithaca. The village is also north of the main campus of Cornell University.


The village is in the former Central New York Military Tract.

The village was formed in 1915 to provide housing for university faculty and local merchants.

Residents of note, past and present[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

The main governmental body of the Village of Cayuga Heights is the Board of Trustees.[2] Meetings are convened by the Mayor or by an appointed deputy.[3]

On January 12, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Cayuga Heights unanimously adopted a resolution declaring freedom from domestic violence to be a fundamental human right.[4]


  • Frederick G. Marcham, 1956 - 1987[5]
  • Ronald Anderson, 1988 - 2002
  • Walter Lynn, 2003 - 2007
  • Jim Gilmore, 2008 - 2012
  • Kate Supron, 2012–present


Cayuga Heights is located at 42°27′59″N 76°29′19″W / 42.466338°N 76.488678°W / 42.466338; -76.488678 (42.466338, -76.488678).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.

The village is at the south end of Cayuga Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

Cayuga Heights borders, on its north, the Village of Lansing.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,273 people, 1,497 households, and 772 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,850.9 people per square mile (714.0/km2). There were 1,584 housing units at an average density of 895.8 per square mile (345.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 85.73% White, 1.86% African American, 0.06% Native American, 8.95% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.57% of the population.

There were 1,497 households out of which 17.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 2.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.4% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the village the population was spread out with 15.3% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $74,258, and the median income for a family was $122,746. Males had a median income of $70,893 versus $33,621 for females. The per capita income for the village was $47,493. About 1.5% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty-five or over.

Fire Department[edit]

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department was founded in 1955 and currently provides fire, rescue, and ALS first-response emergency medical services to the village, areas of the Town of Ithaca, and sections of Cornell University. The department is an all-volunteer agency with response times averaging under three minutes. This is due to the department's dedicated volunteers, as well as the innovative and highly successful "bunker program" that allows for 7-8 Firefighter/EMT's to live in a second floor dormitory and provide duty shifts in exchange for their room in the station. Unlike conventional membership recruiting/acceptance methods, the department recruits and restricts new member acceptance to bi-annual "recruit classes" in tandem with the academic semesters.

Deer culling controversy[edit]

On April 4, 2011, the village Board of Trustees approved a plan to reduce the deer population by sterilizing 20 to 60 does in two years while killing the remaining 160 to 200 deer in the village. Professor Paul Curtis who has worked with the Board of Trustees in 2005 stated, "The primary problems that the deer cause to the community are damage to garden plants, deer-vehicle accidents and the potential threat of the spread of foreign diseases.” Opposition to the deer culling program both in Cayuga Heights and nationally has criticized the culling program as "war on sweet innocent deer", "brutal slaughter" and Cayuga Heights as a "constant killing field".[8] Local opposition group has accused the Board of Trustees actions as deceptive and dishonest while calling for alternatives to killing of the deer such as cutting off the main food source for the deer by requiring fencing home gardens.[9]


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