District 16

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Leigh J. Benton

District 16

Email Leigh Benton

Representing the Towns of Newburgh and Montgomery

Personal (Pedigree)

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

Business/Government Experience

  • Councilman, Town of Newburgh, 1996-1997
  • Member, Town of Newburgh Republican Committee, 1987-present
  • Treasurer, Town of Newburgh Republican Committee, 1993-2005
  • Chairman, Town of Newburgh Republican Committee, 2005 to present
  • Orange County Legislator, 1998 to present
  • O. C. Legislature Rep. NYS DEC Fish and Wildlife Management Board Region 3 - 2003 to 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 to present, Chairman 2010 to present
  • 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 to present
  • Education and Economic Development Committee, Chairman, 2004-2007, 2008 to present
  • Personnel and Compensation Committee 2009, 2014 to present
  • Social Services Committee 1998-2001

Special Committees:

  • Labor Relations Advisory Committee 2010 to present
  • Green Committee 2016 to present
  • Stewart Airport Committee 1998-2001
  • Transportation Committee 2002-2005
  • Foreign Trade Zone Management Board 2002 to present