Protecting Dryden: Jason Leifer, Town Supervisor

Jason Leifer, Protecting Dryden candidate for Town SupervisorProtecting Dryden means avoiding the economic decline and environmental degradation that have hurt so many rural towns, in part by attracting low-impact commercial businesses that will help grow our economy.”

Jason Leifer has served as Dryden’s Town Supervisor for the past two years, and was a member of the Town Board for eight years before that, including two years as Deputy Supervisor. His overarching ambition is to make the Town of Dryden the premier place in Tompkins County to live, work, and play.

As Town Supervisor, Jason has worked to protect the town’s natural environment, promote the development of community solar energy, repair our aging infrastructure, improve the business climate, support our first responders and invest in community centers and recreation programs. As a Town Board member, Jason pushed for wireless broadband in Dryden and zoning changes that allow anyone to open a home-based business. He has obtained close to $4 million in investment and grants for town projects since 2008.

A prudent manager, Jason has saved the town money by collaborating with other local towns and villages to provide services like [examples?] He is a tough negotiator, obtaining better deals from vendors who sell goods to the town. As a result, Jason’s budgets provide for the programs and services residents want while keeping the town’s tax rate the third lowest in Tompkins County.

Jason is an attorney with the Assigned Counsel program, and has represented children and low-income families from all across Tompkins County. He, his wife and their two sons live in Ellis Hollow. In his spare time, Jason has coached Kiwanis Baseball and volunteered at the Varna Community Center and the Ellis Hollow Fair.

Event: There will be a fundraising party for Jason on Sunday, October 1, from 3 to 6 pm, at his home at 17 Hunt Grove Road.