Carolyn K. Peterson

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Carolyn K. Peterson
Mayor of Ithaca, New York
In office
January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2011
Preceded by Alan J. Cohen
Succeeded by Svante Myrick
Member of Common Council
In office
January 1, 1984–December 31, 1991
January 1, 2002–December 31, 2003
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Committees USEPA Local Government Advisory Committee member

Carolyn K. Peterson was Ithaca, New York's first female mayor, first elected in 2003 and reelected in 2007. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and her term ended on December 31, 2011.

History of same-sex marriage in New York State[edit]

On February 27, 2004, New Paltz Mayor Jason West married 25 same-sex couples before a cheering crowd, in front of the Village Hall.

These weddings, coming on the heels of San Francisco's mayor Gavin Newsom led other New York mayors to act. On February 27, 2004, Nyack mayor John Shields announced that he would recognize the New Paltz marriages and on March 1, 2004, Ithaca's mayor Carolyn K. Peterson declared that she would recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.[1]


  1. ^ Crampton, Thomas; Michelle York (2004-03-02). "Hoping Courts Will Address Same-Sex Marriage, Ithaca Begins Accepting Licenses". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

External links[edit]

  • "Mayor's Office". Archived from the original on 2011-12-25. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Alan J. Cohen
Mayor of Ithaca, New York
Succeeded by
Svante Myrick