District 125 Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton was in Dryden yesterday (January 31) where she announced that her current 10th term in that role will be her last.
Her farewell speech at the Dryden Town Hall was attended by numerous local officials, including the Mayors of Ithaca and Cortland, as well as legislators from Cortland and Tompkins Counties.
Looking back at her career as assemblywoman, Lifton identified three top issues she considered to be of particular importance to her.
These include protecting voters rights after the 2000 presidential election, a 2010 bill that guaranteed safer home births for midwives, and the multiyear fracking prohibition that recently culminated in a permanent ban.
Lifton also listed a number of local projects helped along by funding she was able to secure in Albany, including parks, playgrounds, and childcare services.
She ended her speech by thanking her staff and family, as well as the voters of the 125th Assembly District.
“Wherever I go in this two-county district – all of Tompkins and much of Cortland County – people have been very kind and encouraging, and I appreciate it greatly. Honestly, I’ve had to wrestle with this decision, because critical work remains on climate and education and health care, among other issues about which I care deeply. But that will always be the case, I know, that important work remains, and I decided that the time has come for me to put down this work.
Needless to say, it takes many faithful supporters to continue this work over 18 years. I can’t thank you all enough. And deep thanks to all the voters, Democrats, Working Families, Republicans, and Independents who have given me their vote of confidence at the polls in each of my nine elections.
I have done my best to listen respectfully to all views and take them into account as I’ve made difficult and complicated decisions over these 18 years and my staff and I have worked hard to fairly serve all of my approximately 135,000 constituents.” -Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125, Tompkins/Cortland)