|TIM JOSEPH TO PRESIDE IN 2002
By unanimous vote (14-0; Thomas Todd was absent) of the Board of Representatives,
Democrat Tim Joseph was chosen as Board Chair for 2002. Michael Lane was
unanimously voted to be Vice-Chair. Joseph welcomed new Board members Richard
Booth, Kathy Luz Herrera, and Martha Robertson. Leslyn McBean joined the
Board in November when she replaced Susanne Davis. New members and incumbents
were sworn in by County Clerk Aurora Valenti.
In a prepared statement, Joseph urged the Board, which now has a political
balance of 11 Democrats and 4 Republicans, to work together in a spirit
of cooperation. “While there may be times and issues where we will inevitably
be opponents, we need never be enemies,” said Joseph. First elected to
the Board in March 1993, Joseph has headed up the County’s most influential
committee, Budget and Capital, every year since 1996. Now that his role
has changed to one of guidance and oversight of all Board activities, he
has handed the reins of the Budget committee to Peter Penniman. Joseph
told the Board that he expects 2002 to be another year of increased property
tax and reductions in services, largely due to less financial help from
the State in the wake of September 11, a slowed economy, and the spending
down of government budget surpluses.
The standing committee structure will remain the same as in 2001.
Committee membership, as appointed by Joseph, is as follows. Chairs are
listed first; vice-chairs second:
Budget and Capital: Peter Penniman, Richard Booth, Leslyn McBean, Martha
Robertson, Thomas Todd.
Economic and Workforce Development: Michael Lane, Kathy Luz Herrera, Michael
Koplinka-Loehr; Leslyn McBean; George Totman.
Government Operations: Michael Koplinka-Loehr, Richard Booth, Dooley Kiefer,
George Totman, Thomas Todd.
Health and Human Services: Daniel Winch, Nancy Schuler, Richard Booth,
Frank Proto, Martha Robertson.
Planning: Dooley Kiefer, Peter Penniman, Frank Proto, Nancy Schuler, Martha
Public Safety: Nancy Schuler, George Totman, Barbara Blanchard, Kathy Luz
Herrera, Leslyn McBean.
Public Works: Barbara Blanchard, Michael Lane, Dooley Kiefer, Thomas Todd,
Special committees for 2002 will be:
Joseph also appointed Frank Proto and Daniel Winch as the County’s representatives
to a multi-jurisdictional Library Coordination committee to examine issues
having to do with public libraries in Tompkins County.
Charter Review: Michael Lane, Frank Proto, Kathy Luz Herrera, Dooley Keifer,
Communications Capital Projects: Barbara Blanchard, Peter Penniman, Michael
Lane, Martha Robertson, George Totman.
Space Needs and Location: Tim Joseph, Michael Lane, Richard Booth, Michael
Koplinka-Loehr, Frank Proto.
NEW PLANNING DIRECTOR IS ON BOARD
Edward C. Marx, new Commissioner of Planning for Tompkins County, was
introduced to the Board. Marx was planning director for Oswego County for
11 years. He is a 1976 graduate of Cornell University and holds a masters’
degree in Planning and Community Development from the University of Colorado.
Edward Marx, 274-5560.
Board of Representatives