ITHACA, N.Y. — Legislator Will Burbank, D-Ithaca, announced Thursday he will not run again for Tompkins County Legislature.

Burbank has served as a legislator for about nine years and represents District 12, which covers the southwestern corner of the Town of Ithaca, including upper South Hill, Inlet Valley and a portion of West Hill. He was previously a member of the Town of Ithaca Board.

“I have been honored to serve as local elected official for more than fifteen years and have come to have enormous respect for my colleagues and the incredible staff members who keep things running smoothly,” Burbank said a news release. “I am heartened by the increased interest in local government and I fully expect that there will be a number of competitive races for local offices in the fall. This is good for our community and good for our democracy.”

All seats of Tompkins County Legislature are open in 2017. Legislator Carol Chock also announced she will not seek re-election. Legislators who have announced they will run again are Rich John and Dan Klein.

Election 2017: Seats open in Tompkins County

On Tompkins County Legislature, Burbank serves on the Government Operations and Health & Human Services committees. He is also on the Board of Health and the Tompkins County Industrial Agency. Burbank has been an advocate for economic and social justice. He has previously chaired the planning and economic development committees.

Burbank lives on West Hill with his wife. He works as a substitute teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School.

Kelsey O'Connor

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