The Youth Bureau is proud to welcome two new members to our team!
Blake Cute is proud and excited to join the Ithaca Youth Bureau Team as a recreation program specialist at Cass Park. He was introduced to recreation growing up in Cortland, NY where he played soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. His formal introduction to the world of parks and recreation came at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he studied commercial recreation management, co-founded my school’s club ice hockey team, and was a member of the Discover Outdoor Center Team and Leadership staff. While completing his master’s degree at SUNY Cortland, he spent two summers as a guide for Alaska Alpine Adventures. After seven years working as structural and wildland firefighter and EMT, he knew it was time to get back to his true passion: recreation. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and appreciating the amazing Finger Lakes region.
Anthony Maggio is excited to dive into his new role of recreation program specialist after his summer directing the Cass Park Summer Camp. He holds a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from SUNY Cortland. He previously worked with various companies and parks settings in Colorado and Oregon. Some of his roles included programming and running swimming and skiing lessons and teams, juggling, coordinating book clubs, cooking, role-playing to build social skills, and much more. Anthony has always found joy in working with children and being part of their growth and development. His work experience has taught him to wear many hats and embrace diversity and inclusion. Anthony was born and raised in upstate New York, and is excited to return to the region with his wife and young son.