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Legislature Bids Farewell to Departing Legislators

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Legislature said good-bye to four long-time Legislators at their final meeting before the current Legislature term ends at year’s end. Leaving legislative service are Legislators Dooley Kiefer (District 10/Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights), Jim Dennis (District 5/Ulysses and Enfield), Carol Chock (District 3/City/Town of Ithaca), and Will Burbank (District 12/Town of Ithaca).

Many Legislators thanked their departing colleagues for their years of dedicated service and commitment to the people of Tompkins County. Calling it bittersweet, Legislator Martha Robertson calculated that, along with former colleague Peter Stein, who resigned last fall, the departing Legislators collectively have 64 years of service on the Legislature. Those leaving the Legislature also reflected fondly on their time of service, and the shared value for their legislative colleagues.

“Not only are we a team trying to do the best for our constituents and community, we are also a family,” Legislature Chair Michael Lane said, and he observed that it felt like when family members were leaving Everyone’s unique contributions are deeply valued and will be missed, he said.