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The Tompkins County Legislature will operate under the same leadership during the year ahead. At its 2017 organizational meeting, Legislators reelected Legislator Michael Lane (D) to a fourth year as Chair of the Legislature, and Legislator Daniel Klein (D) to a second year as Vice Chair. The positions of Chair and Vice Chair are filled each year by majority vote of members of the Legislature. Chair Lane’s and Vice Chair Klein’s were the only nominations advanced, with each elected by unanimous votes. (Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne was excused.)
Mr. Lane, first elected to the Legislature in 1993, is serving his fifth term on the Legislature, representing District 14 (Eastern part of the Town of Dryden, including the Villages of Dryden and Freeville). He served three consecutive terms, then after a one-term hiatus, was returned to the Legislature for two more.
Mr. Klein, who represents District 7 (Towns of Caroline and Danby, and a portion of the Town of Ithaca), has served on the Legislature since 2014, elected to his first term after serving on the Danby Town Board from 2007 to 2013. Vice Chair Klein has chaired the Legislature’s Government Operations Committee during the past two years and is one of the County’s representatives on the Board of Directors of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT).
Nominating Mr. Lane as chair, Legislator Dooley Kiefer said Lane has done an excellent job leading and representing our county and called it particularly appropriate that he gets to serve as Chair in 2017, the County’s Bicentennial Year. Entering the nomination for Vice Chair, Legislator Anna Kelles expressed her strong support for Mr. Klein as someone who is “very even-keeled, very thoughtful,” with the strength that is needed to help hold the Legislature together.
Mr. Lane thanked his colleagues for supporting him again as Chair. “It’s humbling,” he said. “We’re all equals here. As Chair, I am only the first to get to talk…We do all we can to hold our team together. I am pleased at all the teamwork this body has shown…I think we all have the best interests of all our constituents at heart, as we move forward in these first years of the 21st Century.” Chair Lane will deliver his annual Chair’s message and announce the 2017 committee structure and appointments at the Legislature’s next meeting January 17th.