Pat Pryor…Experienced, Accessible, Fiscally Responsible
I moved to Lansing and started my teaching career at the Lansing Elementary School, where I taught 5th and 6th grades for 8 years. Many of you may remember me from that time by my former last name of Hubbell. During that period I came to know and value the people of Lansing as well as the beauty of its rural setting.
Although I lived and worked in other parts of the county in the intervening years, I always felt drawn to return to this area. Having moved back to Lansing several years ago in retirement, I hope to be able to use my experience, my willingness to be accessible, and my commitment to fiscal responsibility to give back to my community through service on the County Legislature.
I fully recognize the serious challenges that face our county in the midst of a recession. Tompkins County and its various municipalities are not immune to the fiscal crisis that is hitting so many families. As our tax base erodes the need for services rises. The County’s responsibility to fulfill state mandates and to provide for the neediest in our communities will make increasing demands on property taxes. I believe that I can assess each situation and make the tough choices needed to maintain a balance between the real human needs of residents and the real cost to taxpayers.
Part of the role of a County Legislator is to be accessible and to facilitate communication between the community they represent and the county. For too long Lansing voters haven’t heard from the County Legislature and the County Legislature hasn’t heard from Lansing residents. I’m going to change that. You’ll know what we are doing and the Legislature will hear how you are doing. If elected I will:
· keep in touch with the residents of Lansing,
· be accessible and welcome your ideas on how to deal with various issues,
· maintain a Web Site on which I can both regularly post information about county business and enable residents to contact me,
· encourage communication with Town of Lansing elected officials.
We’ve seen the results of inexperience. I have many years of experience in local government public service. I know how the budget works. I know the importance of input from my constituents, the need to build alliances with like-minded colleagues to achieve legislative goals, and the necessity of doing my homework on the issues. I will use this experience to seek to share fairly the cost of government among all the property owners in the county.
As your County Legislator, I will bring my experience to bear on the issues, will be accessible and communicate with all interested parties, and will be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.