Tompkins County Legislators Elect First Person of Color As Chair


ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – The Tompkins County legislature made history by electing a person of color as its chairperson. Leslyn McBean-Clairborne was selected by a vote of nine to five.

McBean-Clairborne was first elected to the legislature in 2001. In 2006 she served as its vice chair.

Courtesy: McBean-Clairborne

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne. (Photo: Courtesy of Leslyn McBean-Clairborne)

During Tuesday night’s meeting McBean-Clairborne, a Democrat, earned the support of all three Republicans in the Legislature.

After the vote, she said her election is evidence that the legislature is not color-blind and respects what members of working families can contribute in elected office.

McBean-Clairborne has lived in Ithaca for over 25 years and is originally from Guyana in South America.