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County Lawmaker Resigns Committees Citing Mileage Cap and Lack of Information

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A Cortland County Legislator has resigned from two committees he served on. Citing the new mileage reimbursement cap and what he feels is a lack willingness to conduct real problem solving within the legislature.

Republican Legislator Jim Denkenberger, who represents the Towns of Truxton, Cuyler, and Solon has resigned from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors and the Legislature’s Solid Waste Committee.

Denkenberger who is seeking reelection in November says he decided to leave the cooperative extension board after lawmakers voted last week to cap mileage reimbursements at $100 per month per legislator.

Denkenberger says he had to reevaluate his committee work based on the impact of the cap.

Denkenberger says his decision to leave the Solid Waste Committee is because he feels the committee is not interested in understanding all the issues and solutions surrounding problems at the county landfill.

Denkenberger and residents opposed to the ash for trash proposal have repeatedly urged the county to study finances at the landfill to determine if the proposed ash swap makes financial sense.

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