Herrera's departure a tough and sad loss for working people; special election in November

September 16, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera's resignation this week from the Tompkins County Legislature is "a tough and sad loss for working people in Tompkins County," according to Pete Meyers, coordinator of the Tompkins County Workers' Center.

Kathy Luz Herrera, who announced her resignation from the Tompkins County Legislature on Tuesday. Photo courtesy TCWC.Kathy Luz Herrera, who announced her resignation from the Tompkins County Legislature on Tuesday. Photo courtesy TCWC.Herrera, who has represented the City of Ithaca's Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods since she was first elected in 2001, is a union electrician who "ran to bring a worker's perspective to county government," according to her statement on Tuesday. Her resignation is effective Wednesday, September 16th.

As she announced her resignation, Herrera, who has lived in Fall Creek since 1988 with her partner Jill, said, "I have had the special privilege of being a voice for people who are underrepresented on our legislature -- working people, the LGBT community, union labor, people of color, and those who have been incarcerated."

"The entire County, from east to west/north to south, will miss Kathy's steadfast commitment to the interests of those of us who are disenfranchised," TCWC's Meyers told 14850 Today. "We can only hope that the next Legislator from District 2 will carry forward the spirit that Kathy brought forth for the least of us."

"It has been an honor and privilege to represent the people of my district and the people of Tompkins County over these nearly 13 years," Herrera says. A special election will be held on November 3rd, along with this fall's general election, to elect a new Tompkins County legislator to represent district 2.

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