I'm happy to announce that I will be running for reelection to the Tompkins County Legislature in 2021!
I have served on the Legislature since 2018, during which time I have been an advocate for environmental protections, health and human services, and good government. I have served on the Planning, Energy, and Environmental Quality Committee, the Budget, Capitol, and Personnel Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Complete Count Census Committee, and the Government Operations Committee, which I chaired in 2020 and will chair in 2021. Additionally, I have served as liaison or member to a variety of agency boards including, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Tompkins County Public Library, County Office for the Aging, Health Planning Council, Environmental Management Council and Waste Reduction subcommittee, Water Resources Council and HABs subcommittee, and Public Information Advisory Board.
A few of the projects I have focused on include fighting for a local plastic bag ban, supporting the TC Poet Laureate program, passing a policy to cease purchase of plastics and Styrofoam within County operations, revising the County forest management plan, updating the County website, undertaking a revision of the Rules of the Legislature, and more.
“I’m proud to serve the people of the Town of Ithaca as their County Legislator. It has been an incredible learning experience to get to know the policies and procedures of County government and I feel honored to have a seat at the table. Most importantly, I have learned that this job is about listening to people, hearing their concerns, and doing what I can to connect them to the help they need. Particularly during this difficult year of 2020, I see my role as a conduit between the constantly shifting landscape of our government response to Covid-19 and the people who very much need information and support. It has been a tough year and I’m grateful to have been in a position to help others.
I am excited to serve the community for another four years as a Legislator, and hope my neighbors and fellow District 12 residents will see me fit to continue in this position.”
All 14 Legislature seats are up for election this year. The designated petitioning process begins February 23rd, with the primary on June 22nd, and the general election on November 2nd. Find more information at the Tompkins County Board of Elections.
2020 was more than just a challenge, it pushed us all right to the edge to see how hard we could hang on. Whether with economic, emotional, mental, or physical struggles, we all faced the pandemic as best we could and we made it through to 2021.
While 2021 will have many similar, and possibly more difficult challenges, we in Tompkins County and New York have grown and changed and adapted to our new circumstances with unprecedented strength. One thing that helped me immensely was the opportunity to get outside and walk in the woods, and I was lucky to be able to do that with my family on many occasions. I hope that you, too, found ways to cope and escape the hardship with loved ones and friends.
We have a busy and uncertain year ahead, but whatever comes, we'll get through it together.
Happy New Year from my family to yours!
After four months on the job, I've finally gotten a few moments to change my website from a campaign site to a Legislator site. It's been an intense and busy winter and I haven't had much chance to reflect on what I've been doing. The steep learning curve has kept me running fast.
This story of regular-mom/citizen-runs-for-office-and-wins is not something that happens to me (or most people) everyday and I want to remember this experience. As a writer, I figured what better way to do that than keep a blog. Maybe it will help people understand what the job is all about. Maybe it will be a way for me to connect with constituents. Maybe it will help me find more insight. Here's hoping it'll be at least slightly entertaining for all involved.
The four other new Legislators and I have been spending a lot of time getting to know the County. That means meeting with every Department and Agency head, reading at least as many documents as I read in Grad school, and visiting facilities and touring buildings that are integral to County functioning. As I said, it's been busy, but I have to say that it has also been great fun. Deb Dawson, Shawna Black, Anne Koreman, and Henry Granison have made this hard work worth all the effort. We have gotten to know and appreciate each other well. I think I'm very lucky to have joined the Legislature with such a knowledgeable, active, involved, dedicated crew. I'm so grateful for them.
Here are a few highlights from the past four months...