CAIRO — Familiar faces are up for re-election for two Greene County Legislature seats in Cairo and neither candidate is facing a challenge this year.
Incumbent Republican William B. Lawrence and incumbent Democrat Harry Lennon are running unopposed in District 8.WILLIAM LAWRENCE
Lawrence, 71, is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and Union College in Schenectady. He is retired from the Cairo-Durham Central School District, where he taught chemistry and physics.
Lawrence is seeking his 13th term as a county legislator because he loves public service and standing up for residents, which he considers his proudest accomplishment as a lawmaker.
“I am a strong proponent of justice,” he said. “The proudest moment is people knowing they can trust me — I like being a problem-solver.”
If elected, Lawrence wants to continue to do right by the county by providing economic vitality and keeping the tax rate as low as possible.
“I’m just trying to make sure things are smooth,” Lawrence said. “I never lose sight of the fact that there’s hope on the other end.”
A resolution to authorize a $39 million bond to help pay for the proposed new Greene County Jail passed the legislature Sept. 19 in a 10-4 vote. The next step is to go out to bid for the project and wait for the state Commission of Corrections to review the bids and the final jail design, Lawrence said. The bids will help lawmakers conceive future plans for the project.
“I have a good feeling the bids will come in under budget,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence earned a Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Cortland and a Master’s degree from Union College.
Lawrence has lived in Cairo since 1976. He and his wife Peg have one son, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.HARRY LENNON
Lennon, 58, is seeking his fifth term as a legislator representing Cairo. He sees his job as helping his constituents accomplish goals they want to reach and wants to continue doing so if he is re-elected. His other goals include being as fiscally conservative as possible and continuing to provide essential and mandated services to county residents, while being fair to taxpayers.
“I’m a people person in Cairo,” Lennon said. “Whatever it takes, I enjoy helping people.”
Lennon is proud of helping bring the Greene County budget in under the state tax cap for the past six years, award Wayne C. Speenburgh Greene County Legislature Grants to nonprofit organizations and, as legislature minority leader, bring together all of the legislators’ ideas and come up with compromises to reach better resolutions.
“I would like to continue to do the best county budget that we can and provide the services and come underneath the cap,” he said.
Lennon, a lifelong Cairo resident, is Audit and Management Services Director for the New York State Thruway Authority.
He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania at Scranton. He and his wife Colleen have a son and a daughter.