ITHACA, N.Y. — Former Ithaca Town Supervisor Herb Engman announced he will run for Tompkins County Legislature.
Engman is running for District 11, which covers part of the Town of Ithaca. Engman was Ithaca Town Supervisor for eight years and on the town board for 12 years. As town supervisor, he said he managed a staff of 50 and a budget of $20 million per year.
“I am well-acquainted with the issues confronting the County and will be able to hit the ground running on my very first day in office,” Engman said in a news release.
Engman has a long resume when it comes to past service on local boards and committees. He has served as chair of the Tompkins County Council of Governments, Chair of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, chair of the Tompkins County Planning Advisory Board and chair of the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council.
The District 11 seat is currently occupied by Peter Stein, who has served on Legislature for eight years and indicated he will not run again. Activist Shawna Black is also running for the District 11 seat.
Engman said he has experience in public administration, budget management, immigration, youth programs, health, housing “that middle-income families can afford,” public infrastructure, carbon footprint reduction and energy sustainability, parks and preserves and protecting the environment.
“Given the uncertainty of federal policy and unfunded mandates from the state, Tompkins County needs legislators who can protect our local quality of life and demand improvements so that County residents have good, well-paying jobs and can afford to live in the County if they choose,” Engman said.
Engman has lived in Tompkins County since 1977. Before serving as town supervisor, Engman worked in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University for 35 years. There, he was director of the Cornell Migrant Program and the Cooperative Extension Youth Involvement in the Community Program. He lives in Forest Home with his wife Connie.
On his Facebook page, Engman says he wants to continue his progressive activism. In the past, he has served in the Peace Corps and Teacher Corps.
For more information about Engman, visit his public Facebook page. Read more about his experience below, in a resume he provided.