TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Joining a swath of other incumbent Tompkins County legislators, Mike Lane has announced his candidacy for re-election to represent the county’s 14th District.

Lane has served six terms in the legislature, from 1994-2005 and 2009 to now. The 14th district envelops the eastern portion of the Town of Dryden, as well as the Villages of Freeville and Dryden. Lane also served 10 years as the mayor of Village of Dryden.

In his candidacy announcement, Lane touts his four years leading the legislature as chair, and his work on standing committees for Budget, Capital and Personnel; Government Operations; and Facilities and Infrastructure. Outside of the legislature, Lane is an attorney with a private practice.

“I have the experience and will do my best to provide leadership to help forge essential fiscal compromises in these troubled times,” Lane said. “I would like to continue to work in the best interest of the people of the 14th District and all of Tompkins County.”

The devastating public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are one of Lane’s focuses, saying the recovery is his primary priority for the coming year. Emphasized in that, he said, will be the vaccination effort, though the county government will now have to turn its attention to how to safely and effectively come back once the vaccination has been distributed widely enough.

“While we have already had to take strong fiscal actions, including budget cuts and revenue enhancements, without serious help from the state or federal government, we are in for a rough ride,” Lane said. “We must protect the most vulnerable of our population by supporting housing needs, the environment, and by increasing renewable energy. We must continue to support our sheriff’s road patrol, and our commitment to services for youth and the elderly. We must keep our infrastructure and transportation system healthy.”

Earlier this month, six legislators announced that they would be seeking re-election, and there are currently two challengers who will vie for Anna Kelles’ vacated seat after she was elected to the New York State Assembly.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com