ITHACA, NY – Dustin Patte is the Sponsorship & Development Associate at The Ithaca Voice. He works to create valuable sponsorship collaborations with local businesses and foster donor relationships to further The Ithaca Voice’s journalistic mission. To learn more about opportunities to partner with The Ithaca Voice through sponsorship or giving, contact Dustin at or (607) 227-1413.

Background: Born and raised Ithacan. Lacrosse, sailing and outdoors enthusiast. I have been formally employed in coaching, hospitality, sales, marketing and advertising.

Favorite Ithaca meal: Sitting down with friends to a bottle of wine and tapas at Just a Taste. Becoming a vegetarian is a huge missed steak!

Favorite way to spend a Friday night in Ithaca: In the summer: watching a sunset from the middle of the lake
In the winter: finding some good live music at a local venue and enjoying it with good drink and even better friends.

Fun fact: Certified sailing instructor, going by the alias captain Caesar Choppy. I’m in the process of finishing off a small boat I have made from scratch, see you on the lake!

Mike Blaney is the executive director and co-founder of The Ithaca Voice.