Our Candidates

JASON LEIFER
Jason is an attorney representing the county's working poor and has served as Dryden's Town Supervisor for the past two years. As a town board member, he worked to get wireless broadband in Dryden and to loosen zoning to allow anyone to open a home-based business in our town. Since becoming supervisor, he has worked to strengthen our community institutions, fight climate change, work toward a living wage, repair our aging infrastructure, improve the business climate, support our first responders, and invest in our people through community centers and recreation programs.

Jason points to Dryden's successful pushback against Anschutz Petroleum as an example of towns using home rule to control their own destiny. He and his wife and two sons live in Ellis Hollow. In his spare time, he has coached Kiwanis Baseball and volunteered at the Varna Community Center and the Ellis Hollow Fair. He would like our town to be the premier place in Tompkins County to live, work, and play.

RICK YOUNG
Since his election as Highway Superintendent four years ago, Rick has hit the ground running. As former Chief of Neptune Hose Company, Rick brings to the job years of management and budgeting skills and a GPS-like knowledge of the town. He ran on a platform of  "responsive, responsible management," and he has met that challenge, reaching out to community members and using feedback to plan everything from plowing to ditching to road and bridge repair.

Recently, Rick helped get a grant to repair two critical bridges in the town. His achievement will save the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Rick looks forward to continuing to lead his team's efforts to keep our infrastructure safe and accessible all year round.


DAN LAMB
Dan now teaches at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, but Tompkins County residents know him best as the former District Representative for US Congressman Maurice Hinchey, for whom Dan ran local offices in Ithaca and in Binghamton. Dan, a 13-year resident of McLean, serves on the Dryden Town Board as Deputy Supervisor.

Dan hopes to reduce Dryden's property tax burden by finding strategic opportunities for economic development that will grow our tax base. He is working to revitalize Dryden's Revolving Loan Fund to support small businesses and create local jobs. Because one of Dan's priorities is to promote, preserve, and protect Dryden's natural beauty and natural resources, he is very much in favor of implementing the bipartisan plan for a muti-use trail to connect the villages to Varna and Ithaca and wants to help the town support the village in refurbishing Montgomery Park. He is also helping the town work to fulfill the goals of the Varna Plan.

KATHY SERVOSS

Kathy works for the Department of Public Works in Ithaca, following years of public service with the State of Florida. In Ithaca, Kathy has been involved with several committees that created or modified city ordinances and policies/procedures, including the Street Vending Permit Policy, the City-wide Wellness Policy, and the Commons Ordinance. She has also learned a lot about engineering, construction, and road maintenance while working for the City.


Kathy was appointed to the Dryden Town Board in 2016 and elected in November, She is working with the Budget Committee to try to balance Dryden's budget, Dryden residents know her as the representative for Dryden and Freeville on the Tompkins County Youth Services Board, as prior Chair of the Dryden Recreation and Youth Commission, as an active volunteer with the annual Dryden Lake Festival, and as proud mom to one Dryden High School student and one 2017 graduate. She wants the town to prioritize and provide new recreation opportunities for children and adults throughout the town. 

MARTHA ROBERTSON

Martha has represented the west side of Dryden on the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002, when she became the first woman and first Democrat to represent that part of the town. Since then, she has served as Chair of the Legislature, and she currently chairs the Planning, Development and Environmental Quality committee and the Program Oversight Committee of the Community Housing Development Fund. These fit well with Martha's focus on smart growth, greater housing choices, and sustainability.

Martha has been a strong voice against hydrofracking and is now leading negotiations with NYSEG and NYS to find alternatives to the West Dryden Road gas pipeline. She has worked for years now to fight against unfair unfunded state mandates, reminding us all that paying for mandates through the regressive property tax hurts everyone, especially farmers and people on fixed incomes.

Martha serves on the first Executive Committee for the Women's Leadership Council for the NYS Association of Counties. A resident of the county for almost 35 years, Martha hopes to earn a fifth term to continue her advocacy for the causes Dryden cares about: affordable housing, community livability, renewable energy, and sustainable jobs. See Martha's website here.

MIKE LANE
On the County Legislature, Mike Lane represents the east side of Dryden, including the villages of Dryden and Freeville. He was elected Chair of the Legislature in 2014 and has served in that role ever since. Lately, he has chaired the County Transportation Committee, which is responsible for looking at present and future needs in the areas of highways, air service, trails, and mass transit. He is the County's representative to the Tompkins County Council of Governments, which studies possibilities for cost savings and efficiencies through consolidation of services. He is also County liaison to the TC3 Board of Trustees.

Mike served five terms as Mayor of the Village of Dryden and graduated from Dryden Central Schools. He continues to run a civil law practice in the Village, serves as a trustee on the Southworth Library Association, and belongs to the Dryden Sertoma Club.

Mike's key issues are economic development and environmental protection. He chaired the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency for four years, where he was a proponent of using targeted tax incentives to foster the development of new manufacturing jobs that pay a living wage or better. He opposed the industrialization that would come with hydrofracking and believes that renewable energy resources are the key to Dryden's future. He firmly believes that we can work together as neighbors to create communities that are safe, happy, and affordable.