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Orange County Legislature

District 16 - Leigh J. Benton


Contact:
         
E-mail:  ljbenton@verizon.net

Representing the Town of Newburgh



Personal: (Pedigree)

  • Graduate Newburgh Free Academy, 1978
  • Graduate Gemological Institute of America, 1982
  • Jeweler/Gemologist, GHS Jewelers, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
  • Jeweler/Gemologist, Cowan’s Jewelers, New Windsor, NY

Business/Government Experience:

  • Councilman, Town of Newburgh, 1996-1997
  • Member, Town of Newburgh Republican Comm., 1987-Present
  • Treasurer, Town of Newburgh Republican Comm., 1993-2005
  • Chairman, Town of Newburgh Republican Comm., 2005 to present
  • Orange County Legislator, 1998 to present
  • O. C. Legislature Rep. NYS DEC Fish & Wildlife Mgmt. Board Region 3 - 2003- Present 
  • Member, Orange Co. Foreign Trade Zone No. 37 Management Board 2002 - Present

Community Involvement: (Civic Boards, Veterans Associations)

  • Newburgh Lions Club
  • Hudson River Lodge No. 309 F & AM

Political Affiliation:

  • Republican/Conservative/Independence

Important Issues:

  • The economy and economic development
  • Public safety
  • Quality of life

County Roles: (Chairs, Committees, Subcommittees, County Boards, Agencies)

  • Physical Services Comm., 1998-2005, 2007, 2014, Chairman 2010-2013
  • Public Safety Comm.,2006
  • Health & Mental Health Comm., 1998-2001, 2009, Chairman, 2008
  • Environmental Facilities & Services Comm., Chairman, 2002-2003
  • Ways & Means Comm., 2002-2008, 2010-2013, Chairman 2014
  • Education & Economic Development Comm., Chairman, 2004-2007, 2008-Present
  • Personnel and Compensation Comm. 2009, 2014
  • Social Services Comm. 1998-2001
  • Special Committees:
       Stewart Airport Comm. 1998-2001
       Transportation Comm. 2002-2005
       Labor Relations Comm. 2010-Present