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Legislature Pays Tribute to Departed Colleagues

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Legislature Pays Tribute to Departed Colleagues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Legislature observed a minute of silence for two long-time public servants through the Tompkins County Board of Representatives—now known as the Tompkins County Legislature—who passed away this month.  Former County Representative John Marcham served nearly ten years on the Legislature—as 5th Ward rep from 1968-1973 and as 4th ward rep from May 1978 to the end of 1981.  Phyllis Howell was, first, Clerk of the Tompkins County Board of Supervisors, then the Board of Representatives from its inception in 1970 to the end of May 1991, serving the County in those positions for 25 years. 

Legislature Chair Mike Lane described Clerk Howell as “legendary” and Mr. Marcham as “a really remarkable person,” who continued to be heavily interested and involved in this community long after he left the Board of Representatives.