Letter to the editor.
This is a letter to the editor from Keith Hannon, Village of Trumansburg Trustee. To submit opinion letters, please review our letters policy here and submit them to Managing Editor Thomas Giery Pudney at tgpudney@ithacavoice.com.

For those of us living in New York State’s 125th Assembly District, we’re fortunate to have several excellent candidates vying to replace Assemblywoman Lifton. As a Village Trustee for Trumansburg, I am obligated to weigh both my personal criteria for a candidate, while considering who can deliver what’s needed for the community I represent. That is why I’m supporting Jason Leifer.

The 125th district is full of rural towns, hamlets, and villages, most of which are struggling to stay in business. We’re all treading water, constantly looking for creative ways to remain viable without taxing our residents into oblivion. Jason understands this because he has fought this battle as both a board member and as Supervisor in the town of Dryden. He knows what it’s like to ask Albany for a life raft and get tossed a cinderblock. Jason knows the difficulty of managing municipal services where Albany mandates policy, but asks the local taxpayer to foot the bill. Jason has a track record of hands-on governing, bringing anti-fracking legislation, solar energy, and municipal internet to Dryden. He knows how we feel about social injustice, he also knows we need to keep ambulances alive.

Jason knows the challenges and stresses associated with raising a family in 2020. In addition to his first-hand experience as a parent, he is an attorney who works for children and families in the courtroom. He has taken the time to meet with childcare providers to understand the challenges providers face to maintain their facilities and the affordability/access obstacles experienced by many parents.

Jason Leifer doesn’t hang his hat on stump speeches or non-binding resolutions. As many of our cherished rural communities, the places whose character defines our region, teeter on the brink of dissolution, I urge you to strongly consider the candidate who has spent years on this battleground and delivered for his people. Now, let’s give him the opportunity to deliver for all of us.

Keith Hannon

Trustee, Village of Trumansburg