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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — This year we have the opportunity to elect Derek Osborne, an outstanding candidate, who will be an outstanding Sheriff!

He is totally qualified including FBI academy training! He has been promoted through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office, including a promotion to Undersheriff by the current Sheriff, and he knows this community well!

Now more than ever we need a well-trained person with integrity and leadership to effectively manage and administrate the Office of Sheriff without overspending the budget like the current Sheriff!

We desperately need a Sheriff who is up to date, who is accountable, and who understands the importance of properly and safely running the Tompkins County Jail without demanding a new jail!

We do not need a person like the current Sheriff who claims to have files on residents (Ithaca and elected officials or whom systematically destroyed a home (Ithaca Journal January 2015) over a DWI arrest Warrant! Most importantly we need a Sheriff that shows up and participates in our community, government and the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office!

I urge all of my fellow democrats to come out and vote on Primary day Thursday September 13 to take the first step in electing Derek Osborne Sheriff of Tompkins County!


Peter J. Meskill

Sheriff of Tompkins County 1999-2010