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A couple of years ago, I was a member of a small committee that was drafting an updated Comprehensive Plan for the Village of Lansing.  A few people involved in Village government suggested that I consider running for the County Legislature.  Laughing (hard), I asked, “Why on earth would I want to do that?”  But the seed was planted. . .

SO – since January 2016, I’ve been attending Legislative meetings, and asking questions.  Dooley Kiefer and other legislators have been wonderfully generous with their time and wisdom.  What they’ve taught me is that the Legislature’s most important function is to allocate County resources in ways that meet the needs and values of our residents.  Not surprisingly, when our needs are many and our resources are relatively few, our values tend to get short shrift.

We now face increasingly scarce resources under a Federal government that shows little interest in our natural, social, and cultural environments, and a State government that sometimes seems determined to bankrupt our counties.  More than ever before, our Tompkins County will be on its own.  How we overcome the challenge of resource scarcity while maintaining the quality of life we all value will set our County’s course for years to come.

And that’s why I’ve decided to run for political office for the very first time. . .


Deborah’s recent Facebook posts are shared, below.

Deborah Dawson for TC Legislature

Here are two things YOU CAN DO NOW TO FIGHT GRAHAM-CASSIDY::
1) Adopt a senator to call, or call several:
2) Contact friends you know in these key states and have them call their senators ASAP:
Alaska, Lisa Murkowski, (202) 224-6655; Dan Sullivan, (202) 224-3004
Arizona, Jeff Flake, (202) 224-4521
Maine Susan Collins, (202) 224-2523
Ohio, Rob Portman, (202) 224-3353
Tennessee, Bob Corker, (202) 224-3344; Lamar Alexander, (202) 224-4944
West Virginia, Shelley Moore Capito, (202) 224-6472
NEED A SAMPLE SCRIPT? HERE IT IS
I’m calling to urge Senator ___ to vote NO on the Senate health care bill ~ TrumpCare. It’s clear that it will take health care support from over 23 million Americans, result in severe cuts to Medicaid, increase premiums, and will allow states to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. All of the above to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy. This is unacceptable.
Thousands of people are at risk of losing their insurance if this passes. Lives are at stake. Their health depends on Senator ____’s voting against this unacceptable and cruel bill for all American
THANK YOU!
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The League of Women Voters will be providing an excellent opportunity to educate yourself about the Constitutional Convention proposal that will appear on your November ballot:
The Constitutional Convention Debate! BE THERE!!
DATE: Monday, September 25, 2017, 7-9PM
PLACE: Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY
SPEAKERS: NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and Dr. Henrik (Hank) Dullea
On November 7, 2017, New Yorkers will vote on the referendum for a constitutional convention.
How will you vote?
Join us to learn more about this complicated issue, and to better understand what is at stake.
Barbara Lifton, NYS Assembly Representative for District 125, will present the con viewpoint. Dr. Henrik Dullea, Vice President for University Relations Emeritus, Cornell University will present the pro viewpoint. Each will address the reasons for their stance and discuss the challenge of electing qualified and representative delegates.
Ample time will be provided for Q/A and discussion.
THIS EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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