District 16

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Leigh J. Benton

District 16

Email Leigh Benton

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 and 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)

  • Hudson River Lodge 309 F and AM
  • Newburgh Lions Club

Political Affiliation

  • Conservative
  • Independence
  • Republican

Important Issues

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

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

  • Physical Services Committee, 1998-2005, 2007, 2014, Chairman 2010-2013
  • Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee,2006
  • Health and Mental Health Committee, 1998-2001, 2009, Chairman, 2008
  • Environmental Facilities and Services Committee, Chairman, 2002-2003
  • Ways and Means Committee, 2002-2008, 2010-2013, Chairman 2014
  • Education and Economic Development Committee, Chairman, 2004-2007, 2008-Present
  • Personnel and Compensation Committee 2009, 2014-Present
  • Social Services Committee 1998-2001
  • Special Committees:
    • Stewart Airport Committee 1998-2001
    • Transportation Committee 2002-2005
    • Labor Relations Advisory Committee 2010-Present
    • Green Committee 2016-Present