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Tompkins County Legislator

Martha Robertson (D)
District 13, Town of Dryden, western part

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Martha Robertson has been on the Legislature since 2002 and in 2018 she is its Chairperson. She previously served as Chair of the Legislature, as well as Chair of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, from 2010 – 2013. Martha is Chair of the Program Oversight Committee of the Community Housing Development Fund, a partnership among Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, and Cornell University, to respond to the affordable housing needs of the county's residents. In addition, she chairs the special Housing Committee for 2018.

Over the years Martha has led the committees on Economic Development, Public Safety, Health and Human Services, and Planning, Development and Environmental Quality. In addition, she chaired the Capital Plan Review Committee from 2010 – 2012, guiding the legislature through a series of critical decisions about the county's downtown facilities.

Martha represents the County on the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council and its Workforce Working Group. Previously she served on the New York State Association of Counties' commissions on Mandate Relief and Medicaid Redesign, and continues to serve on several of the association's standing committees.

During her tenure, Martha's legislative priorities have included expanding housing choice and affordability, fairer taxes in New York, creating jobs through local efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, and providing strong, effective alternatives to incarceration to build a safer, more just community.

Martha's leadership on the issue of hydrofracking included co-founding Elected Officials to Protect New York (, a bipartisan group of 800+ local elected officials from every county in the state.

In 2014, Martha was the Democratic Party's candidate for Congress for New York's 23rd district, endorsed by EMILY's List and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

A Tompkins County resident for 35 years, Martha has been very involved with the Sciencenter since 1988; she is currently a member of its Advisory Board. She has also served as a member of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee.

Before joining the Tompkins County Legislature, Martha was Director of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, in Alumni Affairs at Cornell University. A Cornell graduate, she has been a teacher, a business owner, and a fundraiser for several not-for-profit organizations. Martha and her husband Steve have two children and three grandchildren.

Legislators are elected and serve for four years.  Current terms run from 2018 through 2021.