Letter to the editor.
This is a letter to the editor from members of the Cortland County Legislature. To submit opinion letters, please review our letters policy here and submit them to Managing Editor Thomas Giery Pudney at tgpudney@ithacavoice.com.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a public health crisis and economic emergency in the Southern Tier. Now, more than ever, we need strong and experienced leaders in Albany who will fight for our community. As your elected representatives, we know it’s important to build strong coalitions and effective partnerships to get things done, and right now, that means working together to make quality and affordable healthcare a  priority, to increase access to childcare, expand broadband availability, create affordable housing, and protect our environment.

Anna Kelles is the candidate who can best represent Assembly District 125. She is a  scientist and a dedicated public servant. She would be the only member of the State  Assembly with a background in epidemiology. For the past 5 years, she has served as a  county legislator in Tompkins County, authoring and passing legislation to protect human rights, immigrant rights, the environment and public health.

Anna has a proven track record as a legislator and the experience to hit the ground running. She has earned broad support from labor unions as well as local, state, and national leaders. More than ever, we need someone with her experience, passion, and commitment to represent our district. We encourage you to vote for Anna Kelles early or on election day.


Doug Bentley, Cortland County Legislator, LD1

Beau Harbin, Democratic Minority Leader and Cortland County Legislator, LD2

Cathy Bischoff, Cortland County Legislator, LD3

Ron VanDee, Cortland County Legislator, LD4

Susan Wilson, Cortland County Legislator, LD5

Richard Stock, Cortland County Legislator, LD6

Ann Homer, Cortland County Legislator, LD7

Sandy Price, Cortland County Legislator, LD 14