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Appointments to Industrial Development Agency Approved

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Legislature confirmed Chair Martha Robertson’s appointments to the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency for 2018. Approved were four members of the Legislature: Rich John, as Chair of the IDA, and Legislators Robertson, Mike Sigler, and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne. Member-At-Large Laura Lewis (member of City of Ithaca Common Council) was also approved for a two-year term on the IDA. The vote was 10-3, with Legislators Deborah Dawson, Shawna Black, and Henry Granison dissenting (Legislator Anne Koreman was excused). As at the Legislature’s last meeting, several members of the public again addressed the Legislature, asking that membership of the IDA include a workers’ representative, such as from the Tompkins County Workers Center.

While it was noted that non-legislator members Jennifer Tavares (Tompkins County Area Development representative) and Grace Chiang are continuing in their two-year terms on the IDA, the Legislature learned today that Ms. Chiang is resigning from the IDA, but has agreed to serve until her replacement is appointed. TCAD, which staffs the IDA, will begin the process of seeking potential candidates for the seat.