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McNabb-Coleman returns to familiar role as chair of Cayuga County Legislature

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The Cayuga County Legislature has officially begun its 2024 session, marking a new era of leadership.

In a significant reorganizational meeting, the Legislature saw the election of Aileen McNabb-Coleman as its chairperson. McNabb-Coleman, a Democrat from Sennett, is no stranger to the role, having previously led the county during the challenging onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

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In her inaugural address, McNabb-Coleman emphasized a departure from the status quo, highlighting the importance of seizing opportunities and collaborating with local entities like the city of Auburn and regional partners. Her vision for Cayuga County is one of transformative change, innovation, and leaving a lasting positive impact.

Ben Vitale, an independent legislator who sides with the Democrats, was elected vice chair and majority leader, while Republican Mark Strong took the position of minority leader.

The Legislature now operates with 11 members, a reduction from the previous 15, following a voter-approved change in 2022 which also involved redrawing district lines.