Protecting Dryden: Martha Robertson, County Legislature

Martha Robertson, Protecting Dryden candidate for County LegislatureProtecting Dryden means protecting our environment. One way is by implementing smart growth policies for residential and commercial development; another is by pursuing clean energy opportunities like community solar.”

Martha Robertson has represented the west side of Dryden on the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002, when she became the first woman and the first Democrat to represent that part of the town. She 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.

Martha emerged as 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 also fought against unfunded state mandates for years, arguing that forcing the county to cover those costs with property tax revenue hurts everyone, especially farmers and people on fixed incomes.

She has served as Chair of the County Legislature and currently heads 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.

For more information, visit Martha’s campaign website.